Five Things That Need to Happen for the Sixers to Have a Chance of Winning Tonight in Miami

Five Things That Need to Happen for the Sixers to Have a Chance of Winning Tonight in Miami

1. The Sixers convince the Heat that they traded for Spencer Hawes at
the deadline and just forgot about it (but were super-excited about
their acquisition when it happened), then attack him on the interior all night.

2.
The Sixers adopt a "Hack-a-Bosh" strategy halfway through the second
quarter, confusing the Heat's big man into thinking that maybe he's
actually a really crappy free-throw shooter, and causing him to miss 60%
of his FTs as a result. 

3. The Sixers hire Evan Turner's old
college nemesis Mark Titus as an assistant coach, causing him to go into
a psychotic fury and put up a 35/12/8 just to prove that people don't
know shit about him.

4. The Sixers go back in time and bribe
Rick Ross to dose LeBron and Wade's Ciroc bottles with slow-acting
laxatives the night before.

5. The Sixers start Arnett Moultrie at all five positions, and just sit back and revel in the non-stop alley-oop dunks.

8:00 tip from American Airlines Arena. It's not losing if you don't really even want to win.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.