Game 5: Do It, Flyers

Game 5: Do It, Flyers

We're thrilled to welcome back Flyers Goal Scored By for tonight's gamer. His words:

"We roll tonight. To the guitar bite."

Flyers at Pens for Game 5. At this point, how can one even try to formulate a hypothesis for what happens tonight? Would 10-8 surprise you? A 5-4 triple OT stunner? Maybe the only thing both sides can agree on is this game most likely won't be a 1-0 chess match.

It's hard not to be confident. Moments later, it's hard not to panic. I don't think I'm alone in thinking about the second round, while preparing for a game 7 loss. It's easy to focus on Wednesday's debacle without remembering the Flyers have a 3 to 1 lead in the series. The Flyers are still playing with house money, while the Pens stayed their execution for a night.  

Hockey is a game of momentum in motion. Pens got it right now, but all it takes is one shift, one goal, or one period to turn it all around. I have massive faith in Peter Laviolette. I imagine his message was clear and true following Wednesday night. He'll have this team ready to go end the series. I have just one simple request for the Orange and Black. Please, for the city of Philadelphia's heart health, stay out of the cot dam penalty box.

I would love to write a very long article about the ins and outs of tonight's game.  About the stats and the strategy and the SABRmetrics of a power play. I can't. I can't sit still. My fingernails are gone, my senses are shot and I'm pretty sure I'm still drunk from Wednesday. I've been listening to loud, up tempo music, trying to "focus" like I'm the one playing tonight.  I'm equal parts excited and terrified. I'm superstitious while trying to reverse all my superstitions from Wednesday night. I'm contemplating shaving a beard I don't even have. I'm having a serious conversation in my head about whether or not I should wash my Flyers jersey before or after the game. I see the color yellow on the street and react like I'm a vampire being given a garlic enema. The only thing to do is embrace the crazy. It *is* the playoffs after all. I've sunk into the abyss of crazy and the water feels great.

There's only one thing left to do: crack the road sodas and let's giddy up. The all-or-nothing days are back. This is gonna be a mega-ultra-super-unleaded-butt-clencher (clincher?).  Bring an extra pair of undies to the bar, you're gonna need 'em.

Let's Go Flyers.

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.