Here's Hugh Jackman and Stu Holden at the Union Game

Here's Hugh Jackman and Stu Holden at the Union Game

On our walk into PPL Park for last night's match between the Union and Sporting KC, we noticed no less than three Secret Service vehicles parked near outside an entrance to the stadium and wondered who was in attendance that might warrant that. I'm still not sure exactly who it was, but there were some deserving special guests in The River End last night, as you can see here. On the left is Stu Holden of the US Mens National Team (and player of the year for Bolton Wanderers), and on the right, Hugh Jackman (aka James Howlett aka Logan aka Wolverine aka Weapon X).

I couldn't see either from our seats (other than on the screen), but on the way back from getting some refreshments, I ran into Holden on his way out of The River End. His handlers allowed me near enough to him to say hello, shake hands, and confirm that he smelled good, like a winner. Sadly there were no photographers at the ready, but he'll no doubt always remember our lengthy discussion: "Yo Stu!" "Hey!"

Both guys let their legions of twitter followers know they had a good time at the match and gave Philly soccer some proppers. Shame we couldn't have gotten them a W, although Holden said in a tweet that "Philly dominated the game massively." If only on the scoreboard, Stu. Yo.

Photo via @stuholden on Twitter.

St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend


Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.

Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.

Just Chase being Chase.

Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.

(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))