Howard Never Stops

Howard Never Stops

Bill Conlin gives a nice little run down of the beastly nature of Ryan Howard's trip to Japan. 

In Game 2, after taking his mother and sister on a daytime tour of
various Tokyo must-sees, Ryan toured the bases. He led off the second
with one of those inside-out lasers to left-center. Kentaro Nishimura,
a 21-year-old righthander, looked as if he had just swallowed a tainted
piece of sushi. As Howard crossed the plate, a tiny boy and girl
dressed in traditional kimonos bowed and handed him a small bouquet of
flowers. With one on in the third, he produced a replica of his epic
one-hopper off Rich Allen's plaque in Ashburn Alley. Replays showed the
indoor moon shot came close to hitting the Tokyo Dome ceiling
on a
flight that ended just under the MLB lineup high on the scoreboard in
dead center. The unofficial estimate was 450 feet.

Pitchers and catchers can't report soon enough.

>>Howard a one man tour-de-force in Japan [Inquirer]

Extras:

  • The Flyers didn't lose their 10th game last season until mid January.  They lost their 10th game of this season last night. It was all Ken Hitchcock's fault. [Inquirer]
  • The Eagles have Washington this week.  If they lose, their season is
    officially done.  Video of the Skins v. Cowboys game and it's wacky
    finish.  [Real Player]
  • I've always wondered why they didn't sell little mini Rocky statues.
    Get your order in now!  The mini Rocky statues don't have the same
    effect as some mini statues.  My favorite are the Mannequin Piss statues you can find in Brussels. [Blinq]
  • Your Inquirer sports page may get a little thinner in the future.  More time to read The 700 Level! [Philebrity]
  • The KSK guys have a post this morning titled Hey Politics, Get the F*ck Away From My Football [KissingSuzyKolber]

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.