Ilya Bryzgalov Is Already Refusing to Talk to the KHL Media

Ilya Bryzgalov Is Already Refusing to Talk to the KHL Media

This probably isn't a good sign.

Ilya Bryzgalov, who jumped ship for the KHL, is acting worryingly Bryz-like.

At the bottom of an early-morning lockout update, the Inqy's Sam Carcidi has a note about Bryzgalov rebuffing the Russian media. For reference, he's 2-4 with 2.92 GAA and a .892 save percentage.

Via Carchidi:

After his last game, he got testy with the media. Asked about the win, Bryzgalov, according to Sportbox.ru, replied, "What do you want me to say? You've been writing filth about me and now you are asking for an interview?" Bryzgalov was quoted as saying his wife and parents forbade him from doing interviews.

Slava Malamud of Sport-Express (via ProHockeyTalk) managed to pick up this video of the incident and translated one of the quotes from the all-in-Russian clip, coming up with, "My wife forbids me to talk... My mom and dad, too. Ask them."



So ... it's not just the Philly media he doesn't get along with.

I have no idea what they've been writing about him over there, but clearly he already feels the need to stonewall.

You know what, NHL? Stay locked out. I don't want to deal with this when he gets back. And, you, Michael Leighton, stay loose.

Somebody get Panotch to Russia. Introduce him to Ilya's parents. That'll help. Also tell them not to read this post.

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.