I'm Just Watching for the Commercials

I'm Just Watching for the Commercials


That's not completely true.  I'm actually really excited to watch the Super Bowl this year.  The last game I really got into was the Eagles loss in New Orleans and Lord knows I was a mess watching that one.  This match up tonight is all fun with Bear v. Colt.  Plus, Billy Joel, Prince, and commercials.

We're going to be following along with a number of live blogs.  Deadspin, The Fanhouse, and Will Leitch over at CBS.  Maybe a few others.  I may also write whimsily, which I'm pretty sure isn't a word, about the game for the Fanhouse, like why ESPN had bowling on today.  And don't forget: Blogs make the Super Bowl awesome!

-Billy Joel sings the anthem.  FLY BY!  That dude once had children with Christie Brinkly.

-CBS got Deadspin's Will Leitch to blog for them today: "Look, it's Billy Joel. They brought him out a piano, which is good,
because it allows him to sit down. Honestly, he looks old enough to
start doing comedic commentary at the end of "60 Minutes" right now."

-Got sidetracked by some of Kathy's meatballs and rigatoni.  Devin Hester, eh?  No good commercials yet, but the Blockbuster mouse click made me chuckle.

-I think it's safe to say it's slippery in Miami.

-Football has taken a back seat to me writing about clowns.

-AOL already has some of the commercials up.

-All Prince needs is a guitar.  Awesome.  PURPLE RAIN PURPLE RAIN, I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain.

SECOND HALF

-Breaking weather update: It's raining in Miami.

-5 point game with 13 minutes to play and I still can't decide who I want to win.  If anything, I think I'm pulling for Philly's own Marvin Harrison -- Roman Catholic grad.

-This game is pretty disappointing.  The commercials aren't even that great.  YouTube has some voting on the ads thing going on.

-Congrats to Marvin, Peyton, and Tony.  The only way this game could have been more exciting is if you happened to be a Colts fan.

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Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.

Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.

Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.

With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.

Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.

"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."

Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.

Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.

Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.

In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.

Look at this ridiculous bat flip.

According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.

Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.