Iverson Voted an All-Star Starter, Barkley Thinks He Should Decline

Iverson Voted an All-Star Starter, Barkley Thinks He Should Decline

In a season during which he kinda sorta retired, Allen Iverson has been voted by the fans to be a starter in next month's All-Star game in Dallas. We all know he isn't an All-Star caliber player at this stage in his career but the rules allow the fans to pick who they want to see play. It's pretty much a popularity contest and Allen Iverson's name still generates buzz. [video below]

Some have argued that A.I. should decline the invite and allow a more deserving player like the Celtics Rajon Rondo get the call. Opinions were mixed on TNT last night with Kenny Smith opined that A.I. should give the fans what they want while Sir Charles believes Iverson should decline the invite. Barkley pulls the "it's not fair" argument. But to that I say, when are things ever fair?

Personally, I think he should play. The fans voted him in and that's how the system works. If you really have a problem with Iverson playing in the game, your gripe should be with the system in place on how tam All-Star is chosen. It's not Allen's fault.

I say give the future Hall of Famer one last appearance to buddy buddy up with Shaq and entertain us. It's not like the All-Star game means much more.

What do you think A.I. should do?

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.