One of the first things we do after a major North American sport holds its draft is check out youtubes of the youngins that the Philly teams selected. Every year, it gets a little easier to find good footage of the guys we've only seen a few times or, let's be honest, never heard of before draft day. This is particularly true for the NHL draft, which largely draws from well-established leagues outside US borders and includes kids barely old enough to shave.
Some players have more electronic ink than others, but similar to their NHL brethren, the best ways for junior players to make it to the esteemed youtube stage are to either score an amazing goal or get in any kind of fight whatsoever. This being the case, there's a relative ton of footage on Flyers' seventh round pick Derek "the Marshall" Mathers.*
So by all means, let's "analyze the pick," shall we?
OK that's about enough. There actually are quite a few more if you're interested. But something tells me these scraps may have had something to do with the Flyers' decision to draft the 6'3", 230-lb forward out of Ontario.
According to HockeyFights.com, Mathers fought 27 times in his first OHL season. A search for "Derek Mathers goal" on youtube yielded this:
Search results for derek mathers goal
About 2 results
Neither result contained footage of a Mathers goal. Welcome aboard, Derek.
*you better gimme a stick tap if this guy makes the club and you make a T-shirt.
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.
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.