Merry Christmas: The 1984 Flyers Read The Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas: The 1984 Flyers Read The Night Before Christmas

On so many levels this video is both amazing and sad. It's amazing to see the '84 Flyers read The Night Before Christmas. It's unbelievably sad to see how many of the people who participated in the reading have passed away.

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I'll run through my reactions to the humorous stuff in bullet-form:

  • Mark Howe: reads his part like a true Hall of Famer
  • Ed Hospodar: sweet scarf
  • Ilkka Sinisalo: I could listen to him say "On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen" all day.
  • Miro Dvorak: "Now dash avay, dash avay, dash avay...ALL" may be the single most fantastic thing about this video.
  • Rich Sutter: Really gets into his part. He emotes like a champion. I've never seen a set of eyebrows lift so high. His eyebrows probably deserved an Academy Award.
  • Brad Marsh: The top button of shirt buttoned, the glasses, the permanent bed-head, it's all priceless. He could've been Tom Hanks' understudy in Bosom Buddies.

The sad? Well, it's incredibly sad that E.J. McGuire, Brad McCrimmon (who, by the way, rocks a Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band shirt in the video), Pelle Lindbergh, and Peter Zezel have all passed away.

How great would it have been to see all of these guys back in town for the Winter Classic Alumni Game? Alas, it's phenomenal that this video is out there, and we're able to remember them as they were.

Oh, and Bobby Clarke's sweater vest and tie combo is the most fashion-forward thing ever. Good on ya Clarkie.

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.