UConn's Shabazz Napier daggered Villanova last time they met in Philly, ending with 'that guy Bill Raftery yelling Onions'

UConn's Shabazz Napier daggered Villanova last time they met in Philly, ending with 'that guy Bill Raftery yelling Onions'

After a wild first two days of the NCAA tournament that featured roughly 45 overtime games, Stephen Freaking Austin leading the parade of 12 seeds to pull of upsets because of a FOUR-POINT PLAY, that white guy on Mercer doing one of the best versions of the Holy-Crap-We-Just-Beat-Duke dance I’ve ever seen and Phil Martelli’s grandson continuing to be cute, it seems like it might be hard for the second (uhh, third) round to compare.

But some of the matchups to determine Sweet 16 berths are quite juicy ones – perhaps none more so than the old-school clash tonight (9:30, TBS) pitting new Big East member Villanova against old Big East member Connecticut.

Surely, you know some of the history behind the storied Villanova-UConn rivalry (Kerry Kittles vs. Ray Allen!) but we don’t need to go back very far to show why tonight’s game could be a memorable one. The last time Villanova and UConn met in Philly was 13 months ago and Huskies star senior Shabazz Napier hit an incredible almost-buzzer-beater to win it. Watch:

What does Napier remember about the shot? Here is his pretty funny response:


It should be pointed out at this time that Bill Raftery is in Buffalo, will call tonight’s game, and is surely ready to once again scream “Onions” (the origin of which is great). And after everything that’s already happened this tourney, do you even doubt that he will?

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

The Eagles' only vacant coaching position has been filled.

On Monday afternoon the team announced that it had reached terms with Mike Groh to be the new receivers coach.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in a release from the team. "Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.” 

Earlier this month, after the receivers had a disappointing season, the team fired first-year receivers coach Greg Lewis and have been searching for his replacement. In addition to interviewing Groh, the team also interviewed Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

While Lewis was an NFL position coach for the first time in 2016, Groh has a little more experience at the NFL level. Groh, 45, spent 2016 with the Rams as their receivers coach and passing game coordinator after three years with the Chicago Bears as their receivers coach.

Lewis was the only position coached fired after Pederson's first NFL season. The team finished 7-9 after a 3-0 start.

Groh was seemingly available because of the head coaching change in Los Angeles.

Before he made it to the NFL as a receivers coach with the Bears, Groh had a long coaching career at the college level. He rose to the level of offensive coordinator at Virginia under his father Al, who was the Cavaliers' long-time head coach.

Mike Groh's first coaching job came with the Jets in 2000, when his father had a one-year stint as their head coach.

Mike Groh was once a quarterback at Virginia before his father ever coached there.

While the Eagles' receivers wildly underperformed in 2016, Groh has coached two of the top free agents at the position: Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt.

The Eagles' coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama this week to get a closer look at some top draft prospects, among them will be several talented receivers.

A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

When last we heard from the Process Darklord, he was setting up shop among the tech titans out in California. No need for that Bryn Mawr crib any longer.