NFL Schedule Released: Andy Reid Returns to Philly in Primetime on September 19

NFL Schedule Released: Andy Reid Returns to Philly in Primetime on September 19

We look for a lot of the same things every year as soon as
the NFL schedule comes out. When do the Eagles play the Cowboys and Giants? How
many national TV games did the Birds get? Which away game will make for the
best road trip? (Denver is probably lovely in late September.)

How did the schedule makers screw Philly this time?

This year we had a little bonus to look forward to: when would
Andy Reid return to town? And we won’t have to wait very long.

Lincoln Financial Field will play host to Big Red and the
Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, a Thursday night game that is one of only two
primetime matchups on the schedule for the Eagles. The Chip Kelly era will
actually begin in the first half of a Monday night double header at the
Washington Redskins.

Obviously flex scheduling could allow for more showcase
games later in the season, though expectations clearly are not that high around
the league.

Philly’s home opener versus the San Diego Chargers is
sandwiched in between for what could have the makings of a brutal start to the
season. The Birds have three tilts in 11 days to kick off the 2013 campaign, so
Chip better whip those boys into shape by then.

As for those Dallas games, the Eagles will head to Cowboys
Stadium in the season finale, so even if the Eagles are not in playoff contention
themselves, they could still have the chance to play spoiler.

We usually refrain from trying to predict the degree of
difficulty in the schedule, because who knows how good or bad these teams are
going to be in April? In fact, who knows how good or bad the Eagles will be?

It’s not too soon to start planning your fall though. Full
slate is below. Your thoughts?

PRESEASON

Friday, Aug. 9

- vs. New England, 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, Aug. 15

- vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.



Saturday, Aug. 24

- at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, Aug. 29

- at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON

Monday, Sept. 9

- at Washington, 7:10 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 15

- vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.



Thursday, Sept. 19

- vs. Kansas City, 8:25 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 29

- at Denver, 4:25 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 6

- at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 13

- at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 20

- vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 27

- vs. New York, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 3

- at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 10

- at Green Bay, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 17

- vs. Washington, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 24

- Bye Week



Sunday, Dec. 1

- vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 8

- vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 15

- at Minnesota, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 22

- vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29
- at Dallas, 1 p.m.

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.