One Pane to the Top Right

One Pane to the Top Right

Many of us were fighting a sports hang over after the Phillies dropped their second at home to the Rockies yesterday, leaving no room for error as they had to Colorado, so a West Coast game start the Flyers season seemed tough to stay up for. But Danny Briere & Co. made it a little easier, getting out to an early 2-0 lead, letting it get interesting, and then winning on Briere's second goal as a Flyer.

Briere started the scoring 3 minutes into the game with a gritty goal, jabbing away at a puck in the Flames' crease until it leaked through. Mike Knuble, who assisted on Briere's first goal, also scored the second goal of the period. Former Flyer Daymond Langkow (who scored 33 goals last season) put in two in a row for the Flames, both on the power play, and the game was tied late in the 3rd period. But Briere stepped up again, after Simon Gagne stole the puck in an ugly Flames' transition and advanced it to his wide open center. Briere used the Sega Hockey move, coming in from the right circle, causing goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to bite in, and then going top shelf right.

Helluva way to shake out the rust, get that first win, and forget about last season.

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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 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 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 and top 50 by 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 "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.