Photo Gallery: Have You Seen the Outrageously Large Owl on the Wall of Temple's New Practice Gym?

Photo Gallery: Have You Seen the Outrageously Large Owl on the Wall of Temple's New Practice Gym?

The Temple Owls quietly moved into their new practice facility at the corner of Broad and Montgomery — right across the street from the Apollo — last spring.

On Thursday, coach Fran Dunphy opened things up to the media and took about 30 minutes to show off his new digs.

The new men's and women's practice courts are the centerpiece of a much larger renovation project of the old Pearson and McGonigle Halls. The Owls' old home arena in McGonigle remains in tact.

As for the new stuff, it's all legitimately impressive and should give Temple a leg up in recruiting. Dunphy — a self-described "boring guy" who emphasized on multiple occasions that it's not about what you have but what you do with what you have — conceded at the end of the tour that he believed Temple succeeded in its efforts to put itself on equal footing with the best programs in the country as far as on-campus facilities are concerned.

There's plenty of cool spots inside —from a game-film theater to a basketball-specific weight room to a players' lounge — but the most enjoyable part is the emphasis placed on the program's history. The center of the facility is a Hall of Fame of sorts, featuring trophies, historic basketballs and a program timeline all behind glass.

A few shots from inside the third-floor "Home of Temple Basketball" in the gallery below…

Photo Gallery: Temple basketball practice facility

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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 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.