Photo: Phantoms Winger Eric Wellwoods Skate Looks Like Something Out of a Horror Movie

Photo: Phantoms Winger Eric Wellwoods Skate Looks Like Something Out of a Horror Movie

Eric Wellwood has had a few cups of coffee with the Flyers
over the past three years, but mostly the 23 year old has been toiling away
with the Adirondack Phantoms, the club’s AHL affiliate. After suffering a
bloody and “scary” cut on Sunday, it’s unlikely he’ll see any more action in
the NHL this season, or anywhere else for that matter.

Details are sketchy, but Phantoms head coach Terry Murray told
the Glenn Falls Post-Star (via Deadspin) that Wellwood may have cut himself
with his own skate while taking a tumble along the boards. Regardless of how it
happened, here are some snippets of the details that ensued:

    • • A severed tendon could be clearly seen in the wound

 

  • • Wellwood was reportedly close to being in serious danger
    from the blood loss, having cut the artery.

 

 

  • • One player said Wellwood’s skate filled with blood, calling
    it “scary.”

 

 

Seriously, it looks like that skate was used to slay
somebody.

The good news is Wellwood underwent a successful surgery to
stop the bleeding and close the wound. He’ll have a second surgery this week to
repair tendons and ligaments, which may include damage to his Achilles
according to the report.

>> Wellwood undergoes surgery to repair, assess damage
to right leg
[Glenn Falls Post-Star]

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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.