The Birds have taken some heat for a few major personnel decisions this year, some convoluted back taxes situation, their continued insistence on doing everything their own way, and at times perhaps even trying to control their media by issuing news through their Web site. But in the Court of Things That Actually Matter to People Who Follow the Team, the Eagles are coming out on top once again by doing what's most important—closing out the season as one of the best teams in the league and gearing up for a deep playoff run.
But that's not even their greatest success to date. No, they have climbed a higher mountain than ever this morning... The Eagles have become masters of fine art, creating a digital short to end all debate at the next round of such awards.
THIS is JUMBOTRONICUS!
I know! It's amazing! I've watched this video four times already. Watch it again here. Join us after the jump for some discussion and leave your notes in the comments.
It's like my favorite NFL team had a lovechild with the creators of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (who I think are Giants fans, so they probably hate the Cowboys too) at the expense of Jerry Jones' vanity. Cartoon Sav Rocca and David Akers punting footballs at Jerry Jones' monstrosity while cartoon Jon Dorenbos casts a spell causing the screen to play a monkey riding a minibike to the theme from the Benny Hill show?
We've reached a new place. Video of the decade. If they'd waited until tomorrow to release it, it'd be video of the '10s. The Teens? What are we calling it?
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.
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.