Quirks in the NHL CBA; Plus, an Absurd Picture of Scott Hartnell

Quirks in the NHL CBA; Plus, an Absurd Picture of Scott Hartnell

Tired of collective bargaining negotiations? Well, tough.

Because with the NFL just out of them and the NBA stuck in them, the MLB and NHL are coming up on deadlines of their own. Their CBA's are set to expire on December 11, 2011 and September 15, 2012, respectively.

Specifically related to the NHL, Frank Seravalli has a piece in today's Daily News about professional hockey players being in some cases prevented from earning their full salaries.

The NHL CBA—signed after a year-long lockout in 2005—holds that the players are set to earn 56.7% of all hockey-related revenues. However, in the event that the players' salaries in a given year might actually exceed 57.6% of all revenues, a portion of their money is held in escrow, should it need to be later split with the owners.

For example, the players only took home 90.59% of their signed contracts in 2009-2010, while the remaining 9.41% was given back to the owners to ensure they received their full 43.4% of revenues.

If this is all a bit technical or you're not really one for mixing sports and business or you already knew about this sort of thing, here's a hilarious picture of Scott Hartnell looking more like Zach Galifianakis than Zach Galifianakis:

Photo Courtesy David Maialetti / Philly.com

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.