DeSean Jackson, rocking a nice blue suit, met reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon to talk about his lucrative new contract. He seemed content with the almost meager guaranteed money because he believes if he performs to his ability, the money will take care of itself. DJacc came off rather likable in his presser, a bit of a contrast to his spacey Twitter interactions with the Internet.
One thing is for sure, DeSean Jackson does not lack confidence or ambition. "I want to shoot for the Hall of Fame. I want to shoot for Super Bowls,"
Jackson said. "That's something I haven't done yet. I'm a Pro Bowl wide
receiver, but I want to shoot for beyond that. I'm not satisfied with
Jackson speaking about his relationship with Andy Reid was yet another indicator of the way his players view him, while the media and fans may have differing views.
"Since the first day he called me on draft day, he's been like a father
figure to me," Jackson said. "I like the way he challenges his
players to get the best out of them. He expects nothing less."
He almost stepped on his toes a bit towards the end by delcaring the Eagles one of the best teams in the league, but he stopped short of using the 'D' team word.
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.