Rob Zombie is known for his heavy metal music and horror movies, two genres of entertainment I can't honestly say I'm a fan of, but the Grammy-winning artist is stepping out of the box to work on a new feature film depicting Philadelphia's beloved Broad Street Bullies.
According to Mike Fleming of Deadline.com, Zombie acquired the rights to the club's story, and he will write, direct, and produce this film based on the Flyers' meteoric rise from NHL expansion franchise to Stanley Cup prominence during the 70s. Fleming adds Zombie has the full support of the team, so the amount of realism and in-depth detail should be top notch.
[Zombie] likened the tone of the tale to Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice. “Each character involved is more outrageous than the next,” Zombie said. “The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction’ sports tale.”
The movie is aptly titled Broad Street Bullies. No word yet on when production will begin, but Fleming points out Zombie's current project, The Lord of Salem, is already in post-production.
My initial thoughts are this sounds like a whole lot of awesome. Zombie is a respected artist, and I suspect the translation to the big screen will have a bit more bite than your typical Disney-style sports movies -- Invincible comes to mind. When you stop to think about it, the story of the Bullies was made for theaters.
A couple years back, HBO treated us to a documentary on the Bullies, and now this. Needless to say, we'll be following the film's progress closely all the way up to its premiere.
(Hat tip to our friend Dan Levy.)
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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.