One of the most famous rear ends in all of the music biz took the stage at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. A number of Sixers stars were in attendance for the hip-hop show, and it showed on Sunday as the team played like ass against the lowly Sacramento Kings.
The Sixers dropped an ugly overtime loss at home against the Kings. The bench, typically one of the best in the league and a bright spot for Doug Collins' crew, came up real small on Sunday afternoon, including a pitiful 1-12 shooting from Lou Williams. If nothing else, this loss reaffirmed the certitude that under no circumstances should any individual choose to willingly listen to the music of Lil Wayne.
LouWill did hit the big three at the regulation buzzer to send the game into overtime, his only made field goal of the game, but he told reporters after the game that a team outing to said hip-hop concert that included such artists as Nicki Minaj may have taken a little out of their step. [video below]
"We took a chance [Saturday night] by going to the Lil Wayne concert," Lou said after the OT loss on Sunday.
But did the concert really have anything to do with their poor performance? It's tough to say.
"You had guys that went that played well, you had guys that went that didn't play well," Williams added.
Photo of Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne in Philly on Saturday night via the invaluable LilWayneHQ.com
VIDEO: Lou Will mentions the Lil Wayne show about 40 seconds in:
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.