Sixers fall in Phoenix; Webber injured

Sixers fall in Phoenix; Webber injured

The never ending roller coaster ride of the Sixers took a big dip last night in Phoenix.  The Suns handled the Sixers with ease and to make matters worse C-Webb hurt both his shoulder and formerly ailing knee.  ESPN has a full game recap with video included.

There seems to be conflicting reports on the seriousness of Webber's injury.  Joe Juliano gives a nice writeup in today's Inquirer:

Webber tweaked his surgically repaired left knee with 2 minutes, 9 seconds in the first half. After examining the knee at halftime, the Sixers medical staff, with the concurrence of the Suns' team doctor, advised Webber not to return.

Webber felt his knee was well enough for him to start the third quarter.

"I wanted to play, just to give it another effort," Webber said. "I think our team deserved to see everybody trying, and I just wanted to show some of the guys what type of person I was. I didn't even think it was going to be a big deal."

However, Webber bumped his left shoulder in a collision and left the game again with 2:31 left in the third quarter. The Sixers said he sprained the shoulder, and Webber said he felt it pop out of the socket.

"It was so freaky," he said. "This is my bumping shoulder for all these years. I told Allen (Iverson) when he picked me up, 'It popped out.' He's like, 'No, no' and I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah.' Hopefully, maybe it popped out a little bit and not a lot, but we'll see."

So who really knows.. I'm expecting the worst in this one.  Hopefully Webber will be able to go Sunday in Boston.  I'll be up there for the game against the Celtics and the Sixers need C-Webb to beat those guys.

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.