Spadaro: 'Castillo is the Eagles' defensive coordinator'

Spadaro: 'Castillo is the Eagles' defensive coordinator'

Ordinarily
we don't put much stock in whatever Dave Spadaro has to say, but it's
hard to argue any writer is closer to the organization than he is.
That's why we found this little nugget about Juan Castillo's job status
interesting, buried halfway into Spud's recent "News, Notes And Things I
Think" post over at PE.com.

"I give Juan Castillo a ton of
credit for the way he has handle the mysterious state of the Eagles'
defensive coordinator situation. Head coach Andy Reid hasn't met the
media since the day of the win over Washington, and his silence has led
to all kinds of speculation. Castillo is going about his job as a
professional and he answered questions the best he could in Mobile. He is the Eagles' defensive coordinator and Castillo has a big job in front of him this season."

What
Spadaro is saying mirrors my own opinion that reports of a search for a
new defensive coordinator have been baseless from the start. Andy Reid
has not conducted a single interview that we are aware of -- we can't
even confirm he's picked up the phone -- and not one team official has
indicated Castillo would no longer be the defensive coordinator, not
even Castillo himself
.

But
what we're wondering is whether Spadaro's information falls under the
"News," "Notes," or "Things I Think" column. Does he know for certain
Castillo will be back, or is it merely an observation that Castillo is
back until we are told otherwise?

>>News, Notes, And Things I Think [PE.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.