A Tailgating Game Changer

A Tailgating Game Changer

Most of the Philadelphians I know love two things a whole lot: baseball and beer. Put them together and it usually results in a couple of cold ones in the parking lots down in South Philly before a game in the summertime. But finding a convenient, easy-drinking, and delicious beer isn't always as simple as you'd hope.

[Here's what the new beer garden at Citizens Bank Park looks like]

Enter Sly Fox's Helles Golden Lager which for the first time ever will be available in a can which has what they're calling a "360 lid" that actually tears all the way off so it drinks like a glass and lets you get the full and enjoyable bouquet.

Here's what the local Pottstown/Phoenixville brewer has to say about it on their website:

A German-style golden lager brewed with
imported German Pils malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops. This
light-bodied beer offers a gentle, dry finish. A perennial favorite in
the Sly Fox pubs and our brewer's go-to session beer. Helles Golden
Lager in a can offers wide open flavor and aroma.

4.9 ABV.

Having spent some time in Munich for Oktoberfest drinking giant steins of beer, I came to really enjoy the helles style.

Sly Fox's Prima Pikeland Pils has been a staple in our tailgating rotation. I'm willing to bet Matt P. and co. will be enjoying a few of these new Helles cans down in the lots in Chester this summer.

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.