Today in Mike Vick's On-Going Identity Crisis: The Whole Being Careful Thing...Again

Today in Mike Vick's On-Going Identity Crisis: The Whole Being Careful Thing...Again

He's going to play it safe. He's going to sell out on every play. He knows he doesn't have to be a one-man show. But he's a football player.
On and on and on and on...
The latest update in the on-going "Mike Vick can't make up his mind about just what kind of quarterback he wants to be" saga appears to have Vick willing to take on all defensive comers -- again.
From NFL.com (via ProFootballTalk):

“I sorta said to myself, ‘You know what? Stop worrying about playing not to get hurt,’ Vick told Albert Breer about how the shot he took against the Patriots changed his mindset. “Two weeks in a row, against Pittsburgh and New England, my mindset was just to play cautiously and not get hurt and get through the preseason to the regular season. And I just told myself, ‘I can’t play like that.’ I can’t play with so many different things on my mind. . . ."

We figured that out Sunday, when he threw four picks. Some of the analysis after game included a critique that Vick's decision making was so alarmingly bad not because of rust, but because he really couldn't make up about what kind of quarterback he wanted to be.
After all this talk about his style, there's just too much of me left asking: Why is this even a problem? Shouldn't Vick's natural gifts actually make him more adept at getting out of dodge, rather than putting both himself and the football in jeopardy?
In his pseudo-defense, he was under fire at times -- although some of the pressure he brought on himself by holding the ball. Moreover, the loss of Jason Peters might continue to expose him to nasty shots in the pocket, much like those he received from the Browns. That's not going to help no matter what his football IQ.
But at some point is it fair to conclude that -- both inside and outside the pocket -- he's just poor at making decisions with the football (holding the ball; throwing across his body) and his own health (refusing to slide with his legs first) regardless of whatever mindset he's talked himself into playing that week? 
Where are you on Vick and his persistent identity crisis?

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.