Trailer: Philly hoops documentary debuts tonight

Trailer: Philly hoops documentary debuts tonight

Here's something a little different: a streetball documentary set in Philadelphia.

Via Slam Magazine we're alerted to the debut of "16th and Philly" that will take place tonight at the African American Museum. From the official announcement:

“16th and Philly” is set to premiere February 6th, 2014 at the African American Museum to be followed by free viewings in neighborhood centers throughout Philadelphia in honor of Black History Month. This documentary depicts the rise and fall of one of the nation’s renowned playground basketball leagues held at 16th Street and Susquehanna Avenue in the heart of North Philadelphia. From the late 1980′s, throughout out the 1990′s and into the to early 2000’s “16th Street” was the paramount and regularly compared to New York City’s “Rucker Park”. Many greats frequented the league including Wilt Chamberlain, Hank Gathers and Doug Overton, but three in particular made themselves legends; Rodney “Hotrod” Odrick, Aaron “AO” Owens, and Bryant “Sadeye” Watson.

Rid with economic despair and devastating conditions, 16th Street playground was a beacon of hope for the North Philadelphia community as well as the city at large. These games brought fans from across the city and tri-state area to witness the level of competition unmatched by any other league. The league at 16th Street shaped Philadelphia basketball history forever. There the legends paved the way and created a lane for the new stars of today.

A portion of the proceeds from the ‘16th and Philly’ documentary will go to a fund dedicated to rebuilding the facilities at the 16th Street basketball courts and the indoor basketball courts at 25th and Diamond in Philadelphia.

“I’m proud that we are able to bring a glimpse of Philadelphia basketball history to Philadelphia and the nation.” says Isaiah Nathaniel “ Excited that we were able to capture, document, and memorialize an institution that so many of us not only in the Philadelphia basketball community, but the basketball community as whole, hold dear to our hearts, The 16th Street Games”

Those interested in learning more about ’16th and Philly’ or receiving updates about the film its viewings should visit www.16thandphilly.com.

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

We're all looking forward to the free-agent class of 2018.

If Maikel Franco doesn't shape up, the Phillies could make a hard push for Manny Machado. Franco after a two-game benching is back in the lineup for this afternoon's game against the Rockies (see story).

Then, of course, there's Bryce Harper, who earlier this month agreed to a one-year, $21,625,000 deal for next season. 

And guess what? If Harper becomes a free agent after next season, the Phillies would be interested in signing him.

Really?

According to a FanRagSportsNetwork, citing a Phillies source, the Phils would be interested luring Harper to Philly.

Shocker. 

It'd be big news if a Phillies source said the team wasn't interested in signing Harper. 

Anyway, the story also quotes a National League scout.

“Could you imagine what he could do in that ballpark playing 81 games a year in that bandbox?” the scout said.

Chances are every Phillies fan has already imagined it. Harper this season alone is hitting .351/.400/.784 with five homers and 12 RBIs in nine games against the Phils. In three games at the Bank, he's hitting just .250 with a homer and two RBIs.

But in 38 career games at CBP, he's hitting .296/.361/.627 with 12 home runs and 26 RBIs.

In 89 career games against the Phillies, he's hitting .282 with 20 homers and 54 RBIs.

At the risk of stating the obvious, here's one thing to remember: If the Phils sign Harper, then he'd no longer benefit from facing them.

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Well, this hasn't gone well. 

Coming into Thursday afternoon's game against the Rockies, the Phillies have lost five straight. They've lost nine of their last 10. They've lost 20 of their last 24. 

At 15-29, they're not just the worst team in the NL East. They're not just the worst team in the National League. 

Through 44 games, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball. 

Just to make it to a .500 record this season, they would need to go 66-52 (.559) the rest of the way. 

Their four-game series against the Rockies will mercifully come to a close on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. In the first three games of the series -- all losses -- the Phils have been outscored 23-5. 

Maikel Franco returns to the four-hole as the Phillies try to snap out of their funk.

The Phillies on Thursday also activated right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list. Gomez takes Adam Morgan's spot on the roster. Morgan was reassigned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after throwing three scoreless innings during the Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Rockies.

Gomez hasn't pitched since May 4 because of an elbow injury. He began the season as the Phillies' closer but was demoted after blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his first five innings. In 11 1/3 innings this season, Gomez has a 7.94 ERA.

Here's the full lineup: 

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Michael Saunders, RF
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P