Video: JVR Lost the Bet, Went Shopping in Full Hockey Gear

Video: JVR Lost the Bet, Went Shopping in Full Hockey Gear

If you follow any professional hockey players on Twitter, then over the last few weeks you surely saw that Scott Hartnell and his former Flyers teammate james van Riemsdyk were running against each other for high school class president. No, wait, that's not it. They were actually doing something nice and competing to see who could raise more donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The loser would have to go to the mall and shop in full hockey gear.

That's awkward and embarrassing, you see.

Turns out Hartsy took the victory and JVR was sent out looking at the Mall of America in Minnesota for some Christmas gifts in full hockey getup.

One complaint about the above video, however, is that there's no shot of JVR actually wandering through the mall in the full ensemble. That was the money shot right there with all the dirty/bewildered looks he likely received. TSN captured a bit of that, including a visit to Santa Claus.

Kudos to JVR making a purchase for Harsty at The Art of Shaving. He could certainly put that to good use. Although Hartsy says he's not shaving until the lockout ends, so let's all hope we see a clean Scott Hartnell in 2013.

Anyway, nice on them. They apparently raised upwards of $40,000 with the stunt. I suppose if you're not going to be playing hockey for a long damn time it's good to help some people who could use it.

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.