WATN: Jake Plummer Sounds Off, We Reminisce

WATN: Jake Plummer Sounds Off, We Reminisce

Hide yo' women, yo' children and yo' fourth quarter leads, 'cause Jake Plummer back and he rippin' errbody.

After four years away from the game, the former Arizona Cardinal and Denver Bronco joined a Phoenix radio station on Tuesday to sound off in regard to his grievances with front office in Mile-High, both past and present.

Referring to Mike Shanahan as "maybe not as special as we thought" (which we love) and to Tim Tebow as a guy with a whole lot of talent who Jake "would like more if [Tim] would just accept the fact that we know he know loves Jesus" (which we really love), Plummer appears just a wee bit salty in his retirement.

If your anger is as a result of Tebow receiving a whole boatload of press for his fourth quarter comeback against the Jets on Thursday Night Football, then don't worry, Jake; we remember you.

Long before John Skelton was even a glimmer on Ken Wisenhunt's depth chart—and certainly before Kulp began referring to Tony Romo as "The Snake" in a desperate attempt to make sense of the quarterback's career—Plummer was leading late-game rallies like it was his job—which, by the way, it was.

In 10 professional seasons as a starter, Jake was responsible for, believe it or not, 20 fourth quarter comebacks and 30 game-winning drives. He personally engineered five separate Cardinal comebacks over the Eagles in just four seasons.

After some digging on YouTube, we were able to unearth these all-too-painful memories.

Now, you may be asking yourself: "Isn't this really just piling on during a what has turned out to be radically disappointing year for the Eagles given our off-season expectations?" "And shouldn't you be letting up a bit after the team's hard fought win over the hated Giants on Sunday night." To answer my own questions in order: Yes, of course, it is; and, no, I shouldn't be.

In fact, it's precisely because the Eagles have managed to rope everyone back in that we need to talk about this. Really, I post these videos with love.

From an early age, Jake Plummer taught me everything I would need to know about bracing myself for heartbreak. You can keep your John Skeltons, your Tony Romos and—hell, probably even one day at the rate this team is going—your Tim Tebows, because Eagles fans got to watch The Snake do it live on five separate occasions.

Earlier this week I asked you (in jest...I think) to give thanks to Vince Young; but now, I'll be giving thanks this Thursday to Jake Plummer for teaching us all a valuable lesson.

Remember Birds fans, no matter what happens, and no matter how bad it gets, you've seen it all before.

As a matter of note, I'll also be giving thanks to Chris Berman for coming up with the added nickname of Jake "The Snake" "Liquid" Plummer. Love that guy.

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.