WATN: Jerry Stackhouse Remembers Philly Fans (All Good, Of Course)

WATN: Jerry Stackhouse Remembers Philly Fans (All Good, Of Course)

Jerry Stackhouse may be remembered more for his appearance in a G. Love song than anything he ever did on the court in Philadelphia.  Hadn't thought of Stackhouse lately?  Turns out he's on the Mavericks who have a real nice team.  Stack comes off the bench for 25 or so minutes a game and puts up about 10 points per.

Anyway, why on this slow Wednesday morning am I bringing up the former Sixer?  Turns out the Mavs were in New York on Monday night to beat the Knicks, obvs, and there was some fun at half time.  New York fans are so pissed they booed a little kid singing Sinantra.  And Stack relates it to Philly, of course.

       "I heard they booed a kid at halftime," Stackhouse said, "the kid that sang the Frank Sinatra song."   

 

Sure enough, a 12-year-old boy was belting out "New York, New York" and
got showered with boos. Fortunately, the kid's boos weren't as loud as
those aimed at Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.

 

"I've been in
situations like that in Philadelphia," Stackhouse said. "You just wish
they would stay ... at home. Why come to the game to boo? You should
come to support them. In the Northeast, that's fans in general. If they
were able to turn it around and somehow go on a nice 10-game winning
streak, Isiah would be able to do no wrong.

Geez.
Guy hasn't been here in like a decade and he's ragging on us.  I liked
Stackhouse better when he was a pimple faced freshman at UNC.

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.