He dropped the gloves twice!

By Dan Gartland
November 19, 2018

Gritty serves hard justice

It seems like not every kid is a big fan of Gritty, the Flyers’ new mascot. 

During the Mighty Mites game at intermission on Saturday night, one of the tiny players decided to drop the gloves and go toe-to-toe with Gritty—not once but twice

The kid’s name is Nate Babb and he didn’t waste any time going after the round orange mascot. The announcer was still introducing the players when Nate decided to start throwing haymakers and knock Gritty to the ice. He escaped punishment for that bout but after Nate’s gloves hit the ice a second time Gritty decided he’d had enough and carried the spunky troublemaker off to the penalty box. 

We should have seen this coming when they gave Nate Babb the same jersey number as former Flyers enforcer Shawn Cronin.

Oh. My. God. 

This, from the WCAC championship game between bitter rival D.C.-area Catholic schools Gonzaga and DeMatha, is easily the most incredible finish to a football game you will ever see. Here’s everything that happened:

• Gonzaga converts a third-and-33 to keep hope alive.

• Gonzaga scores a touchdown with 29 seconds left to take the lead.

• DeMatha returns the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to retake the lead.

• Gonzaga QB Caleb Williams throws a Hail Mary pass that travels 65 yards in the air that is caught by John Marshall to win the game.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Williams, only a sophomore, has reportedly drawn interest from Alabama. 

Fart controversy clouds darts tournament

When I last discussed darts in this space it was because of a truly monumental display of precise dexterity. Now we’re talking about farts. 

A foul odor hung over the stage at the Grand Slam of Darts, which Wesley Harms said was at least partially to blame for his stinky performance against Gary Anderson. Anderson vehemently denied the charges and said he wouldn’t be afraid to fess up if he had been the culprit.

“Usually if I fart on stage, I s--- myself,” Anderson said. “And you know that because I’ve told you that in a documentary.”

It’s true. Anderson does admit to soiling himself in this video here. 

What a sport.

The agony of victory

Braves prospect Braxton Davidson won the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the championship game on Saturday, but his celebration was short-lived. Davidson did something to his foot after rounding third base and hobbled to the plate. 

He was taken to a hospital for X-rays. 

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