Bloggers Top 40 Sports Figures 2006

Bloggers Top 40 Sports Figures 2006

Jamie Mottram, of AOL's Sports Bloggers Live and the organizer of the Fanhouse, polled some of the top sports bloggers to compile a list of the top 40 sports figures of 2006.  Only one person I voted for cracked the top 40 and he doesn't even play his ball in Philly.

Check out the full list at Jamie's blog Mr. Irrelevant.

My 10 person list after the jump.

1. Ryan Howard     - 58 Home Runs - In the blink of an eye Ryan Howard has cemented himself as
Philadelphia's best athlete.  Move over Allen Iverson and Donovan McNabb, you're in
Ryan's town now.  In a city where fans want attitude, Ryan Howard makes us happy and keeps us watching baseball with his genuine respect and love for the game.

2.
Donovan McNabb

- From proving the Eagles could win without number 81 to ending another
season sidelined by injury, the water cooler talk never ends with
McNabb.

 

3.
Allen Iverson

- Instead of talking about practice, we're likely talking about trading
the most entertaining athlete Philly has seen in decades if not ever.

4.
Sal Fasano
- When the New York papers write an article about a career back up catcher getting more love than A-Rod, you know there's something crazy going on.  Philly loves a hard worker.

5. Terrell Owens - The Eagles defeating the Cowboys in the return of T.O.
was one of the most hyped games Philly has seen in years.  The only
game comparable to it I can remember was the 2004 NFC Championship
game.  Philadelphia will never stop asking what could have been if
Terrell just stopped being Little T.  From Children's books to attempted suicide, it never stops with Terrell Owens.

6. Aaron Rowandn - "The Catch" guaranteed Aaron Rowand that he'll never have to pay for his own drink in Philadelphia ever again.

7.n Brett Myers - A guy who beats his wife will never get any respect in Philly.

8. Andy Reid - Is his time done in Philly? Has the window closed? Times yours.

8. nChase Utley - He's gotten lost a little bit in the giant shadow of Ryan Howard but Chase doesn't mind. He'll bring his winning attitude no matter what and Philly will love him.

9. nJimmy Rollins - Spending a winter wondering if Jimmy could catch Joe D. sure was fun.

10. Cole Hammels - Could Philly finally get an ace?",1]
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6. Aaron Rowand
- "The Catch" guaranteed Aaron Rowand that he'll never have to pay for his own drink in Philadelphia ever again.

7.
Brett Myers
- A guy who beats his wife will never get any respect in Philly.

8. Andy Reid - Is his time done in Philly?  Has the window closed?  Times yours.

8.
Chase Utley
  - He's gotten lost a little bit in the giant shadow of Ryan Howard but Chase doesn't mind.  He'll bring his winning attitude no matter what and Philly will love him.

9.
Jimmy Rollins
- Spending a winter wondering if Jimmy could catch Joe D. sure was fun.

10. Cole Hammels - Could Philly finally get an ace?

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers' already-shorthanded backcourt will be down another key player against the Bulls.

T.J. McConnell will miss Wednesday’s game to attend his father-in-law's funeral. The Sixers, already down JJ Redick (leg) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), signed guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract Thursday. 

There’s no easy substitution for McConnell, who has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in his last five games. So much of his contributions come from hustle.

“You’re especially going to hear us say that the energy and the sort of spark that he gives needs to be generated as a group through our defense,” Brett Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown plans to play starting point guard Ben Simmons more than his averaged 35.0 minutes. He also intends to utilize Drew, a familiar face who already has played on the Sixers through 10-day contracts and summer league. 

“I respect him,” Brown said of Drew. “He’s good. He’s solid. He’s a true point guard. He was a natural request from my side when these other injuries and circumstances, like T.J. is going through, happened.” 

Drew had been playing in the G League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

“[Brown] gave me kind of the rundown of what he was expecting from me and I told him he has the man for the job,” Drew said. “Come in, run the team, just be a leader, get guys shots and take open jumpers when you have them. No turnovers, just take care of the ball.” 

Turnovers a hot topic
That last item on Drew’s to-do list was at the forefront of topics for Brown when he addressed the media the day after the Sixers’ 105-101 loss to the Grizzlies (see story). The team committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter, a number further magnified when those 10 errors led to 20 Grizzlies points. 

“We can say let’s just dribble it up the floor, post Jo (Joel Embiid), and I bet we reduce our turnovers,” Brown said. “Or you can say, we play with a pace, we play with a speed, we lead the NBA in passes, we’re amongst the elite in assists, we like the style of play. But it needs to be filtered, it needs to tempered. All those things end up my answer to where we’re feeling some pain.”

Brown said the players have to “own” their turnovers. Embiid (4.2) and Simmons (4.0) lead the team in that category. Brown noted it is his job as the coach to keep emphasizing it game after game. The Sixers rank worst in the NBA with 17.6 turnovers per game. 

“I don’t want to overreact to Memphis,” Brown said. “I’m not discounting it. It’s not in my bucket of, ‘Oh, there’s 82 games.' It isn’t that. It’s a stinky loss. It’s a poor loss. But we’re going to move on.”

Injury update
James Young (gastroenteritis) is questionable Wednesday against the Bulls.