'Dre on the Big Night: All-Star Sunday's First Sixer Since '06

'Dre on the Big Night: All-Star Sunday's First Sixer Since '06

The last time we sat down in front of our TVs to watch a Philadelphia
76er play in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game—assuming that there wasn't
a good Entourage or Sopranos episode or whatever to
compete—it was in 2006, Allen Iverson's last appearance as a Sixer. (AI
was voted as a starter in the midst of his second Philly go-round in
'10, but declined to play.) Since then, we haven't really even earned so
much an arguable snub, but this year, with the Sixers' 20-9 start to
the season, it was practically unavoidable that the City of Brotherly
Love would get a rep in the Late-Winter Classic. And indeed, for the
first time in his career, tonight Sixers' do-almost-everything swingman
Andre Iguodala will be lacing up as one of the game's 24 best.

We shouldn't expect a huge amount of PT for 'Dre—there's a glut of small
forwards in front of AI9 on the East roster, including such big names
as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce and Luol Deng. (OK, Deng's
not really a big name, but his coach Tom Thibodeau is captaining the
East roster, and has the tendency to Deng him about 45 minutes a night,
so you have to think Thibs is gonna funnel some of Dre's minutes his way
anyway.) Still, as Evan Turner showed during the Rising Stars game, a
guy who can run the floor, pass the ball and fill up a box score such as
Evan or Andre can be hugely valuable in a game such as this—and if
Thibodeau actually wants to win, he's gonna need a healthy dose of
'Dre's defense on Kobe Bryant, who always racks up points early in these
games by being the only player on the court to actually try for the
first 36 minutes.

7:45 tip from the Amway Center. No matter how much he does or does not
play in this game, we're incredibly proud of our AI9 for bringing the
Sixers back to All-Star Sunday, and we feel he's more than earned the
right to play with the league's elite guys in such a game. Just, uh,
maybe don't run too many plays for him in the final 90 seconds, Thibs.
Not really his thing.

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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If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

They're the hottest team in the NFL. And Eagles head coach Doug Pederson wants to make sure they stay that way.

Pederson revealed on Thursday that he constantly preaches to his team the importance of staying focused and not letting the growing outside noise surrounding the team affect its preparation.

In other words, ignore everything swirling around you and keep doing the things that got you to 5-1 with a league-best four-game winning streak.

"Yeah, I do focus on it and I have to," he said. "And for me, it's about winning this week and nothing further. [There's] a lot of football left. Remember, we were 4-2 this time last year and we've got to be mindful of that.

"Those are the things that motivate us and keep us going. There can't be a letdown. It's my job not to have that letdown with the team, so I continue to address them and keep them focused that way."

The Eagles were 4-2 after six games last year before losing seven of their next eight games to tumble out of the playoff race. They haven't reached the playoffs since 2013 and haven't won a playoff game since 2008.

But this year's team is 3-1 on the road, has lost only to the 5-2 Chiefs at Arrowhead, is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in all the major NFL polls and plays its next three games at home, where it's 8-2 under Pederson.

"I talk a lot to the team about ownership, and this is that time of year we're getting in that stretch of games, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, where teams begin to separate themselves, and we can't have any letdowns, setbacks, and we've just got to be full steam ahead," Pederson said.

"It's about doing the little things now. Meaning rest, hydration, extra study, extra conditioning, things that sometimes you lose sight of in all the wins and success that the team has had. And again it falls back on my shoulders to make sure the guys are doing those things this time of the year."

With a win over the Redskins Monday night at the Linc, the Eagles would have a three-game lead in the NFC East with 10 games to go.
 
That means if they went 5-4 the rest of the season, the Redskins would have to go 9-1 to get ahead of them.
 
It's been 21 years since Pederson won a Super Bowl ring as the Packers' holder for placekicks and third-string quarterback behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon.
 
But the lessons he learned that fall are ones he shares regularly with his team today.
 
"The biggest thing that I remember from that team is it was always just the next game," he said. "It was always focused on the next game.
 
"You could honestly throw the wins and losses away, it was winning that week, being 1-0 that week, and if you stack enough of those up, obviously you put yourself in a position to be in the postseason."