Eagles Defensive Prospect a Former NCAA Slam Dunk Champ

Eagles Defensive Prospect a Former NCAA Slam Dunk Champ

For the most part rookie OTAs are full of hyperbole and rampant speculation without news of any real substance. The few stories of note have been TE Cornelius Ingram banging up his oft-injured knee and keeping an eye on whether or not second-year corner Jack Ikegwuonu has a chance at making the team. But every now and then a story like a guy at camp being a former NCAA slam dunk champion gets unearthed -- with video!

Les Bowen tells the tale this morning of former Tulane point guard turned NFL wannabe Byron Parker. Parker was a basketball player long before he ever tried his hand on the gridiron but after winning the dunk contest at the 2003 Final Four, some football people with the Jaguars told him to give the sport a shot.

The chronology of what led the Jags to call is a little tangled.
Somewhere in there, around the time of the dunk contest, Parker decided
to work out at Tulane's football pro day for NFL draft prospects,
though he had never played the sport. And when then-Tulane football
coach Chris Scelfo hailed a lunchroom table of basketball players,
asking who wanted to play for him, Parker volunteered. Ultimately,
Parker said, the Jaguars told him if he played a year of college
football, using up his remaining athletic eligibility, they would take
a look when he was done.

Tom Heckert speaks highly of Parker, comparing his rawness to that of former Eagle Clinton Hart, and notes Byron's athleticism is legit with a 43-inch vertical and 4.49 40-yard dash time.

Parker's chances of making the Birds team this year seem slim, but his story is terribly fun, kind of like his dunks. Check out the video below.

>>Former slam-dunk champ Parker working to make it with Eagles [Inquirer]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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


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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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons had himself a historic first week in the NBA and as a result, his MVP odds have changed substantially.

Listed by Bovada on Oct. 10 at 80/1 to win MVP, Simmons is now at 33/1, tied with DeMarcus Cousins and ahead of Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard.

Simmons became the first player since Oscar Robertson to produce at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of his first three career games.

Teammate Joel Embiid had a less successful start to the year, averaging 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games but shooting just 35.5 percent from the field and missing all 10 three-point attempts.

And yet somehow, Embiid's MVP odds have changed from 40/1 to 25/1. He has the same MVP odds as Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis.

Griffin, at 50/1, is a sneaky good bet for MVP. The Clippers are his team now with Chris Paul in Houston, and Griffin has added long-distance shooting to his game, making three triples in each game. Two games in, he's averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

If he can stay healthy (a huge if) and lead the Clippers to 52-plus wins in a loaded Western Conference, you'd have to think Griffin would be looked at more favorably in terms of MVP odds than someone on a star-studded team like any of the Warriors or Rockets, if Paul returns from his knee injury within a month and affects James Harden's stats even slightly. 

Giannis Antetokounpo and LeBron James look like the two players most likely to win MVP, but 50/1 for Griffin is good value if you think this is the year he stays healthy. If he didn't have a history of injuries, his odds right now would be closer to those of John Wall (28/1) or Towns (25/1).