Erik Gustafsson decides moving to Russia is better than playing for the Flyers

Erik Gustafsson decides moving to Russia is better than playing for the Flyers

For the life of me, I’ve never quite been able to figure out how Erik Gustafsson isn’t a cheaper, possibly better alternative to practically every other Philadelphia Flyers defenseman. He’s only 25, and if they would just try giving him regular minutes…

Alas, there’s no point in contemplating anymore, because Gustafsson is finished taking up space in the press box at the Wells Fargo Center. According to reports, the Swedish blue-liner has agreed to a contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. In Russia.

Yes, Gustafsson found the idea of playing and living in Russia preferable to spending even one more year being jerked around by the Flyers.

Gus was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, which means he was destined to be back in orange and black for 2014-15, or at least watching a hockey team that wears orange and black. Pivotal Game 5, gotta go with Hal Gill, am I right?

Gustafsson played in 33 games between regular season and playoffs this season, notching three goals and eight assists with a plus-seven—team-high among defensemen.

To be fair, Gustafsson’s inability to crack the Flyers lineup on a consistent basis may not be solely responsible for his decision. There's money, and Russia is a lot closer to home—although the obvious downside is it’s Russia.

Whatever the case, he decided he was better off in Russia than playing even one more season in Philadelphia (and probably Allentown), which is sad any way you want to look at it.

>> Report: Gustafsson done with Flyers, signs in KHL [CSN]

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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Eagles fan who ran into subway pole alive!

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Eagles fan who ran into subway pole alive!

Updated: 6:31 p.m.

A Philadelphia Eagles fan whose attempt to rally subway passengers for a playoff game ended with him running into a concrete pole says he's doing OK and a viral video shows the "passion" of Philly fans.

Jigar Desai said his pain eased with the Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday night.

The mishap occurred while Desai was heading to the game after having a few drinks while watching the New England Patriots defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game.

The 42-year-old Eagles season ticket holder from suburban Philadelphia said he got pumped up watching a group of Eagles fans on a train heading in the opposite direction and wanted to get them excited. Video captured Desai, wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, running with the train car -- then hitting the pole and bumping into the train.

"Yeah, I hit the pole, but the passion is there," Desai said. "It reflects the passion of the entire city. We are good fans. Yeah, there are a couple of bad apples in the mix, in any city you're going to find that, but I think as a whole we have supported this team for years and years and years. I think this city is ready to bring home the hardware."

The Eagles will face the Patriots, the reigning NFL champions, in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. It'll be the 10th appearance in the Super Bowl for the Patriots but just the third for the Eagles, who've never won it.

Desai, who described himself as a "10-pound baby from India" who moved to Pennsylvania when he was a child, said his postgame celebration was a lot tamer and he went to his job at a pharmaceutical company on Monday, although he was a bit sore. He said he may go to the doctor on Tuesday.

The subway platform run was perhaps the most viral moment from Sunday's festivities in Philadelphia, which included video of fans climbing light poles slicked with Crisco, Eagles fans throwing beer at Vikings fans and a fan arrested for punching a police horse.

"I'm not throwing bottles or punching horses," Desai said. "It was just running into a pole."

If you somehow haven't seen the video, or want to see it again, here it is.

Here's something you may not have seen, that's right, a second angle! 

Niggas tripping and didn't get to the game yet

Posted by Aaron Smith on Sunday, January 21, 2018