Four Straight Heading into the All-Star Break: Is Your Confidence Up?

Four Straight Heading into the All-Star Break: Is Your Confidence Up?

The Phillies play over the last four games was far from perfect. We saw the bullpen falter and the bats fail to really light it up, but as Jayson Werth says below, the hitting was certainly timely, and the outcome of the final four games before the All-Star break ended with four more notches in the win column.

Charlie and the boys seem pretty juiced up about the four game sweep heading into a nice little break for the majority of the players. They're not happy to be trailing the Braves and Mets in the division, but the sweep of the Reds appears to have given them a confidence boost to the point where they feel poised to get hot in the second half.

The team is feeling pretty good, but how about the fan base? It was less than a week ago when these same guys were talking about a lack of "swagger" after tough defeats. Three straight walkoff victories at home should certainly add a little hop to their step, but will it solve some of the bigger, long term issues? The starting pitching, for the most part, has been pretty good as of late, but I'm pretty sure the percentage of people who are confident in the Phillies bullpen, especially the closer, is a very low number. Swagger is not going to turn Danys Baez into a reliable reliever. Swagger is not going to turn back the clock on Brad Lidge to 2008. Swagger isn't going to turn Juan Castro into Chase Utley.

But, you know, swagger helps.

With the team off until Thursday, we'll have plenty of time to sit back and look at where this team stands. Did this four game sweep help you feel a little bit better about the Phillies chances in the second half? Or do you believe this team is too flawed to make a run? What, if anything, would you do if you were Ruben Amaro Jr. come trade deadline?

If nothing else, the last four games reminded us just how fun this team can be when they refuse to give up. I, for one, am glad there's plenty of baseball to be played this summer.

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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Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."

He also sent a message with his fresh new look.

Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.

No, not Andrew Bynum.

We're talking about Allen Iverson.

"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."

Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”

Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?

"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."

"I think it looks okay," Embiid, always his toughest critic, said.