Game 28: More Flyers-Lightning Excitement Tonight?

Game 28: More Flyers-Lightning Excitement Tonight?

The last meeting of the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning had the rare distinction of garnering league-wide attention for being boring. Peter Laviolette took it upon himself to make a statement that the Flyers weren't going to play into Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 trap, employing a stall tactic whereby the Flyers just waded around in their zone while the Lightning refused to forecheck.

It may have been boring from a hockey standpoint, but it certainly isn't what you see every night on the ice. The tactic worked in some respects, but ultimately it seemed a failure to me. The highest scoring team in the league scored just once and lost, 2-1, in overtime. All signs point to another game of Hockey Chess tonight at the Wells Fargo Center though. Wonder how the home crowd will respond, and whether it will work if employed...

The Lightning are four points out of dead last in the Eastern Conference, with a 12-14-2 record, and they're near the bottom in both goals scored and goals allowed. Boucher's system isn't exactly working. Hopefully the Flyers don't stunt their attack too bluntly tonight.

They've won four in a row in a variety of ways, pulling ahead of the Eastern Conference pack for the moment. Meanwhile, Tampa had lost five in a row before beating the Rangers in a shootout on Thursday night. In the losses that preceded it, they'd given up four or more goals in four straight games.

The Flyers could use a win against Tampa, who have had their number lately.

No St. Louis
Tampa has also lost Martin St. Louis indefinitely after he took a puck to the face in practice, causing several fractures. Pretty crappy way to lose an ironman streak… St. Louis had played in 499 straight games…

They still have Steven Stamkos ready to rock though, and he's among the league leaders in goals (16) and points (30).

Check Mate?
We may have some updates closer to game time, but for now, what are your thoughts on the Trap vs. Stall possibilities for tonight? Should the Flyers scrap the stall? Or, if Lavvy employs it again, will the results be better this time?

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 QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award. 

At least, he's now the favorite. 

The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. 

Here's the top five: 

1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200

Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite. 

It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games. 

Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. 

The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award. 

The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24. 

Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.