Game Chat: Phils Out to End Slide Amid Good News on Injury Front

Game Chat: Phils Out to End Slide Amid Good News on Injury Front

For
the second time in 17 games, the Phillies are undoing the progress
they've made in the standings with a four-game losing streak. The good
guys once again find themselves five games back of the Nationals, one
game under .500.

Elsewhere, things are a bit better. Chase Utley
and Ryan Howard looked good at the plate in extended spring training,
and Roy Halladay held a press conference to announce he'll begin
throwing again after three weeks of rest. None of them are close to a
return, but return it seems they all will.

What condition their
Phillies teammates are in when that happens though hinges so much on
every last game, and tonight is another big one. Kyle Kendrick tries to
steer his mates away from a new low: their first five-game skid of the
season.

Kendrick has been plodding along steadily since becoming
more of a fixture in the rotation. He's 2-4 with a 4.02 ERA, but as
usual, his numbers as a starter are even better, 2-3 and 3.27. KK has
won in consecutive outings, and hasn't allowed more than two runs in any
of his last four.

He could run into some trouble tonight though.
A couple of Los Angeles Dodgers have enjoyed tremendous success against
Kendrick. Naturally, Andre Ethier is one of them. The All-Star right
fielder is 5-for-13 with a pair of homers and 7 RBI off the righthander.
First baseman James Loney is the other, and while he's having something
of a down year so far, the lifetime .285 hitter is 8-for-14, also with
two diners and 7 RBI on Kendrick. Scary match-up there.

The
Phillies' struggling offense isn't catching any breaks with Chris
Capuano going for LA. he's having a career year, off to a 7-2 start with
a 2.50 ERA. Capuano had the dreaded Tommy John surgery and wound up
missing the '08 and '09 seasons for the Brewers, and after an
up-and-down year for the Mets in 2011, he joined the Dodgers and has
been a fantastic addition for them. He is currently fourth in the NL in
hits per nine.

Charlie Manuel doesn't have anybody in the lineup
who hits Capuano exceptionally well. Hector Luna is 5-for-15 all time
versus the lefty, but he is sitting this one out. Juan Pierre has seen
Cap the most, going 9-for-26, but those are presumably Juan Pierre-type
hits -- bunts, flares, infield singles, etc.

Something's got to
give here. The Fightins need a win bad tonight, but the numbers would
suggest their odds are not very good. We shall see.

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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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.

And it still wasn't enough to keep it. 

The NFL has announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly. 

It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right. 

Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though. 

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.” 

The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas. 

According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million. 

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special. 

Things went so well, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success." 

It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.