Hey, I Pitched in Texas Too: Oswalt for the Sweep

Hey, I Pitched in Texas Too: Oswalt for the Sweep

While the Phillies' offense stubbornly refuses to come around—Domonic Brown failed to provide the magic elixir that somehow allows a team to score more than three runs in a game, going 0-4 in his season debut—they've managed to take their first two games against the Rangers this series with a simple formula: Eight innings of awesome starting pitching, and one inning of lockdown relief pitching. Certainly simplifies things, doesn't it? The Phils certainly have the rotation to put this plan into action with disturbing regularity, and they'll try once more this afternoon with Roy Oswalt taking the hill. Or maybe they'll score some runs instead. Who knows? The world was supposed to end last night, so there's no telling what the future holds at this point.

A Texan for the great majority of his career—though in Houston, of course, not Arlington—Roy O has had an uncharacteristically rough history against his  interstate AL rivals. In 12 career starts against the Rangers, Oswalt is just 4-6 with a 4.54 ERA, without a single win against them since 2005 (0-5 with a 3.87 ERA since). We're hoping for a little better from Roy this time around, obviously, and his last start—a no-decision outing against the Cards where he gave up just one run in five innings of work—hopefully bodes well for that. With a starting lineup today that looks to include Wilson Valdez, John Mayberry and Dane Sardinha, all the run-prevention help we can get will certainly be appreciated.

1:35 first pitch from CBP. "Roy’s got good stuff, I was impressed," said one-time 'Stro teammate and current Cardinal Lance Berkman of Oswalt after his start in St. Louis. “He told me (last Sunday) he wasn’t feeling great and if that’s what he looks like when he’s not feeling great, I don’t want to face him when he is.” You and the entire state of Texas, Berkman.

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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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).