Ilya Bryzgalov's Throwback Winter Classic Goalie Pads

Ilya Bryzgalov's Throwback Winter Classic Goalie Pads

The one-off unique aspect of the Winter Classic continues to provide us with sights and sounds we're not typically accustomed to: new masks, Bernie Parent in net, and today we get to see goalie pads made to look all leathery and old-fashioned.

CSN's Sarah Baicker tweeted the live-action shot of Bob in net during practice today in Tampa rocking some special Winter Classic goalie pads.

Flyers fan Jarred Phillips followed that up by showing off the close-up shots you see of Ilya Bryzgalov's pads, blocker, and gloves made by Vaughn that he'll likely wear for the big game at Citizens Bank Park.

Call me crazy, but doesn't that special glove look an awful lot like a catcher's mitt / first baseman's glove?

We asked Phillips if he had any more info on the retro look seen in the photos and he shared the following:
The pattern on the pads is a fairly stock Vaughn retro design, the same
one Carey Price wore last year before he moved to Reebok this season.

What makes them unique is the straps on the front. I would guess that
they are only there to make them look more retro and don't serve any
functional purpose. I don't know that I have ever seen them on other
retro Vaughn sets before, certainly not in the NHL.

Why three sets of gloves? I would doubt that he'll switch each period.
Maybe he does, but I would think they're just dried after each like
players' gloves. They all need to be broken in over a short period, so I
would think he'd play in the glove and blocker he likes best. Maybe
he'll auction the other two.

Or maybe he wears one during warmups and then they can auction it off as "game-worn" at the Winter Classic.

Either way, part of the fun of this one-time event at Citizens Bank Park is all the fun little details like goalie pads and gloves that look almost like a catcher's mitt.

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Bob rocking the Reebok gear photo below by Sarah Baicker.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
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# 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

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9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers first home game is Friday night, and if their season opener in Washington, D.C. was any indication of the fans’ excitement level, the Wells Fargo Center will be rowdy. 

Sixers fans traveled to the Capital One Arena on Wednesday and started a “Trust the Process” chant less than a minute into the game, much to the dismay of the Wizards crowd.

That enthusiasm and loyalty was not lost on the players. They are ready to feed off the vibe at the Wells Fargo Center when they host the Celtics. 

“First of all, Philly fans are passionate and I love that about them,” Joel Embiid said. “Just me going out there, playing hard and making plays just to get them off their seat and cheer and yell and just go crazy, I just love that type of atmosphere. It gets me going, too.”

Some players block out the noise from the stands, especially if they aren’t hitting their shots. Embiid, though, wants to hear the support and repay it on the court. 

“If I miss foul shots and then they’re cheering, I know that the next play I’ve got to do better,” he said. “I’ve got to make a crazy block or I’ve got to make a crazy play to get them going. Then that gets me going too because I love the excitement. Since I’ve been in Philly, I’ve embraced it and I just love it.”

The players don’t want the fans to hold back, either. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has played in intense game environments overseas and welcomes the high energy in Philadelphia. 

“Here, whenever you go in the street, people call your name, cheer for you,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “During the game, it gets you going. The crazier they are, the better you feel and the better you’re going to play. It’s the best thing.”

Brett Brown always has emphasized the responsibility he feels to give the crowd a quality product. He reiterated that doing his job well is on his mind every game. For the first time in his tenure, Brown can debut a roster constructed with direction and a foundation.

“I’m confident and comfortable with what we’ve built, that we can deliver this year’s team to a court knowing that the base is there, there are people we really like and see as part of the future,” he said. 

Fans at the home opener will receive a t-shirt with caricatures of Brown, Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, JJ Redick, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric on it. 

 

The team also is launching the PhilaFanGram camera system that fans can use to take photos with a specially-designed Sixers-themed filter. 

Back-to-backs for Embiid?
Embiid is awaiting word from the medical staff to hear if he will be cleared for back-to-back games. Following Friday's game against the Celtics, the Sixers travel to Toronto the play the Raptors on Saturday. 

"Yesterday I played and my body feels great today," Embiid said. "My knee feels amazing. I feel like if I had to play today, I feel like I would play depending on how I feel. But I feel like I’m ready."

Embiid was held out of consecutive games last season.