It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

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Two very interesting reports on the quarterback situation came out
today, one of which may be tipping the front office's hand. First,
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio says the Eagles are telling teams inquiring
about both McNabb or Kolb that neither are in fact available. It's a
nice story, but as PFT's take already declared, nobody is buying it.
Especially if GCobb's source is accurate. His site
reported this morning the Eagles have approached Kolb's agent about a
contract extension
, which the team will not confirm or deny. This is
getting juicy.
Kevin Kolb signing a contract only makes sense if
the Eagles intend to make him the starter sooner rather than later.
He's made it very clear he wants to play and believes he is ready.
There is no way he would agree to terms unless the club gave him some
indication he was going to be the man.

No matter what the team is saying, if they go
through with an extension for Kolb, it's extremely difficult to believe
Donovan will be an Eagle this season. Why would he accept that? He
would be taking all the risk on the final year of his contract, knowing
the entire time he's not in their long term plans.

How would that even make sense from the team's
standpoint? If Kolb is their guy, why wait? I can't see the benefit to
an arrangement that has McNabb playing out the final year of his deal,
then walking away for nothing when they had every opportunity to trade
him for picks. If they believe in Kolb enough to extend him,
essentially choosing him, then they should be willing to show some
conviction and make the switch now.

Perhaps Cobb's source is jumping the gun on this
one. You could question the rationale behind negotiating a contract for
one guy before trading the other, making the case that revealing to the
rest of the league which one they're keeping reduces their leverage in
a trade.

If there is indeed a contract offer to one
quarterback, you can expect it to have major implications on the other.
When Kolb hears McNabb is re-upping, he'll opt to take his chances as a
free agent next year. If these reports are true though, we think you'll
be hearing about Donovan wanting out, and an organization happy to
grant him that request.

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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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

BOX SCORE

TORONTO — The Air Canada Centre has become a tough place for the Sixers.

Nothing has changed with a new season.

The Raptors defeated the Sixers, 128-94, Saturday night for their 16th win in the past 17 games against the Sixers, including 10 in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

The Sixers have problems beating the Raptors at home as well as away, which pretty well takes care of all the possibilities.

Say this for the Sixers, after falling behind by 17 points during the first quarter, they had the lead down to eight in the second quarter on a pair of free throws by former Raptor Jerryd Bayless. It was 62-49 for Toronto at the half.

Then there was the second half.

The Raptors raced out to a 72-51 lead early in the third quarter, with Serge Ibaka scoring eight of their first 10 points. Kyle Lowry finished the scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer to increase Toronto’s lead to 102-71.

• Amir Johnson got the start at center with Joel Embiid missing the second half of a back-to-back to rest his left knee. Johnson knows his way around the Air Canada Centre, having played for the Raptors for six seasons before going to the Boston Celtics for the past two seasons. He received a nice cheer during the pregame introductions and then scored the game’s first basket on a dunk.

• Jahlil Okafor took over at center 5:27 into the first quarter and quickly scored to tie the game at 13, but he was out of the game after playing 2:49 after picking up three quick fouls.

• Ben Simmons had his third consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had eight assists. He already had accomplished something never done before in franchise history entering the game against the Raptors. The rookie forward recorded double-doubles in his first two career NBA games against the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. He is the 11th player in NBA history to do so.

• Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game because of flu symptoms. No such luck for the Sixers, he was in the starting lineup and looked quite well as he pumped in 15 points in the first quarter on 4 for 4 shooting from the field and a telling seven free throws in eight attempts. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

• As if the discrepancy in free throws has not been enough of a problem in the early going for the Sixers, Markelle Fultz missed three of his first four free-throw attempts against the Raptors. Toronto was 24 for 28 from the line in the first half and the Sixers were 12 for 18. Toronto made 30 of 36 foul shots on the game and the Sixers made 22 of 36. 

• Toronto reserve Lucas Nogueira scored on a breakaway dunk during the third quarter, which may redefine garbage time.

• For those who thought the 17 turnovers committed by the Sixers in each of their first two games were bad, what do you think of 20 turnovers Saturday night?

• Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was restricted to 15 minutes (five points, four rebounds) because of a sprained left ankle. He had a double-double in the team’s opening game win over the Chicago Bulls.