Lets Get Weird: Flyers Refute Report of Ilya Bryzgalov Sleeping in Team Meeting

Lets Get Weird: Flyers Refute Report of Ilya Bryzgalov Sleeping in Team Meeting

As the playoffs continue to slip through their fingers, and
speculation swirls around the future of Ilya Bryzgalov, I suppose it’s only
natural for the witch hunt to intensify.

Sure enough a report has emerged that the Flyers’ goaltender
was benched for their game against the Islanders, and not because he was due
for a break after making 22 consecutive starts, not even because the team
wanted to get a look at Steve Mason. Allegedly it was because Bryz was caught
snoozing during a meeting.

The report originated on 97.5 The Fanatic, but several of
Bryzgalov’s teammates swiftly and adamantly refuted the story while meeting
with the media on Wednesday, including Mike Knuble who described the rumor as “asinine.”
Head coach Peter Laviolette denied as well.

The news comes amid a period in the season when everybody is
still trying to attach the specific significance to Mason’s arrival. There is
widespread belief it was a sign that a buyout could be coming for Bryz in the
offseason, while some believe Mason getting the call against the Islanders on
Tuesday was the newcomer’s big audition.

Bryzgalov spoke to reporters prior to last night’s loss about
the possibility the Flyers would seek amnesty on the rest of his nine-year, $51
million contract, but did not come off as hostile. He suggested that it’s not
necessarily what he wants, but those decisions are out of his control according
to Randy Miller’s story for the Courier-Post.

“You know, I have no control in
this,” he said. “I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what
they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control. I
maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

Miller’s story is worth a read, as Bryz also touches on his
awful statistics, how his body is holding up after playing so many
games in a row, and even specifically the arrival of Mason. From what I
gathered reading it, Bryzgalov seems like a man determined to stand above the
fray, although it obviously hasn’t prevented some people from trying to drag
him down.

>> Kimmo: Bryz (BryZZZZ?) was not sleeping [Broad St. Bull]
>> Bryzgalov on potential buyout: 'To be honest, I don't care' [Courier-Post]

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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

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Carson Wentz feels 5-1 Eagles 'just wired different this year'

Carson Wentz feels 5-1 Eagles 'just wired different this year'

There's something special going on around here, and Carson Wentz isn't afraid to say it.

“We’re made different this year," Wentz said after practice Thursday. "We have a different character make-up in that locker room, and nobody’s going to ever settle for anything less than greatness. So we’re going to go out there every day and attack it.”

The Eagles, 5-1, go for their fifth straight win Monday night against the Redskins, who they beat on opening day at FedEx Field.

Wentz, in only his second season, has elbowed his way into the NFL MVP conversation. His emergence as the unquestioned leader of this team has mirrored the team's emergence as one of the NFL's elite teams.

Wentz spoke Thursday about how he sensed something different, something special, as far back as spring workouts.

“You could just see it, even going back to OTAs," he said. "You could see the competitive nature, even in practice. You couldn’t wear pads. You couldn’t even press cover outside. You could just see the competitive nature.

"And then through training camp, it just kept getting elevated even more. You could just see it from the leadership on down. We’re just wired different this year.”

When Wentz tells his teammates to strive for greatness, they listen, because here's a kid who in just 22 career games has established himself as one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks. He has 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions this year and has posted a passer rating of 90 or higher in five of six games.

“It’s something that we always strive for," Wentz said. "And really, in everything we do in life, you strive for greatness.

"When we’re sitting where we’re at right now, we can just never let that slip. We can never let that slip from our preparation in the film room, the meeting room, the weight room, in practice, so that’s just something I feel like we have to always keep focusing on.

"Never settle, never settle, and just keep striving for that greatness.”

Wentz said he didn't feel anything lacking last year, when the Eagles went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for a third straight year.

It's just that head coach Doug Pederson is in Year 2, coordinators Frank Reich and Jim Schwartz are in Year 2 and Wentz is in Year 2.

The whole program is in Year 2 and there's a confidence, an attitude, a swagger that was nowhere to be found last year or really the last few years.

“I think it was just a natural growth," Wentz said. "You go back and look at last season again. We were so close in so many of those ballgames but [it's] just the natural growth that’s taken place both from coach and just really all of us being in this together and having a year under our belt."