Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

For the record, Louis is now just Lou.  Get it straight.

Back in the summer, Marc Narducci wrote a blog post titled "Lou is Dominating Vegas."  This caught our eye.  We wrote into Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop who was reporting great stuff straight from the summer league to see if he'd seen much of the diminutive Sixer.  Unfortunately, Henry hadn't seen much of Williams' court time and couldn't pass on any juicy info.

Just days into the preseason, sweet Lou has been getting a bit of attention.  We thought we'd troll the nets to see what was being said about Lou Williams.

Michael at TrueHoop: "Louis Williams can dunk the ball like LeBron James. His dunk at the end
of the game brought four people out of their seat. Considering the
attendance, that's pretty good."

Dime at FoxSports: "Like we said after catching
“Real Training Camp” the other day, the Nets are kinda garbage once you
get past J-Kidd, Vince and RJ. All three of them sat out
last night against Philly — who isn’t even good at full strength. So
the less-than-half-full Wachovia Center was treated to Boki Nachbar and Louis Williams doing a re-enactment of Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins. Nachbar dropped 35 points while Williams went for 33 …"

Kevin at Inqy:
"Williams is only three years removed from a spectacular high school
career. He entered the NBA draft in 2005 after his senior year at South
Gwinnett High in Georgia, where he was named the Naismith Award winner
as the nation's top high school player.  "I'm going into my third year,
and I most definitely want to be on the
court," said Williams, who scored 13 points last night. "I'll play
[center] if I have to."  Cheeks is enjoying the competition between
Williams and Ollie.  "We'll let it play out in the next few games and
practices and see
where it goes," said Cheeks, who had played Ollie and Williams together
for several minutes. "Lou will play more [point] than [shooting guard]."

The way the Sixers will be floating around as the bottom feeders of the East this season, Lou Williams could be one of the more exciting stories to watch.  It's no secret how important Andre Miller is to this team so Williams chance to run the point will surely be limited.  At the same time, Lou can learn from one of the best.

In my opinion, when you're picking late in the second round of the NBA draft, Williams is exactly the kind of guy you take a flier on.  Not only can he light up the scoreboard or throw down a good dunk, but he won't be able to legally throw down a few beers for another week and a half.  He was born in 1986!  Damn, I'm old.

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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Astros shut out Yankees in Game 7, advance to 1st World Series since 2005

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Astros shut out Yankees in Game 7, advance to 1st World Series since 2005

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HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.