Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Cool A Phillie A Day feature on this blog, featuring anecdotes and tales of their greatness, and some artwork. Today is a two-for-one, with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco sharing the spotlight, though I'm not sure Utley should ever share the spotlight with anybody. [Alright, I'll Write]

An Eagles trade rumor has legs. The Browns will be discussing a possible deal with the Birds possibly up until the draft, when they'll agree to send a mid-round pick in exchange for... Chris Gocong? Well, that's boring. [National Football Post]

Another way to gauge how impressive the Phillies are defensively: last year they led the league in fewest unearned runs allowed with 36. By comparison, the Nats frequently shot themselves in the foot, allowing a whopping 86. The Nats... ha ha ha. [Sports Illustrated]

As we attempt to track and decipher the never-ending stream of McNabb-to-Team X rumors, there's another piece of the puzzle worth figuring out: who these mysterious sources are. "Sources close to the situation..." what is that? Wait a second, this has become a situation?! [Iggles Blog]

Will 2011 be the final season Jimmy Rollins is in a Phillies uniform? He'll be faced with the difficult decision to choose staying in the place he played his entire career and attempt to continue winning championships, or going wherever the most money is offered. Professional athletes are mercenaries, and this one likely won't be any different. [The Fightins]

Donovan McNabb would like to play for the Cardinals. Some day. Supposedly. According to sources "close to McNabb." The Cardinals would like to get some use out of former first round pick Matt Leinart. This season. Probably. According to me. [Yahoo! Sports]

The Phillies bullpen will have some new faces, but even the guys that have been there awhile will find their roles are not necessarily the same anymore. The comparison to the 2006 team does not do much to instill confidence in the current setup. [Beerleaguer]

The McNabb trade rumors have spawned a rash of articles that claim he is and generally always has been mistreated. They generally point to his being booed on draft day, his lack of weapons in the early part of his career, the Rush Limbaugh incident, and of course, the fact that he's now on the trading block. Did I miss anything? It's tired. We all know how these stories read as soon as we see the headline, but it's simply business as usual in the NFL. All I can say is I'm glad somebody put it out there. [On The DL]

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).