Maybe don't boo Ryan Braun tonight

Maybe don't boo Ryan Braun tonight

Opening Day was fun for a couple of innings. Then we got reminded of some baseball realities. The Phils bullpen being one of them. And that some people at baseball games in Philadelphia get really, really drunk.

May be a chicken or egg debate there, not sure.

But one thing was very clear. Ryan Braun absolutely killed the Phillies during Tuesday's home opener to the tune of three home runs. He heard boos all day long and he fed off of it.

Sam Donnellon at the Inquirer wrote about Philly fans booing better than Braun's earlier East Coast stop this season:

"Today was the worst," said Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers third baseman, who hits behind Braun. "I thought Boston was bad, but here was real bad. They were booing the same way, but it was louder here. The Phillies fans - they can boo some people."

So we got that going for us. Except Braun seemed to enjoy it.

Ryan Lawrence at the Daily News also wrote about Braun's big day:

“I love it,” Braun said of the nonstop booing. “It’s great. Seriously, as a competitor I really enjoy it ... It’s a long season and playing in an environment and atmosphere like this is certainly motivating.”

So maybe save your breath. Or at least be creative.

There was one particularly vocal, likely drunk, most definitely annoying fan out in left field who was repeatedly heckling Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, saying things like "how's it feel to play with a cheater!?" I'm not sure if the irony of his jeers fell on him as Carlos Ruiz stood at the plate as he screamed his lungs off. Antonio Bastardo did not make an appearance in the game. Marlon Byrd did go 1-5 on the day. All three hometown players have served suspensions for using banned substances.

So, the booing doesn't exactly help. Maybe it fuels the opponent, who knows. I don't particularly care if you boo a guy or not. At least be somewhat creative about it. And not rip a guy for using peds while your own guy who served a suspension for banned substances is up to bat.

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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

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.