Mazel Tov, 76ers: Philly holds Cleveland to 79, wins Bynum Bowl easily

Mazel Tov, 76ers: Philly holds Cleveland to 79, wins Bynum Bowl easily

With these Philadelphia 76ers, every day is Rosh Hashanah. The Sixers' maintained their unlikely Atlantic Division lead tonight with a win at the Wells Fargo Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers--yet another of the come-from-behind variety, as the Sixers dogged their way to a 29-14 deficit at the end of the first quarter, only to outscore Cleveland by 30 in the middle two quarters, and holding on for the fourth. Final score: Sixers 94, Cavaliers 79.

Evan Turner was again the team's leading light offensively, and his consistency is starting to scare me a little, you guys. In six games this season, he's scored between 18 and 25 points every time, never shooting lower than 43% from the field. He's rebounded (a season-high ten tonight), he's distributed (five tonight, three or more in all but one), and he's turned the ball over a hell of a lot (six times tonight, now averaging 3.5 a game), but he's brought it each time out. Every time it looks like it's going to turn into the dreaded Bad Evan Turner game, he hits a couple short fadeaways or baseline J's and he's off. We'll talk more about this later, trust.

The two big takeaways from the team at large tonight were that they finally were able to string together a couple solid defensive quarters--Coach Brown largely attributed it to them finally learning to get back in transition, though I think a whole handful of no-calls on Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving also helped the Sixers' case a bit--and they shared the ball beautifully. Four Sixers finished the game with four or more assists tonight, and six scored in double figures, showing a togetherness that Coach Brown also trumpeted post-game as a big part of the team win.

Tony Wroten was also a beast, picking up the team's energy with a couple easy scores in the early second quarter, and getting the crowd hyped with his best Carlos Boozer howling at the moon impression on just about about every Sixers make in the second half. He finished with a career high 18 points--it seems like Tony sets a career high just about every night this season--on 7-14 shooting, to go with four dimes (one a beautiful open-court no-look) and just two turnovers, excellent efficiency from Wroten after being installed by Coach Brown tonight as the backup point guard.

I also want to take a second to talk about James Anderson. The Sixers' starting two guard has taken a lot of heat early this season as the one cog in the Sixers' rotation who's not really doing his part, shooting just 6-18 from three. He didn't really turn that around tonight, making just one of three from beyond, but he did a ton of other stuff, hustling down loose balls and rebounds, making the extra pass, running the break and getting out to shooters on defense. He finished with 11 points on 5-7 shooting, with five boards and two assists.

Anderson was also responsible for my favorite play of the night for the Sixers--an offensive rebound got kicked out to him beyond the arc, and rather than jack the trey with two defenders rushing at him, he passed it off to another guy at the line, who continued to kick it around the perimeter until it ended with Darius Morris in the corner, who drove the base line--and found James Anderson again, open for three in the opposite corner. Swish. That's some good shit right there. Team shit.

Also worth noting: Thad put up some numbers (16 and 8), but more importantly, had the block of the year on the Cavs' Dion Waiters:

Oh yeah, and that guy Bynum was there. He was booed early and often and had a pretty mediocre game, scoring four points and grabbing five boards in limited minutes. The second of his two buckets came on a very pretty post move that showed that if the guy can ever get his body right, he still has a lot to offer, but the whole right-body thing might just be a bridge too far for Andrew at the moment. Too sad to really feel all that righteous about.

By the way, the five best Bynum jeers I heard tonight:

5. "BYNUM, YOU CORNY!!"
4. "LET'S GO BOWLING!! *CLAP CLAP CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*"
3. "YOU SUCK, REF! YOU SUCK TOO, BYNUM!!"
2. "ANDREW!! ANDREW!! LUCKY STRIKE!! ANDREW!!"
1. "ANDREW BYNUM, A.K.A. IKE TURNER!!"

Not sure I really understand my #1, but it's always hilarious to compare dudes to Ike Turner. Trump card.

For his part, the Big Human seemed to kinda enjoy the hatorade. Jason Wolf has the pretty telling quotes:

Aw man, Drew, I really would have enjoyed rooting for you. You've got the touch.

Anyway, the now 4-2 Sixers face this Cavaliers team again tomorrow night, this time in Cleveland. Let's hope Evan brings his lucky headband / yarmulke. It looks surprisingly good on him, I'd say.

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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Penn football falls late at home against Yale

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Penn football falls late at home against Yale

BOX SCORE

PHILADELPHIA — Kurt Rawlings connected with Christopher Williams-Lopez for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the game and Yale rallied for a 24-19 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Rawlings threw for 199 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 Ivy League), who won at Penn (2-4, 0-3) for the first time since 2007. Yale's Zane Dudek carried 12 times for 103 yards and a score.

The Quakers, who trailed 18-10 at the half, recovered a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter to take a 19-18 lead. The first turnover led to Jack Soslow's 44-yard field goal and the second resulted in a 2-yard TD run by Tre Solomon. But Rawlings led the Bulldogs on an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.

Penn senior Justin Watson caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a 23-yard touchdown reception. It was an Ivy League record 16th career game with at least 100 yards receiving and he tied a school record with a TD catch in his sixth straight game. His 27 career scores ties the school record.