Mike Richards' Slump-Buster That Wasn't

Mike Richards' Slump-Buster That Wasn't

Danny Briere's empty netter to seal the Flyers' 3-0
win over the Devils
last night was a huge weight off the forward's back.
It was his first goal in 23 games, the longest single-season drought of
his career. It seemed like forever between Briere tallies. 

Imagine how it must have felt for his former
teammate, Mike Richards, who was mired in a 25-game goalless streak
before finally being credited with a goal in last night's eventual 5-2
Kings win over Detroit. Then imagine how it must have felt when there
was a scoring change, and Richards' goal was awarded to Drew Doughty,
who took the point shot that it had appeared Richards tipped in.

The team seemed to celebrate with Richards after,
but replay reviews later showed that Richie didn't get a stick on it
after all. So, unlike Briere, the monkey is still firmly attached to his
back. As Helene Elliott of the LA Times points out, the former Flyers
captain has just one goal since Christmas. Helene's a good twitter
follow if you want to keep up with the Flyers' ex-pats in LA. 

Wayne Simmonds has scored a career high 22 goals
since joining the Flyers, and in an injury-shortened season, Brayden
Schenn has nine. In LA, Richards has so far managed only 14 in 62 games.
Kings fans can't be thrilled with the ROI on the trade so far, though I
imagine they're not particularly bothered by it this morning after the
Kings topped the Red Wings. 

Plus, Jeff Carter would score on an empty netter,
giving him a goal in each of the last three contests and five goals in
his first nine games as a King.

UPDATE: Richie did score an important shootout goal in a win over the weekend, which we had previously missed. So he has that going for him.

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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Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

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Another old friend joins Phillies' spring coaching staff

Another old friend is joining the Phillies' coaching staff as a guest instructor in Clearwater this spring.

Bobby Abreu will make his coaching debut, while Larry Bowa, Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Dan Plesac and Mike Schmidt will all be back to assist in spring training.

Gabe Kapler has a lot of experience on his side as he prepares for his first camp as a major-league manager.

Abreu was a polarizing player in these parts, drawing criticism from fans for a perceived lack of hustle and not nearly enough praise for hitting .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons with the Phils. He was one of the most complete players in the game during his peak from 1998 to 2006.

The Phillies' first workout with pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14 in Clearwater. Full-squad workouts begin on Feb. 19.