Nats Avoid the Sweep Once Again

Nats Avoid the Sweep Once Again

For most of the day, the fans in South Philly were a quiet bunch. Perhaps they were tired from being up late watching the marathon game Wednesday night, or perhaps it was due to the odd 3:05 start time and they weren't as socially lubricated with Budweisers as they typically would be. Either way, the calm crowd finally livened up a bit in the bottom of the ninth when Shane Victorino started things with a leadoff homer to bring the Phils to within two runs.

Polanco then singled to bring the tying run to the plate. With Kashmir blasting over the PA system, Chase Utley stepped in to really wake the place up. Unfortunately, Utley struck out looking and Howard popped up weekly to left for two outs. Jayson Werth's beard couldn't be the hero and the ball park never erupted in come-from-behind-in-the-ninth-joy this afternoon. The Phillies lost their second game of the season with a final of 7-5.

This loss was much more frustrating than their first of the season due to the fact that they had the lead late in the game today before Dannys Baez squandered a two run lead in the seventh to allow the Nats to go ahead for good. The Phils bullpen had pitched 29.1 consecutive innings this season without giving up a homer until Baez did so in the seventh. Ryan Madson didn't help the cause by giving up a pair of runs of his own
in the ninth.

While JA Happ still hasn't allowed an earned run this season, his six walks today had the Nationals in scoring position all afternoon. After the loss Charlie Manuel said Happ "battled" but added he's better than he threw today.

What the Phillies really need is a starter other than Halladay to pitch deep into a game. As we saw tonight, a bullpen can only stay remarkable for so long.

Having faced the Nationals for six of their first nine games, when asked how Manuel felt about a tougher schedule coming up, Manuel didn't disappoint. "Bring 'em on, I guess."

The Phils will take on the Marlins tomorrow at CBP with Roy Halladay on the mound.

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).