One Way to Take Pressure of Doc: Phils Grab Rare Early Lead, Beat Cards 8-2

One Way to Take Pressure of Doc: Phils Grab Rare Early Lead, Beat Cards 8-2

They called the game after six-and-a-half innings this time, as the
rains descended upon CBP, but really, we only needed to play one
tonight. The Phils scored five in the first tonight--the first time in a
week, as Sarge and Wheels repeatedly reminded the folks at home, that
they had crossed the plate even once before the fifth inning--and that
was more than enough for Roy Halladay, looking far more like his old,
medically certified self tonight, who cruised for seven frames against
the Cardinals as the Phils ended up winning 8-2.

We'll talk
about Doc in a sec, but first and foremost, shoutout to our old friend
Ty Wigginton, who had arguably his best game as a Phillie tonight at
third base for the Redbirds, going 0-2 both at the plate and in the
field, his wide throw to first on a Kevin Frandsen grounder with two
outs pulling the ripcord on the Phils' first-inning rally. The Phillies
began teeing off against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, with Ben Revere
even notching his first extra-baser of the year with an RBI triple.
Five men passed, the Phils batted around, and the game was placed in Roy
Halladay's hands.

If this was the Roy Halladay of the first two
starts of the season, that'd still be cause for concern. But even if
his gas still peaked in the low 90s, Doc still had a far greater
resemblance tonight to the Cy Young winner of 2010 than the guy who got
shelled in the first two starts this season. His fastball was cutting,
his breaking pitches were landing with pinpoint control, and nothing was
wide in the dirt. He still let up two homers--both solo shots, which
just peaked over the wall--as well as two walks as he wore down a little
late, but those were the only four base-runners Halladay allowed all
night, and he made up for them with six strikeouts, his most since his
rocky first start in Atlanta. If this is the Doc we have to work with
the rest of the season--one who doesn't quite overpower anymore, but
still hits his spots, keeps batters guessing, and doesn't beat
himself--I think most of us would take it.

He also had some
major help in the field. Freddy Galvis, not exactly known as an outfield
patrolman, made two fine-ass catches out in left tonight, include an
awkward backhanded diver that really had no business being a successful
grab. And Ben Revere, who started the season looking like a Gold Glover
before badly misplaying a couple key fliers against the Reds, returned
to SportsCenter-worthy form on a shallow fly to center tonight, padding
what must be his league-leading diving-catch total.

Offense,
check, pitching, check, defense, check. If only all 162 could be this
simple. Cliff vs. Lance Lynn in Game 3 tomorrow night.

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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Patriots advance to 8th Super Bowl in Brady, Belichick era

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Patriots advance to 8th Super Bowl in Brady, Belichick era

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after hurting it during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.

And, with the game — and possibly the season — on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

"I've had a lot worse," Brady said. "I didn't know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win."

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who'll play the winner of Sunday night's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

It's the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times — including last year's 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville — looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history -- had one more shot, but Bortles' throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis' 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn't return.

Brady's hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since the quarterback's right ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's right ankle tendon — the bloody sock — in the 2004 playoffs.

Brady was listed as questionable after he hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was limited again Friday because of the injury.

That caused some panic among the Patriots faithful.

Turns out, it was nothing to fret about.

Brady came out for warmups without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes — including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 30 — for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal.

A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bortles, who was 5 for 5 for 66 yards on an impressive and efficient seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars made some big mistakes that hurt them just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game -— after New England called a timeout.

That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt.

With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England's offense took over and the fans chanted "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!"

And their quarterback delivered — with some help from the Jaguars on two long penalties.

On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville's 45.

A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.

Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started.