Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

I watched a lot of the Phils series this weekend against the Brewers.  They had their chances Friday night and couldn't convert.  Saturday the Phils bats got going and they won an easy one.  One of the only quasi bright spots to come out of the weekend was the performance of the starting pitching.  They didn't blow up and they kept the Phillies in all 3 games.  But the bats couldnt come through in the clutch.  I think if you looked at the Phillies as a team and had to focus in on one thing which they are lacking in a big way it would have to be clutch hitting.  They are insanely unclutch.   The fightin's have Monday off and head out to L.A. to start a series with the Dodgers.

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So, while I am not giving up on the Phillies just yet, I am definitely focusing my interests towards the Eagles.  Training camp is in full effect and there is plenty to talk about.

With the season ending injury to Todd Pinkson and Mr. Owens outperforming his ego, the Eagles wide receiver position has a lot of question marks.  Dave Spadaro was reporting that rookie Reggie Brown took the number 2 spot in practices on Saturday along side Greg Lewis.  Dave has this praise to say about the two young wideouts, but be weary of Dave, for he gives praise rather easy:

Greg Lewis and Reggie Brown had fantastic days working with the
starters on Saturday morning. They both have had terrific camps. Lewis
just makes plays. He runs great routes, gets open and catches
everything.

Brown is scary. If he's as good as he's playing now, the Eagles
are going to go to him a lot in the passing game. He's been that
impressive.

Spadaro agreed with today's Inky article by Bob Brookover which tells us that Billy McMullen's tendency to drop routine passes is a concern:

The main concern about McMullen is his
habit of dropping balls. During the first part of yesterday's practice,
he dropped several passes before making some great catches. He made a
terrific lefthanded grab for a touchdown near the end of the morning
session, but it was ruled out of bounds.

"He needs to keep working on consistency," Reid said. "He's having a
good camp so far. He had a couple of drops today. He'll work through
that and those will be far and few between."

So the receiver position is an interesting on going story, but fans have to be excited about all the praise rookie Reggie Brown has been receiving.  The Eagles talk all the time about how hard it is for a rookie receiver to make an impact, but it looks like if any Eagles rookie WR in the past few years has a chance, Reggie Brown may be the one.

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

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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

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Ben Simmons joins elite company with triple-double in Sixers' 1st win

Ben Simmons joins elite company with triple-double in Sixers' 1st win

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DETROIT — Sixers coach Brett Brown was well aware of the risk when he asked Ben Simmons, who played forward in high school and college, to run his team’s offense.

It was a gutsy call, at the time, that many critics scoffed and questioned.

Not anymore.

In just his fourth career NBA game, Simmons pieced together a memorable triple-double Monday night to become just the third player in history to accomplish the feat in such a time span, and more importantly, help lead the Sixers (1-3) to their first regular-season win.

“It’s awesome to have a triple-double, but at the same time, it’s even better to have that win,” Simmons said. “Especially with these guys and a young team like this.” cbdz

It wasn’t a do-or-die game for the Sixers by any stretch, but Monday night’s 97-86 win in Detroit certainly rejuvenated a fan base that may have started casting doubt as to whether the Sixers are a legit playoff-caliber team (see observations)

Moreover, it served as much-needed validation for Brown and his young, talent-packed squad, following three straight losses, including Saturday’s 34-point blowout loss in Toronto.

“I’m happy for our guys,” Brown said. “They really came into the building knowing that we needed to get a win. To get rewarded with the win, it just validates some of the work that everybody has put in.”

Particularly Simmons, who entered this season with the eyes of Philadelphia watching his every move during his first tour around the NBA after missing all of last season nursing a fractured foot. 

“We won, and, honestly, that means so much than stats for me,” said Simmons, who finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Simmons doesn’t fit the mold of a prototypical point guard, but — then again — the NBA has evolved into a position-less league. Players of all shapes and sizes do everything nowadays. And Simmons — just four games into his NBA career — is among those leading the charge.

“I mean, we all see how gifted he is physically,” Brown said. “Him, with the ball, able to do the things he does, produces a lot of these mismatches and numbers. 

“We’re able to post him. He’s able to seal the pick-and-rolls. You see how gifted he is in open court. He’s got that breakaway speed that is jaw-dropping. And he’s 6-foot-10.”

Simmons, to his credit, was extremely humble when asked about his triple-double accomplishment after the game. But it’s possible the 21-year-old phenom was unaware of the elite company he joined and how rare a feat it was to put up a triple-double just four games into his career. 

When Simmons notched his 10th assist on Joel Embiid’s layup with slightly more than minute to play, he became the first player with a triple-double in his first four career games since Hambone Williams in 1967. The only other player in NBA history to do so? Oscar Robertson, in 1960. 

“I feel like this stat line, we’ve kind of seen a snapshot of it the first three games,” Brown said. “It just seems a bit more special when it’s associated with a win.”

Win or not, Simmons has made it abundantly clear Monday night that — even with Markelle Fultz in the mix — he’s the Sixers’ point guard. No ands or buts about it.

When it was made clear in April that Brown wanted the versatile rookie to play point guard, the controversial decision was met with raised eyebrows. But Brown, to his credit, hasn’t wavered. And today, by all accounts, that gamble is paying off. 

“You know, the decision to make him our point guard is challenged in some some way,” he said. “But as an organization, we stayed strong that that’s where we want to play him.”

It was a gutsy call by Brown at the time, and while the Sixers may only be four games into the season, it’s proving to be the right call.