Phils vs. Giants, "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Wild Card" Edition

Phils vs. Giants, "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Wild Card" Edition

Last night, the Phils' come-from-behind-and-then-keep-coming-from-ahead victory against the Giants moved them squarely in to the lead for the NL's Wild Card slot. For a team who just a month ago was flirting with a .500 record, you would think this development would be filed under the "Good News" heading. Yet according to skipper Charlie Manuel0, it barely even registers as news at all.

"We don’t care about the wild card," said Uncle Cholly when asked about the team's cemented status as the best second-bests. "We want to win the division."

Easier said than done, these days, I'm afraid. The Braves remain the class of the NL East by two-and-a-half games, and have straight-up refused to budge in the standings of late. In both of their last two games (against the Dodgers and Nationals, respectively), the Braves have trailed going into the final frames, and have squeaked out wins nonetheless. With Cubs slugger Derrek Lee now on the way to the ATL, things don't look to be getting easier anytime soon, either.

Still, the Phillies haven't exactly been slouches recently either, now winners of 18 of their last 23 games. With Chase officially integrated into the lineup and Ryan Howard hopefully on the way later in the week, the team looks to keep up its steamrolling ways into the waning months of the season. Unfortunately, we can't send one of our H2O hookup to the mound every night, and tonight we're relying on Joe Blanton to secure the series win one game ahead of time. Joey Bland had been giving a quietly effective month's service for the Phils (3.82 ERA, 25/8 K:BB) before getting knocked around a little against the Dodgers last Thursday. The perenially under-heralded Matt Cain takes the hill for the bad guys, with a 3.11 ERA but a Hamels-ian 8-8 record.

7:05 first pitch from CBP. Yeah, I wouldn't mind the division either, but I'd certainly feel a lot more comfortable with the WC in our back pocket. One foot in front of the other, guys.

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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Joel Embiid 'surprised' by amount of playing time in Sixers' opener

Joel Embiid 'surprised' by amount of playing time in Sixers' opener

WASHINGTON — In the end, Joel Embiid’s playing time was a non-issue.

After days of frustration leading up to opening night, Embiid played just three seconds shy of 27 minutes against the Wizards. That far surpassed the 16 minutes he anticipated a day earlier on Tuesday. 

“I was surprised,” Embiid said following the Sixers’ 120-115 loss (see observations). “I was expecting way less than that, but it just shows you they trust me.”

Brett Brown had maintained Embiid’s minutes were going to be more flexible than last year and he wasn’t locked into a specific number by the medical staff. Initially, Brown projected Embiid would play somewhere in the teens, but the game presented an opportunity for him to log more. 

Embiid had played 21:38 through three quarters and it seemed, based on last season, he was done for the night. The coaching staff calculated Embiid had over 20 minutes to rest between the third and the fourth quarters, so Brown put him back into the game with just over five minutes to play. He finished the game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, a block and four turnovers. 

“It’s a range,” Brown said. “It’s more of a plan that we have this year than a restriction. When you look at and you feel the flow of the game, that’s where the variables come in.”

Embiid wants open lines of communication between him and the medical staff — for him to know what its planning and for him to be honest about how he is feeling.

“It’s on me to not lie to them and tell them how my body feels when I’m tired,” Embiid said. “At some point through the game I was tired and I told them to take me out.”

Embiid is ready for a new outlook on his availability moving forward. 

“We’ve got to stop calling it 'minutes restrictions,'" Embiid said. "There’s a plan with that — it’s just go out and play. If you’re tired, get out because injuries happen more often when you’re tired.”