Playoff Basketball Returns to Philadelphia

Playoff Basketball Returns to Philadelphia

It's certainly not the conditions under which we wanted to welcome
playoff basketball back to Philadelphia -- down 2-0 in a series and
coming off an absolutely demoralizing defeat in game 2
-- but that shouldn't entirely diminish the excitement that this Sixers
team built up at the Wells Fargo Center for much of the season. It's
still playoff basketball and Doug Collins squad still has plenty of life
left in them (at least 2-games worth). They've played real well on
their home turf all season, they are certainly capable of at least
giving us a reason to get loud tonight. And they're expecting you to do
just that.

"We're excited to be home. We're excited to play in
front of our home crowd and use their energy and hopefully we'll get
some momentum going our way," Lou Williams said of playing in South
Philly tonight.

Thad Young agreed with those sentiments, "We always try to
protect the house. We love having our fans on top of us, cheering and
routing for us. That just makes the game so much better when you have
everybody routing for you instead of against you."

The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center may certainly give them some
added energy, but one thing the fans won't be able to do is put the ball
in the basket for them. Early in this series the Sixers team has shot
about as well as the typical fan ripped out of the stands in between
quarters to try and shoot for a free vacation, airline tickets, a Big
Mac, or whatever other prize they're going for that day.

That said, the Sixers are bound to make some buckets at some point in this series, aren't they? The Miami defense can't be that
good. A few Jodie Meeks three-balls and the building will be electric
tonight. Maybe we no longer expect them to win the series, but we
certainly expect them to put up a fight on their home turf.

8:00 pm tip from South Philly. Now's the time to showyaluv.

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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Reminder: Jay Cutler beat the Patriots this season

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Reminder: Jay Cutler beat the Patriots this season

At this point, Eagles fans probably don’t need much convincing that their team is going to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. But just in case anybody out there thinks the Eagles have no chance at knocking off the greatest dynasty in NFL history, I would like to introduce Exhibit A into evidence.

A Jay Cutler-led Dolphins squad defeated the Patriots, and not even all that long ago. It happened in December.

Allow me to speak to the skeptics here for a moment. You see, I was once like you. My initial reaction upon learning Carson Wentz had suffered a season-ending injury was something along the lines of, “Well, I still think the Eagles can get to the Super Bowl, but I don’t think they could beat the Patriots.”

The very next day, on Monday Night Football, with Cutler at the helm, the Dolphins went on to upset the Patriots, which should put to rest any notion that it can’t be done.

If Cutler can do it, Nick Foles can.

The Patriots only lost three games all season, and the other two were to playoff teams – the Chiefs and the Panthers – both within the first four weeks of the season. Since then, the Patriots have amassed a 13-1 record, the lone blip in the schedule a 27-20 defeat in Week 14 at Miami.

And in case there is any disagreement over how bad Cutler and the Dolphins are, it was one of only two wins the club had in their final 10 games of the season. The other victory was against the 5-11 Broncos. The Dolphins went on to finish only marginally better at 6-10.

Sure, the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins is just one game, and it took Tom Brady’s worst performance since they were eliminated from the 2015 postseason to make it happen. In fact, Brady has only posted a passer rating worse than his 59.5 against the Dolphins 21 times in an 18-year career, including playoffs, and just five times this decade.

The Eagles can’t necessarily count on Brady to blink. But it can happen, and their defense is certainly capable of making it happen.

Of course, that was the regular season. This is the playoffs – the Super Bowl, to be exact. Brady is 5-2 in the big game, and 27-9 in postseason play overall. He led the Patriots back from a 25-point second-half deficit to win a world championship last year. It’s an entirely different stage.

And yet, Cutler beat them. This team. This season. A guy who literally hopped off his couch in August, whose 6.2 yards per pass attempt ranked 28th out of 32 qualifying quarterbacks, who finished tied for fourth with 14 interceptions in 14 games.

None of which is to say the Eagles will definitely accomplish the same. However, they’re a far better team than the Dolphins, and Foles is a better quarterback than Cutler.

Based on that evidence alone, the Eagles’ chances of upsetting the Patriots in the Super Bowl are a whole lot greater than slim or none.