Reid Lets Vick Off the Leash, Eagles Hold Players-Only Meeting

Reid Lets Vick Off the Leash, Eagles Hold Players-Only Meeting

After weeks of speculation, and a report on late Sunday evening that Andy Reid was making a switch under center for the Eagles' Week 9 tilt against the New Orleans Saints, the embattled head coach attempted to put the controversy to rest on Thursday. Reid confirmed Michael Vick will be his quarterback, and stressed it is not subject to a "week-to-week" basis.

Speaking at his normal weekly press conference that was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, Reid finally gave Vick an emphatic endorsement. "Michael is, was and will continue to be our quarterback. This is not a week-to-week thing."

Reid's words were a major departure from the mood he projected immediately after the 30-17 loss to the Falcons, as well as heading into the bye week. When asked if he was committed to Vick as the starter before the bye, Reid responded, "Today, I am," which is hardly, "For always, and forever." On Sunday, he added fuel to the fire when he admitted he would "look at everything" once again when pressed about the quarterback.

Clearly feeling the pressure, Vick himself actually announced Reid was considering a change after Sunday's game. Reports that he had been given the hook proved erroneous on Wednesday though, and suddenly the head coach is standing squarely behind his franchise QB.

Or is he? I won't be the first to point this out, nor the last, but Reid has gone back on his word in the past, and specifically as it relates to his signal callers. Donovan McNabb was the man... until he wasn't. Kevin Kolb was the man... until he wasn't. With another subpar outing, Vick could still wind up being next on that list.

For now at least, the Nick Foles era remains on hold. With that much settled, the locker room is attempting to rally for their last stand over the final nine games of the season. According to reports, there was a players-only meeting on Wednesday, at which as many as 10 Eagles veterans apparently spoke out. As we all know, those meetings always fix everything.

Sarcasm aside, it's a good thing the Eagles realize their backs are against the wall, but you have to wonder if they're not too late, or if it even matters at all. A win in New Orleans on Monday night would get the Birds back to .500, so they're not out of the race just yet. However, they've dug themselves a sizable hole in a competitive NFC, and haven't looked as talented as many of us pictured to begin with when heading into the season.

At this point, it might be fair to suggest nothing can save the Eagles this year -- not a players-only meeting, nor a change at quarterback. It doesn't appear the team is ready to give up either, so maybe we should wait a week or two before calling it.

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

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Jake Arrieta pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning to held the defending World Series champion Cubs close their deficit to 3-1. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in this series in the eighth, and a packed Wrigley Field crowd watched Davis get Cody Bellinger to ground into a game-ending double play.

Maddon was heavily criticized for not using Davis during a 4-1 loss in Game 2. This time, the Cubs closer threw 48 pitches to finish the job.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs. Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for the Dodgers, who had won a team-record six straight playoff games.

Game 5 is Thursday, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (see full recap).

Tanaka, Yankees blank Astros to take ALCS lead
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans (see full recap).