Ryan Howard, Good Dude

Ryan Howard, Good Dude

In a comment on yesterday's post about Ryan Howard's Philly Mag cover story, commenter Joe from Haddonfield told of his spring training tale.

My 9-y.o. son and I were in Clearwater two weeks ago for some Spring Training action. We sat in the picnic section, which is the primo location for meeting players/getting autographs. You get access to players without the pushing of other section. Hence, longer access to players.

Another kid, clearly very ill with little hair and various tubes hanging out of him, was next to us.

Howard walked over after his turn at B.P. and shagging flies. He began signing a stack of things for the sick kid. He wasn't going to stop until the kid's pile was gone. The sick kid was speechless. My son was speechless. That left me one-on-one with the reigning NL MVP. He was a great guy to talk to. We had seen him throwing bats in frustration at BP for two days, so I asked about his swing. He talked about his struggles two weeks before the local media picked up the thread. He joked with the kids. Talked about where to eat. His least favorite ballparks.

He is a rare man. Kind. Focused. Dedicated. Talented.

Ryan Howard.  Good dude.  Thanks for sharing, Joe in Haddonfield.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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


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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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

The Eagles lost middle linebacker Jordan Hicks on the second play of Monday night's game against the Redskins. 

Hicks suffered an ankle injury and was almost carried off the field without being able to place any weight on his right leg. After getting checked out on the sideline, he was carted into the Eagles' locker room. 

After the Eagles originally said Hicks was questionable to return, they ruled him out a little while later. 

Hicks was in some clear pain coming off the field. As he waited for the cart, he was consoled by injured safety Chris Maragos, who was lost for the season in Carolina. 

Coming into Monday's game, Hicks was listed as questionable with a calf injury. He said he hurt his calf after overcompensating for his injured ankle. On Saturday, when asked if he was 100 percent, Hicks said "who is?" 

Hicks played in all 16 games last season but has struggled with injuries dating back to his years in college. He played eight games as a rookie in 2015 before tearing his pec. 

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was inactive on Monday, so the Eagles are down to Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode and Joe Walker in their base defense.