Sal's Pals More Entertaining Than Phillies

Sal's Pals More Entertaining Than Phillies

Sal Fasano is Italian, looks like a trash man, has a Fu Manchu and therefore will be beloved by Philadelphia more than Bobby Abreu, one of the best hitters in baseball, ever will.

Sal loves his new found glory as the man with a mustache:

“It pumped me up,” Fasano said Monday before the Phillies opened a series in Atlanta. I was in awe of the whole thing because I thought only superstars have stuff like this.”

“Sal's Pals” began as only a handful of fans, but grew to more than two dozen by the time Fasano started Game 2, with many of the late arrivers drawing mustaches on their faces.

Although a 34-year-old journeyman who has never been a starter in the big leagues, Fasano was warned in spring training that he could become very popular this season. After all, he's a full-blooded Italian playing in South Philly. Both of his parents, in fact, were born in Italy before settling in suburban Chicago.

The Phillies lost their 8th home game in 10 tries this season Friday night.  A Florida player stole home.. STOLE HOME.  But at least Sal's pals had something to cheer for:

Sal delivers: Fasano sent 20 free pizzas to Sal's Pals, a group of about 20 fans in the right-field upper deck seats that come decked out in the long hair and shaggy mustache like the catcher. Fasano went 2-for-3 with an RBI, giving his faithful followers plenty of reason to cheer.

In related news, Fasano's family crest is a picture of a barracuda eating Neil Armstrong.  The chief export of Sal Fasano is mustache.

In addition to bringing in Dutch Daulton to manage the Phillies, I'm a staunch proponent of changing the starting rotation and catcher match ups to:

Fasano --> Fasano
Fasano --> Fasano
Fasano --> Fasano
Fasano --> Fasano
Fasano --> Fasano

I'd like to encourage all of Sal's Pals and other loyal fans to send in all pictures of Sal and/or his pals.  This phenomena needs to be documented.  Send all pictures to:  the700level [at] gmail.com

Follow Up: Sal's Pals founders write in with stories and photos.

-Fasano in Awe of Sal's Pal's fanclub [PhillyBurbs]
-Phillies Lose to Fish [ESPN Recap]
-Sal Fasano, Legend [PhilliesPhans]
-Fire Charlie, Hire Dutch [700]
-Picture from Flickr user [djhaigh]

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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Sixers let game slip away in second half against Celtics

Sixers let game slip away in second half against Celtics

BOX SCORE

The box score shows an imbalanced fourth quarter when the Sixers were outscored 33-20 by the Celtics. 

The play-by-play breakdown demonstrates the Celtics breaking an 84-84 tie with seven minutes remaining to end the game on an 18-8 run. 

The stat line tells the story of the Sixers giving up seven points to Kyrie Irving in less than four minutes to close out the game. 

That’s how the Celtics took over the Sixers home opener. The Sixers felt the game slip away earlier than that. 

“We struggled in the third to continue what we had going,” Jerryd Bayless said. “We didn’t hold everything together like we should have.”

The Sixers led the Celtics 50-46 at halftime. JJ Redick had matched Irving’s 12 points and the Sixers had only given up four points off turnovers, a needed improvement from their first game. 

They jumped ahead by nine, 65-56, with 4:35 to play in the third. That’s when they noticed the change. The Sixers went scoreless for a two-minute stretch. The Celtics failed to hit a field goal during that stretch (0 for 4), but they scored six points off free throws. The Sixers didn’t take advantage of the Celtics' shooting skid; instead, they hit one, too (0 for 3 from the field, three turnovers). 

“That was our chance to build that lead,” Redick said. “We were getting stops and we couldn’t get anything going offensively. It seemed like we were stuck at 65 for what seemed like forever. It was a seven-point game and we were getting stops and we never could push it past that, and it ended up being a three-point game to start the fourth. That was for sure when the momentum started shifting.”

The Sixers shot 39.1 percent from the field in the fourth while the Celtics were an efficient 64.7 percent. The Sixers fell flat from long range (1 for 6) and took just two free throws. The Celtics, meanwhile, scored 12 points from three (4 for 8) and went 7 for 7 at the line. In addition to Irving's offensive burst, Al Horford and Shane Larkin combined for 17 points in the quarter. 

“My mind goes to stops and not fouling,” Brett Brown said. “I think we fouled too much.” 

This loss emphasizes the importance of holding onto a lead when it’s in the Sixers' grasp instead of having to play catch up. Not when their roster is newly constructed and they are looking to young players down the stretch. Not when they are facing a a player like Irving who can take over at will, especially when he sees a window of opportunity. 

“Come on, that’s winning time,” Irving said of the fourth.