Searching for That Elusive Third Consecutive Win, Flyers Back in Action against Rangers

Searching for That Elusive Third Consecutive Win, Flyers Back in Action against Rangers

The Flyers have a chance to do something on Tuesday night
that they haven’t yet in 2013. No, I don’t mean eclipse .500, although yeah,
that too. With a win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, the Flyers
could finally win their third game in a row for the first time this season.

As the debate swirls over whether or not the Flyers are a legitimate
contender for the Stanley Cup or even a playoff team, head coach Peter
Laviolette and many of his players have talked a lot about the need to “string
wins together.” Their inability to do so is a big reason why they’ve been
spinning their wheels in the early potion of their schedule.

Then again, while we’ve mentioned it about one hundred times
already, the Flyers had a built-in excuse during the early stages of the season.
It’s hard to expect any team to play to their highest level during a stretch of
19 games in 34 days.

Now they head up to New York fresh and in relatively good
health, coming off of one game in five days. The only excuse not to start stringing
together wins is they simply aren’t good enough – not what anybody will want to
hear as the Flyers simultaneously reach the season’s midway point.

Of course, the Rangers are no slouches either. They enter
this tilt as winners of two straight, just one point behind the Flyers for
third place in the division with three games in hand. The Rags have sort of flown
under the radar in the always-crowded Atlantic, at least compared to the lofty
Stanley Cup predictions some held for them entering the year. They’re certainly
in the mix.

Not surprising, New York is one of the better defensive
teams in the NHL with Henrik Lundqvist in net. While his numbers are down slightly
compared to previous seasons, the Rangers are ranked ninth in goals against per
game (2.45).

The defensive numbers have helped carry the club’s skaters, whose
own offensive output surprisingly ranks 23rd (2.45). To make matters
worse they’ll be without Brad Richards, who was the victim of a dangerous hit at
the hands of Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Sunday. Richards is third on the squad
with 13 points.

So far the season series is split at two apiece. The Flyers
finally got a big monkey off their backs by getting their first W over the Rags
in nine tries back in January. New York turned around and took their two points
back five days later. Both results were 2-1 finals, so it’s been a low-scoring
series – although the Flyers’ offense has turned it around quite a bit since
then.

In order to turn it around, Philadelphia will have to
overcome the Rangers’ stinginess at home along with their own poor road record.
The orange sweaters are 4-8 outside their own building, while New York is 8-4-1
at the Garden.

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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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If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

They're the hottest team in the NFL. And Eagles head coach Doug Pederson wants to make sure they stay that way.

Pederson revealed on Thursday that he constantly preaches to his team the importance of staying focused and not letting the growing outside noise surrounding the team affect its preparation.

In other words, ignore everything swirling around you and keep doing the things that got you to 5-1 with a league-best four-game winning streak.

"Yeah, I do focus on it and I have to," he said. "And for me, it's about winning this week and nothing further. [There's] a lot of football left. Remember, we were 4-2 this time last year and we've got to be mindful of that.

"Those are the things that motivate us and keep us going. There can't be a letdown. It's my job not to have that letdown with the team, so I continue to address them and keep them focused that way."

The Eagles were 4-2 after six games last year before losing seven of their next eight games to tumble out of the playoff race. They haven't reached the playoffs since 2013 and haven't won a playoff game since 2008.

But this year's team is 3-1 on the road, has lost only to the 5-2 Chiefs at Arrowhead, is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in all the major NFL polls and plays its next three games at home, where it's 8-2 under Pederson.

"I talk a lot to the team about ownership, and this is that time of year we're getting in that stretch of games, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, where teams begin to separate themselves, and we can't have any letdowns, setbacks, and we've just got to be full steam ahead," Pederson said.

"It's about doing the little things now. Meaning rest, hydration, extra study, extra conditioning, things that sometimes you lose sight of in all the wins and success that the team has had. And again it falls back on my shoulders to make sure the guys are doing those things this time of the year."

With a win over the Redskins Monday night at the Linc, the Eagles would have a three-game lead in the NFC East with 10 games to go.
 
That means if they went 5-4 the rest of the season, the Redskins would have to go 9-1 to get ahead of them.
 
It's been 21 years since Pederson won a Super Bowl ring as the Packers' holder for placekicks and third-string quarterback behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon.
 
But the lessons he learned that fall are ones he shares regularly with his team today.
 
"The biggest thing that I remember from that team is it was always just the next game," he said. "It was always focused on the next game.
 
"You could honestly throw the wins and losses away, it was winning that week, being 1-0 that week, and if you stack enough of those up, obviously you put yourself in a position to be in the postseason."