Temple-Ball State: I Get Angry Edition

Temple-Ball State: I Get Angry Edition

The Temple Owls have exited the toughest part of their 2011 calendar. With Penn State, Maryland and Toledo all in the past, Temple is set to enter the meat of its MAC schedule, and hopefully rack up its fair share of wins before taking on traditionally difficult opponents Ohio and Miami (OH) in early November, opponents that could swing the team's bowl hopes one way or the other.

Saturday, the Owls (3-2, 1-1) are on the road in Muncie, Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals (3-2, 1-0). Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game can be heard on 1210 AM and watched on the All-MACcess Webstream at MAC-sports.com.

I'm now about to go on an angry rant where I make questionable generalizations that aren't really all that off-base. Join me, won't you?

It seems like every time the Owls take a step forward, they take two back. And, you know, that extra step back, it isn't their fault.

Frankly, it's yours. I blame you.

Though the announced attendance for the Toledo game was indeed over 20,000, its tough to believe there were that many people in the stadium. More than likely, the number was pushed higher as a result of tickets sold through the school's creative ticket packaging, and not by people actually in the seats.

So even when the team starts out 2-0, nearly defeats Penn State, goes on to roll Maryland on the road, and offers you a $5 admission merely for showing up with a smile on your face, you don't come.

And then when they lose to a Toledo team you don't consider talented because you have only a passing or highly jaded interest in college football, you get to complain about how the Owls are again over-hyped and still a lousy program.

It's one thing for Temple to take a step back because it lost, but its another to take an additional step back because every loss is somehow endemic of its status as "less than worthy."

The Owls are currently favored by anywhere from 9.5-10. I want them to cover by 20. Forget that, I want them to cover by 50.

But chances are, by no matter how much they may win—or, hell, even lose—you're still not going to care—unless, of course, you're showing up just to put the program "back in its place." And this is all because Temple has a losing history, got kicked out of the Big East, and now plays in the MAC. And you don't care about the MAC. Even though teams like Toledo, and believe it or not, even the Ball State Cardinals, are every bit as good as some of what's in the Big 10 this year.

It's just a shame you'll never admit 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

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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Best of NHL: Maple Leafs hand Kings 1st regulation loss of season

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Best of NHL: Maple Leafs hand Kings 1st regulation loss of season

TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of the season with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0). Mitch Marner added two assists.

Toronto has won at least seven of its first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season and just the seventh time overall in franchise history.

Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles (6-1-1), which had won four in a row. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.

Toronto defenseman Roman Polak made his season debut after signing a $1.1 million, one-year deal on Sunday. He had one assist and played 12-plus minutes (see full recap).

Couture, Jones lead Sharks past struggling Rangers
NEW YORK -- Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.

Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.

Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.

With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.

San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period (see full recap).