'Tis the Season for Excuses

'Tis the Season for Excuses

Lost in the holiday shuffle this week was a little gem from Sheldon Brown, in which he indicated that the atmosphere around the Eagles was too tight before they were eliminated from the playoffs, and that it stemmed from the coaching staff and trickled down. As reported by Kevin Roberts:

"We all played tight -- you know what I mean?" Brown told reporters
Sunday. "The last two weeks it was like: Let's just go play ball. We
should have had that attitude from day one."

Someone asked Brown why that didn't happen.

"It's a trickle-down effect," Brown said. "If the coaches feel tight,
it trickles down to the players. They're like: Oh, I can't make a
mistake. I can't make a mistake.

"Now the coaches are relaxed, the players are relaxed and we're having
fun playing and that's how it's always been since I've been here. I
don't know why it wasn't that way from the beginning."

I don't think the coaching staff was by any means perfect this season, but this is a weak excuse for a team underperforming in key games, even if it's true. Worse than believing it, however, is saying it. Nothing good can ever come of blaming your coaching staff for losses (see: Giants 2006), and with what Big Red's been through this year, it's like rubbing salt in a pretty deep set of wounds. 

Some sobering stats after the jump. 

Also reported by Roberts:

The Eagles are the only NFL team to have outscored their opponents and
still have a losing record. The Eagles are one of only four teams
ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in both total offense and total defense
-- and they're the only one of the four not leading their respective
division.

Ouch.

>>Eagles cornerback points finger at coaching staff [Courier Post Online]

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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After disastrous season, St. Joe's picked to finish 3rd in Atlantic 10

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After disastrous season, St. Joe's picked to finish 3rd in Atlantic 10

Despite coming off an 11-20 season, Saint Joseph's was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll released this week.

It's the highest the Hawks have been picked to finish since 2012-13 when they were the preseason favorite.

St. Joe's went just 4-14 in the conference last season after winning the A-10 with a 13-5 conference record the previous year. The Hawks have won the A-10 twice in the last four seasons.

Phil Martelli enters his 23rd season as head coach, and he has all five starters coming back. The Hawks lost some key players last season. Shavar Newkirk was averaging 20.3 points per game until he tore his ACL in the conference opener. Lamarr Kimble was averaging 15.5 points and leading the team in assists when he fractured his foot in February.

Newkirk was named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team; Kimble and Charlie Brown Jr. were third-teamers.

St. Joe's begins its season on Nov. 11 at Toledo, with the Hawks' home opener coming the following Saturday, Nov. 18 against Princeton.