Today in Philly Sports History: O'Brien-Led Eagles Lose First Ever Televised Pro Football Game

Today in Philly Sports History: O'Brien-Led Eagles Lose First Ever Televised Pro Football Game

The Eagles are off this week, hopefully figuring out a way to make the post-bye portion of the season resemble what we were all hoping for in 2011. As a result of the bye, it's a pretty slow weekend in Philly sports, with the Flyers the only team in action when they face-off against the Blues later tonight. More on that and the day in college football later, but for now, a look waaaay back at some Eagles, pro football, and television history.

It was on this date, October 22, in 1939, that a pro football game was first televised. The Eagles played (and lost to) the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 23-14. More on the game and the 'back' who threw a touchdown for the Birds below.

This post at the official site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has some pretty cool stuff on the first televised game, including that only about 500 people in New York likely saw it, given that most people didn't have TVs at the time. This Football Digest article, archived at ProFootballResearchers, has that number at 1,000 sets. Others watched it on monitors at the World's Fair in New York (which has a whole new meaning to me after reading Devil In The White City).

Parts of the telecast had to be dumped to radio due to lighting issues—natural lighting issues—obscuring the picture. Considering I'll be spending at least some of my bye week Sunday watching every scoring play around the league, as it happens, on NFL Red Zone in HD, I'd say the telecasts have in some respects come along way. Then, of course, there's the Fox robot still being around, now complete with its own twitter account. Sometimes I think I'd prefer blinding sunlight and a radio broadcast to a robot with its body parts highlighted to illustrate where Michael Vick has sustained injuries this season, as if "hand" and "finger" are some obscure medical terms best explained to Americans using glowing pink on a robot model.

To the game itself, the Football Digest article is worth a read, if for no other reason than to wish we still had players named Pug, Ace, and Bruiser on the field. That and there was a guy smaller than me throwing passes for the Eagles, and he was exceptionally good. Davey O'Brien, listed at 5-7, 150 lbs, threw a touchdown pass for the Birds that day. O'Brien, the namesake of college football's Davey O'Brien Award, was drafted by the Eagles earlier that year after winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award at TCU. He went on to break a passing record and be named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. In another sign of very different times and the relative prestige of football stardom, O'Brien left the game after the 1940 season to join the FBI.

Here's a look at O'Brien in action, not in that first televised game, but in his final day as an Eagle in 1940:

Vince Young won the O'Brien Award in 2005, and Cam Newton won it in 2010.

You can read more about O'Brien and the first televised game in Les Bowen's new Eagles Illustrated History book, reviewed by Kulp here.

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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Without Joel Embiid in Toronto, Sixers 'jumped' in telling loss to Raptors

Without Joel Embiid in Toronto, Sixers 'jumped' in telling loss to Raptors

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TORONTO — Ben Simmons' double-double feat aside, the Sixers have had little to enjoy about the start to the season.

They were outclassed Saturday night, 128-94, by the Toronto Raptors and have lost their first three games (see observations).

As has been their custom for back-to-back games, center Joel Embiid did not play Saturday after playing Friday in the loss to the Boston Celtics to protect his left knee.

Head coach Brett Brown said he did not expect things to go this way.

“I didn’t,” he said. “I knew the first three games were going to be difficult. I knew coming into this building after a back-to-back was going to be difficult, but you are certainly not expecting it to be that margin of a deficit. I give Toronto credit.

“We have a lot of work to do; we look forward to getting Joel (Embiid) back in this and continuing to learn how to play the group.”

After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first quarter, the Sixers whittled the lead to eight when Jerryd Bayless hit a couple of free throws with 2:22 left in the first half.

Toronto led 62-49 at the half and blitzed the Sixers to open the third quarter with Serge Ibaka scoring eight of their first 10 points of the second half. With 3:12 left in the third, the Raptors led by 29.

“They jumped us, especially at the start of the third, certainly portions of the first period but especially the start of the third and you’re just playing catch up pretty much for the rest of the game after that first almost minute, minute and a half,” Brown said.

“You’re just trying to find some type of order and purpose to end the game with that in mind.”

It was a subdued atmosphere in the dressing room after the game.

The edge surely was removed from another double-double by Simmons.

He had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Simmons joins Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to average 10-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and five-plus assists in their first three career games.

“It looks great, but I’d rather have a win,” he said. “I’d rather we had three wins than three double-doubles.”

Simmons said he is looking forward to Embiid returning to the lineup Monday against the Detroit Pistons.

He said he could feel the game slipping away Saturday.

“Toward the third, coming out we just didn’t click, didn’t have it together,” Simmons said. “It’s tough without Joel (Embiid), obviously there’s chemistry and then you switch it up, so that comes into it, but we need to learn to play without him, with those back-to-backs.

“We have to stay together as a team, talk it out, get through it, communicate on the court and hold each other accountable. … We have to sit down and look at what we did wrong, that’s with every game, you have to fix your mistakes and come out ready for the next one. It’s a long season.”

It could seem even longer if there aren't signs of improvement.

“Coach Brown has talked since Day 1 of camp about our goal; to build every day, to take something positive every day and I think for tonight, we were unable to do that,” guard J.J. Redick said. “I was just saying if it’s a six-minute stretch where we are doing things well, cutting into their lead, that’s something to build on. I don’t think we did that before but that’s what I was trying to get across.

“I’m a patient person; if we were 0-45 then I’ll start to panic. There are 82 games, we have a very tough schedule to start, we’re a young team, and that’s not an excuse but the reality is the team we played tonight and the team we played in D.C. Wednesday night, they’ve been together a long time and know how to play together. We have to figure out a way to jell quicker and we have to understand and close our margin for error.”