Driving down Broad Street in South Philly today, you almost forget about the giant eyesore where you spent so many wonderful Sundays. Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field now host the games we give our hearts to. All it takes is a glimpse of a picture, a snippet of video, or the smell of a toilet to spark the memories you have of the old ball park. I attended the second to last Phillies game there and also attended the second to last Eagles game there. I had tickets to the final Birds game at the Vet, but had to be in Boston for that whole college thing. It turned out to be a decent game to skip.
My first memory of the Vet is, of course, not of a game itself, but rather a fight between an extremely overweight Giant fan and an Eagles fan of similar stature. The Giants fan was so drunk while getting pummeled that his pants fell to his ankles. That's comedy central for a young kid. I recall vividly the playoff game where the Birds pounded my all time favorite football player, Barry Sanders and the Detroit Lions. I recall fondly the days when Mr. Tolomeo would throw us in the back of his pick up and sneak us in to sit up in the 700 level for Phillies games. Going over the I-95 bridge in the back of a truck was a truly frightening experience as a kid.
Here's to the Vet, and, of course, to the original 700 level.
Leave it up to the shitty Mayor of Philly to botch this one up.
The final seventh inning stretch after the jump.
and a glimpse of how it used to be:
Position Title: Intern
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
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
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.
About NBC internships
The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.
Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.
"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.
The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.
"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."
What about the next signature?
Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.