On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

Know what's even better than a professional quarterbacking record of 30-17? 31-17.

And that's what Vince Young is. He's 31-17 as a starter. He has 31 wins. He's been a winner 31 times. If you were to compare his wins to his losses, his wins would outnumber his losses. His wins would almost double his "not-wins."

Vince Young wins football games. Wins them in the pros, wins them in college, wins them whenever and wherever.

Remember Vince at Texas? Remember him carrying the ball in triumph as he ran into the corner of the end zone in the national title game?

And remember that goofy sidearm release that had to be coached out of him when he was drafted to Tennessee? It was a problem, right? Wrong.

Because you know what Vince did? He kept winning. Everyone said Vince couldn't do it in the pros. But they were wrong.

At first, he'd make it happen with his feet. With his God-given athletic ability, he would will his team to victory in spite of a radically unsophisticated throwing motion.

Five years later, he possesses a still-radically unsophisticated throwing motion that resembles a repeated short-arming of every attempt and somehow necessitates the lobbing of screen passes with higher vertical arcs than most Andre Iguodala 30-footers.

But you know what it all results in? Wins.

Vince wins. He single-handedly wins ball games. He wins ball games on his own. Did the defense score that touchdown in the fourth quarter? No. But you know who did? Vince Young.

Vince Young is a winning role model. If you're reading this, and you have children who value winning, buy them Vince Young jerseys. Show them Vince Young highlights. Anything with Vince Young in it, on it, or around it, they are to consume. Fully.

Honestly, how else could you possibly explain the success of a quarterback with a 69.0 passer rating other than to conclude that he is, indeed, a winner? Others have tried to pull similar strokes of genius by attempting only two passes in sixty minutes so as to mitigate their potential of losing, but not Vince.

Vince is ballsy.

Vince is going to chuck it up 20 to 30 times a game and turn it over on three separate occasions just so he can remind you that he can do all of this and still win.

Say what you want about his personal habits, his beliefs, and, you know, the way he generally lives his life. And say what you want about how he doesn't have the skills to make it in the NFL. And say anything and everything you want about whether this success and style of play is sustainable over the long haul. But when you're through with your woefully snide and pithy nay-saying, remember the thirty-one other reasons why all of your concerns have been rendered irrelevant.

Today is Monday, November 21st. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. This year, give thanks to Vince Young.

Discuss him endlessly. Debate his greatness if you will. Pick apart the flaws in his game if you dare.

Just be prepared to out yourself as a loser in the process.

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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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

BOX SCORE

TORONTO — The Air Canada Centre has become a tough place for the Sixers.

Nothing has changed with a new season.

The Raptors defeated the Sixers, 128-94, Saturday night for their 16th win in the past 17 games against the Sixers, including 10 in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

The Sixers have problems beating the Raptors at home as well as away, which pretty well takes care of all the possibilities.

Say this for the Sixers, after falling behind by 17 points during the first quarter, they had the lead down to eight in the second quarter on a pair of free throws by former Raptor Jerryd Bayless. It was 62-49 for Toronto at the half.

Then there was the second half.

The Raptors raced out to a 72-51 lead early in the third quarter, with Serge Ibaka scoring eight of their first 10 points. Kyle Lowry finished the scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer to increase Toronto’s lead to 102-71.

• Amir Johnson got the start at center with Joel Embiid missing the second half of a back-to-back to rest his left knee. Johnson knows his way around the Air Canada Centre, having played for the Raptors for six seasons before going to the Boston Celtics for the past two seasons. He received a nice cheer during the pregame introductions and then scored the game’s first basket on a dunk.

• Jahlil Okafor took over at center 5:27 into the first quarter and quickly scored to tie the game at 13, but he was out of the game after playing 2:49 after picking up three quick fouls.

• Ben Simmons had his third consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had eight assists. He already had accomplished something never done before in franchise history entering the game against the Raptors. The rookie forward recorded double-doubles in his first two career NBA games against the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. He is the 11th player in NBA history to do so.

• Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game because of flu symptoms. No such luck for the Sixers, he was in the starting lineup and looked quite well as he pumped in 15 points in the first quarter on 4 for 4 shooting from the field and a telling seven free throws in eight attempts. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

• As if the discrepancy in free throws has not been enough of a problem in the early going for the Sixers, Markelle Fultz missed three of his first four free-throw attempts against the Raptors. Toronto was 24 for 28 from the line in the first half and the Sixers were 12 for 18. Toronto made 30 of 36 foul shots on the game and the Sixers made 22 of 36. 

• Toronto reserve Lucas Nogueira scored on a breakaway dunk during the third quarter, which may redefine garbage time.

• For those who thought the 17 turnovers committed by the Sixers in each of their first two games were bad, what do you think of 20 turnovers Saturday night?

• Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was restricted to 15 minutes (five points, four rebounds) because of a sprained left ankle. He had a double-double in the team’s opening game win over the Chicago Bulls.