Well, at least the Flyers won on Saturday night

Well, at least the Flyers won on Saturday night

So there I am on Saturday night out with a friend at some bar I’ve never been to in some suburb I’ve never been to and ordering way too much fried food at about 8 p.m. when I looked up at the random TV without football on and then I remembered…

…Holy moly, the Flyers are playing!

Ok, so I may have lied because I knew the Flyers were playing and I watched as intently as possible with an Eagles playoff game on but you get the point.

But not only did the Flyers play Saturday night, they came from behind and won!

Scott Hartnell, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux each scored as the Flyers twice overcame two-goal deficits to earn a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night in the desert. It was the team’s third third-period comeback in the last five games.

The Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Steve Mason – who had 24 saves and was superb once again – kept the Flyers in the game with key saves at key times before the Coyotes could really run away with things.

The momentum of the game turned when Jay Rosehill dropped the gloves with Phoenix’s Paul Bissonnette when Phoenix held a 3-1 lead midway through the second period. After that fight, Philadelphia scored four unanswered goals, including Voracek’s game-winner where he picked the pocket of a Phoenix defender and wristed the puck past goalie Mike Smith about halfway through the final stanza.

It was another impressive win for the Flyers on a road trip chock-full of impressive wins.

So far on this Western swing, Philadelphia came from behind to top Edmonton in a shootout, tied the game late and then beat Vancouver in another shootout, stormed past Calgary and then beat Phoenix last night.

Even in Thursday’s hiccup in Denver against the Avalanche, the Flyers played well enough to win but Avs’ goalie Semyon Varlamov had himself a spectacular night in net.

The point is that the Flyers have brought a consistent winning effort and mentality through the first five games of the trip.

Six-game road trips like this one can often tell you a lot about a team. Through the first five games of this trip, we’ve learned that the Flyers can play hang with almost any team as long they bring that consistent effort and mentality to the rink every night.

That’s been an issue at times through out the first half of this season, though. Maybe it’s finally out of their system. We shall see. But with the goaltenders playing as well as they have on this trip – Mason has stopped 109 of 120 shots and Emery stopped 23 of 24 shots – anything can happen.

Sure, they need to work on the whole defensive turnover thing – looking at you, Braydon Coburn – but that’s another story for another day.

The Orange and Black’s trip concludes Tuesday evening in beautiful, exotic Newark, N.J. and an important Metropolitan Division meeting with the Devils.

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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Penn State begins daunting Big Ten stretch with statement win over No. 19 Michigan

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Penn State begins daunting Big Ten stretch with statement win over No. 19 Michigan

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – It was 11:23 p.m. Saturday night – James Franklin, poised to address reporters in the Beaver Stadium media room, knew the time because he checked a cellphone lying before him – and Penn State’s coach said that would allow him exactly 37 minutes to enjoy the 42-13 victory over Michigan (see observations).

After that it was time to move on, time for the second-ranked Nittany Lions to prepare for the next step down a treacherous path. That involves a visit to No. 6 Ohio State next weekend, with another trip, to No. 18 Michigan State, to follow.

Franklin wasn’t about to discuss the Buckeyes within that precious 37-minute window. There will be time enough for that in the days to come.

But what seems apparent is that the Lions have the ability and adaptability to run with the Big Ten’s big dogs – that if they lose next week, it will be because of the Buckeyes’ strengths, not their weaknesses.

On Saturday night PSU was as good as it has been against a quality team in Franklin’s three-plus seasons on the job, outgaining the No. 19 Wolverines, 506-269, and unleashing Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley for three touchdowns apiece.

“Everybody’s been saying we haven’t been playing anybody this year,” wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. “Obviously we played somebody today.”

Somebody who came away pretty, pretty impressed.

“They hit us on quite a few plays that we have defensed well this year,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I thought their execution was really good tonight, right from the beginning.”

As in, the second play from scrimmage. That’s when Barkley lined up in the Wildcat – a formation the Lions hadn’t shown all year – and zipped 69 yards for a touchdown. He then capped their second possession by scoring on an option pitch, something else PSU hadn’t done much this season.

Franklin had said in the days leading up to the game that the Lions had something up their sleeves, that they were waiting to spring some stratagems on the Big Ten heavyweights. The wrinkles, he added Saturday, were things they had worked on during the preseason.

“The fact that we have some recall helps,” he said.

So too did the fact that they had a week off to prepare for the Wolverines.

“We watched, probably, seven different games of Michigan film,” Hamilton said. “It really helped a lot.”

Michigan cut the gap to 14-13, but then the Lions ran away and hid. It was difficult to find fault with any aspect of their performance, though Franklin tried. He thought the defense could have handled sudden change better, seeing as Michigan charged downfield for a touchdown after McSorley threw a first-quarter interception.

Barkley tried, too. On a day when he generated 176 all-purpose yards – 108 of them on the ground – the Heisman hopeful fixated on his second-quarter drop of a McSorley pass, on a wheel route down the left sideline.

“Sometimes I overthink and I just put myself in bad situations,” Barkley said. “I should have just caught it first. I was thinking score. I was thinking about catching the ball. I felt the safety. I felt his presence. I wanted to try to make him miss and find a way to get into the end zone.”

He atoned with a 42-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter, though he juggled that one, too.

“I was able to run through it,” he said. “It humbles you again, makes you realize you’ve got to put a little more work in. You’ve got to find a way to make those plays.”

Especially now that the celebration, brief as it was, is over. It’s time to take another step down a treacherous path, time to find out where it might lead.