Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011. You've worked and partied...and partied...and partied...and are now set to face the world.
In an effort to guide you through your impending transition—in whatever form that may take—some members of the local sports scene have stepped up to provide an example. Phillies' chairman and part-owner Bill Giles recently addressed the commencement congregation of Neumann College during the institution's closing ceremonies (video on right), while Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick is set to speak to the graduating class of the Camelot schools, an alternative program in the city of Philadelphia aimed at improving the educational opportunities of "at-risk" students.
Their sincerity and earnest well-wishes aside, we thought it might be a fun idea to brainstorm what some other local sportsmen—both past and present—might say when faced with a group of impressionable youths. Mike Mamula, Ed Wade and Don Tollefson after the jump...
Mike Mamula—"Always be aware of your surroundings. Regardless of the situation, you never wanna' be caught with your pants down."
Andy Reid—"It's all about putting yourself in the best position to make
plays, and you have to take full responsibility for that."
Von Hayes—"You guys can do whatever you want. I'll still be eating steak every night."
—"Work? F*** you!"
Don Tollefson—"What an absolutely wonderful time to be out in the job market! I wish I had more than a decade after college to find myself!"
Ed Wade—"Other than not attending a class for the past eight years, I think you did a pretty good job."
Fred Shero—"Graduate today and walk together forever."
These are just a few to start. Have any you can come up with? Feel free to drop them in the comments. Let's have some fun with this.
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
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If anyone knows about an underdog from Philadelphia finding that storybook ending, it's Sylvester Stallone.
The man who personified the Philly attitude as Rocky Balboa posted a message to Eagles fans on his social media.
Sly is wearing a custom "Stallone" Eagles jersey in the video and tells viewers he's a diehard Birds fan. He shouts out the great Timmy Brown as his favorite player as a kid.
"I got the ring, I got the jersey, I got the will, I've got the optimism that the Birds are going to fly triumphant over Philly tonight!" Stallone says.
"Keep punching, Philly."
The original Rock also shared an image of the Rocky Statue near the Art Museum decked out in Eagles gear.
"Now here is a statue that REALLY knows how to dress like a WINNER!!!!! I have tremendous respect for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but “… It’s about how much you can TAKE and keep moving forward! That’s how WINNIN’ is done!!!!” EAGLES BY KNOCKOUT!!!," the caption says.