How to watch 'HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports' on NBC Sports Philadelphia

How to watch 'HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports' on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Throughout the month of November, NBC Sports Regional Networks is launching its multiplatform initiative on mental health and men's health, HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports.

This month-long campaign will begin with the debut feature documentary HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports on the Regional Networks. The documentary is produced in partnership with Religion of Sports, the Sports Emmy-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra.

The documentary will air in the Philadelphia region for the first time this Thursday. For more HeadStrong content, visit

Here are the essentials:

Date: Nov. 7
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Where: NBC Sports Philadelphia, and the MyTeams App

Additional local air dates throughout the remainder of 2019:

Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 8, 11 p.m. (NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus)
Nov. 9, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP+)
Nov. 10, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 11, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 26, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 29, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 16, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 21, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP+)

Debut days and times for additional networks are listed below:

NBC Sports Bay Area: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Boston: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET
NBC Sports California: Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Chicago: Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. CT
NBC Sports Northwest: Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Washington: Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET
NBCSN: Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. ET

Also, as a part of the HeadStrong initiative, there will be a series of more than 35 short-form digital video features to be focused on mental health and men's health issues on a special HeadStrong web page, There will also be an additional 50-plus combined short-form digital video features that will focus on local subjects and stories.

At The Yard: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino

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At The Yard: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino

You heard Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino in NBC Sports Philadelphia's documentary "World Champions: The Story of the '08 Phillies." 

Now, in this special edition of At the Yard, you get to listen to Jim Salisbury's interviews with those three players in their entirety, including the parts that didn't make the documentary. All three go through that magical season in vivid detail and relive the greatest moments from that postseason. 

Subscribe and rate At The Yard: Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Spotify / Stitcher / Art19

Chase Utley:
1:30 - What made that team special?
4:00 - Memories from the postseason.
6:30 - World Series Game 5.
13:00 - What were the celebrations like?
18:00 - His speech on the day of the parade.

Jimmy Rollins:
1:30 - Did he really believe the Phillies were the team to beat in 2007?
8:00 - What was the moment he thought they were good enough to win it all?
13:00 - Playoff moments.
19:30 - Did he have a preference of facing the Rays or the Red Sox?
24:00 - Terrible field conditions in Game 5.
31:00 - Moment they won the World Series.
33:30 - Chase's speech.

Shane Victorino:
1:00 - Shane's journey to the big leagues.
5:00 - The importance of the 2007 season.
12:30 - Playoff memories.
16:00 - Preference facing Tampa Bay or Boston?
24:00 - Moment they won the World Series.
29:30 - Charlie Manuel was the perfect manager.

Jillian Mele: 'If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it'

Jillian Mele: 'If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it'

"Who did you sleep with to get this job?"

That was said to my face by a former co-worker at the start of our first day working together.  I was new at the station, young and excited to prove myself, and I knew it would be a long day. I had this terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach and I was fighting back tears, but the last thing I wanted to show was weakness. I knew I had to be strong -- for me.

I was a professional that day and we ended up doing a great story together, but the emotion was still reeling inside of me. We got in the news vehicle to drive an hour and a half back to the station and that same person said, "Wow. I thought you were just another blonde who didn't know her ass from her face but you actually know what you're doing. You are good." Was that supposed to be a compliment? Whatever it was supposed to be, I used it as fuel. I had a passion for this business ever since my internship at CSN years prior to this experience, and I wasn't going to let anyone get in my way.

I've spent time in both hard news and sports and as I transitioned into sports full time, one of the biggest challenges I found is having a professional relationship with athletes -- it's a delicate thing to do. More often than I would like to tell you, married athletes have asked me out, while other athletes have asked me to send them photos over the internet. Social media makes accessing people extremely easy, and I have sent countless messages over the years saying basically the same thing: "Thank you, I am flattered, but I am seeing someone," even if I was single. As a young intern in this business 12 years ago, I never knew how hard it would be to manage those relationships, but more than that, manage how it makes me feel.

As I've grown in the world of TV, the comments have started to roll in fast and furious, and the popularity of social media has certainly been a factor. People feel the constant need to comment on everything from my body to my clothes, my hair, my shoes, my teeth (yes, my teeth) and my opinions. People tell me exactly what they think, good or bad, and most of the time I like the fact that people are honest; it keeps me in check and makes me realize the impact I have on their lives. At the end of the day, I am a person with feelings just like you, so when someone tells me on Twitter that I should be fired from my job because I am awful, I'll be honest, it stings. I work endless hours when needed, I ask really tough questions because it is necessary, and I handle criticism because let's face it, for every bad comment there are about 20 good ones that truly mean something.

I love when parents tell me that I am a role model for their daughter, helping her see that she can do anything she wants, even in a male dominated industry like sports. To me, that is everything and makes it all worth it. I want to be a strong role model and continue to pave the way for women in sports, as other women have done before me.

Someone once asked who my daddy knew because I could not possibly have gotten a job in TV on my own. I was told I didn’t deserve it. I proudly told that person that my dad has a salvage yard and my mom is a nurse and they have supported me every step of the way on this journey but this, I did this on my own. My favorite quote puts it in perspective and has gotten me through many tough times as it will continue to do for years to come:

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." -- A League of Their Own.