Fusion advance to Overwatch League finals, will face London Spitfire

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Philadelphia Fusion

Fusion advance to Overwatch League finals, will face London Spitfire

There’s another underdog in town. 

On the back of DPS duo, Jae-Hyeok “Carpe” Lee and Josue “Eqo” Corona, the No. 6 Fusion took down heavily favored top-seeded New York Excelsior, 2-0, in the best-of-three series, to advance to the first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals at a sold-out Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“All season, we were the team that missed preseason, didn’t have a core coming from a known team,” Fusion coach Yann Luu said. “A lot of people, analysts, thought we weren’t going to go far. But we were comfortable in the players. We know we can compete with anyone in the league.”

Game 1 of the finals will take place Friday, with Game 2 and 3 on Saturday. For the Fusion, who have played all their matches in Burbank, California, the final series against the No. 5 London Spitfire will be a test.

"It's going to be a huge change," Luu said. "It's going to be about which team can stick and adapt their routine to that location. The next few days, we'll practice a bit when we have time. But it's about relying on what we already built and make sure we're ready for London."

Excelsior, widely considered the most complete team in Overwatch League, had just six losses entering the semifinals series. But that didn’t faze the Fusion, who stunned the Overwatch world with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in Game 1, followed by an impressive 3-2 overtime win Saturday in Game 2 at Blizzard Arena. 

“The matches were not one-sided,” Luu said. “All those maps were highly contested. But we knew we had to put everything on the line every single match. Mentality-wise, we were ready for it.” 

It was a statement victory by the aggressive Fusion, who convincingly defeated the Robert Kraft-owned Boston Uprising in the quarterfinals, 2-1. For the Excelsior, owned by Jeff Wilpon, the series loss was a stunner. 

It was the first time Excelsior was dealt back-to-back losses in 2018.

“I don’t think any of us felt like we had something to lose,” Corona told reporters at the post-match press conference. “After all, everyone was against us as if New York was going to win. We came in with the mentality that we just need to focus on our role as a team and what every player needs to do inside the game. That helped us a lot.”

In the finals, the Fusion will meet a familiar foe in the Spitfire, who moved effortlessly through the post-season, beating the Los Angeles Gladiators and Los Angeles Valiant by a combined map score of 12-4. Led by one of the league’s best players in Joon-yeong "Profit" Park, the Spitfire, like the Fusion, struggled down the stretch of the regular season but have found new life with Overwatch’s new meta in the postseason.

“They’re a team that is similar to us,” Luu said. “High skill ceiling, inconsistent throughout the regular season. It’s going to be a very tough match, they have very good playmakers at DPS, and their supporting cast is competent. They are peaking at the right time.”

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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Philadelphia Wings coach Paul Day reflects on connection to Local Heroes Night

Philadelphia Wings coach Paul Day reflects on connection to Local Heroes Night

The Philadelphia Wings celebrated Local Heroes Night on Friday during their game against the New York Riptide. The event honored first responders and members of the military by shining a light on their service to the community.

For Wings coach Paul Day, who spent 27 years on the police force in Ontario, Canada, and whose wife is in her 25th year as a police sergeant, that event hit close to home.

“Working in the industry as a police officer for a long time, it’s always about the community, community safety and teamwork,” Day said. “For me right now, to give back to people that are working in emergency service or military background, it’s very important.”

Day has worked in professional lacrosse since 1991 as a player, coach and an executive. His rookie year in the National Lacrosse League was also his first year in the police force. It wasn’t long after his retirement from the force that his new role as general manager and head coach of the Philadelphia Wings was announced in 2018.

Spending so much time between lacrosse and law enforcement, he naturally drew parallels between the two worlds, stressing that relationship building was a key factor to his success in both fields.

If you’re a leader in your police service, sports team or leader in the community, it’s about how you deal with people, how you treat people and how you work with people. So, I think that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learned.

As a now retired police officer, Day spoke about how those who aren’t first responders or in the military can still be local heroes to people around them.

“Doing the right thing and being good to people, I think that goes a long way every day,” he said. "I think if you live that way, you can be a hero to everybody.”