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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Eight items for the Philadelphia sports fan on discount for Amazon Prime Day

Eight items for the Philadelphia sports fan on discount for Amazon Prime Day

Happy Amazon Prime Day to everyone who has Amazon Prime, has a cousin that has Amazon Prime or a neighbor that has Amazon Prime.

If you're looking for some sweet deals during the once-a-year sale, this list may come in handy if you're shopping for a Philadelphia sports fan.

Here’s some cool Philly sports themed items you can get on special discount today and tomorrow, while supplies last. Make sure you check the reviews on anything you want to buy before you purchase, too.

1. Flyers Pool Noodle

Ever want to be in the pool, but also remind everyone you’re a Flyers fan? This pack of three pool noodles will accomplish just that. You can snag an extra 20% off on this Prime Day deal. This deal is especially perfect for use in the Flyers-shaped pool at Bobby Clarke's old house.

2. Flyers Backpack

I thought this was a pretty good deal, especially given that it’s going to be back-to-school season soon enough. The price of this backpack shrinks even more to $17.22 upon checkout.

3. Philadelphia Wall Art

Any proud Philadelphian loves to show off their love for the city. One way to do so would be with this wall art, which has an extra 20% discount on Prime Day.

4. Eagles Dog Mask

A look that didn’t go out of style even after the Eagles won the Super Bowl. It’s almost football season, so you can shop ahead and grab your dog mask for the year for only nine bucks.

5. Joel Embiid Hoop Set

Perfect for a bedroom, the office or your dorm, this Joel Embiid basketball set looks pretty cool and is inexpensive on Prime Day. Show off your basketball chops or dunk on your friends. 

6. NFL Films Super Bowl LII Video

Probably the one game you’ll never, ever get tired of watching. NFL Films usually does an amazing job with anything they do, so this DVD or Blu-Ray is a top choice to add to the collection.

7. Philly Special Mug

Along the same lines of No. 6, even the roughest of mornings will be made just that little bit better by seeing the words The Philly Special. This mug is especially great for anyone who lives outside of Philly, too.

8. Phillies Helmet Desk Caddy

This is probably my favorite item on the list and would make for a cool addition to any desk. It can be yours for an extra 20% off on Prime Day.

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