Today in Philly Sports History: First Mike & Mike Episode, 1998

Today in Philly Sports History: First Mike & Mike Episode, 1998

If you were listening to ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago on October 12th, 1998, you could've heard the first on-air pairing of Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg on public radio, with the program known as "Mike and Mike in the Morning." The show followed from Golic's old show with ex-co-host Tony Bruno (creatively titled the "Bruno-Golic Morning Show"), which ran for three years before Bruno left. The new pairing took advantage of the difference in personality between Greeny and Golic, the former ostensibly a more cultured, domesticated sort and the latter the alpha-male jock, a juxtaposition that the two have ridden now for over a decade on ESPN radio and TV.

A key moment in sports radio history for obvious reasons, but a notable event in Philly sports history as Golic spent his previous life as a defensive lineman in the NFL, with a five-year tenure as an Eagle. Golic was a core defender on the Buddy Ryan Gang Green defense of the late-80s and early-90s, though his final career stats ended up being less than gaudy (11.5 sacks, three interceptions--after all of which he was then tackled by the opposing quarterback). "I'm certainly not going to go down as one of the greatest players ever," said Golic about his playing days. "I was a blue-collar player and I was a team guy and I did what I had to do for the team. I'm proud of that, I really am."

Personally, all I can say about "Mike and Mike" now is that if I flip past it on TV, it's probably either too late or too early for me to be awake.

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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Eagles actually getting an important player back for a change

Eagles actually getting an important player back for a change

The Eagles have been losing players at an alarming rate. 

They’re about to get one back.

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill said Wednesday he expects to be back for the Eagles’ game a week from Thursday against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Grugier-Hill, who started 10 games last year and was having a tremendous training camp, suffered a left knee sprain while making a tackle on Jordan Howard at practice on Aug. 3.

Considering how bad the injury looked — Kamu was carted off the practice field — it would be huge if Grugier-Hill winds up only missing three regular-season games.

Grugier-Hill participated in Wednesday’s walkthrough, the first time he’s done any sort of team drills since he got hurt.

He’s hoping to do some work on Thursday when the Eagles return to their regular practice mode.

I just know I feel myself how I move how I feel, you know your body better than anyone else,” he said. “I think I’m there. We’re just going to give it a couple more days just to make sure, but I’m good, I’m ready.

Most likely, Grugier-Hill would be able to play this Sunday if the Eagles didn’t have two games in five days. Since that would be too much for a guy coming off a knee injury, it makes sense to keep him shut down Sunday at home against the Lions and give him an extra few days.

Grugier-Hill, 25, was primarily a special teamer in his first two years with the Eagles, with one defensive snap in 2016 and 85 in 2017. That increased to 328 last year, or more than 20 per game.

He’s also played 873 special teams snaps the last three years, a team-high 686 the last two years.

If he plays against the Packers, Grugier-Hill will have come back from a pretty serious knee sprain in 54 days.

I’ve had injuries before where I definitely came back too early but I made it work,” he said. “It’s just kind of the desire to be back. You want to be back out there with the guys, but it’s a fine line. You have to be smart about it.

With Grugier-Hill out, Nigel Bradham – coming off a foot injury of his own -- has played all 130 defensive snaps in the Eagles’ first two games.

That’s too much.

Zach Brown has played 78 and Nate Gerry 22.

What role he has on special teams and how many reps he can get on defense remains to be seen.

But just having a quick, athletic linebacker on the field in some role has to help.

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