Today in Philly Sports History: TO Wears Irvin Jersey After Loss to Cowboys, 2005

Today in Philly Sports History: TO Wears Irvin Jersey After Loss to Cowboys, 2005

The Eagles were 3-1 for the season going into a game against the Cowboys on October 9th, 2005, but the offense wasn't quite clicking the way it had been in the Super Bowl run of 2004. This became abundantly clear in Texas Stadium, where QB Donovan McNabb went only 13 for 26 for a measley 131 yards, only 50 of which went to star receiver Terrell Owens. The Eagles were shredded by the Cowboys hookup of Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn, and lost the game 33-10 while failing to score a single offensive touchdown. But the real story might have been what hapened after the game, as Owens donned a throwback Michael Irvin jersey--he of the much-hated 90s Cowboys dynasty--on the way out of the city.

"On the way home, I give these guys an opportunity to wear comfortable
clothes," said coach Andy Reid. "I have done that since I have been here, and he's very close
with Michael. I don't think it's that big of a deal." Naturally, Eagles fans were somewhat less forgiving at the sight of the betrayal, and the backlash was heavy for a former fan-favorite that was increasingly becoming more and more of a malcontent, falling out with teammates and organization.

Naturally, Owens's donning of the Silver and Blue turned out to be prophetic, as by the next season he was Jerry Jones's new golden boy, lighting it up with Tony Romo on America's Team. Eagles fans can no doubt take great solace, however, in the fact that TO's days in the Lone Star state ended just as acrimoniously as his time in Philly, and he seems mere seconds away at all times from self-immolation now up in Buffalo. Some receivers, you just can't reach.

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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Jakub Voracek raves about James van Riemsdyk's net-front magic

Jakub Voracek raves about James van Riemsdyk's net-front magic

VOORHEES, N.J. — Jakub Voracek has all types of skill and wizardry to his game.

He'll weave and dazzle through traffic with the best of them, a true threat to make a highlight-reel play whenever the puck touches his stick.

But the bag of tricks James van Riemsdyk carries in front of the net will even make Voracek scratch his head. A magician like himself can appreciate another one's work.

That's why Voracek was brimming with excitement Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone over the addition of van Riemsdyk's power-play prowess. All signs point to van Riemsdyk making his highly anticipated return Thursday from a lower-body injury that knocked the winger out of action in the first period of the season's second game.

The Flyers' big summer splash joined Voracek on the first-unit power play Wednesday, an area the Flyers hammered away at during practice and for good reason. The man advantage is 3 for 39 since Oct. 13, last in the NHL at 7.7 percent. Overall, it ranks 28th in the league at 13.6 percent.

Here comes van Riemsdyk ready to roam the blue paint.

Talk about a sight for sore eyes. The Flyers' power play will welcome van Riemsdyk with open arms. 

Voracek sure is and here's why:

He's got really, really soft hands and he's got a really good touch. He can make the plays out of nothing, which is really important. He can raise the puck under the bar from impossible angles. He kind of gives the goalies a little bit more respect. Like if I'm standing in front of the net, one foot from the pad, I'm not going to raise it anywhere, but he will.

He's a big body in front of the net, he's a great player that can score goals. Obviously we missed him over the period of time, especially on the power play. He's a really smart player around the net and he's going to help us a lot.

With van Riemsdyk rejoining the picture, the Flyers can now see what they envisioned when they signed JVR for five years, $35 million on July 1. Dave Hakstol and company will roll out a 30-goal scorer on both man-advantage groups. 

Wayne Simmonds, who has made the net-front role his M.O., will try to bolster the second unit. Since the 2011-12 season, his first with the Flyers, Simmonds owns 88 power-play goals, second in the NHL to only Alex Ovechkin's 137.

Here's how the Flyers' man-advantage groups should look Thursday night against the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center:

First
• Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere

Second
• Wayne Simmonds, Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny, Jordan Weal, Ivan Provorov

In 2017-18 with the Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk buried a career-high 11 power-play markers en route to a 36-goal season.

"He's just going to go and do what he does," Hakstol said.

And the Flyers need it.

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