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I was a guest last night on AOL Sports Bloggers Live, a weekly show put on by Jamie Mottram covering a wide variety of sports topics.  I was asked to come on and talk about the upcoming series the Phillies have with the Mets.  Also on the show were Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com, ESPN's Jason Sobel to talk some golf, and a few others.

I never really got into the upcoming series with the Mets, which seems like a potential season decider, but I did touch on a number of Phillies topics.  For those of you who know me, as Vince Vaughn in Old School would say, I'm not a talker.  My first foray into being on the radio went okay.  I didn't say anything really stupid, but I sound a bit nervous and didn't have any answers prepared.  I got my basic points across.

To recap:

Q: How good is Ryan Howard?  My answer: Ryan Howard is legit.  Reference to BS&S factWhat I really meant: Ryan Howard is a beast.  I would have liked to touch on Charlie Manuel saying Howard is capable of being in the same league as Manny Ramirez and some of the other great hitters in baseball but you can't script radio like you can a blog post.

Q: Do the Phillies have the pieces in place in their rotation to make the playoffs? My answer: No.  We don't even have a fifth starter at this point.  Gavin Floyd has sucked and we may have to bring him back up.  I don't know how to pronounce Eude Brito.

Q: Is Cole Hamels for real? My answer: I stumble slightly with this one, saying I haven't seen him pitch much, which I haven't.  People are hesitant to jump the gun on Cole.. mumble, mumble.  What I meant: Yes, I think Cole is for real.  I just don't want to jinx it.

Q: What's the deal with the Sal Fasano love?  My answer: It's really kind of uh, hm, really just kind of a running joke now.  He has a Fu Manchu and he hustles so Philly embraces him.  What I really meant: He has a Fu Manchu and he hustles so Philly embraces him.

They also mention Invincible featuring Vince Papale, Bobby Abreu's penchant for sweets, and note that I was quoted in the NY Daily News.

You can stream the whole hour long show here or download an mp3 of the show here.  They make a few references to The 700 Level throughout the show, so I recommend listening to the whole show, but my interview comes in at about 39 minutes.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet 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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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

The Indians joined the Grays on Thursday when Francisco Lindor's three-run homer led Cleveland to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Grays ended up winning 28 of 29, leaving the Indians one game shy of matching the record (see full recap).

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers to open big series
MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night.

The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.

Milwaukee was in position to win it in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wade Davis (4-1) struck out Domingo Santana and then, after falling behind 3-1 in the count to Orlando Arcia, came back to retire him on an easy comebacker on a full-count pitch.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 when Ian Happ led off the ninth by hitting a grounder that first baseman Neil Walker fielded wide of the bag. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress covered first and Happ was called safe in a close play, a ruling upheld on replay (see full recap).

Twins rout Tigers, lead AL wild card by 2½ games
DETROIT -- With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion.

Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland .

The Twins had lost five of six coming into the night, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, but they routed a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

"As a whole in this season, it's been pretty impressive," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "Staying away from the long losing streaks, coming back from some tough losses and some tough stretches and getting back to playing winning baseball, for the most part,” (see full recap).

Fowler delivers again as Cardinals beat Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could -- sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as St. Louis overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Reds 8-5 Thursday night.

The Cardinals began the day 2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Cubs.

Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13 with two home runs and six RBIs in the three-game series (see full recap).