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The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

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Tonight marks the start of the Sixers season.  For all intents and purposes this year will be a mediocre campaign at best.  The Sixers haven't changed a whole lot from the team they put out on the floor last year and with A.I. and CWebb inching closer to the twilight of their careers, things look bleak for the hoops team in South Philly.

The fact that the next few months could be the final games in which Allen Iverson puts on a Philadelphia uniform should give you reason enough to care a little bit.  We could argue A.I. for days, but the fact of the matter is that Iverson is one of the most fun athletes to watch in all of sports.  The Sixers likely won't win squat this year, but enjoy Bubba Chuck while you can because he may be gone in a flash.

Season opener tonight, 7 PM, Wachovia Center vs. Atlanta Hawks - tickets still available.

Now for a look around the web on what people have to say about the Sixers:

  • Phil Jasner has a preview and informs us that Billy King thinks this years group is close.  Close to what? [Daily News]
  • Billy King sees a playoff contender.  I see dead people. [Inquirer]
  • ESPN's power rankings have the Sixers at 26.  Ouch. [ESPN]
  • ESPN's Sixers preview; Tim Legler says, "Take a sub-.500 team that doesn't play defense. Age by one year. Add
    absolutely nothing of note in the offseason. What do you get? Another
    year out of the playoffs for Allen Iverson and Chris Webber." [ESPN]
  • This Sixers blogger picks the Sixers to go 47-35 and win the East! The commenter who said, "papers or pipe?" nailed my thoughts exactly. [NBA Previews]
  • More on the new NBA ball from True Hoop. [ESPN]

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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Today's lineup: Jorge Alfaro returns as Phillies go for sweep of Dodgers

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Today's lineup: Jorge Alfaro returns as Phillies go for sweep of Dodgers

After getting hit by a pitch on the hand on Tuesday night, catcher Jorge Alfaro is back in the lineup for the Phillies, who are aiming for a four-game sweep of the Dodgers.

On Wednesday, Alfaro was replaced by Andrew Knapp, who had one hit in three at-bats in a rare start.

Freddy Galvis, hitless in his last two games, is 4 for 7 with a homer and three RBIs against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

For the first time in the last several weeks, cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins is not in the spotlight for the Phillies. Instead, the attention has been on Aaron Altherr, who will try to finish an impressive series in style. Altherr, who hits fifth again on Thursday, is 5 for 11 with three homers and nine RBIs in the first three games against Los Angeles.

Odubel Herrera, who batted third last night and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, hits sixth. His season batting average from that spot in the order is .340. 

Here is today's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, LF
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Jorge Alfaro, C
8. JP Crawford, 3B
9. Mark Leiter, P

Here is the Dodgers lineup: 

1. Chris Taylor, CF
2. Justin Turner, 3B
3. Cody Bellinger, 1B
4. Yasiel Puig, RF
5. Curtis Granderson, LF
6. Chase Utley, 2B
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Logan Forsythe, SS
9. Kenta Maeda, P