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This Halloween, Give Thanks for the Sixers

This Halloween, Give Thanks for the Sixers

Thanksgiving may be three weeks away, but Halloween is as good a day as any for Philadelphia sports fans to give thanks. Be thankful for the return of the 76ers, and their offering of a diversion.

Be thankful the NBA is playing its 82-game season as scheduled this year. At face value, that may seem like the equivalent of handing out an award for participation. Then again, with the NHL embroiled in a bitter lockout, no end in sight, a little pro basketball right now could be a welcome escape from an ongoing labor dispute.

Be grateful the Sixers are giving fans a reason to be excited about the product. It's about time after running in place for the better part of a decade, but such is the cycle of life. Now that the Eagles look like they could finally fall off of the treadmill entirely, the Sixers are poised to become the best game in town for awhile.

[Enrico's note: ALSO BE GRATEFUL FOR GIANT T-SHIRT LAUNCHERS! YEA!]

Be appreciative of the fact that they are filling a massive void on the local sports calendar. The Flyers are out of commission until who knows when, the Birds' campaign appears to be spiraling out of control, and we are five months away from the Phillies' Opening Day. The Sixers are the only game in town for awhile.

I for one don't know if I've ever been happier for the start to a basketball season, and it's not just because of Andrew Bynum, or the radical changes throughout the organization over the past 12 months. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the 76ers suddenly look like a legit operation, not to mention a viable threat in the Eastern Conference.

I'm most thankful for a fresh start in the midst of what is quickly becoming one of the supremely dismal sports years in the city's recent memory. Between the underachieving Phillies, the disintegrating Eagles, and the non-existent Flyers, there hasn't been very much to cheer for over the last six months -- arguably even less to look forward to.

That changes on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, where the 76ers are hosting an opposing Andre Iguodala and the Denver Nuggets. It's only Game 1 of 82, and Bynum won't be on the floor, but at the very least it serves as a much-needed change of pace to break up the current monotony.

We are not necessarily talking about a team that's going to deliver a parade this summer, but the franchise seems to be heading in the right direction. If nothing else, there is something to see here, which is a lot more than we can say for the rest of the home teams right now.

The Sixers offering hope to Philadelphia during a hopeless time -- imagine that narrative.

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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Why sports are awesome: Joel Embiid's Twitter and Rhys Hoskins

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Why sports are awesome: Joel Embiid's Twitter and Rhys Hoskins

Sports Ilustrated gets it. The characters in Philadelphia sports are some of the best in the world right now.

On SI's list of "77 Reasons Why We Love Sports," the alien otherwise known as Rhys Hoskins and Joel Embiid's Twitter both make appearances. While the NFL Red Zone Channel inexplicably comes in at No. 1, Embiid's Twitter comes in at a worthy No. 2. His recent tweet about the Los Angeles Chargers' beleaguered rookie kicker is a great example of why Embiid is a must-follow.

Hoskins, the Phillies' record-breaking slugger, comes in at No. 65. His latest mind-bending accomplishment is becoming the fastest player ever to 45 RBIs. With Hoskins' ridiculous natural power and impressive plate discipline, this stretch doesn't look like a fluke. He could be one of the top reasons Philadelphians love sports for the next 15 years.