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Happening Elsewhere: The Big Four-Leafed Clover

Happening Elsewhere: The Big Four-Leafed Clover

This one has been in the works for a while now, but sometime in the last 48 hours (I think) it went official: Shaquille O'Neal, billion-time All-Star and future-Hall of Famer is a member of the Boston Celtics. Shaq had sought a two-year deal for about the mid-level to play on a contender, but ultimately decided the latter portion was more important (or perhaps just more practical) than the first two. So a one-year deal for the vet minimum (about $1.5 mil--don't worry, I'm sure he can always find some loose change in the couch cushions if need be) to be Boston's (eventual) third-string center. Weird.

Can the Diesel still be a contributor on a good team? I feel like it's always useful to have a 600-pound behemoth of a center, who at the very least will continue to command a double team and put the fear of God into undersized guards brave enough to drive the lane against him well into his 60s. Yet the advanced stats showed pretty unequivocally that the Cavs were a better team last year with Shaq off the floor and on, and considering that his skill set never exactly screamed "System Guy," it's hard to know what to do with the guy when you can't just focus the entire offense around him anymore.

Regardless, the Celtics badly need big-man depth without Rasheed Wallace and (for at least half the year) Kendrick Perkins, and you never know when someone is gonna give recent signee Jermaine O'Neal too hard a look and send him back to the DL for a month or two. For the things that Shaq can provide them, the deal is really something of a steal for the C's--though of course, taking the back seat and playing his part was never a particular strong suit of Shaq Fu's, and you never knwo when things could backfire.

Still, I'm looking forward to watch the awkwardness of O'Neal riding the pine in the Green and White. I'm hoping Shaq embraces his fate in his twilight years and becomes the league's Ultimate 12th Man, whooping on the sidelines, waving towels, leading the cheers, etc. The Big Whatever's skill set on the court may be eroding, but give him semi-official Vice President in Charge of Partying and Funny Hats responsibilities, and the dude can still bring it with the best of 'em. The potential for greatness is there, certainly, in one form or the other.

Oh yeah, and yet another chance at a Kobe-Shaq finals. You know, a watched pot never boils, ABC. Quit trying to force it.

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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Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

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Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

Rodney McLeod will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Giants. 

And the Eagles are really hoping he's able to play. 

McLeod is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs, while his backups, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants with hamstring injuries of their own. Earlier in the day, head coach Doug Pederson said Graham and Watkins would be game-time decisions too; turns out that isn't the case. 

McLeod said he has been healing throughout the week but truly won't know if he'll be able to play or not until Sunday before the game. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. The other two members of the Hamstrung Trio missed all three days. 

In addition to Graham and Watkins, Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and Ronald Darby (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Torrey Smith (illness) is questionable. 

After injuring his hamstring early during last Sunday's game, McLeod was visibly hurting and upset about the injury. He said he's been focusing on treatment all week and is starting to feel better. 

Missing Sunday's game will be tough for Graham because it will snap his 159-game consecutive streak. It was the second-longest among defensive backs in the league. It hurts the Eagles even more. 

With two safeties already ruled out and one questionable, the Eagles are in a tough spot at safety. Their only truly healthy players at the position are Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston. 

What are the options if McLeod can't play? 

"Just look at the roster, see who we got," Pederson said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."