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Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!

Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!


According to Tom Fornelli
, the Phillies shouldn't even show up today in Arizona.

If I were a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, I'd probably just skip
the trip to Chase Field and go straight to the airport to catch my
flight to San Francisco. I mean, Brandon Webb is starting for the Diamondbacks this afternoon, so you already know you're going to lose, why waste your time?

Yeah, the Phillies should just go hit the links today instead, right? Wait just a minute. Mr. Fornelli later contradicts himself a bit.

He hasn't been that good against the Phillies in his career, though, as
even though he has a respectable 3.99 ERA against them, he's 2-3 in
eight career starts.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Phillies should show up.

It's Friday (Thursday), we ain't got no job (today) and we ain't got shit to do (except imbibe and watch baseball), so we may provide you with a Phillies live blog today.

Follow along with us on our tangential ramblings of the Phillies game today. First pitch at 3:40. Brett Myers will take the mound and try to prove he hasn't lost his stuff just yet for the Phils.

Pregame:

Harry and Wheels are on Comcast while MLB.tv is running the Arizona Fox Sportsnet broadcast. Jimmy Rollins won't be in the line up today but could make his return to the ball club tomorrow in San Fran.

Pat Burrell gets the day off. So what.

Top 1st:

Victorino leads off with an infield single. And he didn't even flinch when he ran by the bag. Tough Hawaiian.

Wheels is talking about the "beautiful natural air" flowing into the ball park with the roof opened up. Love that stuff.

Bruntlet grounds out but advances Shane.

Utley is 5-11 lifetime off Webb with a HR Shane moves to third on a passed ball.

Chase Utley hits a deep fly to center, Vic tags. 1-0 Phils

Ryan Howard strikes out, of course, to end the inning. But hell, I'll take a run per inning off Webb anytime. Nice to get to him early.

Bot 1st

Sorry, we got distracted reading about Comcast's venture into wireless Internet. Also, we did not see any signs that Clare was asking about.

Myers has not given up a HR yet but gave up his first hit to Ojeda.

Uh. Sorry. Brett Myers gives up his major league leading 12th home run. 2-1 Arizona

Brett Myers steals my will to blog. Geoff Jenkins made a nice play to end the inning, but damn it, Myers gave the lead right back to 'Zona.

Top 2nd

My buddy Scott's possible explanation of Myers: He's trying to take some of the heat off of Howard leading the lead in Ks.

Ground out, ground out, ground out. Inning over.

Bot 2nd

Myers doesn't look very sharp. Shocking! Gives up a single to start the inning. Synder follows that up with another single. Myers must not have done his tossing today.

DOUBLE PLAY! woo! Nice play by E-Brunt

I would like to be a major leaguer if for no other reason than to get to hang on the dugout fence and watch the game. That's a killer view.

Down goes Webb. Myers bounces back after two hits to get out of the inning unscathed.

Top 3

Tom McCarthy -- reporting live! -- tells us that BWebb was an average pitcher before he learned his sinker and later a nice change. On The DL did a podcast with TMac last night.

Another 1,2,3 inning for Webb. Vic almost slapped an infield single but they nailed him on a nice fielding effort.

Bot 3

Sorry, was reading about a man who shot a 66 on one hole of golf.

Two quick outs for Brett. and a nice K to end the inning. Myers is so Jekyll and Hyde.

Top 4

Also, more on Marvin Harrison. Did anyone hear Eskin bashing blogs yesterday? Man, that guy is worse than Buzz Bissinger.

Bruntlet gets on and Utley pops out.

E-Brunt puts on his wheels and steals second. Ryan Howard will not hit a HR.

My reverse psychology did not work. Howard grounds out and moves Bruntlet over to third.

Jenkins can't get anything done and pops out to short. This game is boring.

Bot 4th

Myers avoids the middle of the plate and walks Upton to start the inning.

Back to back walks and now men on first and second. This could be trouble.

Getting dicey. On a chopper to short, Bruntlet couldn't handle it and bases are juiced.

And there it goes. With bases juiced Myers gives up a 2 run double to Chris Synder. Where, oh where, did Brett Myers we all knew and loved go? 4-1 Dbacks with no outs.

I don't even know what happened on a ball hit to Dobbs, off his glove, to Bruntlett who had no play on it? 5-1 Dbacks. Damnit this is getting ugly quick.

ASDJASDJSDO!@#J!@#!@ crikey.  Bruntlet makes a nice play and flips to Utley at second but Chase didn't handle it properly and didn't even get one out.

Fly out to center gets in another. 6-1 Dbacks, 2 outs.  And a pop up to end the horrid inning. Ugh.

Top 5th

Phils can't catch a break as Dobbs is robbed of a single by a tremendous play at third.

Later in the Game

I got back just in time to see Howard get a hit! I swear he did. I didn't dream it.

Also, sixers of Newcastle for those curious.

Phils aren't getting anything, we're going on a beer run. Be back in a few.

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-Giants thoughts: Injury-plagued secondary key to gaining NFC East edge

Eagles-Giants thoughts: Injury-plagued secondary key to gaining NFC East edge

Eagles (1-1) vs. Giants (0-2)
1 p.m. on FOX
Eagles -6


The Eagles try to jump out to a 2-0 start in NFC East play Sunday but host a desperate Giants squad whose season is already on the line in Week 3.

New York's record is in danger of falling to 0-3, which would seriously cripple whatever playoff hopes the franchise has. This is as close to must-win as an NFL game gets in September. However, the league's 30th-ranked scoring offense will be searching for answers against a hostile Eagles defense at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles enter the week with a 1-1 record after a tough loss in Kansas City. A win would not only push the club back above .500 on the year but also keep them ahead of the sticks so to speak in terms of the division standings.

Eli Manning at the Linc
The Giants' offense was broken long before the 2017 season got underway. New York hasn't eclipsed 19 points in any of the last eight contests, including playoffs — a stretch that runs through last December.

As if the unit didn't have enough problems, their quarterback will be walking into an environment where he's been notoriously awful. Since 2009, Eli Manning has completed 60.0 percent of his passes for 6.2 yards per attempt with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Giants are 2-6 in those contests, and 4-14 in their last 18 meetings with the Eagles, period.

In other words, if Manning and his mates are going to get their season turned around, this would not appear to be the matchup to do it. Add in the fact the Eagles' defense looks like it has the potential to be a top-five unit, and New York's offense could be in for another long day.

Key matchup: Giants WR Odell Beckham vs. Eagles secondary
If the Giants get any kind of reprieve at all, it could come in the form of the numerous injuries in the Eagles' secondary. Defensive backs Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins have already been ruled out, and starting free safety Rodney McLeod is questionable. All three are dealing with hamstring injuries.

While this might sound favorable for the Giants' receiving corps, it remains to be seen whether that group will be able to take advantage. Three-time Pro Bowl selection Odell Beckham Jr. missed Week 1 with an ankle injury and was still limited in Week 2, finishing with four receptions for 36 yards against the Lions. Meanwhile, fellow wideouts Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepherd have been little more than window dressing in his absence, and tight end Evan Engram is a rookie.

It's going to be interesting to see which Beckham shows up, as he has the potential to raise the level of play of Manning's secondary targets as well. In particular, whether Beckham can get over the top of a gimpy McLeod — or whoever winds up in centerfield for the Eagles — could have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.

Balance is important, but avoiding turnovers is essential
For all the talk about the Eagles' run-pass ratio this week, the real reason they failed to pull out a win over the Chiefs came down to something much simpler: turnovers.

The Eagles gave the ball away twice last week, on the road no less, which is a huge no-no. Both plays occurred in enemy territory, too, giving the opponent a short field — a Darren Sproles fumble on a punt return that led to a quick field goal (and cost the Eagles a possession), and a Carson Wentz interception that eventually wound up in a touchdown the other way. Meanwhile, Kansas City did not turn the ball over at all.

Sure, the Eagles need to commit to the ground attack. Even a bad running game has some benefits. But what really cost the team in a seven-point loss last Sunday were the giveaways.

No matter how many times the Eagles run or throw the football against the Giants, there is no excuse for giving a struggling offense more opportunities. Then again, that might mean handing the ball to LeGarrette Blount 20 times for three yards and a cloud of dust and playing the field-position game is the way to go here.

A chance to take a commanding lead
Don't expect anything to come easy. This is a rivalry game, against a team with its share of problems, but a championship-caliber quarterback and respectable defense. If the Giants can't get anything going on offense, the Eagles might be able to run away in this one, but more likely, it will be close.

That being said, if the Eagles can pull off the victory in front of their own crowd, they will be the first NFC East team to 2-0 in the division. The Giants will fall to 0-2, and Washington is sitting at 0-1. Only the Cowboys currently have a win as well and will be 1-0.

A win Sunday moves the Eagles to 2-1 on the season. More importantly, it would put them ahead of the curve in their division, which despite the potential for New York to fall out of the race early, looks like it will be very competitive as usual.