Ready for Prime Time — Sports Writers annual Dinner



 Tickets are still available for the star-studded Philadelphia Sports-Writers Association’s 109th annual Sports Awards Dinner this coming Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill , NJ , it was announced by PSWA president Ron Corbin, of KYW NewsRadio.

 Heading the dais will be Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout (Pro Athlete of the Year), Phillies pitching ace Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi (Humanitarians of the Year), the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning soccer team (Team of the Year to be represented by Carli Lloyd), Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans (Association’s Good Guy), unbeaten WBA and WBC Super lightweight boxing champion Danny Garcia (Philadelphia Pro Athlete), and University of Delaware basketball star Elena Della Donne (Outstanding Amateur Athlete.)

Phillies Manager Charlie Manual and Phils General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., will also be at the head table.

The most coveted award—Most Courageous—is kept secret until the night of the dinner, the oldest continuing sports awards banquet in the nation.

 [The recipient of the Most Courageous award will participate at a news conference at 4 P.M. preceding the dinner. Those members of the media interested in attending the news conference should meet Joe Juliano, of The Philadelphia Inquirer,in the hotel lobby at 3:45 P.M. Joe will escort the group to the room where the conference will be held.]

Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his humanitarian work. Retired Philadelphia 76ers forward Bobby Jones will be recognized to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1983 NBA champions, and former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene will be honored as the representative of the 1993 Phillies National League champions.  

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, longtime La Salle University and St. Joseph’s Prep basketball coach Speedy Morris, and retired college basketball referee Hank Nichols will receive Special Achievement Awards as will former Philadelphia Daily News baseball writer Paul Hagen, currently with,  who was elected the 2013 winner of the  J.G. Taylor Spink Award by  the Baseball Writers Association of America—to be presented during the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend in July.

 Also being honored will be Navy freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds as the Most Valuable Player of the Army-Navy game in December. He scored the winning touchdown on an eight-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive in the closing minutes of Navy’s 17-13 victory. West Chester University ’s National Championship field hockey and baseball teams will also receive Special Achievement awards.

Tickets for the dinner at $95 apiece are available at the door or online at Fans can also friend PSWA on Facebook. Doors to the banquet open at 5 P.M. with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 P.M.



The 25 best places to work

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Last week I ran 2013’s most stressful jobs. Today, here’s a look at the 25 Best Places to Work, according to

1. Facebook = 4.7/5.0

2. McKinsey&Company = 4.5

3,. Riverbed = 4.5

4. Bain & Company = 4.5

5. MD Anderson Cancer Center = 4.3

6. Google = 4.3

7. Edelman (Public Relations) = 4.3

8. National Instruments = 4.2

9. In-N-Out (Burger) = 4.2

10. The Boston Consulting Group (often referred to during Professor Litwin’s classes) = 4.2

11. careerBuilder = 4.2

12. Southwest = 4.2

13. Chevron = 4.1

14. LinkedIn = 4.1

15. Rackspace Hosting = 4.1

16. Gartner = 4.1

17. Akamai = 4.1

18. Shell = 4.0

19. Workday = 4.0

20. Cummins = 4.0

21. REI = 4.0

22. Salesforce = 4.0

23. Citrix = 4.0

24. Trader Joe’s = 4.0

25. Slalom Consulting = 4.0

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Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner

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Hello all…a reminder: Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner is Monday, Jan. 28 at Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. Line up this year is spectacular. If you’ve attended in the past, you know it is a BIG evening for the sports buff.

Tickets ($95) are still available via or Here is a partial list of honorees:

PSWA Head Table Guests
January 28, 2013
1. Phila Pro Athlete – Mike Trout
2. Native Son –
3. Living Legend – Larry Bowa
4. Good Guy Athlete – Todd Herremans
5. Team of the Year –
6. Amateur Athlete – Elena Delle Donne
7. Humanitarian – Cole Hamels
8. Humanitarian – Heidi Hamels
9. Penn Relays Frank Dolson Award – Donn Cabral, Princeton
10. Special Achievement – Speedy Morris
11. Special Achievement – Hank Nichols
12. Special Achievement – West Chester Baseball
13. Special Achievement – West Chester Field Hockey
14. Special Achievement () – Jimmy Rollins?
15. Ruben Amaro
16. Charlie Manuel
17. Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian – Ed Snider
18. Sebastien LeToux – Philadelphia Union (soccer)
19. Carli Lloyd – Gold Medalist
20. Heather Mitts – Gold Medalist
21. 76ers rep – Bobby Jones
22. Matt Rhule – Temple FB Coach
23. Isaac Collins –Widener FB coach
24. Army-Navy MVP-Keenan Reynolds
25. Temple Athlete- Brandon McManus
26. Penn athlete-Brandon Copeland
27. LaSalle Athlete-Meghan McGlinchey
28. Villanova Athlete-Kyle Soroka
29. St. Joe’s Athlete-Kyle Mullen
30. Drexel Athlete-Eve Badana
31. Phila. U. Athlete-Mary Costello
32. Rowan Athlete- Taylor Purdue
33. Larry Litwin
34. Fr. Casey
35. Ron Corbin
36. Al Shrier
37. Bob Kenney
38. Tommy Greene

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Most stressful jobs moving into 2013

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Because this blog focuses on public relations and strategic communication, it is only fair to note, according to Forbes Insights, public relations executive is rated the fifth most stressful job for 2013. Compensation: median salary is $58,000.

Here are the others (with their median salaries) from (

1. Enlisted Military Personnel – Median salary = $46,000 (with eight years experience)

2. Military General – $196,000

3. Firefighter – $42,000

4. Commercial Airline Pilot – $92,000

5. Public Relations Executive – $58,000

6. Senior Corporate Executive – $101,000

7. Photojournalist – $29,000

8. Newspaper Reporter – $36,000

9. Taxi Driver – $22,000

10. Police Officer – $55,000

Next week, I’ll have the best places to work.

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