Eskin walked right into that dadjoke.45 Comments
Earlier this season, word leaked out of the Sixers that Joel Embiid had been sent home from a road trip to work on his rehab. Earlier this week, Brett Brown said that at times coaching Embiid was “frustrating.” And now, Howard Eskin (who smiled so hard after writing that tweet that he passed out) reports that Embiid was fined earlier this year for missing rehab sessions.
As Liberty Ballers points out, this doesn’t sound great but the problem is likely behind both the Sixers and Embiid. It doesn’t really help for those people who were already having Bynum flashbacks though. Still, no need to worry … I’m sure Embiid can afford “thousands of dollars.”9 Comments
“Where’s Eskin by the way? I’m here, he’s not here”
That is how Sam Hinkie closed his post trade deadline press conference. The man who makes a meme out of calling Sam Hinkie for not being present and hiding in the shadows was nowhere to be found at Sam Hinkie’s very open, very public press conference.
You had to wade through dumb questions, dumber questions, vague answers, and vaguer answers to get to it. But oh man was it worth it. Hinkie was stoic on the outside. But inside?
First JaVale McGee and now this? Hinkie is giving us beautiful gifts.
Video after the jump.36 Comments
While I’m certain that some of the 5,000 media folks in attendance were not women a stiff breeze away from a mound visit, what warm-blooded male complains about that sort of thing?
God bless America. Or Mexico. Whatever. Howard’s a curmudgeon.21 Comments
The day Michael Carter-Williams went on The Players’ Tribune and said “don’t talk to me about tanking” would have been a good day for the Sixers to get their first win. Maybe in some parallel universe, they did. But in this one, they lost to the Mavericks by 53 points. It was the NBA’s biggest loss since the Lakers crushed the Cavs by 55 in 2011.
“I’m sure we’ll remember this, and don’t want it to happen again,” MCW said after the game. “None of us in this locker room will ever get used to losing like that. None of us will ever get used to losing, period. We’re upset after every loss.”
Howard Eskin, still feeling personally victimized by Sam Hinkie, said he was upset, but I can’t imagine a situation where he’d be more gleeful. Eskin has shit-talked the Sixers rebuilding plans all season long (to the point where I find myself favoriting Spike Eskin Tweets rebutting his father. SPIKE!) and was likely unable to wipe a grin off of his face no matter how hard he tried. He raises a great point with “Q,” though.
We won’t talk to MCW about tanking, but we can talk about MCW about tanking:
Ah, damn.3 Comments
Howard Eskin is like a stink bug. His reporting lives in the voids between truth and fiction. His latest report – that John Middleton wants more power and is planning a takeover of the Phillies, who pushed out their beloved president while he was being treated for cancer – is a perfect example of this. To his credit, Eskin correctly reported that Middleton now owns 48% of the team. Fact. Reported. Nice job. But the rest of his report lives in your wall, waiting to emerge when the weather turns cold, because you can’t really disprove that Middleton wants to take over the team and, someday, may eventually do so. And you can’t disprove that David Montgomery’s leave of absence was convenient for the Phils if, in fact, they’d prefer he not make so many of the decisions. Those are voids. That’s where Howard thrives. He multiplies in those things. If you stomp him out in one area, another one of him will pop up in another area. It’s like if Burger King put their mascot in a Whack-A-Mole game. He’ll use words like wants and trying – the Phillies are trying to trade for Jose Bautista – to construct these elaborate stories that sound juicy, but when you think about them, contain very little substance. He can go on TV and claim that BILLIONAIRE OWNER WANTS CONTROL OF TEAM AND THINKS NICE GUY CANCER PATIENT IS BUFFOON, and you can’t really prove him wrong, even if his insinuation is so wildly out of bounds.
Anyway, Jayson Stark called in to Mike Missanelli’s show today to help Missanelli shred Eskin and, more specifically, his report.
Stark said that the Phillies aren’t just denying the report, but that they’re “angry.”
“[Howard’s claiming] that the Phillies are basically firing a guy with cancer, that they’re using cancer as an excuse to push out someone who was beloved by everyone there,” Stark said. “I can’t find anyone who will even remotely corroborate any of this.”
Maybe not. But they can’t disprove it either. There’s a void! And Howard’s found it.
“Two people told me flat-out that Gillick would never have taken this position if he knew what was going on.. and I totally believe that,” Stark continued.
For his part, Missanelli was eager to stomp on this particular Eskin.
“I thought this guy would go quietly into the night… and then some TV station hired him,” Missanelli said. “I did my part.”
That TV station is where Eskin made his report last night, oh and also where I’ll be appearing tomorrow morning– FOX 29*, where Eskin is the lead sports anchor. Awwwwkkkkkward.
*This is an Eskin issue, not a FOX 29 issue. FOX 29 Weekend is a great and fun and light show for a weekend morning and you should watch it and write in and tell them how much you love their pale blogger. Hashtag innocentface.
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On this past week’s Sports Sunday, Howard Eskin was joined by the most charming man to ever stand next to Howard Eskin, Charles Barkley. Sir Charles, as always, didn’t shy from calling Eskin ugly, pulling the old Burger King joke (a meme that does not get tired), and calling him out when Eskin claims he played basketball. The greatest hits from the show are posted after the jump, and we fully support someone somewhere giving Charles his own talk show.18 Comments
It wasn’t pretty, but Jonathan Papelbon notched his 300th career save last night. He’s only the 26th pitcher to reach the mark, and tied Trevor Hoffman for second fastest pitcher to reach it, doing so in 552 games. Looking at his career, it’s impressive, but it may be hard to really appreciate that with his attitude of late. But not to worry, Howard Eskin is here to make sure we side with Papelbon from here on out with catty tweets:
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