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.
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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:
Believe me, I don’t want to take Papelbon’s side on anything, but Eskin makes it a lot easier.
via Bleed Philly
This picture of Howard Eskin and a woman walking the beach in Sea Isle this weekend – that was added to the Roundup yesterday as a throwaway item – wound up getting a lot of attention. No, that’s not Sarah Baicker (though that would’ve been maybe favorite scandal of 2014 and maybe ever). But it is someone – a well-figured someone – and she appears to be strolling the beach with, or just happens to be alongside, (the apparently married) Eskin. I’m not a shit starter……… but Angelo Cataldi is, and this morning he asked Eskin about the picture on-air. Natalie Egenolf was there and relays (since no audio exists):
There’s a lot of innuendo here, but Eskin isn’t above that sort of thing. So I’ll just point out that this doesn’t look like power walking.
[Man, could you imagine if the gross sex and Howard Eskin beach posts were one and the same? Ewwwww.]
Eskin seen here on game day
Sources tell me that Howard Eskin passed out and was taken to the hospital while in New York and New Jersey covering the Super Bowl a few weeks back.
It happened mid-week before the big game. Eskin was setting up for a remote with FOX when he collapsed, I’m told. He was apparently taken in an ambulance to a local hospital, where he spent the night.
No word on exactly what happened, but it’s believed that he passed out from some combination of exhaustion and dehydration. He was back on the air by the Friday before the game and appears to be fine now.
Good thing nobody prematurely reported that he was dead.
I don’t know if Howard has some sort of disorder that requires him to be the center of attention 24-7 or what, but he showed up at Chip Kelly’s press conference today (can’t tell if Chip was in on it, but it’s obvious Chip doesn’t like getting his metaphorical knob slobbed by Eskin the way the last coach did) in full Santa suit and brought Chip a Bear that was so injured from his whooping last night that the poor guy couldn’t make it on the plane.
Chip’s response: “That’s the best suit you’ve ever worn.”
That it is, Chipward. That it is.
Presumably, Chip’s girlfriend won’t cut his head off in a jealous rage after discovering the gift.
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And happy holidays to you too!
Curt Schilling and Howard Eskin love pissing on each other. In January, Eskin attacked Schilling’s HOF credentials and Schilling called Eskin a jackass.
This weekend, their ongoing disagreement bubbled over into new territory. A confusing Twitter war commenced when Eskin again took aim at Schilling’s credentials. Schill responded. And many followers chimed in, sending the argument into strange territories.
I’ve done my best to curate the conversation into a coherent exchange. Do enjoy. To the Storify machine!
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without some loosely-sourced news from Jon Heyman.
Responding to a report from Howard Eskin on FOX 29 last night that the Phillies were on the brink of trading Domonic Brown and unnamed others for 33-year-old and declining Jose Bautista, Heyman wrote the following:
2013, it’s just not Eskin’s year.
He did, however, respond to Heyman:
That’s where it ended, for now. I love the theory from reader Brian, who postulates that Eskin, in a desperate attempt to maintain relevancy in the region, merely needed to report something since WIP colleague Michael Barkann broke the Marlon Byrd news yesterday. So nefarious, that would be.*
*No idea why I’m talking like Yoda today.
I have almost no doubt that, at some point, Shane Victorino snubbed Howard Eskin and that, now, Eskin will rip him every chance he gets. I mean, what else could explain these vicious, pointless Tweets during the playoffs:
He’s actually not basically a .220 hitter. He batted .294 this year, the highest of his career.
Yeah, I’ve been rooting against Victo. But I think most of you realize that’s because I can’t stand to see yet another former Philly athlete succeed while we flounder in Ruben Amaro’s and Paul Holmgren’s (and maybe even Howie Roseman’s) stink. I’m being serious. It’s really bothering me. But I don’t hate the guy.
Eskin’s alleged issue with Victo – that fans overvalue him and he’s not that good – is just wrong. Victo has always been a decent player and, SABR folks be damned, he’s gotten a ton of clutch Postseason hits, for two teams now. I can rattle off a few– grand slam off Sabathia, only run in 2007 NLDS loss in Game 3, Game 4 2008 NLCS home run to tie game before Matt Stairs, grand slam to send Red Sox to World Series, 4 RBIs to win them World Series. His success with the Red Sox is making me positively miserable, but there’s no denying that he’s been a good player and is, and should be, well liked in Philly. Eskin, however, is just a jackass.