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Mitch Abramson of that bastion of morality the New York Daily News has penned what is, quite possibly, the most embarrassing thing ever written – EVER. E.V.E.R. – in response to the Eagles’ video making fun of Eli Manning:

The trash talk between the Giants and Eagles has reached cartoon-like levels of bad taste with tone-deaf Philly releasing a video on Friday that suggests the type of hazing that allegedly cost a New Jersey high school its football season and resulted in charges against seven players.

The animated short film —dropped on the Eagles’ official Twitter feed — mocks “Little” Eli Manning (the character’s name), who is the victim of a Philly beat-down in the video.

At the end of the tape, Manning is shown walking aimlessly around the dark with a wedgie and his jersey pulled over his head as if he was a helpless high school freshman getting duped by an upperclassman.

While the video is meant to be in jest and part of the passion-play rivalry that exists between the two teams, now is probably not the best time to show football players beating on each other.

Not with the image of Ray Rice cold-cocking his then fiancée in a casino elevator still fresh in people’s minds.

And not with revelations that some football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School allegedly were violating their teammates under the coach’s nose, forcing the season to be called off.

The appearance of Manning drifting helplessly in the dark with his underwear pulled up over his pants — however funny it may seem to some Eagles fans — isn’t the kind of behavior that needs to be highlighted at the moment, inviting comparisons to the shocking behavior that reportedly took place at Sayreville.

Yes, you just read a professional sports writer (ostensibly) liken a cartoon video of an NFL quarterback getting a wedgie to real-life high schoolers hazing freshmen by sticking fingers in their asses. That’s like comparing a Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote sketch to an ISIS video. I mean, they both take place in the desert! And I’m not even sure where the Ray Rice thing comes into play here. Really, I have no idea. I think something is wrong with Abramson. And he actually reached out to the Eagles for comment:

The Eagles did not respond to several messages for comment.

“And I thought they were trying to clean up things from letting Desean (Jackson go) but yet they’re still doing it,” said Giants defensive tackle Mike Patterson of Jackson, a reputed trash talker who was released by the Eagles in March. Patterson played eight seasons in Philly. “It makes me very upset that they’re doing that,” he went on. “Of course it does. I don’t appreciate what they did to my quarterback. But we’re not going to let it get to us.”

I can only assume that Patterson had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. But Abramson doesn’t. Nor does his paper:

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In other ridiculous overreactions to all of this, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York said of the videos: “If you’re a Giants fan, it’s probably done in poor taste, and certainly the Giants organization would never do anything like that.”

Does anyone realize that this scared Eli bit is a shtick the Eagles have been doing for four years?