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The Laughable Kings and the Future of Nik Stauskas

Kyle - July 6, 2015

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Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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(At this point, it has to be for attention that Howard Eskin says things like this, right?)

The irony of the Sixers-Kings deal is how much the trade proves the old approach to the NBA is disastrous. The “Hinkie Process” might not be right, either (the plane may never land, winning may never become a priority, etc.) but, damn, if the Sacramento Kings didn’t make a hole a chasm.

Think about why the deal happened: A few years ago, in an attempt to stay somewhat relevant, the Kings slightly overpaid mediocre free agent Carl Landry to come to town and slightly overpaid Jason Thompson to stay put. Cap strapped, the Kings needed to unload both to make a run at Monta Ellis (already signed with the Pacers), Wesley Matthews (already signed with the Mavericks) and Rajon Rondo (still a possibility).

Out of the Kings’ desperation, the Sixers somehow swindled the option to swap picks with the Kings in ’16 or ’17 (a pick already in jeopardy to go to the Bulls if the Kings are too good because of the horrible trade for J.J. Hickson). Despite all attempts to stay relevant, the Kings were the sixth worst team in the NBA last year. Right now, they look worse off. However, they can’t completely tank because there’s really no benefit. Especially if the Sixers are improved. Is it realistic Philly improves by five games and the Kings actually get five games worse, thus ceding their pick to the Sixers? Considering the offseason at this point, the team’s respective conferences and the soap opera that is unraveling in Sacramento, this isn’t a pipe dream.

Plus, the Sixers get a future first round pick from the Kings.

Plus, Landry and Thompson, who aren’t terrible. The pair roughly cost what the Celtics paid for Amir Johnson.

Plus, Nik Stauskas.

But, to Eskin’s “point”, how much can one get excited about Stauskas who averaged 4.4 points per game off the bench last year for a very poor Kings team?

To start, plenty of Hinkie-ites (is that a thing?) would have been thrilled to have Stauskas at 10 in the ’14 draft. Stauskas went eighth overall and the Sixers headed the asset direction. However, from most accounts, Stauskas’ rookie campaign was a flop.

Is that cause for concern? Maybe, but enjoy Stauskas sinking 70 of 76 threes IN THE RAIN in his backyard before we project out his career: Continue Reading

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Howard Eskin says Eagles Can/Can’t Still Get Mariota

Jim Adair - April 30, 2015

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So the Eagles can’t get Mariota but they can still get Mariota? Sure. That’s how it works.

Howard Eskin Thinks Erin Andrews Being Filmed Nude in Her Hotel Room was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Her

Kyle Scott - January 20, 2013

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I'm not sure what has gotten into Howard Eskin lately. First he reported that Andy Reid to the Cardinals was all but a done deal… then that the hockey season was on the verge of being canceled… then that Gus Bradley was flying to Philly to finalize his contract with the Eagles… then that Bradley was already in Philly, when he was actually flying somewhere over Montana… and now he's made some questionable remarks about Erin Andrews and her peephole incident.

On Eskin's show Saturday morning, a conversation about Manti T'eo with caller Murray for some reason turned to Andrews, and that's when Eskin decided to opine on her being filmed nude in her hotel room:

Howard Eskin: It’s like Erin Andrews ought to thank the guy that shot the nude video of her.

‘Murray’: You’re absolutely right.

Eskin: She was a sideline reporter on the S.E.C. until that happened.

‘Murray’: And I still don’t like her.

Eskin: No, I think she’s terrible.

‘Murray’: No, me too.

 

I get it. It's the Sex Tape Theory. You couldn't embrace Kim Kardashian as a bonafide celebrity until you saw Ray J go clamming on a surprisingly well-lit bed. And some will argue that you couldn't embrace Andrews as the preeminent sideline reporter until you saw her in a disappointingly-lit hotel room. But still. The circumstances surrounding a sex tape are a little different than being filmed in your hotel room through a peephole. Eskin may not remember Andrews being a household name when the video came out, but she was (at least among mid-twenties dudes), and I'm not so sure it was the thing that made her career (though it may have helped her get on Dancing With The Stars…). Eskin's comment was as incorrect as it was inappropriate, and I'm guessing that the folks at FOX – who, at some level, sign paychecks for both of them – would think so too.

Listen to Eskin's comment after the jump.

via The Big Lead and Sports Rantz, the latter of which chronicled this and another radio host, on Twitter, telling Andrews the same thing… and to get back in the kitchen

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Curt Schilling Called Howard Eskin a Dumbass Today

Kyle Scott - January 9, 2013

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Howard Eskin was one of many folks who took issue with today's announcement that no eligible players, many of whom are tied to steroids, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year (you need a minimum of 75% of the vote to get in). So, Eskin took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. And then, he jumped into a public exchange between former teammates Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Behold:


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And with that comment from Schilling, ridiculing Eskin for citing wins, a mostly meaningless stat, SABR nerds everywhere rejoice.

Eskin's had a rough go of it on Twitter this week. On Saturday, he said that the hockey season could could be canceled before the end of the weekend. Today, a new CBA was ratified.

Yesterday, Howard Eskin was Extraordinarily Wrong About the Lockout

Kyle Scott - January 6, 2013

Howard Eskin, whose sources are generally well-placed and reliable (especially with hockey news and Flyers injury updates— for realsies), was grotesquely wrong with his lockout update last night:

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Yikes.

At the time, he was quickly corrected by unofficial CB weatherman John Bolaris:

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You're, but whatevs. Earlier in the day, J-Bo (or the Tweets he was reading) was actually spot on with his lockout update: 

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Score one for the weatherman in this ongoing dick-measuring contest between mostly out-of-work former Philly media stalwarts.

Eskin: “The Lakers May Have Given The Sixers Damaged Goods”

Kyle Scott - October 10, 2012

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Just in case you weren’t tuned in to FOX Philly last night to see Howard Eskin’s sports report*… he posited that the Lakers “may have given the Sixers damaged goods” in Andrew Bynum. He also said that Bynum’s knee injury – which has vaguely been described as either a result of his recent (and previously planned) knee procedure or something along the lines of a bone bruise – is more serious than the Sixers are saying.

That’s all opinion based on “things [Eskin] has been told.” But it’s not far-fetched. Bynum’s setback, which will keep him out around four weeks, is curious. He told reporters it had nothing to do with the knee injections he underwent in Germany last month, a procedure his ex-teammate Kobe Bryant had done last year. Bynum said his knee felt “uncomfortable” about a week before training camp began. The Sixers, however, have been a bit more vague and have claimed that Bynum’s sitting out is related to the procedure.

Bynum, of course, has had knee problems throughout his short career, and they, along with his psyche, are the concerns surrounding him. 

This is worth keeping an eye on. You can watch Eskin’s report after the jump.

*Sarcasm aside, this is what I love about Eskin. Say what you want about him (sometimes his voice physically pains me), but his on-air sports reports, first on NBC 10 now FOX, are always worth watching, because he usually gives you something that other outlets won’t. He’s been doing this a loooong time, and knows a lot of people (watching him shoot the shit about his new gig at FOX with security guards in the bowels of CBP two months ago sold me), so there’s a good chance he isn’t pulling this out of nowhere. Sure, it never hurts to squawk loudly… but there’s probably more than nothing to this Bynum thing.

H/T to (@SHOWTYME_TALK)

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Holmgren’s Got a Gun: Killing Season is Here and JVR is, Of Course, on the Trading Block

Kyle Scott - June 11, 2012

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"I'm going to fucking kill you one day, Junior"

The days are long and the weather is hot, and that can only mean one thing: The NHL summer rumor mill is here and we can’t wait to see what sort of reactive and organization-shifting moves the Flyers make this year! (!!!)

First up – and we’ll consider it a soft launch – JVR trade rumors… because, really, what would any Flyers rumor mill be without James van Riemsdyk discussion and Ed Snider’s blind intuition?

Not much, Bob. Not much.

Anyway, last night on Sports Final – which, surprisingly, isn’t yet hosted by Sheena Parveen in a strapless two-tone belted club dress – Howard Eskin reported that the Flyers are interested in JVR's fellow trade rumor veteran, Rick Nash:

 

 

Basically, JVR continues to hurt the Flyers even while he’s not lying in a hospital bed somewhere. Or something like that. And that's pissing the Flyers off.

It’s hard to imagine a professional athlete would delay surgery for the sole purpose of not getting traded. But who knows? The mere fact that this is being brought up and somewhat believable – the Flyers angered at one of their key players, who was a major reason why the team felt comfortable trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, for blocking a potential trade – is sad. 

We’ll buy Eskin’s report, but also take it with a grain of salt, if simply because a JVR for Rick Nash trade rumor is about as expected as it comes, especially when you consider the Flyers' rodent-like propensity to kill their young: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, Danius Zubrus, Johan Hedburg— all drafted by the Flyers, all traded. Incredibly, six of those seven are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, and Sharp beat them in the 2010 Finals.

If history is any indication, maybe it's better that JVR could be holding up a trade.

UPDATE: Paul Holmgren, of course, denies this report, telling CSN's Sarah Baicker that an infection in JVR's foot is the reason for the delay. Somewhere, Ruben Amaro doesn't think this is a setback.

Freddie Mitchell Denies Guilt in Tax Fraud Scheme, Says Drew Gooden Scammed Out of $50,000

Kyle Scott - March 6, 2012

Freddie Mitchell responded to an indictment against him in a tax fraud case. Here’s what he told Howard Eskin (@HowardEskin), as tweeted by Eskin: [edited for readability]

Fred Mitchell told me he gave info on other two guys to feds and"they double crossed him.” People from IRS told Mitchell to amend taxes and [be] OK. Mitchell in process of getting attorney before he turns himself in. Never met two guys that were arrested and connected from friend in LA. Fred Mitchell talked to IRS agents two years ago and not since. Mitchell was told by agents "you will be fine” and even let them bug his phone to help. Fred Mitchell also told me Milwaukee Bucks Drew Gooden one of players scammed in tax fraud and called IRS. According to Mitchell, claims innocence but charged Mitchell because he introduced players to arrested guys, and FM feels he got scammed. And Mitchell telling me "got 50,000 from Drew Gooden thinking it was legit" and found out later "he got scammed," told that to IRS agents. Mitchell told me he will turn himself in next couple days. Waiting for his attorney to set it all up. Believes he will prove innocence.

 

Why do I not believe everything FredEX says?

His defense, it seems, is that he merely referred athletes to other defendants. Unfortunately for FredEX, a company managed solely by him, Chameleon Enterprises LLC, appears to be the umbrella organization under which the tax fraud scheme operated.

[Read the full indictment here]