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Howard Eskin Is Driving a Maserati Around Spring Training, Presumably so You Won’t Notice His Irrelevance

Kyle Scott - February 18, 2016

Is Howard Eskin the most self-absored sports persona in existence? I mean, his ratio of relevance-to-self-absorption (the RSA) has to be off the charts. Never mind that Maserati has aggressively shifted its brand down-market, thus removing some of the cachet that came with owning (or renting) one of its luxury cars (I’d currently take any Tesla configuration over a Maserati), what level of narcissism would compel someone with a weekend morning talk show to drive around Clearwater Beach like a king?

On one hand, I genuinely respect Eskin’s hustle, especially the fact that he still attends Philly sports press conferences and games, even though he no longer has nearly a large enough platform to convert his time-spent-covering (TSA) into useful sports reporting. But mesahthinks that his insistance on still attending Super Bowl week, posing for pictures with Roger Goodell, asking national sports figures questions like he actually has an outlet on which to report their answers, and driving around Clearwater like a goddamned faux celebutante is more about his ego than an actual compulsion to inform his audience, given that his biggest platforms are his FOX 29 sports segment, weekend morning talk show and, ironically, Twitter, the platform that has done in personalities the likes of Eskin over the past five years.

Howard is not nearly important enough to wear fancy suits or attend exhibition baseball games in a Maserati, but he wants you to think he is, which, I suppose, is 80% of the battle.

Howard Eskin Quickly Deleted This Tweet About Caitlyn Jenner

Kyle Scott - July 16, 2015

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Though there’s probably a legitimate observation to be made that Caitlyn Jenner’s presence at the ESPYS was, as Bob Costas called it, “a crass exploitation play” for both ESPN-ABC (ratings) and Jenner (also ratings), this SCORCHING take from Howard Eskin, whose longtime shtick has been telling women to get back in the kitchen, took what turned out to be an overwhelmingly positive moment and, yep, pissed all over it.

Eskin deleted the initial Tweet, edited out the word “freak,” and explained his reaction thusly:

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Ironically, the safer route for Eskin would’ve just been telling Jenner to get back in the kitchen.

H/T to (@BriMcL17)

Howard Eskin Needs To Beat It

Kyle Scott - July 7, 2015

From the "Dads at Taylor Swift" Imgur page, of which I can't make fun since I'm going to be a dad and went to the concert

From the “Dads at Taylor Swift” Imgur page, of which I can’t make fun since I’m going to be a dad and went to the concert

It’s seriously time to put Howard Eskin out to pasture… or at least a pasture farther out there than the 10 p.m. news on FOX, a broadcast that is saved only by Lucy Noland and her spectacular friends.

We all have favorites, let’s be honest. Any person in a field even remotely related to media who tells you their coverage isn’t colored, at least a bit, by favorites, sources and enemies is lying to you. But Eskin has always taken it to another level. For years it manifested itself in almost comical defense of Andy Reid and the Eagles. Now it’s most apparent in his “coverage” of the Sixers, most recently when he was the only person on the planet who found fault with the Sixers in their trade with the Kings.

Anyway, over the last few days I’ve had the misfortune of inadvertently catching several of Sports Bloviator Emeritus Eskin’s local media appearances, first on FOX over the weekend, and then today on WIP as I tuned in to see if Josh Innes would address the fact that his Afternoon show is in serious jeopardy of continuing in its current form because his partner doesn’t like him. And it’s obvious that Eskin, as reader (@theshyduck) put it, has become a self-parody.

First there was Eskin’s aforementioned ripping into the Sixers for what was widely interpreted as a GREAT TRADE– a reflexive response to decry everything the team does. Then, on Sunday morning, he ranted on FOX about NBA players and their lack of loyalty when opting out of deals and re-signing with their current team so they can get more money (as if Eskin would never negotiate a higher salary)– a take so scorching and so old-timey that it seemed like it belonged on Weekend Update. And today, this jarring 180 regarding first Jonathan Papelbon, with whom Eskin has a huge thing, and then Donovan McNabb, who was recently arrested in Arizona for his second DUI.

Eskin first told Innes and Jody Mac that he had some damning off-the-record info about Papelbon that he wouldn’t share… but continued anyway: Continue Reading

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RADIO WARS: Old Man Twitter Fight Edition

Jim Adair - May 8, 2015

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Eskin walked right into that dadjoke.

Report: The Sixers Fined Joel Embiid for Issues with his Work Ethic

Jim Adair - April 18, 2015

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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.”

Sam Hinkie Burns Howard Eskin in Press Conference, Drops Mic

Jim Adair - February 20, 2015

Sam Hinkie, posing for his school picture.

Sam Hinkie, posing for his school picture.

“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.

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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?

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First JaVale McGee and now this? Hinkie is giving us beautiful gifts.

Video after the jump.

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Howard Eskin Complains about Attractive Women at Media Day

Kyle Scott - January 27, 2015

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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?

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God bless America. Or Mexico. Whatever. Howard’s a curmudgeon.

Sixers Lose by Biggest Margin in NBA Since 2011, Welcome Back MCW

Jim Adair - November 14, 2014

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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:

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Ah, damn.