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Hunting Buddies Trent Cole and Jason Babin are Making Statements on the Trade Show Circuit This Winter

Kyle Scott - January 24, 2013

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Hunting buddies, lunkheads and gun advocates Trent Cole and Jason Babin are affecting the local convention circuit this offseason.

Yeah no seriously.

First up, Cole: His stated boycotting of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, scheduled for early February in Harrisburg, for their decision to ban assault rifle sales at the event in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was just one of many protests forcing the cancellation of the show all together, a decision that is getting some international attention:

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On Sunday, Cole tweeted this urgent announcement:

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He was supposed to sign autographs at the show as a part of a promotional effort for his Pursuit Channel TV show, Blitz TV. Cool.

But, like his hunting buddy Babin, Cole is gun nut and didn’t appreciate show organizers’ decision to ban the sale of assault rifles (those assholes!). And Cole, apparently, was one of many who took issue with that decision, leading to this statement from Reed Exhibitions, the show’s organizers:

It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment.

It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

 

Meanwhile, over at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Babin, who received word that he was traded to Jacksonville whilst in Cole's garage, continues to have a presence in the city. His car, a Camaro SS modified by Car Effex, is on display for all to see: 

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via our friends (@PhansofPhilly) and (@S_squared86)

Rumor has it the car gets off the line well, but never gets to where it’s going, spinning and gyrating randomly in-between.

This isn’t the first of Babin’s cars to make the site. Last year, his Jeep was for sale on Craigslist.

Lunkhead Jason Babin Trolled the Anti-Gun Crowd on Twitter

Kyle Scott - January 10, 2013

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Jason Whitlock Shreds Andy Reid

Kyle Scott - January 4, 2013

On the heels of Marcus Hayes blasting Andy Reid, FOX Sports’ Jason Whitlock (who is often as blowhardy as Hayes) has decided to take his shots at the former Eagles coach. In a column today, Whitlock blasted Reid for his failures the last two seasons:

My issue is the last two years. The Eagles were the “dream team” in 2011 and Super Bowl favorite. They went 8-8. They had to win their final four games to reach 8-8. To the utter shock and surprise of no one not named Andy Reid, the decision to promote longtime offensive-line coach Juan Castillo to DEFENSIVE coordinator blew up in Reid’s face. In their eight losses, the Eagles surrendered an average of 29.8 points.

The Eagles spent millions of dollars building a dream team, and Reid turned his defense over to an offensive-line coach on a whim. This is like getting a date with Beyonce and consulting with Ike Turner on how to romance her.

Reid allegedly had a nine-hour interview with Clark Hunt and his entourage on Wednesday. I hope someone asked Reid to write a short essay about Juan Castillo. Did anyone have the nerve to ask Reid about his son overdosing and dying at Philly’s training camp this summer? The kid had steroids on him, too.

 

Whitlock missed some important points, used a bit too much interweb space on the Castillo thing, and made a horrific Kardashians reference… but his critique is scathing. Nice to see some in the national media are catching on to perhaps the greatest coaching enigma of our generation.

Go read.

H/T to Jeff

Jason Babin Continues to Redefine the Boundaries of Idiocy

Kyle Scott - December 27, 2012

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Happy holidays, humans! Leave it to Jason Babin to pull me out of my Christmas week stupor so I can write about his latest inane comment.

Speaking with Tennessee reporters during a conference call yesterday, Babin had some not so nice things to say about the Eagles. Specifically, he said that he was surprised by the way he was treated – that the Eagles tried to change him – and called the organization “socialistic.”

Here’s a transcription via Adam Caplan on Sulia. The entertaining parts are bolded, for your reading pleasure:

"They have a different approach and a different style than I do. It’s upsetting because they knew what they were getting when they hired me. I don’t know if they were going to try and change me. My stripes are kind of already the way they are, the way I practice, aggressive, loud, the way I play the game. I don’t know, I just guess they thought they could change the way I went about my business. I feel like I got the way I got because of how I practiced and worked and lived and played. I look at it as a great opportunity for me." 

 

On the way the Eagles separate with players and personnel

"That was probably their approach because they don’t have amicable splits with people. You saw how dirty they did (Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I didn’t really care. I’m only going to worry about what I can control, and that’s practicing hard, working hard and playing hard on Sunday." 

 

He’s talking, of course, about the stories of Washburn being “a cancer” and calling Juan Castillo “Juanita.”  

More on Washburn:

"Yeah, and that’s the surprising part. You find out the fact that they had a D-line consultant the whole time they had him. Well, if you don’t trust the guy…It’s kind of like one of those things where they say they trust you, and they want you to do certain things a certain way, but then behind the scenes, they’re monitoring it and second-guessing it. It’s unfortunate because as you guys know, (Jim) Washburn gives his heart and soul every practice and gets the most out of all of his players. But that’s life, I can’t really sit up here and whine and complain about my situation when people around the country and around the world for that matter are in a lot worse situations than myself."

 

See, that last part is irritating because all Babin has done this season – both before and after being traded – is whine. Further, this is the same guy who spoke at length earlier this year about how NFL players need job security and massive contracts, for their families… and egos. So that throwaway line, I really don’t have room to complain, is like trying to point out the nutritional value of a Big Mac (Well, at least it’s not heroin!), because everything that preceded it was one big whine.

His defending Washburn is not a surprise. The two are sort of a package deal… and Washburn was able to exploit the narrow-spectrumed talent Babin has and turn it into a couple Pro Bowls. 

But Babin was oh so close to something with the socialism thing. Only, he meant the complete opposite.

The decisions the Eagles make are about as anti-socialist as it comes… they are purely business decisions– capitalism. In a way, though, how they treat players, media and fans could be likened to socialism: No one player – save for maybe Brian Dawkins – has ever transcended the team under Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid. And the state, the Eagles organization, is at the heart of decisions that fly in the face of popular opinion and often come at the expense of well-liked or still-valuable players. Those are all fair and necessary critiques of what has become a hated regime. And – I think – that's what Babin meant. But that’s more capitalism contained within a socialist culture, and we wouldn’t expect a lunkhead like Jason Babin to understand that.

Back in full in the new year. Stay tuned for the Top 10 Philly Sports Moments of 2012 this week.

Here’s Audio of Jason Babin Shredding Eagles Reporters, Saying They Wore Shorts and Had “Stinky Breath”

Kyle Scott - November 30, 2012

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I’ll be honest, when I read the Tweets from Jacksonville reporter Vito Stellino yesterday about Jason Babin’s criticism of the Philly media, I thought Stellino was at least somewhat embellishing Babin’s sentiment. 

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Like, Babin couldn’t have possibly said reporters had stinky breath and been serious, right? 

Wrong.

He was serious. 

As suspected, there was more to Babin’s interview than what was shown on the Jaguars' website. Stellino recorded it and passed along the audio to WIP’s Marc Farzetta [listen here]. Incredibly, Babin is even more of a douchebag crybaby than we previously thought. He said these words, in order:

“I got them last year, most of all the reporters, and I challenged them to be professional. I said, if you want the hard questions, you can’t come in here in shorts and old shoes that aren’t tied and stinky breath. If you want to write about something, ask a question to understand what we’re doing. I’ll explain it to you. Be critical. I basically told them to be professionals.”

“I just challenged them and they didn’t like it.”

“You guys (Jaguars reporters) are professionals, you know, you understand the game. You understand how to write, how to ask questions. All they do (in Philly) is ask loaded questions, “Do you blame Trent Cole for not getting a sack today?” You know what I mean? That’s all they did, they tried to pop headlines to read something wild. That’s how it is there, you know?”

 

Amazing. He actually said stinky breath… and meant it.

The audio and a full transcription is here.

Jason Babin Goes to Jacksonville, Rips Philly Media for Being Unprofessional

Kyle Scott - November 29, 2012


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Here are some Tweets (aggregated) from Jacksonville reporter Vito Stellino (Irish?), who was there when Jason Babin met with the media today: [these comments didn't occur during the 6:21 of video on the Jaguars' website, so there is some context missing]

Babin met with press and said he is happy to be in Jax, impressed with practice and wants to be here long term. Of his image in Philly, he said he challenged the Philly writers to be professional. Said they asked loaded questions. Babin said of Eagles, "Things are kind of stagnant. They could ultimately get worse before they get better.'' Besides loaded questions, not being professional, Babin said Philly writers didn't tie shoes, wore shorts, had stinky breath.

 

I’m not 100% sure that last part wasn’t tongue-in-cheek (from Babin or Stellino), but still… wow. On one hand, I get an unnatural thrill every time an athlete rips the local media. It’s funny. But with the other, I want to punch Babin in the face. He’s either too stupid to realize what he’s saying half the time, or he is the biggest crybaby to ever play in Philadelphia (and I don’t take writing that sentence lightly). Challenged the media to be professional? YO DOUCHEBAG, HOWS ABOUT CUTTING BACK ON THE TRIBAL TATTOOS AND STUPID ASS CELEBRATIONS AND GETTING STUCK IN THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS INSTEAD OF ATTENDING MINI CAMP AND WANTING TO RUN WITH THE BULLS, YOU POOR, POOR SPORT, YOU.

This is the same guy whose wife went after CSN’s Reuben Frank on Twitter for a very fair criticism and whose publicist got irrationally snippy with us because we wrote some negative stuff about Babin in January.

Of course, Les Bowen punched Jeff McLane in the head last year. So there’s some truth to what Babin said. But he's still a dick.

Here are some other quotes, taken from the video on the Jaguars' website, which you can watch here:

Blames the team for his lack of sacks: “Sometimes individual stats are a culmination of team effort, even though an individual gets the accolades.”

Is delusional about the Jaguars“Things are stagnant [in Philly]. They can ultimately get worse before they get better. So being a part of something that is about to blossom is definitely an exciting feeling.”

On getting bashed leaving Philly“Well, if you don’t know Philly, that’s a little bit of endearment. That’s kind of the way they love. It’s like a backhanded compliment. The non-Philly person would look at it as mean cruel, but it’s a little bit of a sign of endearment. [When they say you’re surly?] It’s a little bit of their style, I guess.”

No, no– we really didn't like you.

On being misportrayed by the media“They got to find something to write about, right? There’s about ten-times them as there are you guys.”

The video cut off after that, so we'll keep you updated if we find the full context of Stellino's comments.

The Jaguars Claimed Jason Babin

Kyle Scott - November 28, 2012

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HAHA. I just laughed again. Jason Babin got picked up by the Jaguars, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Eight teams put in claims on Babin, but the Jaguars had the second highest waiver priority, so they win?

Have fun, big guy.

Jason Babin, “Me Guy”

Kyle Scott - November 28, 2012

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Nice fucking belt, champ

Consider this the first story to indicate that Jason Babin was a selfish jerk.

Joe Santoliquito, reporting for CBS Philly, had a few sources tell him that at least part of the reason why Babin got cut was because he’s a “me guy”:

Essentially they said Babin was a “me guy,” and the decision to release him didn’t come from Eagles’ coach Andy Reid, but from “above” Reid.

They said Babin personally was a great guy, a good family man, and last year, he was a “we guy” in the locker room. But something changed this year, they said, and Babin began looking more at his individual stats, and they were dropping. The fear was Babin held sway over and could influence some of the younger players, possibly poisoning them as the Eagles’ season sinks, into thinking like him. That’s why it was a needed move, they said, “definitely addition by subtraction.” 

 

There it is. That’s the one we were waiting for. That’s the dagger. That’s the reason. And when you consider some of the player reactions to Babin being cut, it doesn't come as a surprise. Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever. I can’t, under any circumstances, imagine Jason Babin whining. About anything.