March 04, 2008

GCobb vs. Eskin

Yesterday's failed negotiation between the Eagles and Randy Moss led to a great story on the Web site of Philly journalist and radio personality GCobb.

Cobb writes that he was driving to the Wachovia Center studios of Comcast Sports Net to appear on "Daily News Live" while listening to Howard Eskin, the WIP radio personality/daily recitor of Eagles management talking points. Cobb, early in the afternoon, heard Eskin repeatedly tell his audience that Cobb had reported on his website that the Eagles had offered Moss $27 million, and pooh-poohed the report by his radio colleague, saying, according to Cobb, that "the Eagles would never offer a wide receiver that type of money... you can't justify giving that type of money to a wide receiver."

When Cobb arrived at the studios, he went on the air and broke the story that coach Andy Reid and Moss had been on the phone for over an hour and that the discussions had been much more than, as Eskin described them "just a formality."

By the time Cobb got back to the car Eskin had done a complete 180 and was now applauding the Eagles for having made such an offer that was more than what New England put on the table. In other words, exactly what he had said the Eagles would never do about an hour earlier.

I agree with Cobb's conclusion:

You can't argue that Howard isn't a staple in the Philadelphia sports community, but at the same time, you can't argue against his being a voice for the Eagles.

In the same show, he had given a million reasons why it was justifiable that the Birds should refuse to give big money to a wide receiver. In the same show, he had to tell us that the Eagles had done exactly what he told us that they shouldn't do.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 4, 2008 05:25 PM
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