Oh hey, looky there. It’s a self aggrandizing journalist getting miffed over an athlete not bending over to his demands 24/7.

For Canadian visitors, Sports Final’s Howard Eskin reports on a card show at which Roy Halladay signed autographs for fans, met Don Larson, but dared not to give Eskin a sound byte for what I can only assume is a rather unwatchable program.

Perhaps the most unintentionally hilarious quote was, “We in the media are really the connection that bring you what the players are thinking,” which Eskin delivers with a straight face seconds after showing footage of Halladay signing autographs for . . . the horribly disconnected fans.  Eskin then goes on to list all of the unimportant questions he would’ve asked the Cy Young Award winner, which would’ve only inspired the most cliched of answers from any athlete willing to subject themselves to such banality.

He then closes his grandstanding from the soap box by imploring us not to feel badly for Halladay, despite giving us no reason to, just so that he can mention that Halladay received money for his appearance at the card show, a completely typical arrangement between these events and athletes.

Comments (11)

  1. What a tool, and people wonder why athletes hate the media.

  2. If you don’t play by my rules, you are a bad person.

  3. I wonder how this guy expects his viewers to react. “Man, that Halladay guy is a fantastic human being by all accounts, he won the Cy Young in his first year on my favourite team, and pitched a no-hitter in the effing playoffs, buuuuut… he didn’t want to talk to creepy beard dude from NBC? Well, shit, looks like I need a new hero.”

  4. I suppose it’s a good thing that I laughed out loud when I watched this.

    Unbelievable.

  5. I am a media person, but I understand there are some people that just don’t give interviews and you just learn to take what you can get. Halladay doesn’t give interviews because he always says he doesn’t deserve the attention

  6. From the still shot of the video before I even open it, the smirk on this guy’s face tells me all I really need to know.

  7. It almost looks like something you’d see from The Onion. He looks like a parody of what he really is.

  8. Real sports broadcasts and The Onion sports broadcasts are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from one another.

  9. Speaking of The Onion. Does anyone else find The Onion Sportsdome completely awesome?

    I saw this guy do a report once on Cole Hamels too, suggesting that his lifestyle and hot girlfriend would prevent him from ever becoming an elite pitcher. Even in that piece he was an asshole. I can’t find the link to it.

  10. Its pretty common knowledge that Eskin is a tool. Charlie Manuel should have followed through with his threat to knock him out in 2007.

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