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Friday, February 24, 2006
Idle Threats 2: Ed Snider says he didn't mean it Ever feel that listening to WIP is like looking at a photo cropped to show only Cindy Crawford's mole? Yeah, the supermodel did have this blemish, but, uh, there's a bigger picture here tells a different story. Yesterday, some callers went into spasms over Ed Snider's snappy remark in a Wednesday interview with Glen Macnow that if the fans can't get past obsessing for championships, "maybe we should move the franchise to a city that would really enjoy the game." Because of the uproar, Snider went back on the air yesterday afternoon, fielding tough questions from Howard Eskin. The only mistake he'd own up to: "I didn't realize your station would take it out of context and make such a big deal about it. But I should have realized, because I know what your station is all about." He owned WIP in its early sports-talk days, after all. "Ed, do really think Allen Iverson makes his teammates better?" Eskin asked. Snider countered by pointing out Iverson has been an MVP as well as an all-star, he's extremely popular not just around the country but even overseas, and he turned around a last-place loser. "Allen Iverson saved this franchise," Snider said. And while saying the team would make any trade that would truly help, Snider summed up: "I don't believe you ever, really, get true value for a superstar unless you get a superstar for a superstar." He also strongly backed GM Billy King, pointing out that King's only truly had the reins for two years, and the team was lacking youth and draft picks because of ex-coach Larry Brown's preference for veteran players. "Larry Brown did what he had to do, and Billy King is still paying for that," Snider said. The Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith and the Daily News' John Smallwood have takes on this, too. King had comments, too.