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Friday, March 24, 2006
Eskin: "We're Going to Make It a Painfest!"
When WIP's Howard Eskin called for donations of canned goods and coats to donate to Terrell Owens, that was funny. After all, the wideout had whined that millions weren't enough to take care of his family. Even Eskin's mock funeral was done with lots of levity. (And it's fowl but no harm when the Eagles website posts a teaser for a "jerk chicken" recipe that seems to rib T.O.) But yesterday, an ugly edge emerged with Eskin's latest scheme: To encourage Eagles players to punish T.O. when he returns with Dallas. If the punisher gets fined, well, generous Howard says he'll help defray the costs. Just listen: "I just want him to feel the pain, the pain of what he inflicted on everybody in Philadelphia. ... I'm not encouraging a cheap shot, I'm encouraging pain. And if it so happens that that player gets fined, I want to make sure that we can help. ... I don't want him to see him hurt, I just want to see him squirm on the ground in pain. Squirm! Squirm! Like you made us squirm last year! Squirm! ... Players aren't going to try to hurt people. But they do want to make people feel pain. That's what they do in a football game. That's what d-backs do. That's what linebackers do. That's what those people do, and if for some reason the NFL determines that that hit wasn't a legal hit then what I'm trying to do is raise money to help that player pay for the fine." What's up with all the violent messages coming out of 'IP lately?