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On Tuesday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News got into a Twitter-style pissing match, as chronicled by the folks at CrossingBroad.com.

On Wednesday, the dispute took on a new dimension, with Bowen and McLane getting into a physical altercation at the team’s facility.

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 and WIP reports via Twitter that Bowen “connect[ed] 2 the head” of McLane, and that the two had to be separated.  The pair had to be separated.

We’ve had minor scuffles with each guy in the past (actually, all three — even though Howard is now a friend of PFT), but we can’t imagine verbal/written spats ever taking on a physical component.  Whoever made the first move needs to be fired.

[Editor's note:  The photo accompanying this story is not from the incident.  It was the most tasteful depiction of a lame fight we could find, without infringing on any copyrights held by the show South Park.]

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  1. donterrelli says: Sep 28, 2011 1:47 PM

    Ah, the City of Brotherly Love. It seems their sports writers are just like their fans.

  2. bleedngreen4life says: Sep 28, 2011 1:50 PM

    You know if I was 50 years older I kick both their asses!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. dawkinseffect says: Sep 28, 2011 1:53 PM

    CRIPPLE FIGHT!!!!

    sorry, you said southpark

  4. cjjetsfan says: Sep 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    When did John Kerry and Michael Dukakis get into a fight? (with Elian Gonzalez breaking it up)

  5. plum13sec says: Sep 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    I doubt South Park would have their lawyers send you a letter if you used a picture from their show.

  6. staff2cj4td says: Sep 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    McLane – “Vick is the 4th best QB in the NFC East”……Bowen – “he’s the 3rd”……McLane – “he’s the 4th”…….(punch, slap, scratch)

  7. paulsdamnblog says: Sep 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    Wow the Eagles pretty went far to distract from the problems with “The Dream Team”.

  8. b1gwin says: Sep 28, 2011 1:56 PM

    At least these guys fight. The team they cover has no fight. Love the way Nnamdi whiffed on that girly style tackle attempt on Sunday!

  9. fmwarner says: Sep 28, 2011 1:56 PM

    McLane is a young guy and a hack who gets it wrong more than a professional reporter should. He’s just trying to take a swing at Daddy.

  10. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:00 PM

    Back and forth the battle raged. Just when you thought McLane was out of it from that first bitch slap from Bowen, he sank his teeth into his opponents calf and wouldn’t let go. Then there was the scratching, the clawing, and some brutal hair pulling. A nearly full frappachino was flung, man purses were swung, and the screams from both sides are still echoing from the spot.

  11. habsman says: Sep 28, 2011 2:01 PM

    The best thing to do in this instance, is to throw a bucket of water on them.

  12. rajbais says: Sep 28, 2011 2:02 PM

    Awesome!!

    Now we need to see this take place between athletes and three of ESPN’s biggest jackasses: Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless (yuck, I even have a hard time writing that name), and Cris Carter!!!

  13. kdish87 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    “The photo accompanying this story is not from the incident. It was the most tasteful depiction of a lame fight we could find, without infringing on any copyrights held by the show South Park.”

    Just google “slap fight” and look a the first result

  14. yzguy431 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    someone should be fined.

  15. pjcostello says: Sep 28, 2011 2:04 PM

    Is this the same Eskin who told us that Vick would be out 3-4 weeks…? Nice, solid, reliable source.

  16. batterychucker25 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:09 PM

    Hmmm… Its sad when the reporters at practice hit harder than your linebackers.

  17. lowender75 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    If only my Eagles showed that much heart and conviction on the field…

  18. danielcp0303 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:10 PM

    “and that the two had to be separated. The pair had to be separated.”

    Did they have to be separated?

  19. caseysarasota says: Sep 28, 2011 2:11 PM

    If only the defense could fight like this, we may win a game! But on a positive note: The Eagles replaced Casey Matthews with Brian Rolle. Things may look up…well…for Casey Matthews being the scapegoat for all things wrong with the Defense of the Eagles.

  20. mimitaroo says: Sep 28, 2011 2:14 PM

    Ehhh theyre arguing over sources? Mclane is the same douche who reported a couple years ago that the Mcnabb to Oakland trade was a done deal. Dude sucks.

  21. hanifmiller says: Sep 28, 2011 2:16 PM

    That must be Deshawn Jackson in the middle trying to break things up.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:16 PM

    These are their moronic fans’ role models. Can’t blame their classless fans when they have no better example than these hacks, and loudmouths like Eskin who still berates Ricky Watters’ “for who, for what?!” comment 15 years later.

    SO EXPECTED.

  23. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:18 PM

    Video of the confrontation is not available online as it was rated “R”. For Ridiculous.

  24. clavette says: Sep 28, 2011 2:20 PM

    Hilarious. Always classy in Philadelphia

  25. nineroutsider says: Sep 28, 2011 2:20 PM

    You have got to be kidding me. An embarrassing incident to be sure.

    Did one of the reports gag himself so that he would puke on the other…still one of my favorite Philly fan moments.

  26. clavette says: Sep 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    Vick wants to know why there wasn’t a flag on the hit

  27. thekrumrietest says: Sep 28, 2011 2:24 PM

    pretty sure that’s not a picture of a fight, but instead just John Kerry playing awkward football in boston. i think that’s just a photo of a cluster**** in the secondary as kerry looks for the ball.

  28. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:25 PM

    Bringing to mind that classic bout between The Tiny Greek Tank Commander and Long Gone John captain of the Not So Swift Boat.

  29. kane337 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:25 PM

    Is that John Kerry?

  30. flyinhighwithvick says: Sep 28, 2011 2:27 PM

    Howard Eskin of NBC 10 and WIP reports via Twitter that Bowen “connect[ed] 2 the head” of McLane, and that the two had to be separated. The pair had to be separated.

    Was there any word as to whether they had to be separated or not?

  31. greymares says: Sep 28, 2011 2:27 PM

    actually Les Bowen should go back to covering hockey(a sport he KNOWS a little about) and i beleive that McLane would be better suited as a gossip columnist.

  32. patpatriotagain says: Sep 28, 2011 2:30 PM

    cjjetsfan says:
    When did John Kerry and Michael Dukakis get into a fight? (with Elian Gonzalez breaking it up)
    —————————————————
    I was going to post the same thing!!!!
    beat me to it.

  33. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:32 PM

    Eskin thought the fight was so lame he hung around hoping a hockey game would break out.

  34. jacksaysfu says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    Even our reporters rumble !! Come to Philly running your mouth , and get trashed ! FKD & Kensington all day everyday … GO EAGLES !!

  35. beastofeden says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    “whoever made the move first needs to be fired”

    That is the most ignorant thing i’ve read on this site.

    One of the main things you cry about on this sight is teams firing equipment managers and field crews and people losing pay during the lockout.

    Look at the sport they are covering….FOOTBALL. Kind of a physical activity if you ask me. So a two punch “fight” should not mean some one gets fired.

  36. pikindaguy says: Sep 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    According to this report Eskin wasn’t even there and there was no fight.

    http://www.the700level.com/09/28/11/Media-Fight-Eskin-Says-Bowen-Hit-McLane-/landing_eagles.html?blockID=568826&feedID=8510

  37. seabreezes51 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:39 PM

    The biatch slapping must have been awesome tomwatch

  38. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:43 PM

    One veteran reporter disgustedly compared the fight to watching a couple of middle aged liberal lefties try to play football.

  39. deviantfate says: Sep 28, 2011 2:43 PM

    HAHA Cartman vs Kyle slap fight would’ve been the perfect pic for this story.

  40. eaglessuperfan says: Sep 28, 2011 2:47 PM

    Jeff Mclane is an arrogant clown and I for one having listened to his baseless reporting for too long wish I could have slugged him. Thank you Les for doing what we wish we could have done ourselves

  41. vadog says: Sep 28, 2011 2:48 PM

    Reporter on reporter violence!! Oh, the horror. Oh the humanity!! Will we ever feel safe again?

  42. drmonkeyarmy says: Sep 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    McLane started the twitter nonsense yesterday calling Bowen a hack.

  43. rajbais says: Sep 28, 2011 2:57 PM

    Or how about Terrell Owens & Aaron Rodgers versus Skip Bayless & Colin Cowherd???

  44. richm2256 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:58 PM

    Showing more fight than the team they cover.

  45. swagjag says: Sep 28, 2011 2:58 PM

    Bowen beat the living snot out of McLane.
    Then Mike Vick took the bested McLane to the ice bath and drowned him.

  46. mhalt99 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:00 PM

    a little off topic but…..I really miss Brian Dawkins.

  47. digirootune says: Sep 28, 2011 3:07 PM

    Had no idea Kerry was so traumatized by the double high-five.

  48. mdpickles says: Sep 28, 2011 3:12 PM

    Oh man! I hope its Les Bowen they fire, he is slightly worse than McClane. On another note, any Eagles fan who knows whats up, reads Sheil Kapadia’s analysis of the Birds, not these two clowns.

  49. mjdkid100 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    cjjetsfan says: Sep 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    When did John Kerry and Michael Dukakis get into a fight? (with Elian Gonzalez breaking it up)

    Solid Solid Comment. +1. Bravo.

  50. visible4 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    Where was this again???….oh yeah….Philly.

  51. clonefish says: Sep 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    dream team yeah right

  52. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 3:49 PM

    Conflicting reports are emerging from the scene. It’s difficult to get accurate information as the Philly media room is under lockdown and the SWAT team won’t allow reporters past the barricades. “Especially reporters”, growled a helmeted, baton wielding cop.

  53. schmitty2 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:49 PM

    Is this a different angle of Nnamdi trying to cover Victor Cruz on his td catch?

  54. kennyfukinpowers says: Sep 28, 2011 4:13 PM

    As always, stay classy Philly.

  55. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 28, 2011 4:14 PM

    After a brutal brawl like that I imagine a substantial amount of ensure was required to energize the pugalists enough to put on a fresh pair of depends.

  56. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Beat reporters, what else you expect?

  57. mickmars says: Sep 28, 2011 4:29 PM

    Eskin has a lot more time on his hands since he got fired as the Burger King’s stand in….

  58. drbob117 says: Sep 28, 2011 4:30 PM

    Actually, Bowen started it, because when McLane published an article entitled” Sources: Vick likely to play Sunday” ; Bowen ridiculed it on Twitter. THEN McLane responded with the stuff about Bowen being an old hack who steals quotes from hard working reporters and it was ON!!! There is some hilarious stuff from Asante Samuel in the background of a serious interview Vick was trying to give, where he was offering a prize to the best fighter, etc.

  59. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 28, 2011 4:31 PM

    Careful guys. We know what Mike Vick does to those who lose a fight.

  60. stixzidinia says: Sep 28, 2011 4:46 PM

    They should be fired? What a soft, pansified society this has become. Human males in today’s society are the weakest and most inept in the history of the human race. Pathetic.

  61. fmwarner says: Sep 28, 2011 5:17 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:16 PM

    These are their moronic fans’ role models. Can’t blame their classless fans when they have no better example than these hacks, and loudmouths like Eskin who still berates Ricky Watters’ “for who, for what?!” comment 15 years later.

    SO EXPECTED.
    ==================================

    A “moronic fans” blast from the likes of you makes even the pot and the kettle laugh.

  62. jacksonvilledave says: Sep 28, 2011 5:41 PM

    favreforever says:
    Sep 28, 2011 2:00 PM
    Back and forth the battle raged. Just when you thought McLane was out of it from that first bitch slap from Bowen, he sank his teeth into his opponents calf and wouldn’t let go. Then there was the scratching, the clawing, and some brutal hair pulling. A nearly full frappachino was flung, man purses were swung, and the screams from both sides are still echoing from the spot.

    cjjetsfan says: Sep 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    When did John Kerry and Michael Dukakis get into a fight? (with Elian Gonzalez breaking it up)

    ————————————————

    I actually laughed out loud. Pretty good!

  63. TheWizard says: Sep 28, 2011 7:49 PM

    They should be fired? What a soft, pansified society this has become.

    It’s intriguing how some people will act, knowing they don’t have to fear a good old-fashioned @ss kicking.

    On the rare occasion that it happens, it’s amusing to see the look on the face of the person who just met the wrong guy.

  64. andyreidisfat says: Sep 28, 2011 8:05 PM

    Cue the “philly” throws snowballs at Santa comments

  65. jimeejohnson says: Sep 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    Snowballs at Santa is one thing; but forcing yourself to throw up on another fan is what makes Philly fans so special!

  66. tatatoothy says: Sep 29, 2011 2:11 PM

    The only that could have made this slapfest any better would have been a pool of jell-o and some thongs

  67. aholland00 says: Sep 29, 2011 4:29 PM

    As always, this has given the “clueless” a chance take yet another shot at Philly fans. Its amazing to me how after hearing whats going on with other stadiums, that ppl still take jabs at Philly. Hmm was it in Philly where fans have been stabbed ? Was it in Philly where fans were shot ? Was it in Philly where a young female fan had someone try to rape her ? Etc Etc Etc Oh and by the way…does everyone enjoy being patted down extra now at games ? I n case ya don’t know why, its because a jets fan used a Tazer on someone.
    Instead of using this story to make moronic statements about Philly fans, you should be laughing you ass off , as I did.

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