WE TAKE THIS
TO SHARE OUR
have known Ed Hilt for more than 25 years ...
and, worked directly with him at The Press of Atlantic City (about that many
years ago) ...
You really get to
know a person when you work the 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. shift together ...
helping to put out a sports section ...
First, Hilt is a
total class act ... He has demonstrated great civility and professionalism
at all times ... He is well respected in all "circles" ... Hilt is a humble man,
in a business which typically creates huge ego maniacs ... Hilt has covered the
Philadelphia Professional sports beat in a high quality manner for many years
... His work is original, creative, thorough and always interesting
Additionally, Hilt is the Dean of The Press sports staff, in
terms of years of service ... Only Sports Editor, Mike Shepherd has more
consecutive years of service at Devins Lane
We find it inconceivable that Hilt would be left home and is not being
given the opportunity to cover Super Bowl 39 ... He has waited his entire career
for this chance ... And, he clearly deserves
We find it cruel that he would be denied the honor to cover the
pinnacle of a sports writer's career ... to actually cover a Super Bowl
well placed source has told us that Hilt wanted to go ... who
Further, we want to make it clear that we have not and will
not directly contact Hilt regarding this matter ... This commentary is my
own ... Hilt must be held harmless ... These are my words ... These are my
know many of the "players" involved ... I don't have a bad word to say about any
of them ... However, I do know this ... Hilt was in line for this
assignment ... He's earned it ... And, it is unthinkable to me that he would not
get the gig!
This will come as a very small consolation ... But, we want to take this
opportunity to congratulate Ed Hilt for his decades of consistent, high
caliber work ...
And, while there is no way to replace the professional void
that surely can never be filled ... We want the public to know that in
our humble opinion, Ed Hilt should be in Jacksonville right now covering this
incredible run by the Philadelphia Eagles ...
trip to Jacksonville should have been his ... He's earned it ...
We want Hilt to know that he has our respect and admiration
He is a quiet and classy guy ... Frankly, (perhaps) these are the two
main reasons that he's staying home this week
February 1, 2005