More Rush Limbaugh Bashing

14 10 2009

a22I am forced to defend Rush because so many reading this Time article below will fall for the Authors BS. Rush will certainly defend himself on the Radio, I just thought it would be nice if we bloggers helped out our long-time Conservative friend.

You are going to notice some editorializing by me as this article proceeds. My comments will be in blue.

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Why Rush Limbaugh Belongs In The NFL

By Bill Saporito

You can understand (no I can’t) why some NFL players are disinclined to work for Rush Limbaugh (I would love to work for Rush) , should he become a co-owner of the St. Louis Rams. The conservative yakmonster has openly wished for the nation’s first black president to fail (so have I, but it has nothing to do with skin color) which won’t endear him to a league dominated by black athletes who probably don’t share that sentiment about President Obama. Nor does the country that elected him (and your proof is?) . And as a commentator for ESPN in 2003, Limbaugh made a racist remark (Rush did NOT make any racist remark) that quickly got him benched: He disparaged Donovan McNabb, arguing that the Philadelphia Eagles QB got higher marks than deserved because of his color (that’s NOT what Rush said, besides if you really want to find out if Rush is a racist, why don’t you ask his right-hand man Mr. Snerdley?) . Philadelphia fans were outraged — mostly at being accused of grading anyone on a curve. In Philly, nobody but nobody gets a pass, except the wideouts. (Philly fans got upset at Rush because the media twisted what he said)

So should Rush Limbaugh be deemed unfit to be an NFL owner because he’s said things that some people deem racist? (so now you claim some people. At the start of this piece you said he was racist) Sadly, the league’s historical precedent does not exclude such behavior. As Sports Illustrated just pointed out, the former Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall was an open racist who kept the Redskins white, not to mention inept—now there’s an accomplishment —until 1962, long after the owners grudgingly reintegrated the league in 1946. (c’mon, that was back in 62′, we as a nation have come a very long way since then, and that has nothing to do with Rush)

No current NFL owner is crazy enough to engage in the racially charged polemics that Limbaugh does whether regarding voter turnout, affirmative action or whatever else the Republican Party’s white wing — oops, my bad — right wing wants to attack politically (now you are just being an ass) . That’s his job as a conservative talk show host, and he does it really well—well enough to earn the dough needed to own a piece of an NFL franchise. The fact that he is a law-breaking former drug addict whom the cops discovered copping OxyContin in Palm Beach after years of calling for illegal drug users to go to jail might not boost his candidacy for the owners club. (It could qualify him to play in the NFL, though, which leads the sporting world in felonies.) (and nobody in the NFL has ever taken pain killers?! Rush paid a huge price for his actions and rightly so, does this now keep him from buying a business?)

The very idea, though, that the collection of NFL owners is some kind of football Kiwanis Club is crazy in the first place. Civic good? ? NFL owners have a dedicated interest in going wherever civic leaders are good enough to shower them with money. Remember the Irsays, who owned the Baltimore Colts? They slinked out of Baltimore in the middle of the night for the riches of Indianapolis. Now Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, is saying he couldn’t even think of voting for Limbaugh. The man has his standards. And let’s not forget former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who abandoned a down-on-its-luck city that worshipped his team for . . . Baltimore. The Adams family bid farewell to Houston — Love ya, Blue, byebye — for Nashville. The Bidwells, formerly of St. Louis, now winter with their Arizona Cardinals while the Rosenbloom family that is selling its piece of the St. Louis Rams used to call Los Angeles home. Meanwhile, won’t Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, long his own best friend and adviser, move his dysfunctional 0-5 team anywhere for the right amount of money? (Oakland fans may also consider paying him to leave.) More recently, teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the New York Jets have held up hard-pressed state and local governments for money to build stadiums where they can gouge their fans with $20,000 seat licensing fees. So loyalty isn’t really big in the NFL, though self indulgence, a Rush specialty, certainly is. (and exactly how the hell do you know Rush is big in self indulgence?)

Several outstanding NFL players, including McNabb and Jets linebacker Bart Scott have announced they wouldn’t play for a Limbaugh-owned team. That’s understandable, but they shouldn’t forget that playing in the NFL is to be working for sport’s biggest plantation. (hell, you’re the racist, not Rush)Yes, guys like McNabb are making multimillion-dollar paydays. Yet he and the rest of the players labor within the confines of a football monopoly that has never taken kindly to outside competition or an activist workforce. Consider the NFL players of strike of 1987, (and going back to 1987 has what to do with Rush?) which the owners crushed with all the sensitivity of Kentucky coal mine operators. In ensuing labor agreements, the owners not only imposed a salary cap but also made most of the players indentured servants: In the NFL there are two positions: stars and parts. Teams discard broken parts, which is why the average playing career is just a couple of years, leaving behind hundreds of wrecked bodies. Once a player become less useful, his contract, like his bones, can be broken. (And the players are all aware that what they are doing is a once in a life time dream, and that dream could be cut short at any time. Players are NOT stupid! Besides, there are some players that would play for free just for the chance to play in the NFL. One last thing… nobody forces a player to sign a contract)

So sure, maybe Rush isn’t the players’ dream boss, nor is he even favored by other owners, including Jim Irsay. But the notion that you need to occupy some kind of moral high ground to be able to extract profit from a monopoly sport that routinely exploits its criminally inclined workforce leaves me unmoved. The NFL is just another big business—why should it be anything less— only with a huge amount of ego attached to it. Rush should fit in quite well. (Hey Bill, you sir are a bloviating asshole!)

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2 responses

14 10 2009
Tom in NC

I’ve listened to Rush since 1992 and I’ve never heard him utter a racist remark. The man speaks the truth and about 99.9% of the time the truth hurts(the liberals) and since the they have no coherent rebuttal to those truths they resort to name calling and playing the race card. This is what liberals do, they have no other defense against having their lies being exposed, and over the years Rush has become an expert at bringing liberal lies to the light of day.

As far as him buying the Rams, I say go for it, these idiots seem to have no idea what a man of his stature and popularity could offer this franchise, but as usual you have a bunch of damned liberals spewing lies about Rush and unsubstantiated rumors of racist remarks which are 100% BS, and who are these players like McNabb and Bart Scott kidding, I know if the price was right they would be knocking down the door to the Rams locker room if Rush owned the team. Money talks, bullshit walks!

14 10 2009
WingletDriver

Wow,

For somebody to make the connection between being a highly paid athlete to indentured servitude and slavery just shows you the depth of understanding this guy brings to the market. I’d like to see McNabb lead the “slave” revolt this guy thinks NFL owners fear.

Let’s compare the NFL to the US military. Who gets paid less? Who is in more danger of losing their lives or limbs? Who is separated from their families for long periods (exceeding 1 year)? Who has shorter careers (most military careers are over after one enlistment)? Who flies on charter aircraft? Who has teams of lawyers protecting their income and personal interests? But it’s the poor multimillionaire athletes who are indentured servants. Got it.

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