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Limbaugh says he's "not even thinking about exiting"

After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped a very strong hint regarding the league’s ultimate position on whether radio host Rush Limbaugh will be welcomed into the ownership club, we thought that Limbaugh might decide to simply declare victory and retreat.

He didn’t.  And he says he won’t. 

On Wednesday, in the first segment of his daily show, Limbaugh said that he’s “not even thinking of exiting” the process of attempting to purchase the controlling interest in the Rams along with Dave Checketts, owner of the St. Louis Blues.

And Limbaugh focused his frustration with the opposition to his ownership on the notion that liberals don’t want to see successful conservatives occupy mainstream positions, ignoring this quote that Goodell offered on Tuesday:  “We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about.  I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, no.  Absolutely not.”

Limbaugh specifically targeted Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and those in the media who rely on Sharpton and Jackson as authorities in matters of this nature. 

Regardless of whether Limbaugh is right or wrong in this regard, the point is that the guy who runs the NFL has made it fairly clear that Rush isn’t welcome.

The challenge for Limbaugh moving forward will be to use the opposition to his efforts as a sword against the likes of Sharpton, Jackson, and the media without framing the issue as a question of whether it makes good business sense for the NFL to embrace a prominent and polarizing political figure into the ranks of ownership.  While he might persuade many on the former point (included plenty of those not in his usual base), any suggestion from Limbaugh that the NFL doesn’t have the right to make decisions based on the potential alienation of a large chunk of the fan base contradicts Limbaugh’s core views regarding the manner in which American businesses should be permitted to do their business.

And that’s what this ultimately is about.  The league must decide whether it wants to do business with Limbaugh, just like it would have to decide whether to do business with Sharpton, if he wanted to buy a piece of a team.

But Limbaugh surely will never directly characterize the issue in that fashion.

That won’t keep him from periodically throwing darts at the NFL, as he did when pointing out that Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas now owns part of the Dolphins — and then playing a portion of the lyrics she sings in the song My Humps.

Still, the NFL has the right to embrace Fergie and reject Limbaugh, if the NFL so chooses.  And any effort by Limbaugh to challenge the disparate treatment arising from the application of business judgment is not the product of conservative thought.

It’s a concept that typically is pushed by liberals.

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  1. FumbleNuts says: Oct 14, 2009 12:51 PM

    Loud mouth Limbaugh is a joke.

  2. hayward giablommi says: Oct 14, 2009 12:52 PM

    Ugh. Someone or something please make this story go away.

  3. luigiboy says: Oct 14, 2009 12:53 PM

    Why should he back out?
    Great publicity for someone who hasn’t had much attention lately. If his bid to own a team is rejected, he can milk it for all its worth with little financial investment.
    Great publicity? I mean free publicity.
    Think the Dolphins will cut him off a slice of what their dishing out?

  4. brian_21 says: Oct 14, 2009 12:53 PM

    Nice. That’s what I’m talkin about, Mike.

  5. Display Name says: Oct 14, 2009 12:54 PM

    Goodell has no say in who is an owner. Goodell works for the owners. Why would Limbaugh care what Goodell says?
    It’s the 32 Owners that Limbaugh has to worry about.

  6. smalfish says: Oct 14, 2009 12:54 PM

    Limbow now has his tail feathers in a ruffle and will start to screech like the animal he is. The only question is, how low will he go to make his point?
    Certainly the NFL has enough backbone to stand up to this carnivore.
    Right?

  7. Hauschild says: Oct 14, 2009 12:55 PM

    In the end, we all know money talks. That’s what it is going to come down to. So, I have a feeling Roger Goody is going to have a come-to-Jesus moment before it’s all said and done.

  8. Maverick says: Oct 14, 2009 12:55 PM

    I find it laughable that the commissioner or anyone else is concerned about “high standards” for owners when Jerry Jones is an owner.
    What a joke!

  9. MarkTroy says: Oct 14, 2009 12:55 PM

    Is there legal precedent to be able to exclude someone from buying into a professional sports team?

  10. bearsrule says: Oct 14, 2009 12:56 PM

    I’m a Conservative, and I wouldn’t let that big ass loudmouth in my house. He and those like him will eventually be the downfall of the GOP. He has no business being in business with the NFL.

  11. Felcus says: Oct 14, 2009 12:57 PM

    Get mad people!

  12. chapnasty says: Oct 14, 2009 12:58 PM

    Florio,
    What evidence do you have that it would be a bad business decision to let him own the Rams? He afterall has built a far more successful business than you and brings probably now 25 million listeners that will become fans of the Rams just for the fact to piss off people who oppose him. Why should he back out? As a lawyer I can assume you know the amount of business discrimination laws the NFL will violate if they don’t let him own a team. Think about it my friend. He is in the best win-win-win-win he could be in. He gets to sue the media for slander and lies and he can sue the NFL for discriminating against him for political beliefs. Not to mention that he is proving himself accurate and correct in his beliefs. He had 20 million listeners going into this week. I would love to see his following now. If you think he didn’t have the money to buy the team himself before, wait til the dust settels on this one.
    As far as Fergie goes, she knows nothing about football so I can assume that Rush would be a far better owner, but that doesn’t matter at this time.
    Florio, I will accept a job whenever you want to offer it, and you know what, I’ll do if for free.

  13. mike says: Oct 14, 2009 12:58 PM

    Man, I’m SO glad he’s not backing down.
    Maybe he should buy a piece of the Dolphins then. Since it’s being sold in bits.
    Then he could do like liberals do…take over in increments, buy out the other holders over time, and become the sole owner of an NFL team.
    But I still wish he could buy the Eagles. What a hoot that would be!

  14. Luca Brasi says: Oct 14, 2009 1:00 PM

    Florio, where’s the apology from yesterday’s journalist snafu of using “divisive” quotes you can’t possibly source (although “snafu” means it was an accident). Ultimately, who was being divisive?
    Perhaps the Commission should turn an eye toward your site and NBC if that is where his concern lies.

  15. pft rocks says: Oct 14, 2009 1:01 PM

    This must be a ‘new’ standard. It must okay to be in the NFL by inheriting ownership, then taking it for granted, and doing what you want. Once your in your in?? No more standard to hold up? Irsay has many problems that have been overlooked. THEN his GM can do WHATEVER he wants with no stardards or rules. Great example……
    This is America, people. If Rush wants to buy the team and he can, well let him. You don’t have to support him, that’s the AMERICAN way.
    Who is DISRIMINATING here?

  16. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:02 PM

    Goodell is going to end up eating that quote about we don’t want people who have devisive comments. Someone in NFL upper management has said something in the past that is devisive. It is going to come out and then Goodell will be stuttering and stammering.
    BTW, I could care less who owns the Rams or any team for that matter as long as they are dedicated to putting a good product on the field. Robert Kraft good, Jeremy Jacobs BAD!

  17. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 1:02 PM

    He is already playing the victim in all this.
    What part does Rush not understand that just like any other franchise business, “corporate” has the right to accept or reject anyone, and virtually no reason needs to be given.
    His racist remarks toward Obama. Allowing a song parody such as “Barak the magic Negro” to be played on *HIS* show, something he calls Excellence in Broadcasting is proof enough.
    If the Republemmings need further proof, Rush had the gall to bring Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into it, two people that to the best of my knowledge, have had absolutely NOTHING to do with this particular situation.
    Rush needs to look in the mirror, look at what he has said and done in the past before he further considers buying into ANY sports team, not just an NFL team!

  18. Krow says: Oct 14, 2009 1:03 PM

    Why would ha pass on all this free publicity and fun?

  19. VicksPuppies says: Oct 14, 2009 1:04 PM

    Sharpton against this is too funny. His racially inciting comments and actions have actually resulted in property damage and DEATH. He has absolutely no leg to stand on in criticizing Limbaugh, and in fact helps out his cause.

  20. jwill007 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:04 PM

    You see the thing is by the more he talks about it the more he will convince the NFL to not do anything with his A–……But then again maybe this is all a ploy to get his ratings up and attract listeners after I know SOME people have checked out from that bullish he spews into the airwaves………

  21. VonClausewitz says: Oct 14, 2009 1:08 PM

    Yeah of course he’s not even thinking of stopping. Why would he? If he gets rejected he gets loads of material to use. While he’s pursuing it he gets loads of material to use.
    So far in this brief ‘story’ a few things are clear: he’s not above manufacturing drama; he’s not above manufacturing drama that involves the league. I think the latter bit tells you everything you need to know about how his ownership will be viewed.
    Also, Limbaugh’s not a conservative. He’s not a liberal. He’s just a blowhard forever looking for a strawman soapbox from which to yell.

  22. BillsFan27 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:10 PM

    This issue is definitely polarizing and gives Rush ammo for his radio show (and he probably planned it that way). Maybe ratings were down. Or maybe the Dems (finally) got his goat.
    It’s hard to take a side, one way or the other, when both parties provide their viewpoints.
    If the NFL shuts Limbaugh out, well, he can always take the next step and buy into an “all you can eat” buffet. I’m sure they’ll have him.
    Or a pharmacy.

  23. crodseth says: Oct 14, 2009 1:13 PM

    As bad as the NFL sometimes looks (ie Plaxico and Vick and others), Rush would only compound the bad image. Plus he’s a douchebag.

  24. cunn9305 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:14 PM

    Dude you can’t hide your political leanings … don’t even try. Just come out and say it or quit writing about this subject. You’ll feel a lot better.

  25. Jim in NC says: Oct 14, 2009 1:16 PM

    Lets see, the Commish is employed by the owners. Can the Commish really say he doesn’t want individual “A” or “B”to own a franchise if that individual has the scratch, and does not violate any of the previously written-down rules? Sounds like the only people who could make that call are the other owners… if Goodell goes agains’t their wish he’s on the block. Does Goodell really want to risk his own job to establish that the league is officially an affiliate of the Democrat party?
    Does the League think its good business to offend the 40% of Americans who self-describe themselves as conservative? Only 20% self-describe as liberal, so he’s on the losing side of that arguement.
    Goodell would be very wise to shut up and start calling the owners to find out what THEY want to do. Its THEIR money he’s watching, and I ‘m not sure his job security is that strong..

  26. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:16 PM

    “we thought that Limbaugh might decide to simply declare victory and retreat.”
    What the hell do you mean declare victory? You mean accept defeat and retreat?

  27. slipkid says: Oct 14, 2009 1:17 PM

    The owners may use business judgment but the players, union head and the commish arent. they are being purely political.
    and thru the likes of bryan burwell and jester jackson and al pindyck, they are lying.
    florio, u arent really listening to the fellow.
    and the conservatives you and nbc (hey does nbc want a team in LA?) etc alienate … well i bet you they buy a lot more nfl merchandise and tickets than do the holy black (and other liberal) nutjobs that want to be able to veto everyone else.

  28. frox says: Oct 14, 2009 1:18 PM

    Fergalicious!

  29. Tundrastruck says: Oct 14, 2009 1:18 PM

    Not only has Florio become the corporate minion of NBC, he apparently shares the politics of NBC. Your website is becoming a joke, shorty.

  30. VoxVeritas says: Oct 14, 2009 1:19 PM

    “the point is that the guy who runs the NFL has made it fairly clear that Rush isn’t welcome.”
    Yeah, Goodell serves at the pleasure of the owners, Florio. 100% of his authority is derived from his overlords. If he was speaking for the other owners I’m ok with that, but I have a feeling that he wasn’t, and overstepped the scope of his authority just a bit.
    “While he might persuade many on the former point (included plenty of those not in his usual base), any suggestion from Limbaugh that the NFL doesn’t have the right to make decisions based on the potential alienation of a large chunk of the fan base contradicts Limbaugh’s core views regarding the manner in which American businesses should be permitted to do their business.”
    How many American corporations get anti-trust exemptions from the government? As an entity that enjoys these exemptions granted by WE THE PEOPLE, the NFL should not be able to discriminate based on political leanings or any other triviality. Who cares if Sharpton wants to buy a team? If he’s got the dough and a seller, have at it big boy! It would probably provide the first honest dollar he ever made.
    Fergie’s a recovering meth addict, by the way.
    “It’s a concept that typically is pushed by liberals.”
    That’s because most liberals don’t understand that the rules of business change once you get the government involved. As well they should change.

  31. murray22 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:20 PM

    Hard to admit, but most NFL owners agree with Limbaugh. Remember George Bush introducing Monday Night Football a few years back? Or the suggestion that Condi Rice was a candidate for the Commissioner’s job after Tagliabue? I don’t see any NFL owners worrying about the middle class or minorities. Most NFL owners are more interested in Corporate Welfare.

  32. VoxVeritas says: Oct 14, 2009 1:21 PM

    “I find it laughable that the commissioner or anyone else is concerned about “high standards” for owners when Jerry Jones is an owner.”
    On what faulty reasoning? What did Jerry Jones ever do to you?

  33. brasho says: Oct 14, 2009 1:23 PM

    That’s funny, all the hypocritical libs out there that thought Vick deserved a second chance after commiting numerous felonies over the years are the same ones saying Limbaugh shouldn’t be allowed to use his own money to purchase something… crazy!
    I love the Sharpton argument, but we all know that argument doesn’t hold water. If Sharpton had even the slightest inclination that he was being discriminated against (not because he’s black, but because he’s an ignoramus) then he would be screaming “RACISM” from every rooftop in America…. and eventually the NFL would cave, and find a way to give Sharpton a big discount….
    Seriously, these double standards need to end!

  34. chapnasty says: Oct 14, 2009 1:23 PM

    @ Billsfan27
    It’s like with every story comes a new slew of ignorance. The man isnt fat. He dropped 85lbs! Do some damn research before you speak!

  35. edluva27 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:23 PM

    I have a colleague who tells girls “you may think poorly of me, but that still means you’re thinking of me.” Of course Limbaugh won’t back down; he is getting free marketing. This has always been his strategy and it contributes to his divisiveness. It’s pretty brilliant, actually. He is exploiting a market that wants nothing to do with him. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting with my sleazy colleague.

  36. VicksPuppies says: Oct 14, 2009 1:24 PM

    @TWIZ – Actually, Sharpton came out and commented on it, so it was HIM that injected himself into the situation.

  37. Display Name says: Oct 14, 2009 1:25 PM

    Luca Brasi says:
    October 14, 2009 1:00 PM
    Florio, where’s the apology from yesterday’s journalist snafu of using “divisive” quotes you can’t possibly source (although “snafu” means it was an accident). Ultimately, who was being divisive?
    ——————————————————–
    SNAFU doesn’t mean ‘accident’ it means “Situation Normal, All F’d Up”. A “Normal Situation” is not an accident.

  38. chc4 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:26 PM

    Florio’s obsession w/ Rush continues. It’s obvious you dislike the guy. But I can’t see how anyone can objectively say this is even an issue. Money talks and Rush has a sh*^load. I’m certain there would be no public outrage if Al Franken or Nancy Pelosi were to enter into the bidding… and they are no less divisive than Rush. That this is even an issue exemplifies the double standard that exists in the liberal media. They are generous w/ everyone’s money but there own. And they are very tolerant and excepting of others… as long as you don’t disagree with them.

  39. kirt says: Oct 14, 2009 1:27 PM

    I don’t want St Louis to be called the Klan Rams. Rush will have that affect.

  40. laxcoach says: Oct 14, 2009 1:28 PM

    I happen to like Rush. However, this all makes me uncomfortable.
    I want politics to stay out of sports and vice versa. Politics are a form of religion. Rarely do people convert. They believe what they believe with religious fervor.
    I wouldn’t want some religious big mouth to get mixed up in the NFL either. With that said, if his offer is heads and tails above the other offers, it seems to me the NFL should make up the shortfall if they reject Limbaugh’s.
    Worlds are colliding.

  41. Seeryer says: Oct 14, 2009 1:29 PM

    Rush doesn’t understand that what he says on his show is not acceptable to a large number of Americans. This is not about liberals rejecting his bid, this is about owners rejecting his bid. Rush is offensive to every person that is not a rapid partisan conservative. And people that aren’t motivated solely by one’s politcs don’t want to be assoicated with him. He will turn this into a conservative vs liberal argument but what it really is about is decency. And Limbaugh proves daily he has very little of it unless you agree with his world view. Millions upon millions think he is nuts.

  42. smalfish says: Oct 14, 2009 1:29 PM

    Perhaps the Commission should turn an eye toward your site and NBC if that is where his concern lies.
    Typical. When the truth gets said, the right (wrong) always want to bring out the show trials.
    Who do you guys want to see hung today?

  43. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 1:33 PM

    You keep claiming that the NFL has to decide if it wants to alienate its fanbase by letting Rush own a franchise. You do realize by not giving Limbaugh a fair shake and cutting him out of the chance to own a franchise to begin with, Goodell is alienating his fanbase? If you believe that the NFL has made it quite clear that Rush is not welcome, what’s that say to someone like me who agrees with the so-called controversial remarks Rush made? Does that mean I’m not welcome either?

  44. seatofmypants says: Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM

    Another example of your liberal bias here Florio.
    You are a lawyer. Somewhere in your studies, i am sure you came across University of California vs Bakke. Do you think that case was a product of liberal thought?
    I agree that Limbaugh does seem to be polarizing. And perhaps one could make an argument that Fergie with her .15% share in the team is clearly not going to be a decisionmaker.
    But she was sold this piece to be a “Face of the organization” – so therefore she should be subject to the same level of scrutiny that Limbaugh.
    Ultimately, I believe the biggest offer will be the one accepted – regardless of who makes it.

  45. snnyjcbs says: Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM

    It is not up to Goodell but is up to the owners in the NFL if Rush will be able to own part of the Rams.
    And no matter what most of the owners would tell you deep down they are much closer to Rush and his views than they are the other side.
    Why is it that when truths are told by either side white or black it is always racist.
    The NFL does not have many if any white corners that are any good and few good white wide receivers, that is fact not racist.
    The NFL does not have many great black QB’s along the lines of a Montana, Favre, Elway and so on, that is fact not racist.
    Now the NFL does not have many blacks if any in ownership and very few in high office type positions, now that is racist. And that is the type of racist the players should be fighting.
    The NFL should clean up it’s own house before trying to cast others as some kind of monster.

  46. Florios'Lawyer says: Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM

    Once again, had it been Louis Farrakhan announcing his intention to buy into an NFL team instead of Rush Limbaugh, the dittoheads would all have gone ballistic.
    Hypocrites.

  47. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM

    “We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about.”
    Yet murder, assault and battery, domestic violence, rape, dog fighting, barbaric cruelty to animals, rampant drug and alcohol abuse and alike meet those “high standards.”
    What a farking joke. Goodell is a typical liberal NY weasel attorney coward POS.

  48. Seeryer says: Oct 14, 2009 1:35 PM

    Who cares if Florio votes Democratic or is a liberal? He has no power concerning Limbaugh’s involvment with the NFL. He is simply reporting on a hot story. I love Limbaugh’s ditto heads calling someone out for media bias. You know who is least qualified to comment on media bias? The most vocal supporters of the man with the most bias in all of the media: Limbaugh.

  49. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Oct 14, 2009 1:39 PM

    It’s astounding the number of girlymen who post on this board.

  50. Foreverdolpfan says: Oct 14, 2009 1:39 PM

    If that clown Limbaugh, should own any piece of any NFL team, I guarantee you that every Black foofball player of the team that he is part ownership of, will lay down on the field in the duration of a football game without giving any effort to compete. Limbaugh is a racist who should not only be allowed to take part ownership of any professional team, but should be barred, excommunicated from society. He’s not worth the value of what is would cost to split in his face. I commend the NFL commissioner for taking a firm stand against such people who think that he above and superior to another race because of culture, color, nationality or religion.

  51. wmt says: Oct 14, 2009 1:40 PM

    chapnasty must be one of the 25 million idiots that listen to that moron

  52. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 14, 2009 1:42 PM

    Nobody is more angry and intolerant than liberals. They have no problem moralizing and passing judgment upon, and trying to destroy, people with whom they disagree. They claim to be for individual freedom and redemption yet attempt to control what others say, eat, drink, make, use their property etc. And reserve redemption (second chances) only for those with whom they agree. Their projection and hypocrisy knows no bounds. They do everything they can to prove Doctor Savage right: Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  53. Mooch says: Oct 14, 2009 1:43 PM

    This is great for Rush! It furthers his “professional victim” narrative.
    The Loser Red State American always believes he loses because the system is rigged against him – it is never about his own failures and shortcomings.
    A wise man once said that, while you can say anything you want, businesses and people have the right to punish you for what you’ve said. That is the reason Red Staters wanted stations to pull the Dixie Chicks from playlists, and wanted stores to pull them from the shelves.
    I personally think that, if he has the cash, Rush should be allowed to buy the team. But the business angle is that the owners have a brand and business to protect.
    In making millions, Rush has created a negative brand that – while attractive to professional victim Republicans – repulses most (check out his favorability scores). His business model worked! He is rich!
    But that same dynamic is making smart business owners in a wildly successful NFL question if they want him as a part of it. There are many suitors set up to buy a franchise with far less baggage.
    So Rush will not get the team. Now, he can go back on the radio and cry about being a victim. Just like Glen Beck, Al Sharpton, Sarah “Don’t pick on me I’m a mom” Palin, and those of that ilk.

  54. JRC007 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:44 PM

    “Still, the NFL has the right to embrace Fergie and reject Limbaugh, if the NFL so chooses. And any effort by Limbaugh to challenge the disparate treatment arising from the application of business judgment is not the product of conservative thought.”
    Wow, great job killing that strawman. Limbaugh’s never claimed the NFL doesn’t have that right. Moreover, I have no idea what contract terms are in place for the NFL in what is to be considered in approving the sale of franchise and I’m quite sure you have no idea either. He may very well have a claim, as might the current owners of the Rams if they are not permitted to sell to him.
    “Regardless of whether Limbaugh is right or wrong in this regard, the point is that the guy who runs the NFL has made it fairly clear that Rush isn’t welcome.”
    Goodell is the commissioner, not an owner. He doesn’t get a vote. Goodell can hold his breath until he turns blue and pout about it but it doesn’t matter what he thinks. Seriously, isn’t some NFL knowledge some kind of prerequisite for having a job writing about the NFL?

  55. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 14, 2009 1:48 PM

    I’m pretty sure most people would rather embrace Fergie than Rush.

  56. VicksPuppies says: Oct 14, 2009 1:50 PM

    Foreverdolpfan says: October 14, 2009 1:39 PM
    If that clown Limbaugh, should own any piece of any NFL team, I guarantee you that every Black foofball player of the team that he is part ownership of, will lay down on the field in the duration of a football game without giving any effort to compete
    ————————————–
    So in other words, things wouldn’t change much for the Rams.

  57. Your comment submission failed for the following reasons: Registration is required. says: Oct 14, 2009 1:52 PM

    “Limbaugh specifically targeted Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and those in the media who rely on Sharpton and Jackson as authorities in matters of this nature. ”
    Would that be the same Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that inflamed racial tensions over the 2006 Mike Nifong/Duke lacrosse team case?
    Pretty sure those kids who had their lives all but ruined over Sharpton’s and Jackson’s claims of racism are still waiting for an apology… years after the accuser’s claims were proven false and prosecutor Mike Nifong was disbarred.
    Authorities, indeed.

  58. TC says: Oct 14, 2009 1:53 PM

    I think this might just be a ploy to get a boost for his ratings.
    There is absolutely no way that any company in any industry would be happy about having that hate mongering, pill-popper on board.

  59. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 14, 2009 1:54 PM

    I guess we will get 5-10 Limbaugh stories every day until Favre decides to say something about possibly retiring again…….
    Florio, I have been looking at your site (and sending you stuff) for many years, even before the infamous Podcasts with Donte Allegarie (sp.?) and on this issue you are pushing too hard. In an earlier story you “suggested” that Rush could have doctored the transcripts or recordings of his programs to remove any of the supposed inflammatory statements you and others have attributed to him. That is going too far.
    You are no longer some flame throwing part time internet hack attorney from West Virginia. You are now “Football Dude” (as I have been calling you to my friends for years) from NBC Sports. You have a “journalistic” responsibility now and should either cite the references for the inflammatory comments or retract the allegations. Has Rush said some things that he should not have said (or at least said them in the wrong way), yes he has.
    I think the McNabb thing has been vastly overblown. Saying that McNabb is overrated and that the NFL “wanted” him to succeed because he is black is not “racist”. It is “opinion”. In my “opinion” McNabb is a very good QB, but not “one of the very best” at this time. Am I a racist for stating this? His career passer rating is 85.8 (I got this from Wikipedia so it HAS to be true, right?) and this is far above “the Kordoza Line” (ie. Kordell Stewart’s career passer rating of 70.7, (“the point at which the mediocre are separated from the crappy starting quarterbacks” – Florio PFT.com). And why did you chose Kordell Stewart as the magic marker for the “Kordoza Line”? Is it because he is, oh my god, “black”? Or is it because he truly does provide a good line between the mediocre and the crappy?
    (I know why you chose Kordoza because of the pronunciation and how it fits into baseball history, but could it have been because he is black? What an accusation that would be!)
    And Rush will own part of an NFL team if he wants to and if he has the money to do so. The owners will decide this one if need be and as your earlier story pointed out, they are mostly Republicans who probably listen to Rush’s radio program. Some of them may even look at this website?

  60. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 1:56 PM

    Mooch (fitting name for a liberal), but you’re dead wrong about conservatives. We don’t think the system is rigged against us, we know it is. And yet, we succeed anyway. It’s in our nature to be successful against all odds, it’s how God wired us up.
    And I’m guessing the reason Rush isn’t favored by Republicans is most likely because a lot of them are as stupid as all liberals. They easily believe what the media tells them. Hell, how many idiot Republicans switched parties and voted Obama into office because they were lied to by the media? Some Republicans are conservatives as a means to liberty, while us conservatives are conservative because of truth.

  61. Xenu_D_Alien says: Oct 14, 2009 1:56 PM

    It’s pretty disingenuous for the NFL to block Limbaugh from buying a stake in a team while allowing Fergie to do so. If they’re so worried that Limbaugh might say something that would reflect poorly on the league, I wonder how they’d react if Fergie relapses and pisses her pants on stage again? Hell, Jay-Z stabbed somebody and he was able to buy a stake in an NBA team. I think the owners of the Rams should be able to sell to the highest bidder, as long as their financing is legit.

  62. elduderino13 says: Oct 14, 2009 1:59 PM

    @Jim in NC:
    “Does Goodell really want to risk his own job to establish that the league is officially an affiliate of the Democrat party? ”
    WTF are you talking about? Why is it always absolutism? I’m sure some current owners are Republicans, or have Republican or conservative leanings. He didn’t say they’re excluding ALL Republicans.
    Why can’t you make a case that doesn’t rely on hyperbole?

  63. Abe Froeman says: Oct 14, 2009 2:03 PM

    The war is over the North won.

  64. MotorCityDiddy says: Oct 14, 2009 2:04 PM

    Just a few years ago the Lions were penalized for not interviewing minority candidates prior to hiring Mariucci. Why do Goodell & his band of un-bigoted, race-blind individuals need such a rule in place?

  65. PackFaninPackLand says: Oct 14, 2009 2:06 PM

    The first comment is by the “typical liberal’ who, of course, has NEVER listened to his show. But he did pick out an appropriate user ID for himself, though !
    ————————————
    Roger Goodell on Rush Limbaugh possibly owning the Rams:
    “We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about,” said Goodell. “I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, no. Absolutely not.”
    Oh yeah, THIS from the league that backs druggies, steroid abusers, wife beaters, rapists, murderers, animal abusers/torturers/murderers, physical violence, ex-convicts, and irresponsible fathering practices all for the “good of the game”. They try to hush up these stories as much as they can. That a boy Roger, way to be consistant there !
    —————————————-
    By the way Florio, I wonder if I posted lies about you on a web site with no truth or attribution whatsoever – and then folks quoted said lies as some sort of F-A-C-T, I wonder WHO would play the victim, then ??? Hmm, Florio ??? You gotta love liberals don’t you, the biggest damn hypocrites on the planet.
    Hey Mike, still waiting for you to post examples of Limbaugh EVER portraying himself as a victim ??? They must be right next to those bogus quotes that Limbaugh never said, huh. And while you’re at it, please ‘splain to me how those supposed “quotes” by Limbaugh could just sit there dormant since 1998 (when he supposedly made them) and just arise now ??? Wouldn’t they have gotten NATIONAL ATTENTION like, oh I don’t know, immediately ??? Come on Florio, surely you’re not THIS dumb.

  66. kirt says: Oct 14, 2009 2:10 PM

    Rush would have a very negative effect to both fans and player. Why would anyone he insults regularly support him? If he own my team I would no longer support my team. No attending games or even owning a pair of socks with their logo on it. It gos past politics to common sense.

  67. Abe Froeman says: Oct 14, 2009 2:10 PM

    I have a question for Rush fans.
    You believe that everyone else is stupid because you say they blindly listen to everything to the media.
    So my question is…
    Is Rush media? And how is your listening to him different from what you accuse others of?

  68. HarrisonHits says: Oct 14, 2009 2:12 PM

    “The man isnt fat. He dropped 85lbs! Do some damn research before you speak!”
    Ah, so he’s moved from painkillers to amphetamines ?
    “Nobody is more angry and intolerant than liberals”
    You must not have been paying attention to FoxNews the last few years. The most disgusting pathetic excuse for a Nazi broadcasting corporation that does nothing but vent raw hatred and lies in the name of conservative Republicans.
    And one of the most singularly angry and intolerant people on the face of the planet is Rush Limbaugh. Talk about a piece of human filth.

  69. Kaz says: Oct 14, 2009 2:13 PM

    This proves how well Obama has done. When the worst thing Rush can complain about is not being able to by the RAMS, the RAMS for crying out loud, it’s a good day to be an American.

  70. Jim in NC says: Oct 14, 2009 2:15 PM

    Foreverdolpfan says: October 14, 2009 1:39 PM
    “If that clown Limbaugh, should own any piece of any NFL team, I guarantee you that every Black foofball player of the team that he is part ownership of, will lay down on the field in the duration of a football game without giving any effort to compete”
    I thought the NFL was the purest expression of merit… they don’t care what color you are, what laws you’ve broken, who was your father, or what politics you believe. If you can get the job done, you get the job. If you are fast enough, strong enough, smart enough and sufficiently motivated, you can play. And no matter who you are, when you can no longer do the job (admittedly an argueable point — see Brett Farve) you are out. No sympathy, no emotion, just do it, or leave.
    If some players want to boycott Limbaugh, I’ll bet there are plenty more who don’t care about politics, and do like the color of his money. He would have no trouble getting players, and if the opponents want to boycott, he’ll take the forfeit.

  71. VoxVerítas says: Oct 14, 2009 2:18 PM

    You have to give Rush Limbaugh credit. His formula to make his loyal listeners mad – works. He even points out how amazed he is when they keep falling for it! Click to see this video and hear him talking candidly about his best listeners who are the ones that lack confidence and come seeking out Limbaugh’s bravado and cockiness to shore up their own lack of true opinions on issues.
    Rush carefully screens the calls and makes sure that any caller is on point about something said on the Rush Limbaugh show. He must lead them. They must follow. He doesn’t tolerate callers who want to talk about other shows or other issues. He claims that he sets himself up as the expert and all conversation revolves around HIS reactions to events. According to him, his ditto-heads are made up of people with “fruitful” imaginations who easily take whatever bait he has to offer. It’s just that easy. Does he REALLY believe the stuff he says? Rush’s reply: “That’s up to you to figure out!”
    That’s just a riot! Ditto-heads that think this Entertainer’s show is somehow based in reality are slapped senselessly in that early Rush video interview. They’re just fodder for his self-wealth building schemes. He doesn’t care if this country fails. In fact if it continues to fail, people will be even more mad and have more reason to listen to him as he pulls down over $50,000,000 (fifty MILLION DOLLARS) this year and for the next three years, too. Keep buying all that stuff he hawks, suckers!

  72. CentralFLPackerBacker says: Oct 14, 2009 2:18 PM

    This is why I’m gald Green Bay is owned by the fans… Politics and football don’t mix EVER.

  73. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 2:19 PM

    PackFaninPackLand
    And while you’re at it, please ‘splain to me how those supposed “quotes” by Limbaugh could just sit there dormant since 1998 (when he supposedly made them) and just arise now ??? Wouldn’t they have gotten NATIONAL ATTENTION like, oh I don’t know, immediately ??? Come on Florio, surely you’re not THIS dumb.
    —————————————————–
    Sorry to say this, I don’t think Rush has been that racist from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern on the web. The media has been very desirous that a conservative commentator say something racist.

  74. sdffa11 says: Oct 14, 2009 2:20 PM

    i agree that limbaugh shouldnt be allowed to partially own an nfl team but if idiots like al sharpton and jesse jackson think the same as me, then im probably wrong.

  75. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 2:20 PM

    @VicksPuppies
    Notice I did say “to the best of my knowledge” it hadn’t happened. Thank you for the correction.
    I stand by everything else though. Rush is a loud mouthed fat ass racist pig that does not deserve the privileged of owning an NFL team! The same goes for any “celeb” that has the audacity to air something like “Barak the magic” negro on their show!

  76. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 2:21 PM

    Abe Froeman
    Is Rush media? And how is your listening to him different from what you accuse others of?
    —————————————————–
    I don’t agree with Rush. Rush agrees with me.

  77. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 2:22 PM

    HarrisonHits
    Well, I think you proved that person’s point about nobody being more angry or intolerant than liberals.

  78. Halas` Heros says: Oct 14, 2009 2:23 PM

    I find these postings on Rush Limbaugh fascinating. They reveal an interesting dichotomy:
    A. People who have listened to Limbaugh and do not consider him a racist.
    B. People who read or hear about what Limbaugh purportedly said and consider him a racist.
    I have seen quotes posted by group A that were part of a transcript, but I have yet to see anything posted by group B that provides the quotes’ context. People in group B call those in group A lemmings, even though those in group A provide solid evidence for their views, while those in group B blindly follow whomever their sources are regarding what Limbaugh says and thinks.
    Rush Limbaugh has been accused of being a racist. Those in group B accept that as fact and seem to require that he remains a racist until he disproves it.
    I’d like to see anyone here disprove that they are racist.
    Given the fact that it is unprovable, it falls on the accusers to produce evidence that supports their position. That evidence must be in context, i.e. provide the transcript, audio or video clip where Limbaugh has said something racist.
    You should be able to find something, especially since 2004, Media Matters was “put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation – news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda – every day, in real time.”

  79. jasncondit says: Oct 14, 2009 2:26 PM

    Why should he pull out? I mean if he finds a women willing to let him have sex for the first time in his life it won’t happen again….oh wait I guess I should read the article….LOL

  80. Halas` Heros says: Oct 14, 2009 2:35 PM

    I find these postings on Rush Limbaugh fascinating. They reveal an interesting dichotomy:
    A. People who have listened to Limbaugh and do not consider him a racist.
    B. People who read or hear about what Limbaugh purportedly said and consider him a racist.
    I have seen quotes posted by group A that were part of a transcript, but I have yet to see anything posted by group B that provides the quotes’ context. People in group B call those in group A lemmings, even though those in group A provide solid evidence for their views, while those in group B blindly follow whomever their sources are regarding what Limbaugh says and thinks.
    Rush Limbaugh has been accused of being a racist. Those in group B accept that as fact and seem to require he is a racist unless he disproves it.
    I’d like to see anyone here disprove that they are racist.
    Given the fact that it is unprovable, it falls on the accusers to produce evidence that supports their position. That evidence must be in context, i.e. provide the transcript, audio or video clip where Limbaugh has said something racist.
    You should be able to find something, especially since 2004, Media Matters was “put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation – news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda – every day, in real time.”

  81. I didn't hear no bell. says: Oct 14, 2009 2:40 PM

    Mike Florio said:
    “Still, the NFL has the right to embrace Fergie and reject Limbaugh, if the NFL so chooses. And any effort by Limbaugh to challenge the disparate treatment arising from the application of business judgment is not the product of conservative thought.
    It’s a concept that typically is pushed by liberals.”
    No Mike you got it all wrong. Most conservatives believe in Capitalism which means if the current owner in St. Louis wants to sell his team, he can sell to any buyer for any price under terms that are negotiated and agreed upon between the buyer and seller. It’s the liberals who want a say in how other people conduct their business and put in measures so they can control who can own a team and who can’t.
    In typical liberal fashion, the rules apply to everyone but themselves when it does not serve their interests. Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he pleases, the same way Jesse Jackson has the right to say whatever he pleases. If either of them want to buy a team, they should be allowed to do so if they can afford it, regardless of their political views and how they express it.

  82. VicksPuppies says: Oct 14, 2009 2:41 PM

    @HALAS – Exactly! The man is on the air 3 hours a day, every day. There should be hours upon hours of racist tirades if he is truly a racist. Instead, people had to go and make up a bunch of stuff to emphasize the point.
    I would love for someone to explain how Rush is a blatant racist, yet the only racist quotes floating around are ones that are fabricated.

  83. Abe Froeman says: Oct 14, 2009 2:42 PM

    @ shinsnake
    But of course that isn’t true for all the other people you accuse, right?

  84. The Centurion says: Oct 14, 2009 2:43 PM

    News Flash: The commishoner can block someone from buying a team. Rush “the big lie” Limbaugh doesn’t have a prayer in hell. Im sure its a conspiracy right. Liberal media is against him, or even better Rush will say African Americans are conspiring against him or somehow Obama did it and that proves that the freedom of this country is in jeapordy right? Nut jobs

  85. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 14, 2009 2:44 PM

    C: Journalists and “journalists” who know what they are saying about Limbaugh is false, yet say it, and then repeat it over and over, then when called on it, throw it down the memory hole.
    Liberals are so tolerant, like Mike Florio!

  86. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 14, 2009 2:44 PM

    # smalfish says:
    Typical. When the truth gets said, the right (wrong) always want to bring out the show trials.
    Who do you guys want to see hung today?
    ******
    Liberal projection in its full glory.

  87. bluestree says: Oct 14, 2009 2:48 PM

    All the venom and vitriol on both sides of this argument illustrate why it would be a bad business decision to allow Limbaugh into the owners club. On the one hand you could alienate a sizable portion of the fan base and the coaches and players by letting him in, on the other you would upset a relatively small group of very vocal dittoheads. If you understand the way Arbitron ratings work, you realize Rush has a fairly small audience. Impressive only for am radio.They are also a fairly insular group that generally doesn’t fit the NFL demographic. You can see that a personality that stirs up this much controversy without having much real (as opposed to contrived) penetration into the mainstream is a bad business risk. If the NFL counted on am radio broadcasts as a source of revenue things might be different.

  88. ThePragmatist says: Oct 14, 2009 2:49 PM

    “What did Jerry Jones ever do to you?”
    He fired Jimmy Johnson after 2 Super Bowl wins, for goodness sake!!!

  89. Dave The Dude says: Oct 14, 2009 2:56 PM

    I agree completely. Rush is just doing all this for publicity. Just like he used the NFL and McNabb for his own publicity earlier. He knew he’d never own an NFL franchise, that the NFL would never allow him to take part in a business where we “minorities” represent a significant portion (if not the majority) of both the players and the audience. Not after he’s made a career of mocking and hating blacks, and inciting racism in a society that has been working hard to eliminate it for the last 40-50 years. NO WAY.
    Rush is about to learn the same lesson that Terrell Owens learned. When you keep creating public controversy, saying stupid hateful things just to stir the pot, eventually you will earn a reputation that you just can’t shake no matter what you do. Terrell Owens has earned the reputation of being a loudmouth team-killing diva and nothing he does is ever going to change that. Rush Limbaugh has earned the reputation of being a loudmouth racist and hateful extremist, and nothing he ever does will change that. And before any of you start crying about how unfair that is, realize that Rush fully understood that concept and used it to build his wealth, knowing the entire time that this was the case. Take away the political extremism and the racist nonsense, and what’s left? An overweight, uninteresting ex-janitor blowhard.
    Rush doesn’t want an NFL team. He’s just hoping that any potential audience that hasn’t discovered his show yet will hear all this noise about the NFL, get angry that a white man isn’t allowed to buy whatever he wants with his own money, and tune in to listen. He’ll gain some more listeners, and we won’t hear from him again until he needs another ratings boost, at which point, he’ll get more extreme and find some way to publicly call Barrack Obama a porch monkey or some other nonsense to once again boost his ratings. The guy is a shock jock, and his audience is the extreme-right “conservative” movement. What else would you expect?

  90. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 3:02 PM

    @VicksPuppies
    You seem to be ignoring his proven comments on slavery, white kids/black kids fighting/the song parody “Barak the magic negro” being played on his show.
    When you decide to acknowledge those, let the rest of us know. Typical Rush Republemmings to ignore the obvious!

  91. Dr. Michael says: Oct 14, 2009 3:02 PM

    So..let me get this straight…Gooddell says “the NFL is not about divisive comments” but the Egales sign a Dog Killer and thats ok…what a joke

  92. Phokus says: Oct 14, 2009 3:07 PM

    MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm those republican tears just keep getting tastier and tastier

  93. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 3:08 PM

    @Halas` Heros
    You are 100% wrong. I have listened numerous times to Rush, and I believe he is 100% racist in 100% of his views.
    Couple of things I do not understand in all this……why the Rush Republemmings constantly ignore the proven fact he allowed the song parody “Barak the magic negro” to be aired repeatedly on his show and his proven comments regarding slavery just to name a couple.
    The other thing I cannot understand is how the Rush Republemmings do not understand the concept of franchise ownership. A corporation (in this case the NFL) have the absolute right to accept or reject ANYONE they choose. If Rush is rejected, it will be up to him to prove they did so in a racist manner, in a manner that is derogitory, or because of his skin color.
    Rush needs to realize that his trying to buy (even as a minority owner) is causing problems and as such, he should be man enough to back out for the good of the sport.
    To continue knowing he is not wanted only proves that he is doing this for his own reasons, whatever those might be!

  94. Seeryer says: Oct 14, 2009 3:13 PM

    @ Halas’Heroes:
    “We are being told that we have to hope [Obama] succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles … because his father was black.” After Obama’s inauguration, Limbaugh said during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News that “[r]acism in this country is the exclusive province of the left. We’re witnessing racism all this week that led up to the inauguration. We’re being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles. Bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president. We’ve got to accept this. The racism that everybody thinks exists on our side of the aisle has been on full display throughout their primary campaign. So I think they’ve done a great job, the media has, of covering up his deficiencies.”
    “I do believe” Obama is an “angry black guy.” Responding to accusations that he had called Obama “an angry black man,” Limbaugh said on July 27 “they’re finally hearing me — he’s an angry black guy. I do believe that about the president. I do believe he’s angry; I think his wife is angry. All liberals are enraged all the time anyways. They’re always mad.” Previously, Limbaugh had said that Obama is “one angry guy.”
    “[I]n Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.” On September 15, Limbaugh said: “It’s Obama’s America, is it not? Obama’s America, white kids getting beat up on school buses now. I mean, you put your kids on a school bus, you expect — you expect safety. But in Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, ‘Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on.’ And of course everybody says, ‘Oh, the white kid deserved it. He was born a racist, he’s white.’ Newsweek magazine told us this. We know that white students are destroying civility on buses. White students destroying civility in classrooms all over America. White congressmen destroying civility in the House of Representatives. We can redistribute students while we redistribute their parents’ wealth. I mean, we can just redistribute everything. Just return the white students to their rightful place, their own bus, with bars on the windows and armed guards. They’re racist. They get what they deserve. Newsweek magazine told us this — post-racial America. I mean, I wonder if Obama’s going to come to the defense of the assailants the way he did his friend Skip Gates up there at Harvard.”
    “Obama’s entire economic program is reparations.” On June 22, Limbaugh said, “What they don’t know is that Obama’s entire economic program is reparations. If I were [Al] Sharpton, if I’d been guest-hosting Sharpton’s show, and I got a call like that, somebody complaining, I’d say, ‘No, hey, hey, hey. Shh, shh. Let me tell you the truth here. Everything in the stimulus plan, every plan he’s got is reparations. He gonna take from the rich, he’s gonna take from the — he’s gonna give it to you. It just can’t happen overnight. Be patient.’ That’s what’s — redistribution of wealth, reparations, returning the nation’s wealth to its rightful owners, whatever you want to call it, it’s reparations.”
    Obama is “more African in his roots than he is American” and is “behaving like an African colonial despot.” After reading extensively from an American Thinker column smearing Obama, Limbaugh said on June 26 that Obama is “more African in his roots than he is American” and is “behaving like an African colonial despot.”
    Obama is “Halfrican-American.” On January 24, 2007, Limbaugh referred to Obama and actress Halle Berry as “Halfrican-American[s],” stating that “Barack Obama has picked up another endorsement: Halfrican-American actress Halle Berry.” Limbaugh then said: ” ‘As a Halfrican-American, I am honored to have Ms. Berry’s support, as well as the support of other Halfrican Americans,’ Obama said.” Limbaugh then conceded that Obama “didn’t say it.”
    “Obama has disowned his white half … he’s decided he’s got to go all in on the black side.” On March 21, 2008, Limbaugh said of Obama’s handling of the controversy surrounding remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright: “It is clear that Senator Obama has disowned his white half, that he’s decided he’s got to go all in on the black side.” Limbaugh had earlier said: “[Y]ou know, opening these race wounds like this, taking us back 30, 40 years, making it look like no progress has been made — what Barack Obama has done — I’m going to say something here that might offend — or not offend — but might make some uncomfortable. But it is clear to me that there has been a major transformation in Senator Obama.”

  95. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 3:14 PM

    Abe Froeman
    I don’t accuse other people. I state truth as reality and refuse to let others delude themselves in their falsehoods.

  96. yooper4021 says: Oct 14, 2009 3:14 PM

    I’d love to know how many of the Rush-haters have actually listened to his program for more than 10 seconds. My bet is that they drink the kool-aid of the critics who are jealous of the most successful talk radio personality in history (as evidenced by his ratings and longevity, not my personal opinion).
    These are the same kool-aid drinkers who defend Keith Olbermann. He is an “entertainer”, they say, who has a passion for sports and the NFL. Have you ever heard the garbage that comes out of his mouth on his program?

  97. nyJag says: Oct 14, 2009 3:15 PM

    Look Folks, (in my best Florio impression)
    For those of you who think Rush is doing this for publicity, wake up.
    Who in this country older than 18 does not know who he is? Who in this country that follows the NFL, watches nightly news, reads PFT or has a freakin’ pulse is going to learn anything new about him?
    Those who listen to him already listen, listen.
    Those who don’t, won’t.
    To think that Rush cares what Goodell thinks is laughable.
    To think that Goodell is telling the media what he thinks and not what they want to hear under the guise is of political correctness is just plain silly.
    For Florio to rail on and on about how NFL Head Coaches are not to be trusted and then assumes a different stand to Goodell is just plain naive.
    Or is it bias?

  98. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 3:21 PM

    Dave the Dude
    What else would you expect?
    —————————————————-
    Honesty in people’s comments? Accuracy in someone’s words? Intelligence in someone’s ideals? None of which I can find in your last paragraph. You middle paragraph was partly correct though. It is true about reputations, they are like a pariah. However, in this case, Rush’s reputation was manufactured by the media who said he complained that McNabb wasn’t capable of being a good QB because he was black. Hence, why you have so many people claiming Rush is a racist, loud-mouthed bigot when only one of those descriptions aptly apply.

  99. shinsnake says: Oct 14, 2009 3:28 PM

    bluestree
    All the venom and vitriol on both sides of this argument illustrate why it would be a bad business decision to allow Limbaugh into the owners club. On the one hand you could alienate a sizable portion of the fan base and the coaches and players by letting him in, on the other you would upset a relatively small group of very vocal dittoheads.
    —————————————————-
    20-25 million people is not a small audience, even compared to NFL audiences. In fact, how much of an initial audience jump is the NFL hoping to achieve with the games in England and Canada?
    But the second thing you don’t understand, is that Conservatives are the single largest group of self identified ideological group in the country and a large portion of them don’t listen to Rush. However, going against everything they believe in, free speech, the right to ownership, fair treatment of all, etc… is likely to alienate the majority of them. My wife, conservative also, can’t stand Rush, Hannity, or especially Glenn Beck, but she doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance on this one either. So there’s two it would alienate. My son likes baseball better so if he didn’t see the NFL on in my home his entire childhood, he’s not going to be a fan, same goes for my daughter, their children, their children’s children, etc…
    Besides all of that, Roger Goodell claims that the NFL is supposed to be unifying, but he’s voluntarily ceding a portion of the market by standing against Rush. Why is unifying me in the league any less important than unifying anyone else?

  100. FranktheTank says: Oct 14, 2009 3:33 PM

    Roger Goodell’s wife works for Fox News. His father is the late, Charles Goodell. Republican Senator from New York.
    I think all-in-all Roger Goodell sides with Limbaugh’s viewpoints. He’s just giving the “P.R.” response.

  101. callmecougar says: Oct 14, 2009 3:35 PM

    This is all a smokescreen to divert us from the fact that the league has become overrun with Turds. There’s more crappy players and teams than ever before. The quality of the game is at an all time low. You can watch any game on any given Sunday and see about 8-10 drops.

  102. SR22MAN1 says: Oct 14, 2009 3:36 PM

    framing the issue as a question of whether it makes good business sense for the NFL to embrace a prominent and polarizing political figure into the ranks of ownership
    Like Keith Olberman !
    I have to tune in at game time just to not to hear that worthless piece of “POLARIZING POLITICAL FIGURE” has to say!
    Want to improve ratings dump and your pregame show would improve.

  103. mixman34 says: Oct 14, 2009 3:39 PM

    liberal idiots.

  104. tedtrek says: Oct 14, 2009 3:49 PM

    Rush is trying to buy the wrong team. He should buy the Washington Wizards, then his unofficial title of “Imperial Wizard” can become official.

  105. Occam says: Oct 14, 2009 3:50 PM

    “….had it been Louis Farrakhan announcing his intention to buy into an NFL team instead of Rush Limbaugh, the dittoheads would all have gone ballistic.”
    The right wing dittoheads are way, way worse than the left wing dittoheads. Somehow. I suppose.

  106. Abe Froeman says: Oct 14, 2009 3:52 PM

    @ shinsnake
    There are numerous comments on this post explicitly saying what I’ve described. When someone says a person follows a news program blindly they are accusing them of that.
    You can parse as much as you want. It will just delay leading you to the truth.

  107. VicksPuppies says: Oct 14, 2009 3:56 PM

    @TWIZ – the slavery comment was made up. The fact that people need to make up quotes to make the guy sound racist should clue you in a bit on his level of racism – he’s on the air 780 hours a year and the best you can do is he said white kids were beaten up while black kids stood around and said nothing?

  108. MasterShake says: Oct 14, 2009 4:05 PM

    “not even thinking of exiting”
    Heavens to Mergatroyd! Stage right already!

  109. matthoover says: Oct 14, 2009 4:09 PM

    Don’t worry….if you think this is outrage, wait until the Obama States of America’s government moves to take ownership of the NFL. Then we’ll all be F’d.

  110. Ocelot138 says: Oct 14, 2009 5:18 PM

    “Does the League think its good business to offend the 40% of Americans who self-describe themselves as conservative? Only 20% self-describe as liberal, so he’s on the losing side of that arguement.”
    When you present the ideas of each party, side by side, without ‘Democrat’, ‘Republican’, ‘Conservative’ or ‘Liberal’ attatched the them – OVERWHELMINGLY, Americans support Democratic and liberal positions.
    Sorry, Charlie. Bad branding doesn’t = bad ideas.

  111. Ocelot138 says: Oct 14, 2009 5:24 PM

    @Mooch
    Well said!
    “Mooch (fitting name for a liberal), but you’re dead wrong about conservatives. We don’t think the system is rigged against us, we know it is.”
    The proof is in the pudding, and at least one “professional victim” agrees with you!

  112. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 5:31 PM

    @VicksPuppies
    Do some simple research. The ONLY made up quote is the one about MLK. The one below, is often misquoted, but here is his exact words:
    I’m not saying we should bring it back. I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.
    Saying that alone proves he is racist. He doesn’t need to say something each day, once is MORE than enough! Of course you said nothing about the song parody he played numerous times on his show.
    Rush’s Republemmings are a funny bunch. They only look for things that fit THEIR agenda and ignore everything else!

  113. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 5:33 PM

    From Rush’s website:
    “I want to say that many people have e-mailed me, and they’re right about this, that this is not about me. Not just about me, this is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative. That’s what this is about.” — Rush Limbaugh, 10/14/09
    See, he is already playing the victim. Its not his fault, its the left that did this to him.
    The least he could do is man up and apologize for the remarks that are proven he has made but then again, we are talking about Rush, and everyone knows, Rush is always right……….NOT!!!!!

  114. Ocelot138 says: Oct 14, 2009 5:34 PM

    You think that’s something, Matthoover–
    Wait until Obama commands us to send our children to “Obama reeducation camps” and socializes all of our bank accounts!
    Rush has been warning us for years, and the evil liberals were too busy trying to sodomize our sons and daughters to stop the madness!
    Morons.

  115. Mooch says: Oct 14, 2009 6:23 PM

    See – professional victims. Read the pro-Rush responses, all “oh whoa is me, you’re always picking on us…so unfair”.
    Face it, Rush does for old white men what Al Sharpton does for his disciples. Same act, same BS.
    We also see the typical Republican man-child in these responses. “Gimme what I want, when I want it, or I will hold my breath and stamp my feet!!” they say. “If I want to do something, everyone HAS to let me do it.” You have to given them a trophy, pat them on the head, and buy them an ice cream…or they call you a Nazi.
    If Rush wants to buy a team, the NFL should – they believe – push everyone else aside and let him. Consider no other offers, else they’re just a bunchalibruls who hate America and the troops (of which Rush was never one, multiple deferments along with Cheney during Vietnam). They have to go to the front of the line, else you are “screwing” them.
    No surprise, if you look at the demographics, few of Rush’s listeners are business owners, management, or successful in general. They are bitter losers looking to justify why they fail at everything they do.
    Contrast that with The Daily Show’s audience.

  116. Twiz says: Oct 14, 2009 6:28 PM

    From Rush’s website:
    “I want to say that many people have e-mailed me, and they’re right about this, that this is not about me. Not just about me, this is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative. That’s what this is about.” — Rush Limbaugh, 10/14/09
    See, he is already playing the victim. Its not his fault, its the left that did this to him.
    The least he could do is man up and apologize for the remarks that are proven he has made but then again, we are talking about Rush, and everyone knows, Rush is always right……….NOT!!!!!

  117. Mooch says: Oct 14, 2009 6:30 PM

    And if Al Sharpton had the $…
    …he’d be turned down flat. And rightfully so.
    Think, guys. I can’t even believe we have to have this discussion. It’s about the NFL brand and business. If NO ONE else wanted to buy in, maybe they’d consider him. But this is a tough club to get into. They can be selective.
    Anyone who runs a business or department knows exactly why Rush is not being viewed by the NFL as an attractive potential partner.
    A bunch of old, wealthy white men who own NFL teams are not dismissing him because he doesn’t align with their politics. Please. Use your heads.
    Life is not rigged against you just because you are not the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys.
    And this will give Rush months worth of material for his daily cry-fest.

  118. Mooch says: Oct 14, 2009 6:31 PM

    Ocelot138
    I am going to ask you to source those ridiculous #’s you just posted.
    Club for Growth, perhaps?

  119. Mooch says: Oct 14, 2009 6:35 PM

    Ocelot138
    I think I may have read your quote too fast. I will ask whoever posted that made-up stat about Americans being ‘conservative’ to source it.
    I can tell you that every poll shows historical lows for Republican identification.
    Dow 10k today. Hey, the economy – yet another thing Democrats and better at.
    That, and no terrorist attacks on US soil or drowned cities.
    Damn, we’re good!

  120. Abe Froeman says: Oct 14, 2009 6:38 PM

    Great non-reply shinsnake. Are you conceding the point?

  121. ConorMalone says: Oct 14, 2009 6:52 PM

    Wake up America. It’s not left vs right, republican vs democrat. It’s sanity vs extremism. Limbaugh and Sharpton are both wrong because they’re both divisive extremists. It’s fine to disagree with them both – it’s called rational thought.
    There is no left wing in American politics. Left wing is state owned utilities – power, water, telecoms – as opposed to privately owned. At it’s extreme it’s communally owned possessions against privately owned possessions. Nobody espouses that in America. There’s centre right and far right. Some right leaning Democrats are more right wing than centrist Republicans. Presidential elections are nothing more than a beauty contest for a single ideology state.
    BTW – Rush was partially right about McNabb – he does get more media love than his numbers warrant. Nothing sinister. As a black quarterback playing at his level he gains more attention than if he was white simply because it’s not (or wasn’t especially when McNabb broke onto the scene) the norm.
    Imagine the coverage if a white RB breaks 1,000 yards this year.

  122. Ocelot138 says: Oct 14, 2009 7:27 PM

    Haha, hey Mooch!
    I’m on your side, here.
    I’m saying that when you put Dem and Rep ideas side-by-side, even self-identified Conservative Republicans pick the liberal positions.
    It’s just that they’re so brainwashed by Rush, Hannity, Beck and other talking heads that the word ‘liberal’ has become something so horrendous that it will make them discount even something in their best interests.
    Because, by and large, dittoheads are who we thought they were – sheep.

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