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Limbaugh blames Dave Checketts, De Smith

Radio host Rush Limbaugh addressed on Thursday the conclusion of his involvement in the effort to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

And he placed much of the blame on Dave Checketts, owner of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.

Limbaugh said that, after Checketts approached him earlier this year to join the group, Limbaugh warned Checketts about the inevitable media reaction.  Checketts, per Limbaugh, said that Limbaugh’s involvement had been cleared with “people at the highest levels of the National Football League.”

Limbaugh also suggested that he was led to believe he’d have a role in the operation of the team, but he did not contradict Checketts’ recent representation that Limbaugh was only going to be a minority owner.

Limbaugh then argued that his exclusion from the process originiated with NFLPA Executive Director De Smith, and then Limbaugh argued that Smith is essentially an operative for the Obama administration, and that Smith essentially scared NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (whose last name Limbaugh inexplicably misprounounced) into not doing business with Limbaugh.

Specifically, Limbaugh claims that the move was part of the union’s leverage against the NFL as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But the NFL and the union currently are at odds on multiple topics.  The notion that the NFL would cave to Smith given his ties to Obama on this one issue — and not on any of the other far more important points of contention between the two sides — suggests a superificial understanding of the business of the NFL at best, and a conscious manipulation of reality at worst.

So Rush believes he was dumped because the union wants to “intimidate and frighten” the owners, who by the way currently are doing their best to intimidate and frighten the union by sending up continuous smoke signals of a looming lockout.  And it’s all part of a broader effort by the President to put pro football under his thumb.  Despite the fact that the owners are currently doing their best to intimidate and frighten the union into thinking that a lockout is coming.

Republican or Democrat, red state or blue state, conservative or liberal, the notion that Limbaugh was railroaded by the White House as part of a broader effort by the White House to impose its agenda on pro football makes no sense.

In a later segment, a caller suggested that Limbaugh was blackballed because he’s a conservative.  And Limbaugh seemed to agree with that.  Apparently, the many other conservatives who currently own NFL teams can now expect to have their teams taken from them, Marge Schott style.

Here’s the bottom line.  Limbaugh is a controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure.  (The comments to these articles prove that reality.)  He revels in his role, and he profits from it handsomely.  And regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated, he has said more than enough to cement that reputation, and thus to make it impossible for the NFL to do business with him.

Indeed, Limbaugh was once under consideration for the Monday Night Football booth.  And his candidacy was shouted down as swiftly as his recent bid to join in the purchase of the Rams, based on racially divisive and inflammatory quotes that we don’t recall Limbaugh or anyone else claiming were fabricated at the time.  Though he eventually got into the football business three years later, his brief stay at ESPN entailed another, and much larger, controversy.

So while he can now externalize blame (like a liberal might do) for the failure of his effort to own part of the Rams, he should blame himself for not realizing that he was walking once again down a path that he had already twice trod.

He did it because he knew damn well what he was getting into, and he voluntarily went along for the ride because he knew it would bring him plenty of publicity — and because it ultimately could be shoehorned into his broader message.

I don’t care whether his broader message is right or whether it is wrong.  The goal here is to set aside politics and get to the truth of what happened, and why.

This was, in our view, a P.R. ploy.  And it worked.

Bravo, Rush.  Bravo.

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198 Responses to “Limbaugh blames Dave Checketts, De Smith”
  1. nyJag says: Oct 15, 2009 1:13 PM

    Nice try Florio

  2. homercles82 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:13 PM

    If you want to get to the truth of what happened you would stop speculating on it and let it go. He isn’t going to get the ownership part no matter how big or small so let it end there.

  3. richardb says: Oct 15, 2009 1:15 PM

    Of course this was a win/win for Limbaugh. Its a lose/lose for the NFL however. If they let him in to the NFL owners club(mostly white males by the way), then Congressional Democrats, the enemy of Limbaugh, will start sticking their noses into NFL affairs as retaliation. Bad for the NFL. If the NFL bars Limbaugh as they have done, well it gives Limbaugh something to attack them with…can the NFL spell boycott? Also just wait for the race baiters, and the NFL knows who they are, to start clamoring for more diversity in ownership; more outreach($,$$$,$$$) to Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton owned and operated “community service” organizations.
    Yeah this is a great big loser for the NFL.

  4. myasylum says: Oct 15, 2009 1:15 PM

    “racially divisive and inflammatory quotes”
    They never where said! Where! I want to see this for myself!
    It was not a P.R. ploy either! Florio’s reaction to this is just proof in itself what went down in this situation.
    They don’t like his politics. PERIOD!
    It’s sad, very sad.

  5. clubfoot says: Oct 15, 2009 1:15 PM

    “Drink the cool-aide that has been given to you and make sure your children do the same.” said BH O’bama. Thanks for stepping in line Florio! Now go get your hammer and sickle.

  6. AirlineGuy says: Oct 15, 2009 1:16 PM

    I wonder why Rush isn’t allowed into the league because of words, but Fergie is welcomed with open arms.
    I’d rather have a loudmouth in charge than a meth-head whore.

  7. CurseofBoJackson says: Oct 15, 2009 1:17 PM

    Of course it was a PR ploy, that is what the guy does, attract attention and make controversy to get himself noticed and paid.
    And it’s no surprise that he managed to blame the current administration, it’s laughable, but not surprising.
    What’s sad about Rush is that although he (like most other talking heads on the radio, or TV for that matter) makes statements and takes stands that he either does not stand fully behind or that he spouts as tongue in cheek humor, his drones listen intently and take his word as the gospel. IMO he’s a hate mongoring money whore, he says whatever gets ratings and money. Much like Mr. Olberman on the other side. No integrity whatsoever, what happened to real news?

  8. Mumakata says: Oct 15, 2009 1:19 PM

    Florio, you are obviously a biased hack. I am done with your website, and I hope that carrying the water for Obummer and the other race baiters like Sharpton and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson was worth the dropoff in readers, even if it is only me.

  9. ColonelFatheart says: Oct 15, 2009 1:20 PM

    When I read the headline on the front page, I thought :why the heck is he blaming Aaron Smith? The poor guy’s already out for the year.

  10. Mick730 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:21 PM

    It appears that the left in this country now insists that a person may be involved in public commerce if that person is a conservative, only so long as that person keeps his or her conservatism in the closet. It’s an extension of the left’s view of religion, well, at least the “christian” version. ‘Practice your religion but do it quietly and perferably within the confines of your own home.’
    Mr. Florio weakly admits that the “racist” comments of Mr. Limbaugh were fabricated, but he is “devsive”nonetheless. It has now come to be in this country that any and all disagreement with politically correct leftist thought is “devisive”.
    What the left and leftists demand in America is confromity of thought and action. That’s certainly what the founding fathers had in mind, isn’t it Mr. Florio.

  11. Howie Feltersnatch says: Oct 15, 2009 1:21 PM

    “This was, in our view, a P.R. ploy.”
    As my favorite broadcaster, Marty Brennamen (Cincinnati Reds) says–well, that qualifies as a big ol’, “DUH!”

  12. wrath4771 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:21 PM

    Though Rush has the right to say what he wants on his radio show and he has the right to try and purchase a NFL team, what Rush has to remember is teams have the right not to sell to him and people have the right to protest his involvement in purchasing a team based on what he says with his right to free speech. In other words, if you’re going to talk like a jerk, you ahve the right to be turned away for being a jerk.

  13. slipkid says: Oct 15, 2009 1:21 PM

    florio, nbc among others wanted vick back in and doesnt want rush in.
    business? no. monkey business? yes.
    libs are not more sane, godly and competent than everyone else. most often, the very opposite.

  14. Grasshopper says: Oct 15, 2009 1:22 PM

    “And regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated, he has said more than enough to cement that reputation, and thus to make it impossible for the NFL to do business with him.”
    So whether or not what you and others reported about what he said is true, who cares?
    the genie is out of the bottle.
    Gl with the site mike….I will find my sports news at a sports site.
    And the tip about the Packers talking to Jimmy Johnson was back when Sherman was GM was one more tip than I should have shared with you if I knew you were going to turn into a shill for NBC.

  15. Desides says: Oct 15, 2009 1:22 PM

    “The notion that the NFL would cave to Smith given his ties to Obama on this one issue — and not on any of the other far more important points of contention between the two sides — suggests a superificial understanding of the business of the NFL at best, and a conscious manipulation of reality at worst.”
    Not really. It just means you missed the part where Limbaugh explained what he meant by leverage. In his monologue, he did not state or imply that Smith’s ties to Obama (which is a story in and of itself) caused the NFL to cave; Limbaugh opined that Smith’s ties to political figures in general (not just Obama) meant that Smith could be willing to use those ties in order to bludgeon the NFL into accepting an agreement that works against the NFL’s interests.
    This may or may not be true, but it’s at least a more accurate representation of his segment than what you wrote above, Florio.

  16. Tyrone Biggums says: Oct 15, 2009 1:23 PM

    It’s a shame this all appears to be over. Now Florio has to go back to talking about actual football issues instead of his latent desire to be that one guy that finally gets to Rachel Maddow.

  17. Kip says: Oct 15, 2009 1:23 PM

    I could agree more Senior Florio.

  18. thebootguy says: Oct 15, 2009 1:23 PM

    The head of the NFLPA is an operative of the Obama administration out to get Rush Limbaugh?? Put down the drugs FAT BOY! They are overblowing your already egomaniacial huge delusions of grandeur!!! You don’t mean that much!!! And to think people actually listen to this idiot, and let him tell them what and how to think!!! That really is scary!!!!!

  19. Desides says: Oct 15, 2009 1:24 PM

    Also, Florio, the idea that Limbaugh would become part of the Rams bid just for publicity is ridiculous. He’s already a household name. How much more publicity does he need?
    He wanted to become part of the Rams ownership group, and his partners caved because they were unprepared despite his warnings.

  20. dzil says: Oct 15, 2009 1:25 PM

    You’ve completely outdone yourself this time, Florio. It’s now obvious that your hero in life is none other than keith olbermann. You take Limbaugh’s claim that Smith is a hack for Obama and, all by yourself, twit it into Rush claiming a conspiracy that Obama is trying to take over the NFL. You are a complete idiot. Go back back to rubbing yourself over pictures of Nancy Pelosi, you are an absolute disgrace to sports reporting.

  21. raybin says: Oct 15, 2009 1:26 PM

    I’m going to post this comment on every story dealing with Limbaugh/Checketts/Soros either as a group or individually:
    “Jesus, this whole thing so f-ing stupid. I don’t give a damn about the owners’ politics. If I’m a Rams fan, all I care about is “Will they spend money on talent and leave the day to day management to real football people?”
    I’m a Raiders fan. Soros and/or Limbaugh are both welcome to buy the team from Al.”

  22. 6Kings says: Oct 15, 2009 1:26 PM

    Keep listening to Rush Florio, a light is bound to come on. Of course you may not choose to let on since doing so is would not serve self.

  23. wock says: Oct 15, 2009 1:27 PM

    PR my @ss.
    Rush loves football… period. Always has. He’s no different than anyone reading and commenting on the dribs and drabs of rumors and new posted on this site. That love of football is what drew him to expose himself to the outrageous lies, misquotes, and vitriol of the left wing “sound and pound” machine that dominates the media in America.
    And for someone who openly professes to “get wood” every time Keith Olberman cracks his lips (a man whom I’ve personally heard spew more hate, discontent, and vitriol in 1 HOUR – than I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh promote in 14 years)… to pretend to comment on this issue as a neutral observer is pathetic. If I was a pathetic left wing hack – I might even call you the “worst person in the world” or some other formulaic method for dressing up hate and intolerance.

  24. JoeSchmoe says: Oct 15, 2009 1:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure if you don’t call Eric Davis your “million dollar nig*er” and have Nazi memorabilia, you won’t have to worry about getting Marge Schott’d by pro sports leagues. Limbaugh’s problem is that he’s essentially Marge Schott BEFORE taking the reigns of a pro team, and thus schott down his chances of even getting as far she did.
    Poor douche bag… sorry about his luck.

  25. JoeSchmoe says: Oct 15, 2009 1:28 PM

    And what’s with the reference to “De Smith”? Isn’t it DeMaurice? Does he prefer to go by “De” or is that just Florio being cool?

  26. chapnasty says: Oct 15, 2009 1:28 PM

    Good work Florio, idiot. Apparently you listened to the first break because he has said a lot more than that today. Typical liberal BS. What is polarizing and from people like us, as you pointed out, is that someone was slandered by lies and then he wasnt allowed to buy something in this country. Wake up.

  27. MikeDingleBerry says: Oct 15, 2009 1:29 PM

    Nah, Limbaugh bowed out when he heard it said back to him that he’d be a “minority” owner …

  28. dietrich43 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:30 PM

    I’m surprised he hasn’t made accusations towards Dan Rooney. But, Rush is a Steelers fan, so maybe he’s decided not to burn that bridge right now.

  29. TransplantedFan says: Oct 15, 2009 1:30 PM

    I still think this whole Checkett’s bid is only going to be used as a strange bit of leverage to get a stadium cleared for LA faster and also somehow force Minnesota into giving the Vikings a new stadium under threat that the team might get sold to the LA group and moved. Rush, Soros, or whoever else is in on the group never had a shot at owning the Rams from the get-go. Not because of who was in the group but because the group doesn’t want to move the team to LA.

  30. filthymcnasty says: Oct 15, 2009 1:31 PM

    “And it’s all part of a broader effort by the President to put pro football under his thumb.”
    Sad. The saddest part are those poor saps that believe Goebbels…er, Limbaugh.

  31. fuel52 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:32 PM

    Rush Limbaugh did this for publicity? Have you seen his ratings?

  32. yanks07 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:32 PM

    Right…and as soon as the “race card” was pulled..the NFL ran like a bunch of little girls.
    The NFL looks weak and pathetic and scared of race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
    I thought we lived in the United States of America.
    Give me a break.

  33. BirdFlu says: Oct 15, 2009 1:34 PM

    I knew it was Obama’s fault! That Rush always is being screwed by liberals.
    As T.O. would say tearfully, “Rush is my spin doctor. ”
    Meanwhile, Rush popped two oxycontin, called his housekeeper for a refill and continued making an arse out of himself as he has been doing daily for many years.
    Rush, good f’ing riddens you jagoff!

  34. sparky says: Oct 15, 2009 1:34 PM

    How about you, Florio, start labeling editorials versus the other stuff so I can skip your opinions on non football issues. Face it, this diatribe hasn’t got anything to do with football, but is completely about Rush Limbaugh.
    Keep politics out of football. You are playing into Rush’s hands by interjecting your view of the situation and dumping it upon the real football public that comes here.

  35. Carnivore64 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:35 PM

    Wow, I can just feel the simultaneous rage and glee in Florio’s post.
    Look, intimidating owners in advance of the next negotiations is a large part of what this was. De Smith’s ties to Labor suggested from the time he stole the Union presidency out from under Vincent and Armstrong, that we are headed for a strike.
    This weakness on the part of the Commissioner and ownership group is only going to exploited more until the NFL becomes as weak and irrelevant as MLB is since they can’t stand up to their union.

  36. kirklands-belly says: Oct 15, 2009 1:36 PM

    yet we have that despicable excuse for a human being Keith Obermann on Football night in America.Double standard Florio and you know it.

  37. DP says: Oct 15, 2009 1:40 PM

    I do believe that Checketts conveyed to Rush that the NFL was on board with his ownership participation. Whether the NFL told such to Checketts we don’t know. The implication being that Checketts is a liar and tried to rope Rush and his money into the partnership group or the NFL changed heart in light of the backlash.
    I don’t believe Checketts promised Rush a role in operations. Why would be the upside for Checketts to do so? What experience does Rush have? You would also assume Rush would continue his current gig b/c he is under a contract (8yrs $400million) that he only just signed last year.
    Do I believe Rush did this simply for publicity? No, not really. I’m sure he isn’t displeased that publicity resulted as a tangential result, however unless there is any evidence to the contrary, I think Rush was just trying to make a wise investment. If I had Rush type money I would do the same thing.
    In the end and political views aside, Rush should have anticipated his track record would invite scrutiny. He is upset that the old white boys club shut him out which is ironic b/c on almost any other day, he is part of the club. One thing he underestimated is that the club doesn’t like publicity. They want to make their money quietly.

  38. Uncle Leo says: Oct 15, 2009 1:41 PM

    Florio,
    You have lost it completely.
    Go back to suing employers.
    Of course the NFL would cave to Smith & the NFLPA. Your article doesn’t suggest, it proves you have absolutely zero understanding of the business of the NFL at best.
    Giving in to the NFLPA doesn’t hurt the NFL, they didn’t want Rash anyway. It just means they get something in return. It’s called negotiating.
    You have said as much countless times in the past.

  39. Bob S. says: Oct 15, 2009 1:41 PM

    Checketts PREVIOUSLY worked for that greedball moron Dolan who owned the NY Rangers and Madison Square Garden and cable TV provider Cablevision.
    He merely now works for Soros! Why he got Limbaugh involved and lied to him? This is all on Soros.
    ESPN
    “Limbaugh says he believes he has been made an example by a players’ union seeking leverage in talks over a new collective bargaining agreement. And he says he believes what happened to him was an illustration of “Obama’s America on full display.”

  40. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:48 PM

    p.s.
    And don’t try to play the “it’s politics” card, folks.
    As a Charger fan, I’m aware that OUR owner shares
    most of Rush’s politics. (He even hosted Limbaugh in
    owner’s box in our one awful Super Bowl appearance,
    even though Rush had just rooted for the Steelers to
    beat the Chargers in the AFC Conference Championship.
    Rush’s NFL problem is his racism, not his conservatism.
    All conservatives are not racist.

  41. chc4 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:48 PM

    You really believe that Florio? Obama is overly sensitive to criticism from anyone and hypersensitive when it comes to Rush. I’ve never seen a president with thinner skin than BO. I have no doubt whatsoever that Rush’s potential involvement in the NFL scared the hell out of the White House. I would absolutely not put it past BO or the NFLPA that they conspired to create this outcome. Not sure why that would surprise anyone.
    Clearly you (Florio) are an Obama-maniac that can’t possibly believe this guy could do anything wrong. Which makes me wonder if you’ve been asleep since 1/20/09.

  42. Whizz Bang says: Oct 15, 2009 1:49 PM

    Get back to football, Florio. And never delve into speculating about political talk radio hosts on your blog again. If they weren’t saying inflammatory things, they wouldn’t have jobs–which is something that, if you keep it up, you will no doubt have to worry about.

  43. Opie says: Oct 15, 2009 1:50 PM

    So, moving on…….. I hear they have Hannity lined up to take his place…..

  44. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 15, 2009 1:51 PM

    “can the NFL spell boycott?”
    Right. Rush is not that powerful. Boycott NFL because an investment group decided to drop a polarizing douche?

  45. eaglealan64 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:51 PM

    conscious manipulation of reality

    Man you’ve perfectly summed him and his ilk up there.

  46. Russell Griswold says: Oct 15, 2009 1:52 PM

    Limbaugh is swine, as are most people who listento/sympathize with him. Fred Phelch and the rest of this faction of America should follow Rush’s lead…
    Except taking the whole bottle would serve humanity better.

  47. JSpicoli says: Oct 15, 2009 1:52 PM

    Obama’s reverse descriminating and race-baiting ways. Here is the new America on display.

  48. raybin says: Oct 15, 2009 1:53 PM

    @DP
    100 percent spot on. So good I’m repeating it:
    “Do I believe Rush did this simply for publicity? No, not really. I’m sure he isn’t displeased that publicity resulted as a tangential result, however unless there is any evidence to the contrary, I think Rush was just trying to make a wise investment. If I had Rush type money I would do the same thing.
    In the end and political views aside, Rush should have anticipated his track record would invite scrutiny. He is upset that the old white boys club shut him out which is ironic b/c on almost any other day, he is part of the club. One thing he underestimated is that the club doesn’t like publicity. They want to make their money quietly.”

  49. nyJag says: Oct 15, 2009 1:53 PM

    “This was, in our view, a P.R. ploy. And it worked”

    Yes, the most listened to talk show host in the United States needs a PR boost.
    The most listened to talk show radio host for the last 21 Years needs a PR shot.
    Yes, the most listened to talk show radio host for the last 21 years who’s worth nearly a billion dollars needs a PR shot.
    The guy who is both loved and demonized by 20 million people needs a PR shot.
    Yeah that makes sense.
    The guy that has the President of the United States says “you can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh” needs to create a stunt of epic proportions for what?
    Has the President of the United States ever said your name?
    He just re-negotiated his contract. That’s over. He’s not pulling a Fat Albert Haynesworth.

  50. Play4Blood says: Oct 15, 2009 1:54 PM

    My god. look at all the Limbaugh fans here. Your crowd is even more simple minded than I thought, Florio.

  51. VaBrownsfan1 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:54 PM

    Hey GE schill,
    You wrote “…regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated” didn’t you mean he reportedly said or alledgedly said
    report a fact sometime….

  52. BillsFan27 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:54 PM

    Hey… is that stupid Leno show still on NBC?

  53. VikingsFan23 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:56 PM

    “But the NFL and the union currently are at odds on multiple topics. The notion that the NFL would cave to Smith given his ties to Obama on this one issue — and not on any of the other far more important points of contention between the two sides — suggests a superificial understanding of the business of the NFL at best, and a conscious manipulation of reality at worst.”
    Um really? Or, why wouldn’t they just cave here on an really unimportant issue for the owners, but an important one for the union leadership and perhaps the Obama Administration in order to build some goodwill and keep the Obama administration out of the proceedings?
    I really doubt that happened, Limbaugh is just throwing stuff out to make himself look like the wronged party, but your above analysis stinks.

  54. notlisteninganymore says: Oct 15, 2009 1:57 PM

    I am not a liberal or democrat. However, I find Rush supporters comments about “hammers and sickles” to be hilarious.
    These are the same people who claim that those who do not follow the conservative way are “sheeple.” Take along look in the mirror d*nozzles, you suck up whatever blather Rush propagates. You are “sheeple” too.

  55. VoxVerítas says: Oct 15, 2009 1:57 PM

    “Limbaugh blames ..[insert any name here as long as it isn’t “Rush Limbaugh”]”
    ..right dittoheads?

  56. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 1:58 PM

    When did Limbaugh say that Smith spoke out at the behest of Obama? Must have missed that comment.
    Secondly, you don’t mean Rush is controversial. You mean Rush is conservative and speaks his mind. He didn’t say anything racist and he didn’t say anything controversial. He makes common sense statements and due to the fact that you’re afraid people might start listening to him, you label him a bigot, a racist and controversial.
    Again, you can be conservative and own an NFL team, you just have to keep your mouth shut and get to the back of the bus. It’s the new American 2.0 (Now with more ignorant liberal!) way.

  57. leatherneck_69 says: Oct 15, 2009 1:59 PM

    “This was, in our view, a P.R. ploy. And it worked.
    Bravo, Rush. Bravo.”
    Judging by the way you keep posting Limbaugh stories and all the hits it appears you get from them, I’m pretty sure that you’re happy someone leaked the story of his involvment so he could have his PR ploy. Wait, whaddaya mean Rush never said anything about it until it was leaked and it doesn’t make any sense to say that this was his “PR ploy”?
    It’s fascinating how although you’ll never claim to be objective because that would go against the way you report on the NFL, when it comes to politics you seem to be the authority on objectivity while your words drip with liberal snotty attitude. Can you see us little people all the way down your nose Florio?
    Done with you here and done with you on KFAN. Should’ve stuck with football.

  58. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 2:01 PM

    This thread is Obama’s America on full display. It’s a lot like his administration and supporters, a bunch of idiots running around talking about things they have no clue about, spearheaded by the biggest idiot of them all.

  59. It ain't no sin to go to the scrip club says: Oct 15, 2009 2:03 PM

    While I have no doubt he genuinely would love to be involved in the NFL because he genuinely loves the game, this was all calculated from the start. It was a win/win for him either way it went, actually.

  60. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 15, 2009 2:03 PM

    Ha, ha, ha!
    Politics and sports entertainment should be kept apart whenever possible. Last thing the NFL needs is this pompous bag of wind.

  61. Theo2 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:04 PM

    So Rushbo is out because of his prior comments, both real and imagined.
    But it’s ok for Soros because he’s a liberal and his prior comments don’t count.
    To clarify, Rush is the Oakland Raiders and the rules for a catch in the end zone will be followed most strictly. The other teams, not so much.
    Believe me, if it were not for fantasy football, the NFL would not be high on my list of sports. They can’t even apply their own rules fairly and now they have an ideological standard for ownership.

  62. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:06 PM

    Wow.
    Not only is it the “liberal media” that’s out to get Rush (as if all journalists and media people are a monolithic group), but Obama was behind this as well via his minion DeMaurice Smith.
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
    Rush is not a journalist, he’s not a newsman or even a serious news commentator. He’s an entertainer. His theories and analysis are not based in reality. He’s the equivalent of a professional wrestling manager.
    If you believe Rush, you might as well believe pro wrestling feuds and storylines are true as well. None of what Rush says or does is meant to enlighten. It’s mean to entertain. To capitalize off people’s frustrations and fears.
    And Rush is so good at entertainment via fear mongering that he has enough money to buy an NFL football team … even if no one will sell him one.

  63. snnyjcbs says: Oct 15, 2009 2:06 PM

    I do not even like Rush but I am getting sick of these people of today all wanting to put their nose into others lives and try and tell them how to live or how to think.
    Lets be honest the NFL has fallen so far in the product and quality of play over the years. They are lucky they have the youth hat do not remember what a real football game looked like.
    What Rush should do is what the others do. He has a large following, get them pissed off and have them all cancel their season tickets.
    But you are right, what the hell would he want to own a part of the St Louis Rams for? are you kidding me. Do people really want to eat at Burger King?

  64. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 2:07 PM

    Screw all this talk about Limbaugh, the NFL is instituting a new jersey for the rest of the games this year, what do you guys think?:
    http://twitpic.com/lm41a

  65. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:07 PM

    How about:
    “As Usual, Limbaugh blames Others.”

  66. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 15, 2009 2:07 PM

    It’s pretty freaking hilarious how you linked to the most LIBERALLY BIASED website on the planet…fair.org…closely rivaled by George Soros’s moveon.org. Way to show your true colors, Mike.

  67. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 15, 2009 2:08 PM

    I think all of this is a plot to sell more of those nifty tin foil hats

  68. Cleveland Rocks says: Oct 15, 2009 2:08 PM

    You did a poor job of summarizing Limbaugh’s comments. He neither blamed Checketts or intimated that Obama admin was involved.
    I will continue to visit this site for the short time that the Limbaugh NFL story continues, but I am moving on to other sites for football news now that I realize how biased you are.

  69. JickyJacks says: Oct 15, 2009 2:08 PM

    Funny to see the Limbaugh Defense Force come to his rescue yet again. Amazing how people continue to listen to this guy blabber his nonsense year after year and defend it. Those quotes attributed to him may be made up, but I cant feel sorry for a guy who speaks in lies and half truths every single day to an audience of millions. Both Left and Right are full of hypocrites, liars, and spin doctors and Rush just so happens to be one of the big ones on the Right. Just stop defending him already.

  70. Len Dawson says: Oct 15, 2009 2:09 PM

    and a conscious manipulation of reality at worst.
    what???! Radical rabblerousers of any shape kind or political leaning would never do such a thing. It is the type of thing they rail against! Of course there was that Senator who really pushed an anti-gay agenda and it turns out he was gay, hmmm go figure!
    Question everything!

  71. Twiz says: Oct 15, 2009 2:10 PM

    I said it yesterday……Rush will make himself out to be the victim in this, and dump his REPUBLICAN (and possible former) friend Dave Checketts under the bus while doing so.
    Rush has 16mil+ listeners, many of them believe that Rush can do no wrong, that his word is the gospel, etc. If Rush says he was told one thing, then it must have happened that way. Even holding a press conference, Checketts cannot and will not get that many people paying attn to him.
    In other words, whether a PR ploy or not, Rush wins. It is a sorry day in America for sure!

  72. Givenhmdabiz says: Oct 15, 2009 2:11 PM

    Florio let me let you in on a little secret…the big point that this whole Limbaugh/Rams/NFL thing has taught us all is that the mainstream reporters i.e. Micheal Wilbon, Bryan Burwell, the list is long (basically all the folks who despise your type, your type meaning…the dreaded B word Bloggers/internet hacks etc) all relied on rediculous quotes to castigate Limbaugh. U know…the slavery quote, the James Earl Ray quote. They got wikipedia’d!!!! None checked the facts and later came back and said those quotes didn’t matter. R u freakin kidding me? Of course they did! You should be running with that story! Once you get branded a racist…it don’t matter anymore! That is the real moral to the story!

  73. VoxVerítas says: Oct 15, 2009 2:17 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. IOW, Limbaugh doesn’t think very highly of his own listeners.
    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!

  74. nolls boys says: Oct 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    rush is a slapdick blowhard… and he knows it.

  75. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    For those of you that pretend that Rush isn’t
    looking for pub, by citing his radio ratings,
    you’re missing the point:
    Rush loves football and wants desperately to be
    taken seriously. Unfortunately for him, NFL
    aren’t as racist as his dittohead followers.
    Rush wants to cross over, but the very
    “Barack the Magic Negro” aspect of him that
    delights his little fanatics, offends most Americans.
    Yes, he has the highest radio ratings in America,
    but it’s still a very small slice of the 300,000,000
    Americans. Most Americans absolutely reject
    his racial views.

  76. tian says: Oct 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    Yep, that’s it! The NFLPA President is an Obama operative!
    See, Obama knew that Limbaugh would one day want to own a football team. So he had to plant an operative to block his bid!
    Fantastic! I mean- when is Obama going to stop victimizing Rush Limbaugh? He really needs to just leave him alone…

  77. ZN0rseman says: Oct 15, 2009 2:19 PM

    Sorry, but Rush is a huge football fan and an avid follower of the NFL… so this wasn’t just a PR stunt, I’m sure the guy would really like to own a team, and frankly, I think he would be an excellent owner who is dedicated to winning unlike many of the current owners out there who are usually butting right against the salary cap minimum every year.
    Also, Florio, you seem to be contending in your earlier statements that the league would have no qualms about having yet another rift with the union when both sides are deeply concerned about the lack of a CBA and the negotiations that are coming.
    That’s absurd.
    So it makes me question what your real motive is here. What do you have to gain by knowingly twisting the truth in a way that makes Rush look bad? Could it be that your a card carrying member of the Trial Lawyers Association, a strong left-wing political organization? Or perhaps you’re doing this at the behest of the NFL to legitimize their discrimination against a famous conservative?
    Regardless, I’m sure we’ll never know. But I’m also sure that one or both of my theories is correct.

  78. MJA7 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:20 PM

    (In my best Lewis Black impression)
    Most NFL owners are conservative. Most NFL owners are conservative. MOST NFL OWNERS ARE CONSERVATIVE!!!!
    This has nothing to do with his political leanings because quite simply, most owners in the NFL agree with his politics. The problem is that Limbaugh in the NFL would put the focus away from the product on the field and instead put the limelight on him.
    If you really think there is some conspiracy to keep conservative owners out of the NFL then you are just as bad as the idiots who cry “Racism!” all the time.
    I don’t care which party you belong to, the fact that either side is proud to announce their party is laughable to me. Both sides suck incredibly.

  79. ExtraP says: Oct 15, 2009 2:20 PM

    There’s no way to justify Rush’s race-baiting rhetoric. HIs library is still full of bile despite removal of a couple of quotes.

  80. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:21 PM

    For those of you that pretend that Rush isn’t
    looking for pub, by citing his radio ratings,
    you’re missing the point:
    Rush loves football and wants desperately to be
    taken seriously. Unfortunately for him, NFL
    aren’t as racist as his dittohead followers.
    Rush wants to cross over, but the very
    “Barack the Magic Negro” aspect of him that
    delights his little fanatics, offends most Americans.
    Yes, he has the highest radio ratings in America,
    but it’s still a very small slice of the 300,000,000
    Americans. Most Americans absolutely reject
    his racial views.

  81. independentnotleftorright says: Oct 15, 2009 2:24 PM

    to everyone who claims rush has never made racial comments – he was fired by ESPN for comments made about mcnabb and BLACK quarterbacks…i don’t know who has shorter memories – the left or the right?

  82. chapnasty says: Oct 15, 2009 2:24 PM

    Here’s an interesting theory…. 70% of the players in the NFL are black. Why isnt the it an even percentage among all races?
    Because it’s based on talent and it just happens to be that 70% of the most talented individuals are black. So, why cant a white man own a team if he has the money (talent) to do so?

  83. Bob S. says: Oct 15, 2009 2:26 PM

    leatherneck_69 says:
    “This was, in our view, a P.R. ploy. And it worked”

    ploy by who? use your brain- why would a far left wing leftwinger who could buy and sell limbaugh 3 times over INVITE him a right winger to join his investment group?
    yes soros ploy worked it got focus off of himself.
    when soros tried to buy the new washington nationals franchise he was bashed – now he’s gotunder the radar here.

  84. groundfog says: Oct 15, 2009 2:26 PM

    i will now refuse to watch anything on NBC u ntil that pos Keith Holberman is removed. He has offended me from day one. The NFL hates conservatives it’s plain and simple so i will simply sell my season tickets,drop the NFL package and refuse to buy anymore merchandise. It’s sad these people have such little respect for it’s customer.
    and Marcellus wiley-you pos call me a racist for listening to Limbaugh to my face!

  85. Steelerchick says: Oct 15, 2009 2:30 PM

    I can’t believe how many of you take up for Rush. He’s made his bed, but now he doesn’t want to lie in it. It WAS a PR ploy, so now he can get on his show and rant and rave about the injustice done to him. He has no one to blame but himself.

  86. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 2:30 PM

    You guys are right, it has nothing to do with his politics, which you don’t like. It has to do with him expressing those politics. Again, if Rush would have just shut his mouth and got the back of the bus, you liberals would have let him along for the ride. Obama’s America.

  87. Barry says: Oct 15, 2009 2:31 PM

    “Here’s the bottom line. Limbaugh is a controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure. (The comments to these articles prove that reality.) ”
    Actually, the comments have nothing to do with what people think about Rush. They have to do with what people think about the founder of PFT and his biased thoughts about Mr. Limbaugh.
    One question, Mike. Do you recall shortly after President Obama was innaugurated that he came out publically (as did Emanual, Gibbs, and others) and try to marginalize Limbaugh? And you wonder about the logic of association between De Smith and the Obama administration. Please wake up and realize that what is going on with our President, his administration, and the MSM makes Nixon’s enemies list look like a kindergarten birthday party.

  88. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    Lance19, you’re wrong. Most people in America reject what you portray his racial views to be. Most people in America know that most of the media is liberally biased, recent polling shows. Hence, if they are liberal, they have to be racist, hence they won’t criticize McNabb because he’s a black guy and they don’t think he could handle the criticism. Most American’s understand that.

  89. Goldy#16 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    Jackasses,
    Rush insulted a HUGE majority of the leagues players, fans, owners, and coaches with his comments whether it was about Donovan or comparing NFL to gangs. That’s why he is not getting in. Bravo to Irsay and Goodell for speaking out. In this day and age there should be no place for those statements.
    The fact that many of you are using this as a political debate just proves your ignorance and also shows how easily sheep are lead by the likes of Rush who thrive off liberal vs. conservative. Guess what, this isn’t liberal vs. conservative, it’s people with common sense speaking out against an arrogant jackass.
    Now you can flame me and call me a liberal. Idiots.

  90. Smizzle says: Oct 15, 2009 2:33 PM

    ExtraP has hit the nose on the head.
    Rush’s supporters are concentrating on those two alleged misquotes as-if they are an “AH-HA!” moment, or a determinative factor in this debate.
    Whether it be defending Rush’s gleefull use of the horrific “Barack the Magic Negro” song because the phrase was coined by a black person and written about in a liberal paper (“someone else said it so we can have a white singer use a ‘black voice’ and make a point”), or saying Obama’s healthcare plan would be the “same one he had in Kenya”, its virtually impossible to deny that Rush makes a living largely on race-baiting (that’s being kind, I think he’s a vile racist personally – just an ugly, hideous human being, full of hatred).

  91. RumorMongering says: Oct 15, 2009 2:34 PM

    Wait, if I read this right you’re saying Rush Limbaugh is a communist? It’s either that or I’m a neo con Rush supporter who labels anything I don’t understand or agree with as facist, communist, and/or socialist. If ignorance is bliss then we should rename the south “Blissville” and those that live there “Blissheads”. It sure beats “dirty” and “ignorant”.

  92. Barry says: Oct 15, 2009 2:35 PM

    “Here’s the bottom line. Limbaugh is a controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure. (The comments to these articles prove that reality.) ”
    Actually, the comments have nothing to do with what people think about Rush. They have to do with what people think about the founder of PFT and his biased thoughts about Mr. Limbaugh.
    One question, Mike. Do you recall shortly after President Obama was innaugurated that he came out publically (as did Emanual, Gibbs, and others) and try to marginalize Limbaugh? And you wonder about the logic of association between De Smith and the Obama administration. Please wake up and realize that what is going on with our President, his administration, and the MSM makes Nixon’s enemies list look like a kindergarten birthday party.

  93. VoxVerítas says: Oct 15, 2009 2:40 PM

    Rush Limbaugh & his extreme right-wing followers = America’s Taliban

  94. Kaz says: Oct 15, 2009 2:41 PM

    Rush makes us conservatives look so bad. This has nothing to do with politics.

  95. patsfan1016 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:41 PM

    For those who don’t believe Rush is a racist:
    Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?
    Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.
    The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.
    Take that bone out of your nose and call me back(to an African American female caller).
    I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.
    In addition to calling the president a halfrican American while he was running in the primaries.
    All of the above are non-disputed quotes. They all sound pretty racially insensitive to me.
    And speaking to the PR, yes he is looking for more PR because he is rapidly losing ground to Glenn Beck as the “unoffical head” of the Republican party.

  96. Sportnman says: Oct 15, 2009 2:41 PM

    Ooops- Hey Mike, you need to email this clown and ask him: What was that you were saying Heir Homercles82!!! Zieg heil you dumbass!
    homercles82 says:
    October 15, 2009 1:13 PM
    If you want to get to the truth of what happened you would stop speculating on it and let it go. He isn’t going to get the ownership part no matter how big or small so let it end there

  97. witchrunner says: Oct 15, 2009 2:43 PM

    Thugs: 1, America: 0
    It’s clear that Checketts is an irresponsible wimp. Everyone already knows that Jackson and Sharpton are blowhards who have nothing better to do than find race in everything they see. Quite frankly, this was none of their business and no one should have listened to them. As for De Smith, he’s clearly a thug and should have had no say anyway. The players don’t own the teams, the owners do. As for Goodell, he’s thug and wimp. There was no reason for him to comment as he has nothing to do with the Rams.
    The real losers in all this is America. Not only are people prevented from pursuing legal interests because of their politics, people are getting the idea that everything is their business when they have no interest in it. Not only was Limbaugh affected, but the current owners of the Rams. It was their decision, and it was taken away because of fear and intimidation.
    As for Rush being a polarizing figure, the fact is he really isn’t polarizing. He has never hurt anyone. He has never had power to make decisions that affect others (except his employees). But, because people choose to be offended by him, and disagree with him, that makes him polarizing? Get real.
    Those who think the right decision was made, wait until the shoe is on the other foot. I call for all true Americans to stand up against these thugs and fight to keep America the great nation it has been.

  98. stvvon says: Oct 15, 2009 2:44 PM

    Alot of people saying untrue things about Rush. Marcellus Wiley is a big bag of crap, He dosen’t have a clue, I herd him earlier on some espn show.
    Rush should Buy The Raiders, since everyone like ESPN hates the Raiders anyway, lets make it good. Really good.

  99. DoomsDayD75 says: Oct 15, 2009 2:46 PM

    Anybody that doesn’t realize that Rush Limbaugh is a racist is probably a racist themselves. That’s why you guys get so defensive about him.
    “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” – Rush Limbaugh
    Oh no, black guys with tattoos! They must be in gangs! Hide your daughters.

  100. Barry Bonds HoF says: Oct 15, 2009 2:47 PM

    I love hearing Rush melting down over this on his radio show today. He will never get to own an NFL franchise now. He is just too unstable.
    He is blaming the liberal sports media, the union, Marcellus Wiley, the liberal rich white owners of the NFL.
    The Golfer and his fangirls are now threating to boycott the NFL. I bet that has the NFL quaking in their boots.
    And Hush continues to inject race into his rejection of the NFL. He says that while 70% of the players are right, most of the ticketholders are white and they are supporters of his.

  101. Steelerchick says: Oct 15, 2009 2:48 PM

    kirklands-belly says:
    October 15, 2009 1:36 PM
    yet we have that despicable excuse for a human being Keith Obermann on Football night in America.Double standard Florio and you know it.
    You’re an idiot! What does Keith Olbermann have to do with the fact that Boss Limbaugh got dropped by the main investor in the group?

  102. lichnor says: Oct 15, 2009 2:52 PM

    Shorter Rush: It’s a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to keep me out of the NFL!!!!!!!

  103. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 15, 2009 2:52 PM

    “Apparently, the many other conservatives who currently own NFL teams can now expect to have their teams taken from them, Marge Schott style.”
    Um, dummy, Rush never had actual ownership of a team.
    See the difference genius?
    You voted for Robert Byrd, and you voted for a guy who sat in an insane racist church for over 20 years.

  104. penguininbondage says: Oct 15, 2009 2:53 PM

    I’m a republican and can’t stand this drug addict loud mouth. But I gotta say he played the league and media like a harp from hell. His ratings went up and more cash flowed to him.

  105. Deb says: Oct 15, 2009 2:55 PM

    @CurseofBoJackson …
    Good heavens–what an unexpectedly intelligent comment!! See what you can accomplish when you pay attention to what’s actually being said?
    No, hon, I don’t need a tissue. You’re the one who got all teary because you thought I was “pissing” on your party. (BTW, I’m traveling and STILL haven’t caught the replay on that hit, but hear it was pretty out there. I don’t like Chad, but decapitation is a bit extreme. Duct-taping his mouth would be sufficient.)

  106. Hauschild says: Oct 15, 2009 2:58 PM

    “Intimidate and Frighten” …
    This is EXACTLY what ACORN and SEIU have been doing for years to banks and various businesses. This is what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson promote. This is what Obama has fought for, for years now.
    You ill-informed people out in America – you’ve gotta wake up, or at the very least, you’ve gotta find your morals and ethics. Either many of you don’t care, or you agree with getting even at “whitey”, which certainly is counter-productive in the grand scheme of things.

  107. Hercules Rockafeller says: Oct 15, 2009 3:02 PM

    It’s always amusing to me that a conservative is considered to be divisive when a liberal isn’t. Hate speech from Olbermann isn’t devisive at all, and he was an arm’s length campaign employee of the DNC.
    Yes, there is a clear double standard. And, the message is also clear that a conservative is a second class citizen.

  108. gunnerfan says: Oct 15, 2009 3:04 PM

    This is the exact reason I hate political talk. Not politics mind you, those are two separate things. Political talk is based on opinion and not necessarily fact. Rush is an entertainer and is no more American than anyone else. The NFL is a private institution and is not obliged to let anyone in they feel would be upsetting to the general operation of the league. Good, bad or otherwise he is not good for business. For him to blame everyone else for not getting widespread support goes against one of his beliefs which is accountability for yourself. Rush is a strong supporter of Capitalism and one of the foundations of Capitalism is supply and demand. The NFL ownership is the supply and is in high demand. An NFL franchise, if run correctly, is a cash cow, but unlike other business, they are only good as the weakest link. Older ownership is grandfathered in, i.e. the Raiders, but they can control new ownership. In addition, the NFL has to have labor peace. The players are important here. Like it or not, there opinion matters because without them, there is no NFL. Labor peace is the biggest accelerator to the financial bottom line. End of Story. The strongest Rush supporters cannot refute he is a polarizing figure and that he is just not good for business. Please get the political views excuse out of your think heads, it a dollar and cents issue, plain and simple.

  109. shinsnake says: Oct 15, 2009 3:04 PM

    Steelerchick
    Keith Olbermann has repeatedly called people at tea party’s this year, “teabaggers” and compared them to Hezbollah and Hamas. He also allowed Janeane Garofalo to call those same people racists and allowed her to call the blacks who attended the tea parties, victims of stockholm syndrome.
    Keith Olbermann hates white people and luckily for him, that qualifies you for a job at NBC. Right Florio?

  110. topcide says: Oct 15, 2009 3:05 PM

    Yup, it’s a giant conspiracy by obama, you got that one Rush,
    Whats funny is that millions of his followers will actually think that. Just like when my 85 year old grandfather put the trash out on the wrong day and claimed it did not get picked up because Obama spent all the trash money on the bailout package.
    I’m no conservative, and I’m no liberal either, but it cracks me up when people say I am a communist because I voted for the black guy instead of the Hawian Tropic girl and an old man roughly the same age as my grandfather who thinks his trash pickup is controlled by Obama.
    Rush did not get a shot at the team becasue he is conservative, he did not get it because he makes his living being a character , just like Olberman does. But Olberman is not trying to buy the Rams.

  111. nyJag says: Oct 15, 2009 3:07 PM

    Twice i have posted a link to the Obama transition team website that shows DeMaurice Smith was a member of the team, in-particular the civil rights and justice department. And twice it has not shown up on this list.
    Look Folks, this is Florio’s site and he can do what he wants. But as I said before, he’s now part of the problem; part of the divide. And if he is going to do a his version of Big Brother on a site that doesn’t “have agendas, we don’t owe anyone anything and we don’t care,” well now we know where the line is. Now we know what the agenda is.
    I’ve been reading this site since 2006. But I’m done. Just as I vote with my remote on Sunday nights because Olberdick is on NBC Football Night, I will find my NFL news and commentary elsewhere.
    It won’t surprise me if this post never sees the light of the lcd.
    Go Jags.

  112. Winston Wolfe says: Oct 15, 2009 3:20 PM

    Commissioner Goodell,
    The NFL’s sterile squeaky clean political correctness has taken its toll with me. When a man is labeled as being divisive for saying a player is overrated then it’s time for me to go. Mr Commissioner you should know that if there were any truth to the rumors being perpetrated about Rush Limbaugh then there would be audio & video all over the Internet. Were is it? There isn’t none. With the lack of any evidence the NFL’s direction in this matter illustrates you have no backbone. Good Luck, with this attitude you’re going to need it when you have to deal with Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, the NFLPA, The United States Congress, the Black Members Caucus and the President of the United States concerning your CBA.
    This looks like the beginning of the end of the NFL’s peak popularity. I am writing to inform that I am dropping the NFL Sunday Ticket and DirecTV and returning to Time Warner because as of now I know longer have a need for the NFLN.
    Sincerely,
    Winston Wolfe
    FLORIO – regarding your “Bottom Line” comment. If any of that were true there would be audio and video posted all over the Internet. There is NONE. There is ONLY the continued SLANDER that you still print. So until you can provide some fact or truth STFU.

  113. Arizona Buckeye says: Oct 15, 2009 3:22 PM

    And there it is… Rush Vicodin Man believes that it was indeed Obama that had his thrown out of the investment group as part of the government’s plan to take over the NFL. My god, he needs to seriously be taken to the mental ward and examined for severe trauma to the head because he has totally lost it. Lookout America there is a massive tidal wave coming our way because this king of blubber has done a big ass belly flop off the deep end into the waters of lunatic land

  114. Crunchy Clam says: Oct 15, 2009 3:25 PM

    How can any of the so-called ‘conservatives’ in this thread get so angry that Rush Limbaugh was denied ownership. Regardless of the inflammatory comments he’s made in the past, NFL ownership is an EXTREMELY selective private club. The owners make the rules and decisions, and they have almost unamiously decided (at least the ones who’ve commented) that Rush does NOT deserve ownership. I like this outcome if only because it still shows that privately-controlled entities have some semblance of control over their actions. (major tenet of conservatism, imho)
    No where in the constitution does it give someone the right to own a sports franchise. The ‘conservatives’ in this thread need to remember that.

  115. kinghill says: Oct 15, 2009 3:27 PM

    Mr. Florio: I’ve heard Vladimir Putin might need a new press secretary. The problem is that he is politically right of your boy Comrade BO. Would that discourage you from applying for the position?

  116. Cap says: Oct 15, 2009 3:29 PM

    Florio,
    I love it when you stir up the dittoheads. But you should admit that you’ve got a conflict of interest: you benefit from all the page hits generated by Rush’s minions.
    Move along, nothing to see here….

  117. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 15, 2009 3:31 PM

    I gotta wonder about Florio, he watches those flamboyant soliloquys on how eviiiiilllll Conservatives are from Keith, and apparently likes them, a lot.
    So Mike, do you hate people? As much as Keith does?

  118. Mobius Rex says: Oct 15, 2009 3:31 PM

    Almost certainly true. And sad that so many cannot fathom those of us who dislike both Olbermann and Rush.

  119. KingJaffeJoffer says: Oct 15, 2009 3:40 PM

    I for one am happy that Limbaugh’s didnt get the bid but I kind of wish he did and lost money on the terrible Rams, but Checketts knows it would have been tough to attract free agents. Maybe he can buys a Rugby or Soccer team, i’m sure they dont have as many blacks blacks….

  120. hotchick says: Oct 15, 2009 3:42 PM

    Really a PR ploy? How about supporting this theory with some ratings figures? Were his numbers dropping before this was announced? Dont point out that they went up after it was announced. Show that they were dropping. Of course there will be a short spike in his numbers during this time. But did he need it? Is his contract up, is he losing stations because of ratings?
    Then the accusation that he should have known this reaction was coming at the end of the post. Well the post started with the mention that he had warned Checketts this would happen. So why the slight towards him for not being aware?
    You already said he knew it would happen, but was assured the NFL powers knew it too.
    Very few quotes of what Rush said on the air. Did not hear it. But the references to the claims Obama’s influence are weak in substance and unclear. Just because there are many issues between the NFL and the union does not make it less likily that the NFL would cave over this one issue. It could make it more likily in that the NFL could decide they have bigger fish to fry and IF Obama was involved, this minor issue could turn from a fish to a whale.
    As for the two quotes of today and not being able to recall what caused the firestorm over Monday night football…. Since the two quotes are false, why were false quotes used in the first place and why have they not been replaced with accurate ones? Is it because there is nothing of real substance out there? And why cant the cause of the Monday night firestorm be recalled? Is it because it really wasn’t based on any substancial.
    As for McNabb. People like to point to what Mcnabb has accomplished in his career as defense that Rush was wrong on ESPN. Fact is though he had not had the career yet at the time of the statement. And at the time he was being praised as a Great QB. What he was at the time was on the path to being a great QB. A comparible QB today would be Cutler. Everyone expects great things of him, but he has not done them yet. With McNabb, everyone was treating him like he had done it already. When he had not. Rush then voiced his thoughts as to why.
    (I hate it when poeple who make long comments)

  121. The Centurion says: Oct 15, 2009 3:43 PM

    Its always has to be a conspiracy theory with you Republican Pigs doesn’t it. Your all so radical, your going to stop coming to Florio’s site because , he wrote an article about Rush Limbaugh? First off if you get your information from Rush “the big lie” Limbaugh, your about as properly informed on your country as a cow in a pasture is. Secondly Florio didn’t make any political statments, Rush Limbaugh has made racist statments time and time again, and don’t try to say thats not true, we all know it is. The NFL is what….80% African American, how does that number jell with Rush Limbaugh? It doesn’t. And this joker above me is accusing Olbermann of being consumed with hate, laughable.

  122. Snowman2008 says: Oct 15, 2009 3:47 PM

    If Smith is an operative for the Obama Administration, Flush Limbaugh was an operative for both Bush Administrations.
    He sounds like a real crybaby too. Just like the repubs who are whining on this blog.

  123. j-daddy says: Oct 15, 2009 3:48 PM

    I had to sign up just to address the stupidity. Limbaugh is being black-balled because he’s a conservative? That would be funny if it weren’t so ridiculous. A majority of owners are conservative, and have never had to hide it. Pat Bowlen, owner of the Broncos, has been publicly involved in conservative causes since he’s owned the team, and no one has ever suggested that he lose his franchise because of it. Peyton Manning and John Elway have both given money (and Elway time with public appearances) to conservative candidates and they weren’t kicked out of the players union or labeled undesirables by the NFL.
    Limbaugh is a public figure who runs his trap for three hours a day, and represents a “fringe” of American politics. (Yes, a fringe, most Americans are not as conservative as Limbaugh, or an Olbermann if you want to argue about the left side of things.) He says things that a large amount of Americans agree with, and an even larger amount disagree with. Limbaugh is extremely entertaining, but if you can’t see where his schtick would alienate large amounts of Americans you aren’t looking hard enough.
    I don’t believe Limbaugh is a racist, but he says things that can be construed that way, and that’s enough to not be an owner in the NFL.

  124. TheDPR says: Oct 15, 2009 3:51 PM

    “Roger Goodell (whose last name Limbaugh inexplicably misprounounced”
    What’s inexplicable about a man who is deaf in both ears mispronouncing someone’s name? It’s amazing the guy is still on the radio at all.

  125. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 3:51 PM

    Sorry, shinsnake, you can’t have it both ways:
    If dittoheads want to give an uneducated drug
    addict DJ $35 mil a year for saying racist things,
    good for you. But the rest of us don’t have to take
    you seriously when you say
    “Rush just SAYS racist things, he’s not a racist.”
    I was gona post some of Rush’s little turds, but I see
    patsfan1016 already has (October 15, 2009 2:41 PM)
    Most Americans see racism when they read those quotes.
    That most Dittoheads DON’T see the racism tells you
    volumes about them. No one has to quote RL out of
    context for him to look like a racist. He’s EARNED the label.
    (and his dim followers love him BECAUSE of it)

  126. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 3:58 PM

    Let me see if I understand:
    It’s GOOD for Rush to say things that are
    racially divisive and offend most Americans.
    But it’s BAD for people to point out that Rush says things
    that are racially divisive and offend most Americans?
    Gotcha!
    p.s. Oh, and anyone who speaks against Limbaugh-style
    racism will be accused of being an Obama supporter
    (implying that racism = Republicanism)

  127. downsouth49er says: Oct 15, 2009 3:59 PM

    “nd then Limbaugh argued that Smith is essentially an operative for the Obama administration, and that Smith essentially scared NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (whose last name Limbaugh inexplicably misprounounced) into not doing business with Limbaugh.”
    it’s conspiracy theories like this that fatarse Rush has used to scare the elderly and little-minded conservatives about such things as healthcare lmao. You wonder why there are so many angry conservatives in those townhall meettings. It’s because this big fat crackhead his using scare tactics and conspiracy theories on those weak-minded right wingers. Those who can’t think for themselves listen to Rush Limbaugh, so sad.

  128. dsp says: Oct 15, 2009 4:01 PM

    The only PR stunt is from the shameless owner of PFT who will do anything to get attention for his website, including piggyback off of Rush Limbaugh’s “polarizing” story.
    The suckers are all of the people giving this moron hits on his website for publishing this crap.
    Jocksniffers unite!!

  129. Roboto says: Oct 15, 2009 4:02 PM

    I don’t know who plays the victim card more often, Boss Limbaugh or Caribou Barbie.

  130. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Oct 15, 2009 4:04 PM

    The thing that dittoheads and feminists have in common is that they both loooooove to portray themselves as victims.

  131. tonymo says: Oct 15, 2009 4:05 PM

    AirlineGuy says:
    October 15, 2009 1:16 PM
    I wonder why Rush isn’t allowed into the league because of words, but Fergie is welcomed with open arms.
    I’d rather have a loudmouth in charge than a meth-head whore.
    do we really wanna bring drug abuse history into this. and who said fergie was in charge of anything in the NFL. AirlineGuy is no longer permitted to speak until i lift his ban, STFU.

  132. dsp says: Oct 15, 2009 4:07 PM

    All of the whiny liberal Rush haters commenting on this blog should probably note that the “lawyer” who writes this blog conveniently omitted the highly racial comments that have been attributed to Rush because he understands the law and knows the comments were not made and that saying they were would be tortious on his part.
    Unfortunately, very few of these readers will even understand the point I just made, but the publisher won’t mind the pat on the back so I just gave it to him.

  133. ExtraP says: Oct 15, 2009 4:07 PM

    Rush’s entire argument is weak and those defending him are even weaker. The man trades on fear and hatred not ideology. The knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathers soak it up.
    You guys should shift your allegiances to Nascar and Civil War re-enactments. I think we know which side you would be on.

  134. MattMoore For 09 says: Oct 15, 2009 4:09 PM

    Florio you should setup of another website, PoliticalTalk.com(PT for short) featuring Rush and ED, so we can get some of these guys off the site. The only campaign signs or quotes I want to here are from posters trying to to lobby there teams into signing Garcia or Raider fans trying to convince themselves their team is not ran by a moron.
    ————————————————–
    My Wish List To End This
    1.Can Favre do a mid-week retirement and then change his mind a few seconds before game.
    2. Marvin Harrison signs back with Colts
    3. Jerry Jones trades for T.O
    4. Vick actually signs with NIKE
    5. Jaugars or Oakland move to LA
    ————————————————– I begging for anyone of those things to happen so we can bury this Limbaugh thing for good.
    ————————————————–
    READY SET HUT HUT
    does that ring a bell to anyone

  135. Myk says: Oct 15, 2009 4:10 PM

    No liberal remembers Olbermann suggesting to physically beat Hillary to get her to withdraw from the race? Beating women isn’t divisive? What if cheerleaders refuse to show up for SNF?
    Olbermann is a controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure yet he continues to be allowed to speak during prime time NFL and even do his same political act during the NFL broadcast reminding those who have heard him that he is divisive.
    What network has Olbermann? What network’s website is this?
    Equating Cutler to McNabb is good. Except the media questions whether Cutler will be great even though his stats are quite a bit better than McNabb’s have ever been and they elevated McNabb to god-hood for some reason. Rush’s comments about the media’s racial bias and McNabb were his opinion on why, and they were probably accurate. The blatantly displayed it during the Bears-Colts Superbowl and pined for the days that race wouldn’t be an issue, but for the time being they were going to run with their racism and point out that finally with 2 black head coaches in the Superbowl a black head coach had to succeed.
    It’s sad that those who run around pointing a racism finger are the first to hold up the color of someone’s skin as news worthy and never consider the other fingers pointing back at them.

  136. Ocelot138 says: Oct 15, 2009 4:19 PM

    richardb: “…can the NFL spell boycott? ”
    GOODBYE!
    Mumkata: “I am done with your website,”
    GOODBYE!
    Grasshopper: “Gl with the site mike….I will find my sports news at a sports site.”
    GOOD. BYE.
    leatherneck69: “Done with you here and done with you on KFAN. Should’ve stuck with football. ”
    Na na na na! Na na na na! Hey, hey, hey – GOODBYE.
    Please, Rushtards, keep on quitting PFT. I mean… I think you’re all full of BS, crybaby losers who talk the talk but can’t walk the walk.
    But please, prove me wrong, and go away. Forever.

  137. Long Time Jet Fan says: Oct 15, 2009 4:20 PM

    I state that Obama is as polarizing as Limbaugh and it’s gets censored? It’s become abundantly clear what this site has become. Guess the truth hurts.

  138. Ocelot138 says: Oct 15, 2009 4:20 PM

    “He didn’t say anything racist and he didn’t say anything controversial.”
    Because telling a black person to “take the bone out of your nose” is neither racist, nor controversial. Got it.

  139. j-daddy says: Oct 15, 2009 4:26 PM

    Olbermann represents NBC (or MSNBC), not the National Football League. He’s not an employee of the NFL, or an owner (or a possible future one) of an NFL franchise. Equating his situation with Limbaugh’s is wrong. I’m actually a fan of Olbermann’s, but I can understand the outrage on him being a part of “Football Night in America.” (Though no one watches “Football Night in America.”)
    McNabb has been elevated to god-hood for going to so many NFC Championship games and being one less up-chuck away from a possible Super Bowl. Cutler has yet to go to the playoffs.

  140. Ocelot138 says: Oct 15, 2009 4:26 PM

    “i will now refuse to watch anything on NBC u ntil that pos Keith Holberman is removed”
    Oh, no! Once someone learns to read that garbled mess, I’m sure they’ll run and tell the NBC execs right away. Some kid on the internet isn’t going to watch you anymore! What will happen to the profits!?

  141. Deb says: Oct 15, 2009 4:28 PM

    @Barry …
    In your view the dozens of comments posted on PFT’s many Limbaugh articles “have nothing to do with what people think about Rush. They have to do with what people think about the founder of PFT and his biased thoughts about Mr. Limbaugh.” That’s ridiculous!
    Yes, some people posting to this article have taken exception to Florio’s comments. But the majority of posts to the Limbaugh articles, pro and con, have reflected people’s personal views of Limbaugh. Either you’re not reading the comments or you just don’t get it.
    If you think Florio is biased, say so. But don’t confuse those who disagree with Mr. Limbaugh’s views as Florio’s Dittoheads. I, for one, don’t need Mike Florio or anyone else to tell me what to think. While I don’t believe Limbaugh’s political views should influence his consideration for NFL ownership, his many racist statements should. Moreover, the divisiveness this story has generated at PFT is more than enough evidence of why he would not be a good choice as part owner of an NFL team.
    Rush Limbaugh has chosen to be a polarizing figure and it’s made him rich. But sometimes being polarizing limits other opportunities. This is one of those times. Story over. Let’s move on.

  142. Ambrose says: Oct 15, 2009 4:28 PM

    Lambeau is not being allowed to buy an NFL team? I thought he was dead.

  143. Ocelot138 says: Oct 15, 2009 4:35 PM

    “Just as I vote with my remote on Sunday nights because Olberdick is on NBC Football Night, I will find my NFL news and commentary elsewhere.”
    Almost missed you there, Nj-Jagoff.
    Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you!
    If we see any of you posting again here we’ll know you’re big fat pusses with no spine, and no conviction to back up your big, tough talk.
    See you never!

  144. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 15, 2009 4:36 PM

    Florio said:
    And regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated, he has said more than enough to cement that reputation, and thus to make it impossible for the NFL to do business with him.
    ***************
    Again, “fake but accurate.” You are a Leftard through-and-through Florio. You would be right at home at CBS. Next you’ll be saying, “It’s the seriousness of the charges that count, not whether they are true or not.”
    *************
    Florio said,
    Here’s the bottom line. Limbaugh is a controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure. (The comments to these articles prove that reality.)
    *******************
    I’ve had to read some pretty idiotic things today and I have to say this post is right up near the top. Virtually every PFT post is filled with invective. So by your standard, everybody in the NFL is a “controversial, polarizing, and divisive figure” starting with you.

  145. chapnasty says: Oct 15, 2009 4:41 PM

    @ Deb
    We are all still waiting for these racist quotes that Limbaugh always says….
    Keep in mind before you reply, MSNBC, CNN, Sharpton, Jackson and possible Florio, have a very strong chance at being sued for reporting the false quote about slavery…

  146. firstandlastpost says: Oct 15, 2009 4:54 PM

    Florio, this site was a good thing at one time. I knew it was the beginning of the end when you got in bed with the most corrupt media organization in the country. You now have become an extension of that bias and corruption. Apparently now advocating for liberty and denouncing tyranny are ust too devisive and inflammatory for you! You probably want the folks in the apt complex in OR to take down their flags…too inflammatory, right? I hope it was worth it…I’ll never visit this site again.

  147. sofakingdope says: Oct 15, 2009 4:54 PM

    I totally disagree with you people that claim this is not some kind of PR move.
    He’s as addicted to PR as much as painkillers.
    I mean PR is his “business” in many ways. Well that and sucking at life.

  148. Deadcat says: Oct 15, 2009 4:54 PM

    The separation of Business and Politics is equally as important as the separation of Church and State. Be afraid of a world where your money spends well only if the seller agrees with your politics. If you think what happened to Rush was acceptable, imagine it happening to you.
    “Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.” —Colin Powell

  149. Smizzle says: Oct 15, 2009 5:00 PM

    The only defense of Rush Limbaugh I see is what Bill O’Reilly would derisively call “Justifying bad behavior with bad behavior.”
    Its okay for Rush Limbaugh to own a team because Fergie also has-or-had a drug problem? If Rush had just a drug problem but no history of race-baiting, he’d have no problems, BTW.
    Its okay for Rush to own a team despite saying racially provocative things (err, flat-out racist things) because Jay-Z says the one really bad word Rush wishes he was allowed to say, and Jay-Z owns part of an NBA team?
    Its okay for a race-baiter to own a team because other race-baiters exist (Sharpton and Jackson)?
    Its okay for a racist to own a team because there are players with criminal histories?
    Finally, comparing Rush’s hatred to Olbermann’s “hatred” is ridiculous. You are comparing someone who most people think is a RACIST with someone who gets extremely angry and arguably hates the way others THINK.
    I’m sorry but I don’t find saying “I hate liberals” or “I hate conservatives” to be even remotely comparable to being a racist.

  150. praveen says: Oct 15, 2009 5:02 PM

    Olbermann was a sports personality. No black players have a problem with conservative sports owners. This is a problem specific with Rush himself. He is not the first owner who has had problems getting into the NFL. So let’s not martyr this guy. How can he be effective if his presence will put the team at a disadvantage of gettting free agents? That is the reality, whether it is fair or not.
    His Obama conspiracy comment is just another example of his wackoness. What the hell does Obama have to do with all of this? Do you seriously think obama has the time to worry about Rush’s ownership of a pro franchise? Just do a survey of sports franchises. There are a lots of conservative owners out there.
    I do think some people’s careers have been needlessly killed at the altar of PCness(example: Jimmy the Greek who was just some old guy not even indulged in any kind of hate speech, but just some sloppy stereotyping). But Rush has brought about his own troubles. He gets to read a very rich life because of his statements. It is fair that he faces the consequences of it too.

  151. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 15, 2009 5:04 PM

    Florio,
    I love your site and have been a loyal reader/gawker for many years. This story is great for traffic, but you should “try” to be a little more objective about this topic. In an earlier story you intimated that Rush could have doctored the recordings and transcripts of his prior broadcasts just like court reports “cleanse” court transcripts so that an inappropriate comment by a judge could be sanitized. That was going to far. Now this:
    “And regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated…”
    “…based on racially divisive and inflammatory quotes that we don’t recall Limbaugh or anyone else claiming were fabricated at the time.”
    Really, Florio, as an attorney you should know better. It is not regardless whether he said the things he did not say…..he either said them or he didn’t. These are the comments that torpedoed this whole thing. There is nothing regardless about this issue. On the second quote, you know as an attorney that the best thing to do when someone makes an untrue allegation about you or an outright fabrication is to leave it alone IF it has not received widespread publicity. You cannot continually go after untruths and fabrications whenever the occur because before long that would be all you would be doing.
    If someone were to make totally untrue comments about you and posted them on some third rate internet site with no journalistic integrity, I am sure you would just let it lie and not address the untruths. That is the way you or anyone else would approach such an occurrence. Unfortunately for Rush, the media (sports and hard news) ran with the fabricated quotes and pushed them hard. Even when they were pointed out as unsubstantiated some media outlets, this one included, continue to poison the water by suggesting that they may be true because no attempt was made to shoot them down when they first occurred. I am sure that if these things are true that there would be a recording or transcript to back up the accusation. The fact that there is not, proves they are untrue.
    Has Rush said some things that would lead someone to believe that he was race baiting, sure he has. But hasn’t former candidate and now President Obama done the same thing? I do not believe President Obama is a racist, I admire him and hope he does a good job as President. I also believe that Rush is not a racist, but is a provocative social commentator and satirist. His show is entertainment, after all, and not news. Sorta like this site is becoming……..

  152. DcNinerFan says: Oct 15, 2009 5:14 PM

    What I think is hilarious about all this… Rush’s RADIO show has more listeners than any of the major network’s main primetime news shows… by a wide margin, no less.
    Oh, and Florio, stop being NBC’s bitch and start back on football.

  153. Otm Shank says: Oct 15, 2009 5:14 PM

    @BigOldDog
    Of course football posts are divisive. The league is divided into teams and is designed to pit people against each other in competition. This is a fallacy of false equivalence.

  154. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 15, 2009 5:19 PM

    Florio, Like I explained to you the other day when you claimed Rush was lying when he said he went through all of his shows, the show transcripts are available almost immediately:
    “The Players Association is using my involvement with the Rams as leverage in their negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. This is designed to intimidate the owners. DeMaurice Smith of the Players Association has even threatened to bring the White House and the Congressional Black Caucus into this. Obama’s America may soon include the NFL.” -Rush
    ************
    Coach Tony Dungy Weighs In on Rush: “I don’t like it when people say, ‘Because of this, he shouldn’t be allowed to do that … because of the way this guy looks, because of the way he sounds, because of his political bent, that he shouldn’t allowed to own a team.’ And that’s something that the 28 owners should decide and not the general public.” -Tony Dungy

  155. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 5:23 PM

    I think, SF Saints Fan, that you’re (deliberately?)
    missing the point:
    It isn’t that it doesn’t matter if Limbaugh did or
    didn’t make the James Earl Ray comment. IF he
    did, it would matter. Personally, I have no way of
    knowing.
    The point is that, even if we could all agree that
    RL did NOT make that ONE comment, that 20 other
    WELL DOCUMENTED remarks more than color
    (“discolor?”) Limbaugh’s reputation for race baiting…

  156. Mean D says: Oct 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    Turd Florio states “And regardless of whether things he said about slavery and James Earl Ray were fabricated…” Are you f’ing kidding me? So it means nothing that a group of outright LIARS fabricate racist statements and attribute them to Rush to get him bumped even though he never said them. Fair enough – Florio is a pedophile and should be fired.
    Once again Turd Florio writes an article accusing Rush of saying bad things and can quote NO SOURCE OR DATE. Keep sucking up to NBC, Gloryholio. You are worse than ever.

  157. rjgreen3 says: Oct 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    Go ahead Rush Limpbrain, blame everyone else for you being an a$$hole. You still are the biggest JERK in the USA!

  158. manofaiki says: Oct 15, 2009 5:38 PM

    Mike, you left out that if Checketts invited Limbaugh into the group, and assured him that he was prepared for the inevitable media backlash, and then dumped Limbaugh at the first opportunity, then the people who short-sightedly invited Rush into the ownership group are to blame for this fiasco as well.
    They HAD to know what they were getting into inviting Limbaugh into the group. Claiming “Oh it’s OK, we’re ready for what will happen” and then folding like a cheap suit makes them laughable.
    Whatever you think about Limbaugh, he’s trying to keep the Rams in Missouri. He was approached to help. He responded. Can’t fault him for that.

  159. ombredunord says: Oct 15, 2009 5:39 PM

    If Checketts claims Limbaugh was “fully vetted at the highest levels” within the NFL, it clearly is time to examine ownership attitudes toward race and politics in general. That the “divisive one” would even be considered as a partner speaks volumes about such attitudes within this partnership, and suggests it is NOT limited to Limbaugh! BTW contrary to what FOX and ESPN might have you believe, not all NFL fans are Republicans!!

  160. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 15, 2009 5:51 PM

    # Otm Shank says: October 15, 2009 5:14 PM
    @BigOldDog
    Of course football posts are divisive. The league is divided into teams and is designed to pit people against each other in competition. This is a fallacy of false equivalence.
    ***********
    Fallacy of false equivalents? ROFLMAO! Divisiveness seen in the comments is only really divisive and polarizing when you don’t like the divisive person’s politics. I get it now.
    ROFLMAO! You people are funny. There’s no logical gymnastic you won’t go through to help live with the cognitive dissonance.

  161. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 15, 2009 5:55 PM

    # ombredunord says: October 15, 2009 5:39 PM
    If Checketts claims Limbaugh was “fully vetted at the highest levels” within the NFL, it clearly is time to examine ownership attitudes toward race and politics in general. That the “divisive one” would even be considered as a partner speaks volumes about such attitudes within this partnership, and suggests it is NOT limited to Limbaugh! BTW contrary to what FOX and ESPN might have you believe, not all NFL fans are Republicans!!
    ******
    Yes, they are all racists now. Because you have determined that somebody you don’t know, don’t listen to and haven’t spent a minute researching is a racist. The White House, Democratic Party., Corrupt Media and other Special Interests told you (using demonstrable lies) that he is a racists and you dutifully accept and repeat it. And now you want to expand your witch hunt. I say go for it. The sooner we play out this farce to its conclusion the better.

  162. Wez says: Oct 15, 2009 5:56 PM

    Hey Mike.
    Are you feeling all that cerebral conservative love out there? Speaking for myself… if the Ditto-Heads hate you this much, I’ll have to start reading your blog more often. There must be some inconvenient truth to you views.

  163. cedric12 says: Oct 15, 2009 6:07 PM

    Please let’s look at the facts: 1. Rush is a PR guy 2. He will say and do anything that he can for airtime. 3. Most of his comments are from a subjective point of view on any subject, how can you expect him to be objective when it comes to the business of football. 4. For 8 years he said what a great pez Bush was and the fact is Bush was terrible. Now, he can’t open his mouth without bashing Obama. Did Bush win the Nobel Peace Prize? Better yet, will Rush ever win one?
    Fool for thought: Has Rush every said anything about blacks or liberals that didn’t have a negative twist to it? We can’t all be bad?
    Would you want to work for someone that dislike you because of the color of you skin?
    I smoke cigars and never thought that I would have anything negative to say about a fellow cigar smoker but ……. Rush sucks and would be BAD FOR THE NFL!!!!!

  164. Snowman2008 says: Oct 15, 2009 6:11 PM

    Flush Limbaugh needs to take his shoes off so he can blame 20 people for not begin accepted as a potential owner. Typical Right Wing Racist. Always blaming others for his mistakes.
    Bright side is they now can expect around the clock coverage of this from Fox News. They wouldn’t report on our fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan. But they are going to jump all over this one.

  165. Hercules Rockafeller says: Oct 15, 2009 6:18 PM

    And don’t tell me that Olbermann doesn’t work of for the NFL so his hate speech is fine. It is a double standard. The NFL can get Olbermann off Football Night In American in 10 minutes or less if Goodell wanted.
    Remember the NFL got ESPN to drop the popular series Playmakers because they didn’t approve of that image. That is an entire series, not some hate riddled blowhard like Olbermann who no one would ever miss.
    You stand for what you tolerate. Liberals, no matter the hate speech is tolerable. Conservatives who have fictious quotes attributed to them are not.

  166. VoxVeritas says: Oct 15, 2009 6:22 PM

    “Commissioner Roger Goodell (whose last name Limbaugh inexplicably misprounounced)”
    I’m sorry Mike, but somebody had to say this: Don’t use big words that you don’t understand. Or spell.

  167. mnmaverick says: Oct 15, 2009 7:24 PM

    Liberalism at it’s finest. Condesending, patronizing, pity party of a party.

  168. TheFoo says: Oct 15, 2009 7:32 PM

    Wow, right wingers coming out the wood work to defend their boy. When he only needs defending because of his own assinine comments. “Let it go Florio”? Rush was the one bringing it up, and he responded.
    And yes, it’d inexplicable that a man who clearly has heard Goodell’s name pronounced correctly on a number of occasions suddenly decides he doesn’t know how to pronounce it. Why? Because it sounds good in this case to do so.
    What a clown…and he’s got a bunch of mini-clowns driving around in clown cars defending him.

  169. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 7:35 PM

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why
    dim Rush-bots keep trying to bring Keith
    Olbermann up, as though KO has ANYTHING
    to do with why Limbaugh’s racism cost him a
    chance to be a minority (yeah, that IS funny!) owner.
    Limbaugh’s racist statements are many and easy to
    document (Hell, I’m beginning to think Dittoheads
    made up the fake ones so they could claim that
    “some of those racist things Rush didn’t even say”)
    Okay: DittoTards: Explain how an uneducated DJ
    who made his name playing flush sound effects when
    joking about abortion, mocks (and repeatedly is divorced by)
    women, calls ‘em “femi-nazis,” known drug addict, tried
    unsuccessfully to cross to mainstream sports, and repeatedly
    insults African-Americans…
    is comparable to Cornell-educated, 20-year professional
    sports journalist (yes, BEFORE he got his funky ‘newsie’ show).
    KO didn’t just WANT to be a legitimate sports guy, like
    Rush, he earned it, ages ago.
    I mean, I get that KO makes you clench, and I would argue
    that KO IS as one-sided as Rush…but where are the racist
    comments by KO that would make you dragging him into
    this make sense? Give us quotes that show that KO is
    half the racist Limbaugh is…or stop trying to distract away
    from the RL record…

  170. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 15, 2009 7:46 PM

    Limbaugh is driving the conservative bus right off the cliff.
    See that clip where ultra-conservative Senator Lindsey Graham is getting crushed by right-wingers at a town hall meeting for (essentially in their minds) being a secret democrat? No doubt because he bashed Rush last week.
    Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin and Glenn Beck are cashing in while driving their followers further and further into a scary oblivion where they are becoming so completely detached with reality and the rest of America more and more every day.
    And can someone explain why anyone would consider being called “Dittohead” a compliment? Wouldn’t “dittohead” imply someone that has no original or independent thought and simply dittos/regurgetates everything expressed by someone else? In this case Rush. Seriously, I know there are some real dittoheads on this board. Any takers?

  171. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 15, 2009 8:13 PM

    AutumnWind999 says:
    Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin and Glenn Beck are cashing in while driving their followers further and further into a scary oblivion where they are becoming so completely detached with reality and the rest of America more and more every day.
    ***
    My God you ideologues are blind as bats:
    Only 43% would vote to reelect Obama
    Poll: Obama personal popularity at new low
    And those are just today…

  172. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 15, 2009 8:32 PM

    Sharpton and Jackson were just as vocal under President Bush, only a far right wing nut job would believe the link to President Obama.
    DeSmith only became vocal after a few players stepped up and spoke out, guy is not a leader of anything, he is never first to speak out.
    Head trauma issue – several media outlets, including PFT called for more studies into concussions and brain trama. Few days later he announced they got a doctor and are working on it. Upshaw seemed much more proactive, new or not the guy needs to make his own waves and stop following others.
    Think Rush entered thinking he might of had an actual chance to buy it – he did do Monday night football for a bit. Worst case scenario he turns it into a publicity stunt, works either way for him.

  173. callmecougar says: Oct 15, 2009 9:00 PM

    Rush is bad for the NFL but Mike Vick is okay. Who’s the real racist here? When the league or anyone discriminates against people based on their politics or personal views it sets a bad precedent.

  174. Steve74 says: Oct 15, 2009 9:11 PM

    “Minority” Owner Rush Limbaugh?
    Would his own politics then force him to lynch himself?

  175. Lance19 says: Oct 15, 2009 10:10 PM

    Rush is bad for the NFL but Mike Vick is okay. Who’s the real racist here?
    ***************************************
    Rush (is “the real racist here”)
    Vick is a dog killer.
    (love that you’ll pull the “dog killer card” in hopes
    that the druggy racist dj might be helped by THAT comparison!)

  176. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 15, 2009 10:16 PM

    TheBigOldDog says:
    October 15, 2009 8:13 PM
    My God you ideologues are blind as bats:
    Only 43% would vote to reelect Obama
    Poll: Obama personal popularity at new low
    And those are just today…
    ————
    Face it BigOldDog,
    Obama will be re-elected in 2012. He’s our president through 2016. I know you think the Republicans will rally, just like every year I think my Oakland Raiders will turn it around and shock people. But it’s not going to happen.
    Rush, Beck and the rest are now the leaders of the Republican party. Their message and tactics turn off the centrist independents and any centrist democrats who would consider voting Republican.
    Obama’s “low” approval ratings are still 2x what Bush had when he left office and certainly respectable for a sitting president. Much of the disapproval is because of the mess he inherited and is trying to clean up. If more people understood Economics 101, they’d know that the government absolutely should be spending big and creating stimulus plans — among other measures — to try to get the economy rolling again. Many think the government should be doing the opposite and do nothing but tighten its belt, which would only lengthen the recession and possibly cause a depression. The economy should rebound by 2012 and if that happens Obama is a lock for re-election.
    And find me the poll where an actual Republican leader or prospective candidate is leading Obama in an “if the election were held today” scenario. Palin? Romney? I mean, who do the Republicans even have to trot out there at this point?
    Obama wasn’t my first choice for president, but he’s a smart guy with people’s best intentions at heart. Common sense Americans (i.e. not dittoheads) can see this and if the country improves from the mess W. left behind, Americans will stand by Obama.

  177. Deb says: Oct 15, 2009 11:00 PM

    @ Chapnasty …
    I’ve given you examples. (Perhaps you should see a doctor about your short-term memory.) Singling out a schoolyard fight between black kids and white–the same kind that have taken place in schools for years–and trying to say it’s a product of having a “black” president is race-baiting. Saying our president hates whites, though he’s half white and was reared in a predominantly white home is race-baiting.
    I have no problem with conservatives and regularly read some conservative columnists because I like being challenged by different points of view. Rush is not a typical conservative commentator. Some of his material is editorial, some satirical, and some deliberately provocative. But many of his listeners can’t distinguish between the commentary and the extremist stuff. And he knows it. He’s made a lot of money, but he’s picked an ugly way to do it.
    Now, that’s all I’m going to say to you on the subject, Chapnasty. Nothing personal, you’re not listening and I’m tired of wasting my keystrokes. But if you like old movies, check out Andy Griffith in “A Face in the Crowd.” Entertainment with a message.

  178. Mark Anders says: Oct 15, 2009 11:05 PM

    I’ll make my comments brief Florio. You are a damned fool and an idiot to boot! You obviously don’t give a damn how this has affected Rush. All you care about is trying to fend off the backlash that has come from this. You and your kind make me sick to my stomach! Why don’t you people grow the hell up?

  179. brncoboostr says: Oct 16, 2009 12:26 AM

    THE TOTALLY REAL AND NOT FAKE QUOTES SHENANIGANZA TOP TEN
    10. Democrat Fritz Hollings of South Carolina thinks being from Africa makes you a cannibal: “You’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.”
    9. Howard Dean(former DNC Chair) reaches out: “I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.”
    8. California Democrat Diane Watson thinks interracial marriage is icky: “He’s married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.”
    7. Howard Dean thinks service positions are for minorities, not big fancy white people: “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? … Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”
    6. Joe Biden explains why southern Democrats should vote for him: “My state was a slave state.”
    5. “Conscience of the Senate” and former Klansman Robert Byrd on equal opportunity: “I’ve seen a lot of white n*ggers in my time.
    4. Hillary Clinton does an impression (complete with accent) of an African-American man who didn’t know what Emily’s List was: “She’s supportin’ all these people. She’s supportin’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein . She’s supported Sen. Barbara Boxer . . . She supported everybody. Why won’t she support me?”
    3. Democratic Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin denies that white people might live in New Orleans: “I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.””
    2. Democrat Steny Hoyer reviews Michael Steele’s career: “[He has] a career of slavishly supporting the Republican Party.”
    1. Then Senator Joe Biden fills us in on who works at convenience stores: “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent … I’m not joking.”
    Every single one of those quotes is a real, legitimate, well-sourced quote. Totally real; not fake.
    Libs, gutless to the bone and the home of the real racist’s

  180. Theo2 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:32 AM

    Keep hearing that a majority of owners in the NFL are conservatives.
    How do we know that?
    Is there some kind of poll?
    We do know that the owners of the NFL teams are rich. We do know that rich people are more likely to be Democrats. So how do we know that the team owners buck this trend?

  181. Otm Shank says: Oct 16, 2009 9:14 AM

    @BigOldDog
    So the guy is allowed to pander to the right and rail against the evils of the left all day and not be a divisive figure? Cognitive gymnastics, eh?

  182. Otm Shank says: Oct 16, 2009 9:19 AM

    @BigOldDog
    Also, my main point was that comparing the two situations is irrelevant. Nowhere in my first post did I declare that Limbaugh is divisive. (He just happens to be). You inferred that from nothing. I merely mentioned your argument is invalid. Your response did nothing to refute what I said. Nice debate style. Very effective.

  183. JoseOle says: Oct 16, 2009 9:51 AM

    The bottom line is would you let David Duke buy into part of the Cowboys? How about George Wallace? Uhhhhhh no. So why would they let Rush. Conservative vs. Liberal was not brought up in the discussion until Conservatives brought it up. Obama was not mentioned until Rush said his name. This is about a fat white guy that publically doesn’t like blacks trying to buy into a sport dominated by blacks. Now Rush can play the poor discrimanated against millionaire and rail on Obama which is all he wanted in the first place. Just drop it fat boy.
    Oh I would rather have Fergie own a team b/c she admitted her faults, than Rush who still hasn’t moved to his drug addict island he suggested, hypocrit.

  184. Bob S. says: Oct 16, 2009 9:58 AM

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2009/10/i-dont-know-i-mean-i-guess-its-good-in-a-way-that-hes-wanting-to-be-interested-in-wanting-to-be-the-owner-of-an-nfl-team-a.html

  185. Deb says: Oct 16, 2009 11:26 AM

    @brncoboostr …
    All you’ve proved is that stupidity is a universal trait. Most of us knew that. It doesn’t absolve Limbaugh of his behavior. And as far as I know, none of the people you’ve quoted has been trying to buy an NFL team.

  186. Deb says: Oct 16, 2009 11:57 AM

    @Theo2 …
    Most rich people are Democrats?!? Bless your heart! Please research America political parties. The Democrats traditionally represent the working classes and labor; the Republicans the wealthy and Big Business.
    The South was solid Blue until the civil rights era and subsequent Reagan Revolution. But the South and evangelicals didn’t shift solidly Red until Karl Rove devised the strategy of exploiting Christian issues. Despite that, the party power base remains the wealthy and Big Business. Both parties bring in big bucks. But while, for instance, defense contractors divide contributions equally, health insurers tend to heavily favor Republicans.
    It’s easy to find this info in history books and through public records on campaign contributions. If people started deleting nutso e-mails and ignoring media pot-stirrers and doing genuine research instead, we’d have a much better informed electorate.

  187. chapnasty says: Oct 16, 2009 1:34 PM

    I thought I was done but no…
    @ Deb
    What Rush said was right. The black kids where cheering them on. Watch the video, pick your chin off the floor then shut up. It’s amazing that if a group of white kids beat up a black kid it is a hate crime. Double standards are terrible as are you.
    @joseole
    I dont know if you got the memo, Rush has lost 85 lbs and clearly isnt fat. It’s called getting healthy. Maybe if half the obese people in this country would do the same we wouldnt have nearly as many health issues. Next, he did admit his pain killer addiction, went into rehab and speaks openly about the experience and how he is better because of it
    The both of you and several others prove that ignorance and stupidity is the problem with this country.

  188. ellermarshallpage says: Oct 16, 2009 1:56 PM

    Here’s the sanest summation of what’s transpired that I have read. Oddly, it’s from a conservative talk show host. From ESPN’s article on this matter
    “There’s an argument that says the very principles Rush espouses — the free market — are what did him in,” said the conservative radio host Michael Smerconish. “This IS the free market. These are private businessmen who made a decision about what was in the best business interest of their thriving venture.
    “It’s definitely ironic. There’s a bit of hypocrisy here as well,” Smerconish said, citing a study that showed 70 percent of NFL owners’ political contributions went to Republicans. “Through their dollars they are very supportive of the sort of politics that Rush talks.”
    See? Politics shouldn’t be relevant when one is making a rational business decision.
    I even heard Glenn Beck say it….we’re raised to hate the other (political) side. The thousands of posts (ESPN’s tally on the quoted article is over 7500) prove it. Civil war anyone?

  189. Deb says: Oct 16, 2009 2:55 PM

    @chapnasty …
    As you WELL know, I didn’t say it didn’t happen. I said it’s been happening since we were in school. It’s not a product of the Obama administration as Mr. Limbaugh insists. The insistence that President Obama is the reason some black kids beat up a white kid is the race-baiting part. That you have to resort to calling people names because you’re incapable of making a reasoned argument reinforces my decision to stop throwing pearls before swine. And no, dear, that’s not me calling you names. I actually feel sorry for you. That is a Biblical concept taught by Christ–someone who could teach you a lot, if only you cared to learn. Where you are concerned, Deb out.

  190. thecree says: Oct 16, 2009 9:47 PM

    NFL Owners Who Use the N-Word and Wet Their Pants On Stageby Stage Right
    And now a word from an NFL owner:
    “And the game done chose me to bring pain to niggas and pussy holes, they one in the same.” – I’m Real, co-written by Jennifer Lopez, minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
    Amidst the uproar over Rush Limbaugh having to step aside from his participation in the bid to purchase the NFL’s St. Louis Rams over racially insensitive statements he never actually made, is the fact that current ACTUAL owners of an NFL team have said much worse than the false and the left says nothing.
    Fergie: NFL Owner
    Jennifer Lopez, whose Sondheim-like lyric genius is on display at the top of this post, holds the same status with the Miami Dolphins as Limbaugh would have with the Rams. And, not only does she have co-writer credit on this offensive drivel, she also recorded and performed it live. She continues to earn money in royalties for her genius use of the “N-Word.” My guess is that those who took issue with Limbaugh’s imaginary racial slur are OK with J-Lo’s actual racial slur because she looks a lot better in tight pants.

    Meanwhile, another minority owner of the Dolphins has some controversial issues with public statements as well. Recently, Dolphins minority owner Serena Williams broke quite a few FCC laws by letting loose an “F-word” filled tirade on live television during the US Open. Then she menacingly threatened a side judge and was subsequently disqualified. This kind of behavior and speech seems to be right in line with the NFL’s standards since I missed the press conference from Commissioner Roger Goodell condemning it.
    Finally, we get to Fergie, some-time member of the Black Eyed Peas and some-time solo artist. You betcha, she has also been approved as a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins. Fergie is a huge Obama supporter, so I guess the NFL thought it was pretty cool that she just performed her song “Glamorous” at the White House Easter egg hunt… an event for children. Here’s how the DC Examiner reported the event:
    Lines like “wear them gold and diamond rings” and “I’m not clean, I’m not pristine” may not be the dream lyrics for their daughters to emulate, but the song’s repetition of the line “If you ain’t got no money take your broke a** home” made a few parents cringe. She did of course edit the curse word from the song Monday — but some of crowd members helpfully filled it in for her.
    It gets better. Earlier this week, Goodell said of Limbaugh’s potential ownership, “Divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about.” Is he splitting hairs between “comments” and “lyrics?” Because these lyrics from a 2003 Black Eyed Peas song sounds pretty divisive to me:
    Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
    But we still got terrorists here livin’
    In the USA, the big CIA …
    A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover
    The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
    Nothing like accusing the CIA of terrorism and our government of lying to bring people together. Goodell also said, “We’re all held to a high standard here.”
    Really? Does this meet his high standard?
    Whatcha gonna do with all that junk
    All that junk inside your trunk
    I’ma get get get get you drunk
    Get you love drunk off my hump
    My hump my hump my hump my hump my hump
    My hump my hump my hump my lovely little lumps
    How about drinking so much that you wet your pants, mid-song, on stage, in front of a live audience?
    This week the NFL did more to silence conservative political perspectives on the radio then liberals and their “Fairness Doctrine” could ever dream of doing. By bowing to shrill political pressure they forced a group of potential buyers of the St. Louis Rams, headed by Dave Checkett, to drop Rush Limbaugh from the ownership team. Forget for a moment that the heinous statements attributed to Limbaugh were never sourced or substantiated and completely false. Also forget that Limbaugh, as a minority owner, would have no actual control or real influence over personnel or management decisions with the team. None of that matters.
    The left hates Limbaugh. He had to be stopped.
    But Rush will be just fine. They can’t shut him up; he’s too big. And even if they do pass the “Fairness Doctrine,” he will move to satellite radio and finally give Mel Karmazin a healthy balance sheet.
    No, the real danger in all of this is the chilling effect it has on the rest of the conservative world. Those of us articulating our points of view and trying to persuade others. Just like Rush has done for over two decades. And now, the seed has been planted. Someday, we might want to own a football team. Hell, we’re capitalists! Will something we say or write now be twisted around or even made up to smear us and keep us from fulfilling our dream?
    Yes, the seed has been planted. They’ve done what the intended to do. It wasn’t about stopping Rush… it was done to stop all of us. And they will lie if they have to, to get what they want.
    Change? Yes. Hope? Not so much.

  191. thecree says: Oct 16, 2009 10:09 PM

    @ deb
    how bout them apples?

  192. airpapa says: Oct 18, 2009 12:00 PM

    If I had a dollar for every time a headline started with “Rush blames…” I would be almost as rich as Rush. I should remember, since it has been less than a year, but who did Rus blame for everything that ever went wrong in America before Obama came along? Oh yeah, Bll Clinton and JFK.
    There is no left wing equivilent to Rush – not Olberman, not Soros – heck, not even Obama. Rush is in a (no) class by himself. But at least he does not own an NFL team.

  193. red_dog says: Oct 19, 2009 1:47 PM

    LMAO at all of you dupes who are defending limpball. He is a racist propagandist, who is only concerned with his own personal glory. He practices Goebles first law of propaganda which is to accuse your enemy with having the same views as you. In other words limpball is a nazi facist. simple and to the point.
    limpball should shut his fat mouth and choke on his phalic symbol that he loves to suck on.

  194. winsb31 says: Oct 20, 2009 3:06 PM

    Rush Limp pooh pooh is nothing but a loser and a cult leader, cause anyone who listens or follows anything that idiot says does not have ONE living brain cell!!

  195. artbyshan says: Oct 20, 2009 3:44 PM

    Airline guy was thinking exactly what I was when he said “I wonder why Rush isn’t allowed into the league because of words, but Fergie is welcomed with open arms.”
    I’m not saying Fergie doesn’t deserve to be a minority owner (Miami Dolphins). I just don’t see why she can, but he (Rush) can’t. Seems to be a double standard.

  196. critter304 says: Oct 26, 2009 3:51 PM

    The Rams are drowning Rush throws them a life preserver and the NFL complains its not a politically correct life preserver. Let the Rams drown

  197. mike says: Mar 15, 2010 12:33 AM

    This week the NFL did more to silence conservative political perspectives on the radio then liberals and their “Fairness Doctrine” could ever dream of doing. By bowing to shrill political pressure they forced a group of potential buyers of the St. Louis Rams, headed by Dave Checkett, to drop Rush Limbaugh from the ownership team. Forget for a moment that the heinous statements attributed to Limbaugh were never sourced or substantiated and completely false. Also forget that Limbaugh, as a minority owner, would have no actual control or real influence over personnel or management decisions with the team. None of that matters.www.sell-sport.com
    Finally, we get to Fergie, some-time member of the Black Eyed Peas and some-time solo artist.

  198. mike says: Mar 15, 2010 3:51 AM

    To see a world in a grain of sand,
    And a heaven in a wild fllower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
    And eternity in an hour.

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