Conflict emerges in Checketts, Limbaugh comments

We continue to anticipate the launch of Rush Limbaugh’s Thursday radio show, during which he’ll surely blame the decision to drop Limbaugh from the group that is attempting to buy the St. Louis Rams on Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the media, and possibly anything and everything but the forces of the free market that Limbaugh otherwise embraces.

(In this regard, we’re not saying that Limbaugh doesn’t have legitimate grips with Sharpton, Jackson, and/or the media.  But the reality here is that the decision of the NFL not to do business with Limbaugh reflects a prime example of a business determining its own course without government intervention.)

But we also hope that Rush will reconcile Checketts’ characterization of Limbaugh’s intended role in the ownership group with Limbaugh’s statement from last week confirming his involvement in the effort.

Specifically, Limbaugh said that he and Checketts would operate the team.

In a statement confirming that Limbaugh had been dropped like a freshly-polished limbo pole, Checketts painted a far different picture.

Rush was to be a limited partner — as such, he would have had no say in
the direction of the club or in any decisions regarding personnel or
operations,” Checketts said.  “This was a role he
enthusiastically embraced.”

The two versions can’t be much different, and we’re beginning to believe even more strongly that this was indeed a publicity stunt, and that it has achieved exactly what Limbaugh intended. 

So he can now hammer away at his real and perceived enemies.  And maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to persuade any of the remaining folks who have no opinion about him that he has been screwed.

77 responses to “Conflict emerges in Checketts, Limbaugh comments

  1. Cmon Florio.
    put away the political card. CNN and others have grossly misquoted Rush. I am not a Rush fan but to do what has been done to him should bring legal action.
    I have come to your site since your infancy and even sent you tips…..move on to covering the news instead of this type on minutia filled “reporting”
    Everyone should know your a liberal. Why display it here? Why not just covering things truthfully?

  2. It is inevitable that people from both of the polical parties that are tearing this country apart with their hate for one another (often that hate appears blind).
    But let me say this, you are the problem. Period.
    Now, can we please try and ignore these political posts and get back to commenting on footbal-related ones?
    And yes, I know SOMEONE will say “Why the Hell didn’t YOU just ignore it and shut the f$^& up?!” But you see I am not spewing politcal hate, I am asking the folks who read this blog to please ignore it or to at least refrain from thrownign more gas on this “everyone loses” topic.
    Peace

  3. Do you know why Liberal talk Radio doesn’t work?
    We don’t need indoctrination, we can think for ourselves.
    We’d rather listen to Rock and Roll than some blowhard like Limbaugh

  4. What does this have to do with football now and why did you even post this article?
    I think Rush should add Mike Florio to the list of people he hammers away at. You’re trying to lay pipe for him in this article aren’t you Mike dog? Damn your good.

  5. Yea, based on this article and all the other rush related articles, I can’t even tell that General Electric owns NBC and Jeff Immelt (the CEO for GE) is on Obama’s economic advisory board.
    Nice work boys

  6. LOL! Rush Limbaugh said he and Checketts would operate the team! ROTFL!
    But seriously, here comes the Rush apologists to come out to say that he didn’t lie. Just like they say that all of those quotes that Media Matters posts on their website from Limbaugh’s show aren’t bigoted.
    LOL!

  7. Florio, you haven’t backed up a single quote that you have attributed to Rush and most now look to be wrong. Where do you get this crap? Moveon.org? We know you are a screaming, bedwetting liberal. Your opinion on political issues is already known. Go carry more water for NBC.

  8. “Everyone should know your a liberal. Why display it here? Why not just covering things truthfully? ”
    Your answer is in the first sentence above.

  9. It’s sad to see haters like you paint him in a bad picture. You libs have made up his comments as racist, because you want there to be racism.
    Sad, sad, sad

  10. No wonder you Leftists hate the Free market Florio. You think it means political groups and their Corrupt Media Establishment allies are within their rights to intentionally defame and slander their enemies and win. No wonder you folks are out to destroy it.

  11. I’m with Grasshopper. We have enough talking heads to get opinions from. Just report football. We come here for football. And frankly, you put a bad taste in people’s mouths and push them away with opinions.

  12. Brett Favre must love Rush. Rush gave Flo somebody else to obsessively hate on (not saying I disagree with this one).
    Hey Florio if you had to kiss one of those two guys (Favre or Rush) on the lips, which one would it be?

  13. Mr. Florio,
    This is not rhetorical, but a serious question I would like you to answer.
    Have your employers at General Electric asked you to be more outspoken politically?
    Do you aspire to be Olberman Jr.?
    What is your angle here?
    We don’t want your opinions, we want information.

  14. @ Anti-Limbaugh, and people who think the right is some conspiracy theory with their media claims…
    Do you guys really need any more proof? Just read this article. He will blame Sharton, Jackson and the media because its the truth. They made up a quote and ran with it and that is what caused the controversy. Not Rush’s political views. If you cant see that, then you are as blind as Florio.

  15. Please stick to football, please don’t make me see you as another “broke dick” that the government makes me carry around on my back, please!

  16. It wasn’t the false quote that slayed the beast, it was the entire body of his racist vitrol. Ole’ Rush is a professional hater, who has done more to divide this country than anyone else. He happily pockets his millions while leading his lemmings to political destruction.
    Kepp it up Rush, you’re the best tool the Democrats have had in decades.

  17. Hey Florio, The NFL , per the info gleaned from your site has/had murderer’s, rapists, dog killers, domestic abusers, drunks, drug addicts, and child molester’s who benefit(ed) financially from the NFL. Let’s keep someone out of the NFL because they criticize a black QB, who does, in fact, suck. I do remember you criticizing him after the SB loss. As an attorney, where is your advocacy for free speech. I guess your motto is….follow the money..enjoy NBC. As for Mike Jr, teach him to work for a living and not wait for the Gov’t to provide for him. Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness.
    God Bless

  18. I’m also w/ Grasshopper…..
    “Launched in November 2001, Profootballtalk.com has only one objective — to inform and to entertain. (Okay, we have two objectives.)
    We don’t have editors, we don’t have agendas, we don’t owe anyone anything and we don’t care.
    As a result, we’re beholden to no one. We do this because we love pro football, and we love bringing you the truth.”
    Stick to football, don’t care about your political stance…..I go to much more informed, “fair and balanced” sites for that….to put it simply, you are out of your league on this topic. But congratulations on joining forces w/ Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in the MSM smear campaign…good work!!

  19. Florio…. You couldn’t be more wrong! For you (supposedly) being a lawyer, you should don’t understand what the “Free market” is.
    This also was not a Publicity stunt”!
    You politics have blinded you.
    You are UNBELIEVABLY wrong!

  20. Talk about a stunt
    I believe the best thing to ever happen to PFT is Rush Limbaugh
    Additionally,
    “We continue to anticipate the launch of Rush Limbaugh’s Thursday radio show”
    —-
    I’ll bet its the first you’ve actually listened to his show. And by your following comments your obviously listening with a clear and objective JOURNALISTIC mind not that of just “some internet hack.”
    Right?
    Those of you who love to use the words nazi, racist, pill-head, doper, fat pig, etc, you should know the show starts at 12 eastern time.

  21. Sounds like you are doing just what Rush accuses the mainstream media of doing.
    Where did Rush “specifically” say the ‘he and Checketts’ would run the team? I don’t see that quote in the article.

  22. Welcome to KARMA. Rush only gets what Rush deserves. As the people in the Linc yell towards the sideline:
    “F*** THAT FAT BASTARD!”

  23. “Do you know why Liberal talk Radio doesn’t work?
    We don’t need indoctrination, we can think for ourselves.
    We’d rather listen to Rock and Roll than some blowhard like Limbaugh”
    Hilarious. If liberals can think for themselves, why would you think that they’d need a spokesperson like you?
    FAIL.

  24. it’s kind of hard to not laugh when florio suggests that others have political motives.
    since florio obviously has his own political motives. zimmo called it. so did olddog.
    and to paraphrase rush… some folks in the media (a lot, and not just on the political beat) want a black president to succeed no matter what. question is… succeed at what… well he sure likes to punish his enemies and critics in any way he can.
    and if he fails, it isnt because of his tomfoolery, his innate flaws, or his own deep seated hatred of the majority. it’s cause of them eeeevillll racists (a lot of whom mistakenly voted for the jackass).
    except what he is trying to do is forever screw most citizens here and change the country forever. and he isnt even american. thanx liberals. the unamerican elite has you as useful idiots.
    there is no righteousness in what al pindyck and jester jackson have done. they are liars and they lied. but i dont expect libs to understand THAT.

  25. “… and possibly anything and everything but the forces of the free market that Limbaugh otherwise embraces.”
    Free market forces are one thing, but the liberal media quoting someone as saying something without any proof in an obvious attempt to influence a decision is something else.
    I wish there was some kind of accountability for “Journalists” in this country who report false information as truth because it fits in with their personal political beliefs.
    The media are rejoicing that Rush was dropped from this group and patting themselves on the back for doing whatever it took to make that happen.

  26. “# TheBigOldDog says: October 15, 2009 10:50 AM
    No wonder you Leftists hate the Free market Florio. You think it means political groups and their Corrupt Media Establishment allies are within their rights to intentionally defame and slander their enemies and win. No wonder you folks are out to destroy it.”
    I bet you voted for that Big Old Dog and his rogue pitbull with lipstick.
    I’m liberal, but when I want political news, I go to MSNBC, not PFT. I agree with everything you’ve said so far for the most part about this situation…I’m just really sick of hearing about it. Rush is getting the attention he craves when you post all of this stuff.
    Nothing good can come out of talking about politics here. Sports are divisive enough; throw politics in there and it doesn’t get much easier to push people away.
    Although I must say, I’m amused by the fact that every Cowboys fan on here is conservative. I’m even more amused that I actually agree with Giants fans on something when you bring up politics. Gotta love it. GO EAGLES.

  27. “Kepp it up Rush, you’re the best tool the Democrats have had in decades. ”
    You know I read the same thing regarding Glenn Beck, right before he single-handedly took down Van Jones and forced Congress to de-fund ACORN.

  28. It is obvious that Vicodin Man Rush is now trying to play the victim card so he can have something to bellow about and pacify his zombie listeners. His relevance in the political world is fading fast and he needs something to boost his ratings and his fat ego. Hence this queen induced diva drama. The world will be a much better place once this troll oozes into the sunset and gets taken off the air. There is enough air pollution without his filth belching diatribes wafting over the count

  29. this is great news. The NFL is a private club and can do whatever it wants. They have the right to choose who can and can not join their ownership group just as they do with players and coaches.
    Well make that players, before they can hire a coach they have to at least interview one minority. I guess they needed to put that rule in place because most of the owners are RACISTS!!
    If this whole thing doesn’t make you smile your either stupid or drunk.

  30. Oh, I see, Florio. You need to make nice and play footsy with NBC … so you’re drawing the liberal-bent media bias card. Probably drawing a nice paycheck for it too.

  31. @ WhoDey75
    “I wish there was some kind of accountability for “Journalists” in this country who report false information as truth because it fits in with their personal political beliefs.”
    Does Rush count as a “journalist”? Because your statment above would include Limbaugh unless of course you claim he is an entertainer and therefore he is allowed to “report false information” becasue it fits his personal political beliefs. The irony of Limbaugh supporters wanting legal action taken against people who lie about him is absolutely priceless. The guy has been lying about an entire political party for 20 years. Do you think Hillary or Bil had somethign to do with Vince Foster’s death? Of course you do becasue Limbaugh floated it 16 years ago on his radio show. Racist or murderer? I’ll take being called a racist over a murderer anyday. You are a joke.

  32. how was this a succesful PR stunt? the followers of this story were reminded of rush’s polarizing rhetoric, and in the end he was on the outside looking in. not all publicity is good publicity. at the end of the day, rush demonstrated what he is known for; misrepresenting the facts and distorted them for his own advantage [him saying he was going to run the team when that was in no way true].

  33. “But the reality here is that the decision of the NFL not to do business with Limbaugh reflects a prime example of a business determining its own course without government intervention.”
    Really Florio? Would you react the same way if the NFL decided they didn’t want an owner because he’s black? Rush was shunnned solely on his political views, to me that’s discrimination.
    On another note, if it was his plan from the begining and he had no “real” interest on being part-owner of the Rams and he just wanted to show double-standars and hypocricy.(Something his talks about on his program all the time.) In addition to this, he would gain more listeners and higher ratings.
    If that’s the case than he’s a damn genius.

  34. It is too bad you (Mike Florio) have to ruin a great sports site by injecting your own personal political bias. Why is it that liberals tend to resort to name calling and are not able to stay with facts and logic. Oh, I did not realize you were part of the NBC faction.

  35. So if Checketts gets the team, will black players not play for him because he was affiliated with Rush?
    I’ll watch the results on the White Entertainment Television channel. (oops, I mean the BET channel)

  36. Mike Florio is the Harvey Levin of the sports world. Who is Harvey Levin? He’s the individual who runs the infamous tmz.com website. The sole purpose of that site is to embarrass, harass, and as much as possible destroy the lives of celebrities. This is precisely what Mike Florio tries to do with PFT. He doesn’t care who he hurts, he doesn’t care if he gets it exactly right, he cares about hits. It’s all about the money. Why does he focus on news that frequently is peripherally related to the sports world? Because he wants the hits. He doesn’t care who he hurts or who he slanders; he cares about how many of us read the hate he spews. Mike Florio meet Rush Limbaugh. He reports and comments on this type of information for the publicity. More publicity, more hits, more sponsors, more money. It’s not that difficult a concept. I haven’t studied enough psychology to know what motivates people to live off the misery of others, but it must suck to be them. It’s a shame Mr. Florio doesn’t just stick to pure football news, but like most people he’s motivated by the all mighty dollar.

  37. “Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team.”
    OK – there’s the part copied directly from the article that you poor, aggrieved people missed about Rush saying he and Checketts would operate the team.
    Here it is again: “…but he said he and Checketts would operate the team.”
    “…but he said he and Checketts would operate the team.”
    How is this story not about football?
    It’s like half of you don’t or can’t read.

  38. This is hillarious, even though I and others have proved Rush has never said anything racist you Obamatons still keep saying he is racist! Amazing!
    I have a question, isn’t it racist for people to vote for someone because of the color of his/her skin?

  39. Come on Rush it’s time to act like a liberal and file suit. None of the claims against you can be substantiated otherwise someone would have come forward with proof. Liberals can falsely smear anybody who has a opposing opinion and nothing ever happens. This double standard makes me sick. Make them pay Rush. As usual MSNBC will never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.

  40. “And maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to persuade any of the remaining folks who have no opinion about him that he has been screwed.”
    He clearly has been screwed, whether you have an opinion of him or not that is pretty clear to see. Racists like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson fabricate quotes and even the idiot commissioner misrepresents what Rush said about the Philadelphia Media.

  41. What I love about this post is there is absolutely no news here. Nothing has happened.
    He’s really writing a post about sitting by the radio?

  42. I for one being a Proud Republican think this guy a joke and he is not good for the NFL. He will simply be a not needed embarrassment. The NFL is a private club and can refuse ownership to anyone. This is not a Socialist League.
    Jose Pulido- Atlanta, GA

  43. @ Seeryar
    There is a difference between the editorial pages of the paper and the front page. One is meant to articulate the writer’s personal feelings about a subject, while another is meant to report fact.
    I can’t vouch for Rush as a journalist as I never listen to him. But I’m intelligent enough to know that I can’t trust everything that he says because his content is editorial in nature. He doesn’t report “news.”
    My issue is with “news” outlets reporting false information about Rush because they want to see him fail. There is no place for that in journalism, yet it is running rampant with this story.
    Glad to see that you find me amusing.

  44. Mr. Florio, please try not to let your liberal bias get in the way of actual reporting. Mr. Limbaugh has been misquoted by Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson, as well a reporter from CNN with the intent to hurt Mr. Limbaugh and prevent him from becoming a part owner of an NFL franchise. The fact that Mr. Limbaugh makes his living by being a conservative radio show host should be as irrelevant as some of the liberal oriented celebreties that are now part of the Miami Dolphins ownership group. It is irrelevant. I realize that you are now part of the NBC family, but please try not to be as biased as they are when it comes to politics.

  45. chapnasty says: October 15, 2009 11:30 AM
    This is hillarious, even though I and others have proved Rush has never said anything racist you Obamatons still keep saying he is racist! Amazing!
    Spoken like a true idiot. Again.

  46. I can not wait until a black man attempts to buy a NASCAR team and we find out that he called white people ‘devils’ or said that AIDS was invented to kill the black race or babbles on about white Amerikkka. When he gets turned down for ownership, even if he never made the comments, we’ll see how much you play the “free market” card.
    Only liberals are stupid enough to believe that Rush being booted from the bid had anything at all to do with the NFL’s lack of desire to do business with him. Otherwise, Fergie wouldn’t be an owner of the Dolphins. I’m not going to let my kids watch them when I know a trashy tramp owns part of the team. She’s so divisive!

  47. 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.”
    Don’t look at me that way. I told you they were really real. Did you think I was joking? Well I wasn’t.
    Every single one of those quotes is a real, legitimate, well-sourced quote. Totally real; not fake.
    Liberals…..guttless one and all!

  48. @chapnasty
    “I have a question, isn’t it racist for people to vote for someone because of the color of his/her skin? ”
    Not as long as you are supporting the “Black movement”. “Reverse discrimination” runs wild in the national media and it’s pretty disgusting that nobody stands up to it.

  49. “(In this regard, we’re not saying that Limbaugh doesn’t have legitimate grips with Sharpton, Jackson, and/or the media. But the reality here is that the decision of the NFL not to do business with Limbaugh reflects a prime example of a business determining its own course without government intervention.)”
    __________________________________
    But, the NFLs’ decision was based on ficticious quotes attributed to Limbaugh by the MSM.

  50. Damn it Florio, now you’ve got me agreeing with Vox!?!
    Vox: I hope this will be the last time that you and I can agree on anything on this site. Political nonsense is what this is all about.
    Chapnasty: it’s not racist, but it is questionable. It was the “cool” thing to do, agenda be damned.

  51. Rush is a bloated, racist, hate-mongering, drug-addict. If the NHL won’t let billionaire Balsillie play then why should the NFL let Rush in? It’s a private club, with purchase at the discretion of the current members. If they don’t like Rush too bad for him. Doesn’t matter the reason. Though if I were a Rams fan I wouldn’t want a drug addict running my team. Maybe David Crosby should put in a bid.

  52. This subject is a win-win for Florio. He gets lots of traffic and gets to suck-up to his overlords at NBC in hope of getting more mentions, face time and ultimately money in his pocket. You can be sure Florio will drive down these roads at 1,000 miles at every opportunity.

  53. @chapnasty
    Get your head out of Rush’s ass! You haven’t proven squat, in fact, I have posted numerous links that prove Rush has made racist comments.
    The slavery one, while often misquoted is an example. He 100% said the words!
    He made the comments re: white kids/black kids fighting
    He allowed the Barak the magic negro parody to air on his show.
    Any one of those are considered racist, and it only takes one time, just one for a person to be labeled. If I tried hard, I bet I could find more, but why? It is a non issue now. Checketts (Rushes Republican friends) have dumped him. He will NEVER even be a minority owner of an NFL team.
    I for one am thankful for it!

  54. elduderino13, out of curiosity who else has bid on or said they were interested in purchasing the Rams? Didn’t think you knew the answer to that one. It’s not discussed on this site because that information is boring and wouldn’t bring more hits. But Rush Limbaugh, that’s news!

  55. It’s absurd for anyone to suggest Limbaugh lost this bid because of his political views. He lost the bid because he’s a blowhard that a lot of people don’t like. Having one of the public faces of your franchise have an unfavorability rating over 50% is not good for business! The NFL clearly has some brilliant business minds involved with their operation, they realized that having Limbaugh on board would make them less successful, thus it made perfect sense for them to encourage Checketts to drop him from the bid. Chargers majority Alex Spanos (along with most other NFL owners) pumps hundreds of thousands of dollars to the GOP every election year. As a campaign consultant I can tell you with confidence that cash does a lot more to help Republicans than Rush Limbaugh’s divisive, ignorant hate speech, and nobody is asking them to step aside.
    Democrats win two elections and all of the sudden you GOPers develop a pathetic persecution complex. It’s not a conspiracy, people don’t hate you because you’re Republicans, they hate you because you’re assholes.

  56. @ Twiz
    You posted Wikipedia, media-matters and left wing nonsense. He never said that about slavery. In fact it was traced to a wikipedia quote that was taken from a book I believe writting in 1999. I think we would have heard about it by now.
    Many of us have proven you wrong on Barack the magic negro. Someone even posted the lyrics which proves to not be racist. If you werent ignorant you would know that he was making fun of a black LA Times journalist who called him that. Happy? I jsut proved you wrong, again. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK (TYPE).
    @ Voxucker
    until you have the ability to prove something it isnt true. you are the idiot and i feel bad that you cant admit it.
    @ Jackazimuth
    Obviously you are new here. Again many of us have proven everything you said wrong. Like Twiz, before you speak educatte yourself before you speak and look like a damn idiot.

  57. You guys see this comments section? You see all the “he’s a racist!”, “he’s not a racist”?
    Put aside your personal political leanings and ask yourself if either side would be arguing their point without some level of truth to lean on.
    I don’t think either side would.
    So, understanding there is both some level of truth to Rush being a racist, while also being sympathetic to minorities ask yourself this:
    Do these political discussions help the NFL, or any of it’s franchises?
    exactly.

  58. Rush is a big fat overrated turd and the investment group and the NFL pushed down the flush handle… bah bye Turdbaugh and enjoy the swirlly on the way down and into the sewer where you belong.

  59. “Do you know why Liberal talk Radio doesn’t work?
    We don’t need indoctrination, we can think for ourselves.”
    So……………..why do liberal opinion based TV shows work so well?

  60. Florio, what hash house did you just leave? You said ” prime example of a business determining its own course without government intervention.”
    Huh? It was precisely fear of government intervention that lead the NFL to use statements that Limbaugh never made in an attempt to justify dropping him.
    The NFL was clearly afraid that Rush’s enemies in Congress, namely most Democrats you know the party that rules the Congress, would come after the NFL and all the goodies it gets from exemptions if they allowed him in.
    The true statement he said about McNabb was racist, possibly, clearly mean. But this is the NFL, the world of second, third, forth chances as your own Days without arrest ticker makes clear. Also since when do big boys get riled about mean words?
    Fear of government baby, that was the ticket.

  61. “Mr. Florio,
    This is not rhetorical, but a serious question I would like you to answer.
    Have your employers at General Electric asked you to be more outspoken politically?”
    ————————-
    +1
    I don’t recall you being so political before NBC came into the picture. Makes me want to read this site less and less.

  62. I cant believe you clowns are trying to paint Rush as a victim…..hahahaha. The dude has spent a lifetime shouting divisive comments and now he is getting it paid back. Rush is a f*cking joke and he has no place in the NFL. He is constantly walking a fine line with his comments and then backtracking when he needs to, blaming in on the ‘Drive By Media’…..guess what Rush? Meet Web 2.0. Traditional media is dead because it cant be trusted ( see foxnews or abc). And because the right relies on traditional media, they are suffering to because they let morons like Rush and Coulter be their spokeperson. Props to Goodell for being smart enough to see that Rush is just a hate monger with an agenda. Look, Sharpton and Jackson are just as bad, but they wouldnt be allowed to own a team either…….say stupid shit your entire life and this is what you get….boo f#cking wooo.

  63. Florio, the intellectual sophistication of your arguments is just completely lacking. You need to stick to football, because making pithy comments about politics clearly isn’t a point of strength.
    The worst offender is your below statement:
    “…he’ll surely blame the decision to drop Limbaugh from the group that is attempting to buy the St. Louis Rams on Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the media, and possibly anything and everything but the forces of the free market that Limbaugh otherwise embraces.”
    How does criticizing the ultimate result brought about by the media, or Al Sharpton et al equate to a violation of the belief in a free market? Just because you believe in free speech or the right of businesses or individuals to make whatever decision seems best to them doesn’t mean that you have to like it, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to criticize it. If Rush were calling for government restrictions on the ability of these folks to keep him from owning the Rams, your “forces….that [he] otherwise embraces” comment would make sense. As it stands now, it’s actually just a little embarassing to know how many thousands of people saw you make the same junior high-level logical fallacy yet again.
    Seriously, just like Limbaugh should stick to rabble-rousing and politics, you need to stick to football and news reporting. You are way, way, WAY out of your element, and it shows.

  64. Florio. You’re an idiot. If you don’t think that the baby killing but don’t waterboard left didn’t influence the decision to drop Rush, then you already drank all the coolaide that was left in the picture. Are you also going to explain away the nominations for Nobel peace prize for this year had to be in before the end of February which would have made Obama been in office less than a month? Keep reporting about football and shut your communist pie hole about politics. The name of your web site is profootballtalk no 60 minutes with made up stories from Dan Rather.

  65. @Long Time Jets Fan:
    Um, let’s see: Dave Checketts, for one. What do I win?
    Not sure if you had a point?
    You’re right Rush Limbaugh gets more traffic than Checketss. But that still doesn’t mean that this story has nothing to do with football, as some commenters seem to think.

  66. “Meet Web 2.0. Traditional media is dead because it cant be trusted ( see foxnews or abc).”
    God forbid Fox News ever gets a web site.

  67. I love when old, ignorant, white guys get fired up and can do nothing but stick to their free market argument that they heard so many spew before them. This is awesome……More political stories!!!!!!!…..this is comedy at its finest.
    You are a dinosaur Rush and people are finally getting smart enough to see it……and I LOVE IT.
    Sincerely, Young Educated White Guy

  68. It’s not Checketts money it is SOROS’ money!
    And the far-left-wing nutbar but still a greedball traitor thief is calling the shots.

  69. Limbaugh earned his reputation as a guy who engages in unnecessary race-baiting (whether you want to call him a “racist” or not) with the whole Donovan McNabb fiasco.
    At the time, McNabb was in the process of becoming (a) the first Quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 30 TD’s and less than 10 INT’s in a season (since joined by other elite QB’s, i.e., Peyton Manning and Tom Brady); and (b) being the SAFEST QB in NFL HISTORY with the football, in terms of turnovers per play.
    There was, simply stated, no reason to run around saying McNabb was overrated … because real football people knew he was elite. If McNabb was some turd that everyone put up on a pedestal, then I’d think of Limbaugh’s comment in a completely different context. Since McNabb has been one of the top QB’s in the NFL for a long time (no reasonable person would not have him consistently among the top 5-10 QB’s in the NFL in any given year), there is no explanation for his comments other than a mixture of sensationalism and the same type of race-baiting he always accuses Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of (and he does so accurately).

  70. ****SATAN says: October 15, 2009 10:39 AM
    Do you know why Liberal talk Radio doesn’t work?
    We don’t need indoctrination, we can think for ourselves.****
    Nope. That’s not it at all.
    Liberal talk radio doesn’t work because radio is an auditory medium… requiring a level of attention, imagination, and participation on the part of the listener, that the idiot box (television) doesn’t.
    The plain old fact of the matter is… without moving pictures, and appeals for emotional responses… the sheer idiocy of Liberal ideas becomes readily apparent. Its much easier to sell such heart string cr@p to a mesmerized drooling audience of tube watchers… than it is to ask an audience with nothing but auditory input to participate enough to comprehend whats being said – but stop short of thinking about the implications of it.
    Liberals btw, are more indoctrinated… and less able to think on their own than any other segment in society. There is no political group in America with more of a herd mentality… with more worry about how they are perceived by others… or with less tolerance for ideological nonconformity in those around them.

  71. {“Do you know why Liberal talk Radio doesn’t work?
    We don’t need indoctrination, we can think for ourselves.”}
    “So……………..why do liberal opinion based TV shows work so well?”
    Because MTV Sucks!!!

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