Monday, October 12, 2009

NFL = Not for Limbaugh? 

This is just plain stupid.
NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

In an e-mail to the union's executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh's bid, Smith said, "I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred."
So what on earth are they talking about? ESPN comes up with a list of 'examples'. To wit,
Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn't deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles' success.
I don't see how it is hateful to suggest that a black man is rooting for another black man to become president. Yes, I know Powell said that wasn't the reason, but as Limbaugh replied, please name the white liberals Powell has endorsed.

As to McNabb, one is entitled to an opinion. At the time Limbaugh said it, no less than the sports statistician Allan Barra agreed with him. He would go on that season to lose the NFC Championship game for the third year in a row before finally getting to the Super Bowl the following season. He three three interceptions against the Patriots, losing 24-21. Does he deserve credit for that?

As Barra says, Limbaugh didn't say McNabb was a bad QB, just that sportswriters may overrate him because they want a black quarterback in a league that is 60% black to succeed. I find that to be understandable in a world that insists the only way to not be a racist is to see race in everything.

(h/t: John Hinderaker)