Category Archives: Football

Rush vs the NFL – The Hypocrisy

As we know by now, Rush Limbaugh has been discarded as an investor for one of the cartels bidding for the NFL St. Louis Rams.  The call of arms for Rush to be dismissed traveled in many waves – from NFL owners to the NFL commissioner, fans, NFLPA, African American activist, and even players.  Were Rush’s controversial comments about Donivan McNabb 5-6 years ago as part of the NFL Countdown on ESPN really to be blame here or was there another issue at hand?Rush Limbaugh

Love him or hate him, Rush is a lightning rod of controversy from his addiction to pain meds, to his grand conservative views, and to his attacks on any sitting Democratic president, but to call the man a racist is a bit daft.  Rush makes his living as an entertainer whose sensational word is designed to elicit a response either positive or negative.  That is who Rush is.  It boils down to the fact that the NFL did not want a lightning rod as owner who could bring unwanted attention to an organization that prides itself on family entertainment with a conservative public relations image.    

The real racist in this dance is not Rush, but the NFL.  The NFL deploys a racial slur each and every Sunday for the last 76 years – Redskins, more specific the Washington Redskins.  The term Redskin is more than a name or mascot but, a single descriptive slur that singles out a member of our society (Native Americans) by the color of their skin.  Can you believe the NFL and the ownership for this team (Washington Redskins are worth more than a billion dollars) make a fortune using this slur while at the same the NFL condemns Rush is a racist. When this issue was brought up by our Native American brethren, the NFL hid behind the veil of tradition and will fight using this slur all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  Where is the hypocrisy???!!!!

Who is really the racist here – Rush or the NFL?  I think any tribe in the United States will tell you it is NFL, the real villains.

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The Next Day – Weekend of the NFL Draft

NFL LogoAfter two days of pure sports frenzy, the NFL draft has come to a close.  For most of the male population, this event signifies the opening of the 2007 football season; however, in reality the season is still several months away.  For the die-hard fan it does not matter because the draft allows us football heathens, for a weekend, to become armchair General Managers where aspirations of a Super Bowl victory is a reality in our minds.

What really is remarkable about this two-day event is how it has become such an enormous media event.  Several years ago the draft was not on the average sports fan’s mind except for the most fanatical fans.  I guess the plethora of cable TVs in American homes, the power of ESPN, and the fact that football is the true “American Pastime” have made the draft into a must see TV event.  Not only does ESPN televise it for two days, ESPN also provides eight hours of radio programing on the first day and the NFL Network provides full TV coverage.  These stations are just the tip of the media circus iceberg the draft causes. 

To provide a bit of perspective on how this event has captured us, this year’s event drew around 5.2% of US TV households higher than any other programing on ESPN except for NFL games.  That is incredible!!!  An event that my wife described as “watching paint drying,” has captured a nation’s attention.  What is next…Curling?!?

I am not sure if it is Mel Kiper’s hair, Tony Kornheiser’s whit, or Chris Berman’s funny nicknames that make the draft fun, but my guess is that it’s the drama of the flurry of trades and bad picks by the General Mangers that draw us in like a 2007 Draft Daymoth to a flame.

So for one weekend in the spring where every team has a chance to win the Super Bowl and gives us fans the chance to talk smack to our neighbor, I say – LONG LIVE THE DRAFT!!!! 

P.S. – my team the Carolina Panthers had the best draft in this year’s event.  With that said, the Panthers will be back in Super Bowl for a thunderous rematch with the New England Patriots.  28-24 Panthers win!!!  You heard it here first!