NFL rushes to oust Limbaugh

William Herbe

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Rush Limbaugh addresses the National Association of Broadcasters at the convention center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 2, 2003. April Saul/KRT
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Rush Limbaugh addresses the National Association of Broadcasters at the convention center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 2, 2003. April Saul/KRT

If Rush Limbaugh ran for president, the world would be turned on its side. The United States would be at an all-time divide with the most famous, staunch conservative talk show host rallying the programmed GOP base toward corporate and scare-tactic dominance.

Even if he were to run for governor or mayor, he would bring a great rift to the two respected parties of our nation. He has already done so with flying colors over the past 20 years as a radio talk show host. That, though, should not be the reason he is dropped from a bid to own the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

Limbaugh has lobbied for a chance at being a partial owner of this despicable football team. If he were to take a leadership role and own some of the team, he could feasibly rally a fierce base that supports the team, especially at its worst moments like this season.

He has done the same for the conservatives of our country, but not without controversy and explosive resistance from the liberal base.

His comments toward Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb were unusual and annoying. I completely disagree with them, but still, it was his opinion that McNabb gets as much press and support because he is a black quarterback.  Does that mean Limbaugh’s controversial views and comments are enough for him to be ousted at the chance to own the Rams?

I understand and know full well of his interpreted race-talk that has stirred great debate many times in the last decade. The man is afraid of nothing and will stop at nothing to get his point across and anger the liberal parties of the U.S. He goes for the jugular, and his enemies blame him for hate speech and divisiveness at disproportionate levels.

The fact is the man loves football and will put as much fire and brimstone as he can into the organization to bring back “the greatest show on turf.”

Limbaugh worked with ESPN. He was an analyst for a short time in 2003, but left after his comments toward McNabb. He stuck to his talk show gig and moved on, of course with some controversy, but that’s who Limbaugh is.

He is no longer trying to be a sports analyst, but an owner. As a fan of the game he is trying to save the franchise, in his home state, from an exodus elsewhere.

In the end, he could have done great things for the team and the NFL. If the players and employees of the league delivered a more thorough process, that would have made more sense.

He could have been the savior that solidified that the Rams’ home stays in St. Louis, but the NFL Players Association and Al Sharpton, among others, spoke out against his bid.

Of course this is how I feel about the situation. The way the NFL Players Association is set up allows its voice to be heard loud and clear and have serious persuasion as to who will own a team in the end. That is fair and fine by me. But I don’t agree that he should have been ousted so quickly and definitively.

If the Rams leave St. Louis, many can blame the rash players organization and anti-Rush groups for restricting him at owning and saving the team from leaving their home.

The comments he made six years ago shouldn’t prevent him from being able to own a team. I can listen to some argue that he is a danger to the game and should stay away from sports. There should be no mix of politics and professional athletics.  I get it, but just like the controversial Marge Schott, Jerry Jones, Al Davis or Steinbrenner family, Limbaugh should be allowed, like the rest of the able citizens of our country to own the St. Louis Rams.

If he has the cash to purchase, then let him purchase.

I would never want Limbaugh to be the leader of our country, state or city. I disagree with 99 percent of his views and policies. But as the owner of the Rams I could see him make good moves and invigorate a worn-out squad and fan base that has all but left St. Louis.