The St. Louis Rams really suck these days. Why they suck is beyond me at the moment. I haven’t really followed what’s been happening in the world of American football in a very long time. All I know is what is mentioned in the general news broadcasts. But I do know that the St. Louis Rams haven’t won a game in their last fourteen or so times they have taken to the field. Their offense, once referred to as the greatest show on turf, is ranked dead last in the entire league. And the defense is no better. Somebody should tell the coaches that the ropey dope strategy of playing dead while the opponent racks up points in a hope that they’ll tire out and become susceptible to a knockout doesn’t work very well in football. The Rams look like the Detroit Lions of not too long ago. Somebody needs to wake up and put together a football team. The betting isn’t if the Rams will lose. The bets are how many dozen points the Rams will lose by.
As a consequence of such poor play, the Rams are having abysmal fan attendance. It’s true that the poor economy doesn’t help. But the fact that the Rams haven’t won a game since something like October of 2008 is the primary reason most people have lost interest in the team. And it also doesn’t help that since the death of owner Georgia Frontiere, her children that inherited the Rams really haven’t taken much of an interest in actively managing the team. They have made it public knowledge that the Rams are unofficially for sale. And if the Rams are sold, there is a better than even chance that the team will move out of the St. Louis area and away from all the fickle St. Louis fans who have the audacity to want to support a winning team instead of these losing misfits.
Conservative talk show radio personality Rush Limbaugh is a member of a partnership interested in buying the Rams franchise and keeping the team playing the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis. Mr. Limbaugh is a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, just ninety miles south of St. Louis, has teamed up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts and others to submit a bid. This is the same Mr. Limbaugh that had a brief stint as a professional football commentator for ESPN back in 2003, but was forced to resign after making rather racist comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Mr. Limbaugh made the suggestion that NFL management was guilty of practicing a little social engineering by pushing the black Mr. McNabb into the high profile role of quarterback when he was ill prepared for such a responsibility. It was Mr. Limbaugh’s opinion that the only reason there was such an emphasis on Mr. McNabb was because he was black. Mr. McNabb was getting credit for the Eagle’s performance when it was his team that was doing all the work. Talk about playing the race card.
Since then, Mr. Limbaugh has made a number of racially insensitive comments about individual black people and the black community in general. He has made numerous racial references to President Barack Obama. When former Secretary of State Collin Powel endorsed Mr. Obama to be our next President, Mr. Limbaugh was there with the accusation that the only reason was because of race and the fact that black people just can’t pass the chance to help other black people get ahead when it is obvious black people don’t deserve it. When a fight broke out on a school bus between a white student and a couple of black students, Mr. Limbaugh was there to stir the pot of racial animosity. And Mr. Limbaugh was quick to play the race card when Mr. Obama picked Sonia Sotomayor. Mr. Limbaugh has done his fair share of race baiting.
Before Mr. Obama could take office Mr. Limbaugh said he hoped Mr. Obama would fail in his attempts to put the country back on the right track. In many respects, the United States was a wreck after eight years of leadership from Mr. Obama’s immediate predecessor the conservative former President George Bush. And after such results from conservative leadership it should have been understood that maybe a more liberal mindset is what the country needs right now.
But Mr. Limbaugh would have none of it. The very idea of having Mr. Obama at our country’s helm is too much to bear. And the thought that of a liberal being successful is dreadful enough. The thought that a black liberal can successfully put the country back on track would be an abomination. Mr. Limbaugh proudly stated that he would do anything to assure Mr. Obama’s failure, even if that failure meant trouble for the entire country and possibly the world. Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your fat-assed face.
This shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mr. Limbaugh knows nothing about building a cohesive team of individuals to work together to win games. Mr. Limbaugh has proven that he is too petty to put aside differences for the common good. If he says that he is more than happy to watch the country go down in flames in order to protect his conservative principles, just imagine what he would do to a football team. His prejudice against black football players was his fuel to diminish Mr. McNabb’s accomplishments and his future potential. If Mr. Limbaugh was calling the shots for the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2003 there is little doubt that Mr. McNabb would have been benched in favor of a lesser but white quarterback. And now he wants to own the St. Louis Rams. This is not a good thing for the Rams or for football.