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A Fascinating Perspective on Rush Limbaugh, the NFL, and Race

October 13, 2009
Quarterback Donovan McNabb, whom Rush Limbaugh said was "overrated"

Quarterback Donovan McNabb, whom Rush Limbaugh said was "overrated"

In today’s NewsReal, Paul Cooper and Joseph Klein have offered some fine analyses of how the leftist media have willfully distorted Rush Limbaugh’s views about race. Those views have suddenly become newsworthy because of Rush’s current effort to purchase the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams, whose roster, like the rosters of NFL teams generally, is mostly black. Six years ago Rush was excoriated for his infamous on-air observation that the media were overrating the skills of then-Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb because of their own desire to see an African American dominate the quarterback position. At the time, high-profile leftists like Al Sharpton and Howard Dean called for Limbaugh to be fired immediately.

Less well known — in fact, scarcely known at all — is the fact that soon thereafter a white member of the print media made precisely the same points as Rush had made, yet unlike Rush, he was not smeared as some kind of narrow-minded racist who resented the success of a black athlete. The writer was Allen Barra, and his piece, titled “Rush Limbaugh Was Right,”  appeared in Slate — hardly an organ of conservative thought. The article is well worth a read, even six years later. Some of Barra’s money quotes include the following:

“… In his notorious ESPN comments last Sunday night, Rush Limbaugh said he never thought the Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb was ‘that good of a quarterback.’

“If Limbaugh were a more astute analyst, he would have been even harsher and said, ‘Donovan McNabb is barely a mediocre quarterback.’ But other than that, Limbaugh pretty much spoke the truth. Limbaugh lost his job for saying in public what many football fans and analysts have been saying privately for the past couple of seasons….

“In terms of performance, many NFL quarterbacks should be ranked ahead of McNabb. But McNabb has represented something special to all of us since he started his first game in the NFL, and we all know what that is.

“Limbaugh is being excoriated for making race an issue in the NFL. This is hypocrisy. I don’t know of a football writer who didn’t regard the dearth of black NFL quarterbacks as one of the most important issues in the late ’80s and early ’90s…. So far, no black quarterback has been able to dominate a league in which the majority of the players are black. To pretend that many of us didn’t want McNabb to be the best quarterback in the NFL because he’s black is absurd. To say that we shouldn’t root for a quarterback to win because he’s black is every bit as nonsensical as to say that we shouldn’t have rooted for Jackie Robinson to succeed because he was black….

“[I]t is equally absurd to say that the sports media haven’t overrated Donovan McNabb because he’s black. I’m sorry to have to say it; he is the quarterback for a team I root for. Instead of calling him overrated, I wish I could be admiring his Super Bowl rings. But the truth is that I and a great many other sportswriters have chosen for the past few years to see McNabb as a better player than he has been because we want him to be.

“Rush Limbaugh didn’t say Donovan McNabb was a bad quarterback because he is black. He said that the media have overrated McNabb because he is black, and Limbaugh is right. He didn’t say anything that he shouldn’t have said, and in fact he said things that other commentators should have been saying for some time now. I should have said them myself. I mean, if they didn’t hire Rush Limbaugh to say things like this, what did they hire him for? To talk about the prevent defense?”

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  1. Dennis X permalink
    October 13, 2009 11:03 am

    Jaba the rush wants to get as close to actually owning a Blackman as he can. Since america has no soul , some brothers will play for him. It’s all about the money. You don’t have to distort what jaba says, just listen. Maybe clarance thomas and the happy negro, juan willams can be ball boys.

    • In the know permalink
      October 13, 2009 11:34 am

      I can see this comment being posted as an example of the uneducated, ghetto mentality reaching up from the hell hole created by social justice to drag accomplished black americans down. Jealousy no longer wears fur coats and hangs out in hallways, it sits in the pit of stupidity and waits to destroy those whom aspire for more.

    • draconianmeasures permalink
      October 13, 2009 11:35 am

      You have never listened to Rush Limbaugh and should be embarassed about making comments like that based on what his detractors have said he stands for. It’s childish. Grow up.

      • Swemson permalink
        October 13, 2009 4:32 pm

        I’m not sure if you’re interpreting that comment correctly…

        But I might be wrong…

        • Swemson permalink
          October 13, 2009 4:34 pm


          I was indeed wrong…


    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 13, 2009 5:24 pm

      The RAMS record is in the tank, their management/leadership stinks, their players are demoralized by all of the above so with Rush at the helm the only way to go is up. Would you rather the players stay in the toilet or would you like to see them have the opportuntity to make something of themselves? Could it be that you are one of the blacks who has made it and now looks down upon his brothers?

      And what has Rush Limbaugh ever done to you to deserve being dissed?


  2. Dennis X permalink
    October 13, 2009 1:08 pm

    For you uneducated rednecks, I know that jaba the rush is “on loan from God”. I listen to all your unamerican haters on the radio, from prager, jaba, hannity etc. . It’s good to know your enemies. So for draconianmeasures you should be embarassed and shut up because you have know idea what I listen to. As for not in the know, you don’t know s—!!!! I have more degrees that you could ever even imagine, live in the suburbs, work two jobs , own my home and income property. I’m your worse nigthmare an educated Blackman who doesn’t take crap from rednecks or tom’s. What category do you fall in jerk.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 13, 2009 4:38 pm

      I think that he falls in the category of the enlightened modern man, who sees past your race baiting bulls*^t and shakedown game…. & who also recognizes, that despite your alleged degrees, you’re just another empty suit filled with hot air….

      Perhaps you and Mr. Hill can get together and compare your talking points…

    • Nomad Thinker permalink
      October 18, 2009 6:35 pm

      Dennis X, what do you think of Mr. Snerdley?

  3. Dennis X permalink
    October 13, 2009 1:24 pm

    First, to draconianmeasures you don’t know who I listen to . I’m on loan from God, fool. I listen to all the american haters from jaba to hannity stein, prager etc. So you just be embarassed because you have no clue. As for ” not in the know”, son I have more college degrees than you have teeth. Ghetto, please I live in the suburbs, own my home and income property, work two jobs and have long paper in the bank.( ghetto) I’m your worst nightmare, an educated Blackman who doesn’t take crap from rednecks or toms. What category down you fall in?

    • In the know permalink
      October 13, 2009 3:05 pm

      Your attitude does not excuse your comment. As for your ad hominem abusive, thank you for resorting to personal attacks.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 13, 2009 4:47 pm

      Yo !

      educated Blackman LOL

      Watchu gonna doo… put a cap n’his ass ?

  4. Dennis X permalink
    October 13, 2009 3:32 pm

    So, you’re calling my comment ” uneducated, ghetto mentality” etc. doesn’t constitute a personnel attack. Boy, please! My comment regarding jaba the rush is correct, he’s a bigot. As for your poor excuse for a human being, time to go to bed you’ve just been spanked. PS,”hominem abusive”, WHAT? Did you go to school? You can’t write. Pratice before you bring your lame behind back to this post. Whose ghetto now?

    • October 13, 2009 4:44 pm

      “PS,”hominem abusive”, WHAT? Did you go to school? You can’t write. ”

      Ad hominem abusive is Latin. It’s a kind of argument where you call someone a name. Like saying “You’re an idiot” is a form of ad hominem abusive.

      I would think that someone who has “more college degrees than you have teeth” would know that.

    • October 13, 2009 4:46 pm

      You are a standard-issue, semi-literate racist (or are just pretending). You aren’t even extraordinarary — you are more like sharpton and the other race whores: vapid as the day is long and unable to do anything more than repeat the words put in your mouth (kb) by your massas in the plantation house.

      As far as multiple degrees and all that — anyone can say anything on the Internet. If you have degrees they are not in English nor did they require it. Probably “womyns studies” and “ethnic history” — useful in opening your own local acorn scam-station.

    • Dave permalink
      October 13, 2009 9:12 pm

      This is the same NFL that allowed a convicted,dog torturing felon to sign a multi million dollar contract. The same NFL with an endless parade of spouse/girlfriend beating’s and DUI incidents. Some how black football players and union goons have a problem with a man they know nothing about other than what CNN or PSMBC tells them. Just want to make sure we are all talking about the same NFL.

  5. Rachelle Young permalink
    October 13, 2009 4:56 pm

    When did the NFL become black property?

    I sense disparate outcomes in their recruiting practices. Whites, Asians, and midgets are definitely not represented in anything like their proportions in the population at large.

    Racism! Racism! Racism!

    • Mik permalink
      October 14, 2009 6:18 am

      For years I wanted to start a class action suit against all major sports leagues. Against the NFL because I am horizontally challenged. The NBA because I am vertically challenged. MLB because I am visually challenged. Hey I might sue roller derby. They don’t have a league for people who don’t skate

  6. Laurs1 permalink
    October 13, 2009 5:18 pm

    This Dennis person is quite the thinker and linguist. NOT! He is the perfect illustration of why it’s impossible to have a discussion with some people. With them it’s all labels, silly nicknames, unfounded allegations, and no meat.

    The worst thing of all is that they vote and otherwise pollute cyberspace with nothing sensible to say. It’s so pre-school.

  7. KansasGirl permalink
    October 13, 2009 6:52 pm

    Dennis, were you related to Malcolm?

    • Swemson permalink
      October 13, 2009 7:21 pm

      Probably just an admirer…

      He may be like that old actor who played Lincoln so many times, that the critics said that he wouldn’t be satisfied until he got shot !

  8. societyis2blame permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:21 am

    DennisX (fresh name, troll). I’d like to think your screed is just more mau-mauing from another race-baiting hustler for ACORN, but you’re likely just some smartass white kid sitting in his mom’s basement pretending to be a New Panther badass to piss off the wingnuts.

    PS, not to make a “personnel” attack on you, but it’s “who’s ghetto now” (as in “who is ghetto”) not “whose” (as in who the ghetto belongs to).

    Leave it to some “progressive” suburban troll to attribute ghetto slang diction to a black man.

    PS – what 70’s flick did you get that “I’m your worst nightmare” line from, Mr. Original ?

  9. October 14, 2009 4:54 am

    Whether it’s “Dennis X” the white boy in mom’s basement or “Dennis X” who confuses whose with who’s (despite having more degrees than some have teeth), the pattern is the same — attack those with whom you disagree instead of advancing substantive arguments. Of course, then there’s the “race card” that is nearly a mandate in any post-election Obama discussion. However, as the “stats” show (oh, those nasty facts), Black America’s vote in the 2008 election is prima facie evidence of racism. Thus, what the race-baiters don’t understand is how vapid their argument becomes as soon as race is introduced into the equation. Frankly, Limbaugh could be a closet-Klansman and would still be less racist than the majority of Black Americans. In fact, you just might find a few Korean store owners in Los Angeles who agree with this last statement. At the end of the day, it’s time to hold the black racists accountable, along with race-hustlers like Sharpton, Jackson, Rangel and, yes, Obama.

  10. October 14, 2009 7:02 am

    Jabba, the Rush, wants to get as close to actually owning a Black man as he can. Since America has no soul , some brothers will play for him. It’s all about the money. You don’t have to distort what jabba says, just listen. Maybe Clarence Thomas and the happy negro, Juan Williams can be ball boys.

    Please note corrected grammar and punctuation. No thanks needed….ha I would have inserted a semicolon between the two independent clauses but because “just listen” was so short, consulting my 9th grade Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, there was no need to change THAT.

    Oh my, I just saw that Mr. Dennis submitted more comments but I will let them stand…ha Don’t have time to correct EVERY THING he submits.

    • October 14, 2009 7:06 am

      the word, Negro, I believe , should have been capitalized…sorry about that. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      • swemson permalink
        October 14, 2009 1:27 pm


        Don’t get overly concerned over the terminology… negro doesn’t need to be capitalized… and neither does “black”

  11. Judy permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:48 pm

    Dennis X,
    Please identify the colleges that you attended so that we can eliminate them from the potential college/university lists our children are considering. It will save us both time and money. Please consider not trolling the site until you can be considerate of those that do not have an interest in your brand of lunacy. We welcome all opinions (yes, even those we disagree with) but, take offense to name calling. You sir are a racist and a bigot, and lack the common sense to know that what you hate in yourself is exactly what you accuse others of. We also welcome humor, since most of us don’t take ourselves so seriously as to consider ourselves the end all be all of humanity. I urge you to follow the rules (already set up) and join us. I for one enjoy the blog and enjoy the knowledge and opinions of others, even of those that I do not agree with. I do believe that your perception of those on the site is inaccurate, since generally most everyone here have college degrees, a measure of professional success, and valid opinions.I did not really want to take you to the alter, but, felt it necessary to vent my objection to your rudeness.

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 14, 2009 2:29 pm

      Judy said:

      “but, take offense to name calling. You sir are a racist and a bigot, ”


  12. Gareeth permalink
    October 16, 2009 5:28 am

    We can still own a black man? Really? I wonder if George Soros knows this?

    • VNVet permalink
      October 20, 2009 10:00 pm

      Since Soros is a major funder of leftist causes, and the democ-rat party is the purveyor of leftist initiatives; and since Soros also funds such democ-rat front groups as Media Matters, Daily Kos, MorOn.ugh, ACORN, etc., and finally, since the democ-rats are in charge of the democ-rat plantation, I think it’s fair to say that Soros does indeed own black men…and women of course.

  13. HorizonScanner permalink
    October 20, 2009 12:46 am

    I’d like to see a RadLib football team. Anita Dunn could be the coach.
    See her pacing the sidelines in her Colonel Kleb Mao jacket. One thing for sure, no dude’s gonna throw her a pass. All the players are volunteers. They play for free. Call the team the “ACDC ZeroKings”.


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