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Doug Farrar

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In their last five seasons, they've had no records above .500 and five different men have coached the team. They haven't won a game since October 19, 2008. They're 0-5 this season, and if they lose next Sunday, they'll have gone 16 games -- a full season split over two years -- since their last win. And now, it's quite possible that this franchise will be owned by a guy who makes Al Davis and Danny Snyder look positively reasonable.

Who am I talking about? The St. Louis Rams. The last year this team was relevant was 2003, when they went 12-4. Since then, they've managed two 8-8 seasons around some really pathetic seasons, and it's never been as bad as it is now. The 2009 Rams have scored a grand total of 34 points in five games, and they've allowed 146. No other NFL team has come even close to their -112 point differential this year, which makes sense -- how many teams lose their games by an average of over 20 points per game? To put it into perspective, the Oakland Raiders, who may have the worst quarterback in NFL history in JaMarcus Russell, have a -81 point differential. We're talking about historic awfulness here.

Still, the Rams have been relatively inoffensive patsies, playing as they do in the unrespected NFC West. That anonymity could change very quickly if notorious blowhard Rush Limbaugh is able to buy the team (and before anyone takes off on my politics here, I have no use for demagogues on either side of the fence -- Michael Moore makes no more sense to me than Mr. Limbaugh does). What if he decides to start spouting off in public, using his status as an NFL team owner to go beyond the audience he already has? What if he takes his divisiveness and hatred to the NFL itself? Do we really need a repeat of the George Preston Marshall days, when men of color were barely allowed in the NFL, and were marginalized beyond all reason if they were?

If you want to know how bad the Rams have become, consider the circumstances under which someone like Limbaugh would be able to pop up and make an offer in the first place. A once-great team, ripped apart by horrible decision-making year after year, trying to look attractive to potential buyers in the worst economy in memory. The Rams are bad now -- under Limbaugh's "leadership", how much worse will they be?

By Doug Farrar  |  October 12, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Race , St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You may not have any use for Rush's politics or style, but you cannot deny that the man has built himself a mini-empire using nothing more than the sound of his own voice. He is a shrewd businessman, and hopefully he can apply that same level of acumen to right that sinking ship in St. Louis.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | October 12, 2009 3:25 PM

I don't think the NFL would allow Limbaugh to own a team. The best that can happened for Limbaugh is that he is a minority share of the total ownership, while the principal owner appoints the General Manager. The NFL would have a serious PR problem with Limbaugh as principal owner of a team. The NFL Commissioner's office is much more hands on and has much more power than other sport commissioner's office.

Limbaugh is a racist, pure and simple. He was hired by ESPN to act fill a role as a Howard Cosell type of figure, but even he cross the line with his Donovan McNabb statement.

There is already a strong sense of boycott from players who would refuse to play for the Rams... It is understandable given some of vile hate that Limbaugh spews all the time. It is better to find another group to finance a sale of the Rams.

The NFL will have to be on their toes with a rapid response team if Limbaugh is a co-owner with Dave Checketts. They either will tell Limbaugh to either publicly disclaim some of his comments that he states everyday, or will penalize him for his future antics...

Posted by: ecw1216 | October 12, 2009 4:06 PM

mr Limbaugh is like jim balsillie

Posted by: gpoi | October 12, 2009 7:39 PM

I sort of relish the the thought of the spectacle of seeing Rush Limbaugh yelling snd screaming on the sidelines, jumping up and down, huffing and puffing, sweat running down his porcine frame in rivers.

On the other hand, we can see him do all that in many other venues.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 13, 2009 12:41 PM

I have no use for Limbaugh or his "dittoheads," but the one thing I will say for him, having occasionally listened, is that I don't think he's a racist. Comparing him to George Preston Marshall is unfair. Comparing him to Mark Cuban, with a bigger audience, is more like it. I don't think the NFL will allow Limbaugh to own a team for one reason: it's a bad business decision. They don't want an owner who's a divisive public figure with the capacity to alienate fans. Also, after decades of Al Davis, they don't want any more owners who think they're bigger than The League.

Posted by: Charles_Day@comcast.net | October 13, 2009 2:52 PM

Limbaugh has constantly stated overt racist comments...

http://newsone.com/obama/top-10-racist-limbaugh-quotes/

This comment is just plain sick

" I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

I can handle his ignorance and mindlessness on most things, but I do get outrage on his racists comments. His behavior during the 2008 election was pretty repugnant.

The NFL would have a major PR problem on their hands if they accept Limbaugh as a majority owner. As much as he has a following, he probably repels more people than he attracts with his vituperative rants...

Posted by: ecw1216 | October 13, 2009 8:38 PM

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