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Rush Limbaugh might one day own the St. Louis Rams. Hell, sometimes these column thingies write themselves.

The only thing that could make this news even more fantastic is if in his first two acts as owner Limbaugh traded for Donovan McNabb and made Jesse Jackson the head coach.

Followed by Ann Coulter's hiring as general manager.

My head exploded after hearing this Limbaugh news.

Limbaugh is going to change the name of the team from the Rams to the Nappy-Headed Hos.

Of course I know Don Imus said that but it still fits.

And somebody lock up the Rams' painkillers, stat.

When the Rams go 1-15 Limbaugh will blame it on the liberal media.

Or ACORN.

"Look, let me put it to you this way," Limbaugh once said on his radio show, "the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."

When I see McNabb and Tom Brady the first thought that comes to mind: gangs.

Sure.

"I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well," Limbaugh said on ESPN.

Brett Favre is black?

How exactly will Limbaugh address the team after he purchases them?

"I just want to introduce myself and say my door will always be open. That is, unless, you're a black quarterback. If you are, please leave the room now."

Would NFL owners really allow Rush Limbaugh to own a team? Really, really?

It is serious and it could happen, according to several NFL sources, because of one of Limbaugh's partners, Dave Checketts. The latter's tenure as president of the New York Knicks and then Madison Square Garden was definitely mixed nevertheless his name adds credibility to a bid that would otherwise be seen as some sort of sick joke. Checketts is currently owner of the St. Louis Blues NHL team.

Let's be clear: it's unknown if the Limbaugh-Checketts group truly has the cash or the muscle to buy the Rams, valued by Forbes Magazine at $913 million, but there are people in the sport who are taking this bid talk seriously.


Media types
like me would love for Limbaugh to own an NFL team because it would provide an unending source of material.

Limbaugh is a pungent bowl of stark raving bigoted lunacy. He'd be a dream to cover. But for the NFL, Limbaugh as an owner would be as comfortable as a colonoscopy with a periscope. It'd be one of the great nightmares for the sport.

The league has made significant strides in putting its horrid racial past behind it. The NFL isn't perfect on the issues of ethnicity but it tries.

Allowing Limbaugh, who plays the song "Barack the Magic Negro" on his radio show, a seat at the owner's table would instantly undermine everything the NFL has worked decades to accomplish.

And again, this whole thing is very possible.

Limbaugh is a huge sports fan and football follower which is why ESPN hired him in the first place before he torched the place one day.

I'm still wrapping my head around the words "Limbaugh" and "NFL owner" which is like saying the words "Freeman" and "Denzel Washington" in the same sentence.

"Have you ever noticed," Limbaugh once said on his radio show, "how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"

Yeah, this could be interesting.


In his October 7 article "NFL's Greatest Nightmare" Mike Freeman cited a quote that has been widely attributed to Rush Limbaugh. Mr. Limbaugh has since denied saying it and contacted The Washington Post. After seeking confirmation we were not able to verify the accuracy of the quote. Since it therefore does not meet our journalistic standards the quote has been removed.

By Mike Freeman  |  October 7, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles , St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Freeman, you are a racist.

Posted by: jim000122 | October 7, 2009 9:36 AM

St. Louis will shout with glee
at a Limbaugh ownership. That is,
if they want a loud mouthed buffoon
and fatassed queer for the job !!!!

Posted by: flyersout | October 7, 2009 9:46 AM

No, Freeman isn't a racist, Jim000122. Find a racist comment in his article and you will note, it was spoken by Rush Limbaugh.

Sadly, money changes everything. Rush has money. NFL wants money. STL wants to keep the Rams. This is a done deal.

Monday Night Football is now just a high dollar version of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 7, 2009 9:50 AM

The St. Louis "Klans"

Posted by: BigHustla | October 7, 2009 10:04 AM

I want this to happen and I want black players to quit the Rams. After that, boy we are going to see some drama. And we are going to for sure see all the fringe, crazy people coming out cheering the Rams. What kind of picture that is going to be? The Rush Army would be hysterical and we are going to see some heads burst in bright daylight.

Posted by: lhao333 | October 7, 2009 10:45 AM

Rush would just be the latest in a long tradition of ultra-wealthy wahoos who happen to own sports franchises. Why not?

It's not as if the NFL is suddenly going to begin enforcing good taste and decorum. It is the quintessential American Circus and Rush is definitely a P.T. Barnum wannabe.

Let him own the Rams AND the MLB National League Cardinals and he can finish making Missouri a Limbaugh family fiefdom.

Posted by: roboturkey | October 7, 2009 10:46 AM

I assume he would have easy access to pain killers in the locker room.

Posted by: RadicalGlove | October 7, 2009 10:55 AM

Limburger's to do list:
1) Trade for Vick
2) Pass (or run) to the right
3) Change color of uniforms from gold and blue to red and yellow

Posted by: hobsry7350 | October 7, 2009 11:08 AM

If you oppose Limbaugh's ownership of the Rams and you are a season ticket holder of any NFL team, please, please PLEASE, write a letter to your team owner and let them know of your opposition. Owners vote on team sales. One of the last things an owner wants to do is anger season ticket holders.

Posted by: wsteele2 | October 7, 2009 11:13 AM

Rush: The reason we lost today - a Liberal conspiracy by the referees. and our gameplan was not conservative enough.

Posted by: VegasJim | October 7, 2009 11:14 AM

Really, if he does get the team. S. Jackson should leave in protest and other players, including white ones should follow. If Fat Boy wants to provoke the country's derelicts on the radio more power to him. But actually having to take leadership responsibility (even if its just a paycheck) in a multi cultural business is a whole different story.

Posted by: doesntmatter | October 7, 2009 11:19 AM

no Jimm Freeman is not a racist for posting quotes.... you are just in denial...

sadly that means you probably have racial tendencies and do not even know it.

thats sad... really sad.

a person can quote a person, and here is the transcript of his recent racial comment:http://mediamatters.org/limbaughwire/2009/09/15#0023

and you call the person quoting him and reacting to Rush's racial statements, which are a direct insult to him, a racist.

So if a "white" person had said what Freeman said, would he be a racist??

Posted by: Aneko | October 7, 2009 11:20 AM

Freeman, have you actually ever LISTENED to Limbaugh? From your comments it seems as you never have and that makes you prejudiced as you have prejudged without personal experience. So to do the research you should have done before writing this garbage:

As far as the Crips/Bloods statement, consider he said that at the time when football players were shooting limo drivers, themselves, arrested for drugs, etc. The conduct of professional football players was not becoming of their profession, you'll have to admit. The nature of their offenses was more similar to street crimes therefore the gang reference.

And don't get me started on the choke artist McNabb...Really? Would you have backed him up that much were he white or Hispanic? He looked at numbers and performance beyond race and his criticism was not with McNabb but on journalists like you who looked at skin color vice the facts.

The Magic Negro idea came from a BLACK journalist's (DAVID EHRENSTEIN) column for the L.A. Times who criticized Barack Obama early in the presidential race. It is satire now.

Hey, as a professional, how about next time do your homework and actually study your material before perpetuating more hate and prejudice amongst the ignorant and misled? Really? Do you get paid for writing this garbage?

Posted by: CVaz1011 | October 7, 2009 11:45 AM

Obviously those of you who make derisive comments toward Rush do not listen to his program, nor do you watch his dittocam. I do, every day, and have been since April 1992. So first off, Mr. Freeman, you have no clue what you are talking about. Anyone who knows Rush and listens to his program knows without a doubt that he has never said anything or voiced an opinion that is racist or bigoted. What you think he is stating as racist or bigoted are either parody based on the remarks of others (such as Barack the Magic Negro - do your research please - here's a hint, check with the LA Times) or he is quoting the language of others... which he clearly states. Most of his comments are taken way out of context. If you do not listen to his show, you will never know this. For those of you who keep thinking he is fat, you also demonstrate your ignorance. Rush has not been "fat" for many years. He lost a ton of weight years ago, and gained some back. No where near being fat, mind you, but overweight, yes. He has been on a diet for several months and has lost that weight and is certainly not even overweight, much less fat. So people, get your facts straight for once, and try going to the source instead of reading the websites of those have don't even listen to the show. Cheers.... Rob

Posted by: RJB3 | October 7, 2009 12:07 PM

If you've got the green you can may buy whatever you want.

God Bless America!!!

Posted by: ravioliman6666 | October 7, 2009 12:30 PM

Add Rush LImbaugh to the already disgusting ranks of Dan Snyder, and Football fast becomes commodified krapp.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 7, 2009 12:58 PM

sounds like Mr. Freeman has a chip on his shoulder

Posted by: mikestretmater | October 7, 2009 2:00 PM

Freeman, it was IMUS who made the "nhh" comment, not Rush. Do we white people all look alike to you or something?

Anyway, I wish Rush would buy the WaPo, and fire Freeman and the rest of the incredibly biased writers there,including those who try to throw the elections. Even WaPo's own ombudsman admitted the paper did so in the case of the George Allen senate race.

Posted by: Missy5537 | October 7, 2009 3:19 PM

Freeman, you are a racist moron

Posted by: chriscam44 | October 7, 2009 3:23 PM

What a load of ignorant crap. I describe it as ignorant, because if you made these statements though fully informed, you would be a liar and I prefer to be generous. Because Limbaugh points out the idiocy of the racists who dominate the Left in this country, they completely miss the point and accuse him of racism, thereby underlining his point and adding emphasis. It's funny and sad. But, besides that, this post is full of falsehood and illogical 'reasoning'.

Posted by: bewillderd | October 7, 2009 3:29 PM

Missy5537, Freeman attributes the "NHH" quote to Imus in the very next paragraph. You, ma'am, either do not know how to read or have a serious ax to grind.

Rush Limbaugh is an overstuffed, fat a**, pill popping racist. His radio show is nothing more than his often incoherent ramblings. If he wants to own an NFL team, by all means he should go for it, but based on his past comments and the demographic of St. Louis, he might want to pick a different town.

Posted by: KristinInDSM | October 7, 2009 3:36 PM

Freeman is copying and pasting some quotes attributed to Limbaugh that are false.

Most of those quotes have been debunked and/or unverified, yet that doesn't stop smear merchants like Freeman from falsely repeating them.

Freeman is guilty of playing the race card and of poor journalism, all because his intolerance, ignorance and intellectual laziness blinds him to the facts.

Copying and Pasting quotes without verifying them and then calling that person a racist is par for the course for the MIA MSM these days.

"Of course I know Don Imus said that but it still fits."

Why? Because you say so?

No wonder the public says the MSM has little to no credibility.

(Unlike Freeman, I'll source my claim:
http://people-press.org/report/543/)

Yes, this story is about a racist.

His name is Mike Freeman.

Posted by: PHP87 | October 7, 2009 4:14 PM

Freeman is the racist. He seems to delight in taking others quotes and putting them on Rush.

For example, Imus was the speaker of the 'Nappy Headed Hos' comment, thanks for reminding us of that.

The LA Times was responsible for 'Barack, the Magic Negro'.

If Rush is guilty of racism for parodying and commenting on others racists remarks, then surely Freeman is as well.

Posted by: tc_rider | October 7, 2009 4:18 PM

Mr. Freeman, I understand you concerns...as an African American, you should be more concerned about the perception he is talking about...NFL GAMES all to often look like "gang fights" You may be overly sensitive to the bloods and crip comment...but when I hear that comment I think he is refering to the "Thug Mentality" of so many players, all to often Black players, but white players as well...as fot the merits of slavery..a sensitive topic, but an educated person like yourself should also know what he means...remove the thoughts of color when mentioning slavery..the first slaves in america, were polish and white...I guess you feel more comfortable with todays slavery hidden as "Illegal Immagration" they are building this country know...like all other previous slaves. Commentaries are meant to provoke thoughts from all perspectives.

Posted by: okcbaze | October 7, 2009 6:49 PM

Mike Freeman, you owe Rush Limbaugh an apology for misquoting him and using those false quotes to smear him as being a racist.

And here is the proof:

http://www.andimright.com/?p=417

A good journalist always checks his sources.

Obviously, you are not a good journalist.

Posted by: PHP87 | October 7, 2009 11:40 PM

Mike, I think your political alliances fueled your emotions for this article just a tad. *sometimes these things write themselves* You picked all the one liners from Rush and defended ACORN at the same time. How would you like to be falsely associated with all the thieves at that criminal organization?

Posted by: luncheaterguy | October 8, 2009 1:39 AM

Rush Limbugh keeps his transcripts available online. Media Matters monitors talk radio.

If you see a quote, with no clip, no transcript from the original source, and especially if a watchdog group doesn’t have it, your quote is probably untrue.

Posted by: PHP87 | October 8, 2009 1:28 PM

WOW! The drugster Rush has got a lot of bootlickers in here. Fellas like CVaz1011 should be proud, way to make your dad proud. He can say, "look at my boy licking a fat racist drug addict's luxury loafers." This a special day for you dog, you're the man now!

Posted by: sm4269a | October 9, 2009 7:10 PM

When did this happen?
If the NFL commish does not sqaush this attempt quickly, he is being hypocritical about his policy of good behaviour for NFL personnel.
Drugs, racism, divisive comments.
Rush would have received a lifetime ban by the Roger G. by now and you would let him own?

Posted by: zariah | October 9, 2009 8:47 PM

"My head exploded after hearing this Limbaugh news."

Oh. And I thought it was just a bad haircut in your picture.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 10, 2009 1:49 PM

And who gonna buy a NFL team? A left-wing? A liberal? How can they be rich if they are anti-business and anti-capitalism?
Liberal Democrats believed in non-violence. Look at the peace marches. they cannot fight back with punches because they are non-violence preachers.
The conservative Republicans are pro-sports. The liberals hated PE and athletic and the NCAA and the NFL.

see:
Dark Thoughts. by Jon Entine. If the NFL is 70 percent African-American, why are there so few black quarterbacks? And while we're at it, why is the NFL 70 ...
http://www.jonentine.com/articles/dark_thoughts_recon.htm

Posted by: Rockvillers | October 13, 2009 3:07 PM

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