That racist pig Limbaugh
OK, let's get this out of the way, I hate the Eagles. Not as much as Arsenal or the Yankees, but I truly detest the Philadephia Eagles. Their fans are boorish pigs and every game my friends have been to at the Vet ended in a fight. So I'm usually looking for an Eagles loss unless the Giants need them to win for a playoff spot.
My best friend, who's a Cowboys fan, has similar feeling for the Eagles. Undiluted hatred.
However, we are not blind.
When I went over to Atrios this morning, I saw something about Limbaugh and the Eagles. I know he lives in Philly, so I read it.
Sunday, the racist pig Limbaugh claimed the following:
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL,'' Limbaugh said. "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well ... McNabb got a lot of the credit for the performance of the team that he really didn't deserve.''
Really? Well someone should tell Jim Fassel and Bill Parcells this, because I was under the impression defending against him was, well, a bit of a problem. I know he's had a habit of making the Giants defense look like stunted monkeys. The Eagles have a solid defense, but the Eagles have a weak O line and crappy receivers and no running game. So what the hell is he supposed to do? Toss the ball in the air and run down the field to catch it?
ESPN fucked up hiring a known racist to cover a sport which is 60 percent black. I have neither the time nor inclination to sort through Limbaugh's numerous racist statements over the years, but they are well known. The man has an antipathy towards blacks which is imfamous. Why not hire Ice Cube to comment on hockey or Leeds fans to cover Turkish soccer. The simple fact is that black quaterbacks had to force their way into the NFL and play well to stay there.
So what WAS going on with McNabb, who people on the east coast followed since he wound up at Syracuse. How did a Chicago boy wind up there? All the Big 10 schools wanted him to play defense back or wide receiver. NONE recruited him as a quarterback. Which was their mistake. He took Dick McPherson's Orangemen to bowl games and turned 'Cuse into a football power.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated's football guy says the following:
Last week, the editors at Sports Illustrated sent me to Philadelphia to look into why McNabb was playing so poorly early in the season. The Eagles were 0-2, and McNabb had been brutal in those eight quarters, completing 45 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Last Thursday, in search of answers, I interviewed McNabb, coach Andy Reid, tight end Chad Lewis and center Hank Fraley. I interviewed the Bucs' Warren Sapp, who had opposed the Eagles in Week 1.
So, before flying to Buffalo for this past Sunday's game, I developed my theories. I thought McNabb was rushing his throws and was mechanically unsound, throwing off his back foot and from other faulty angles. I thought he had happy feet, maybe nervous happy feet because his protection was breaking down so quickly. I thought he was missing open receivers on at least a third of his incompletions and not taking time to see the whole field. I thought he wasn't running nearly enough for such a talented runner; he didn't leave the pocket against the carnivorous Bucs in week one through the first 31 minutes of the game. I thought his weapons were lacking, and that Reid was trying to make studs out of second- and third-receiver types.
I also thought McNabb was getting no help from his running game. And I thought, as I have thought (and said, and written) in the past, that McNabb was simply not accurate enough to be a truly great player; his career completion rate of 56.6 percent over four-plus years demonstrated that.
I was all set to put down my theories in writing at the Bills-Eagles Sunday in Buffalo. But then a funny thing happened on the way to the rip job. McNabb played well.
So it was clear that Limbaugh was talking out of his ass.
Which the Philly media called him on :
The sick thing is, this is exactly what ESPN had in mind when the all-sports network hired veteran provocateur Rush Limbaugh for its Sunday NFL pregame show. You can imagine the meeting. The ESPN bigwigs must have needed drool cups to handle the runoff when they discussed the controversy Limbaugh would generate.
Limbaugh's idea of commentary Sunday involved an absurd attack on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and on "the media" that have overrated him because "the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There's interest in black quarterbacks and coaches doing well." McNabb, Limbaugh said, isn't "as good as everyone says he has been."
It is telling that Limbaugh pounced on a two-game slump by McNabb to advance his own pathetic agenda. It's a shame that Steve Young - who didn't become an effective NFL starter until he was plugged into the great San Francisco 49ers' offense in his eighth pro season - lent credence to Limbaugh's doggerel by suggesting that Koy Detmer would run the Eagles' offense better.
Fortunately for McNabb, his record speaks for itself.
But then, so does Limbaugh's. Unfortunately for ESPN, as long as he's on the air, Limbaugh's record speaks for the network, too.
His comments begger common sense. It's bad enough he lies about democrats for money. Now he slanders football players by talking out of his ass. Having seen McNabb win games, I'd like to know who should get the credit for Philly's wins? It ain't their receivers or O line. That's why I read the newspaper and watch the games instead. I certainly won't watch anything with that racist pig on it, especially if his football knowledge extends to saying McNabb doesn't deserve the credit he gets. I can talk out of my own ass about football and come closer to the mark.
posted by Steve @ 11:42:00 PM