Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thrown For a Loss

Rush Limbaugh’s bid to become a partial owner of an NFL team appears to be over.

Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a group headed by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts. Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh’s participation had become a complication in the group’s efforts and the bid will move forward without him.

Checketts told the Associated Press he will have no further comment on the bid process.

Three-quarters of the league’s 32 owners would have had to approve any sale to Limbaugh and his group. Earlier this week, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay predicted that Limbaugh’s potential bid would be met by significant opposition. Several players have also voiced their displeasure with Limbaugh’s potential ownership position, and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh’s bid.

Of course, Mr. Limbaugh had some comments.

“This is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me,” Limbaugh said. “This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.

“Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we’re going to have.”

When someone says, “It’s not about me,” it is nothing but. And let’s think about this for a moment. The people who are NFL team owners are probably some of the most conservative people in the business, both in terms of financial and political outlook, and I doubt that you’re going to find any group of conservatives that is more mainstream American than NFL football owners. I sincerely doubt that they paid attention to the opposition of the players based on Mr. Limbaugh’s record of racial sensitivity; I’m pretty sure that some of them may even agree with him and laughed along with “Barack the Magic Negro.” But they also know that controversy is bad for business, and they will do anything to avoid a distraction like this.

It also might have something to do with the fact that perhaps this group of stuffy old bores sees Rush Limbaugh as their worst nightmare — trailer trash from the Ozarks with money.