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Rush: Guilty of Being Politically Incorrect
mens news daily ^ | 10/09/03 | Karen De Coster

Posted on 10/09/2003 7:32:31 AM PDT by machman

Karen De CosterRush Limbaugh is being branded as a racist because of his remarks about Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles. Said Rush: ?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; I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

First I will comment on the accuracy of Rush?s remark in regards to Donovan McNabb. For any football fan that gobbles up statistics, look at Donovan McNabb?s stats and they read: he is just average. His stats are average at best, and below average at times. Except for his running game, which is always spectacular. Look at his QB Rating over the last few years; he?s not at the top of the heap.

However, diehard football fans know that McNabb is one of those players that are far better than his stats. Why?  He has a huge presence on the field; he?s a superb athlete with great size; he's a strong, feared leader; and he doesn?t make a lot of critical mistakes. Look at his TD-to-interception ratio, and that means he's not a game-blower. He?s a steady, cool hand that can run like heck, and therefore he?s a threat every time he takes a snap. But he's not a dominating game-breaker either. McNabb is not the nucleus of the Eagles; it was not him who was instrumental in his team being one of the top teams in the NFL last year. It was the great Eagle defense. Rush was right.

People ask, why then, did Rush have to bring up the "black thing?" The reason Rush interjected race was that he, I believe, just hates political correctness, as many of us do. We are sick and tired of it. And racial political correctness pervades sports everywhere and everyplace. As a confessed football fanatic for many, many years, I love the game, and I am tired of affirmative action dragging its demons and Jesse Jacksonisms into this game that I love so much.

I watch, and have watched for years, all of the NFL pre-game shows on the tube, from the ESPN shows to Inside the NFL to Fox NFL Sunday. Black quarterbacks and coaches are singled out for hiring, praise, and constant attention, and if it is too un-PC for me to say that, I say tough. If it is not true, then why does the NFL have a policy stating that teams must adhere to a quota system when interviewing head coaches? If Rush was so wrong, why then did the NFL fine the Detroit Lions nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars for hiring a white head coach (Steve Mariucci) without interviewing a single black coach? If Rush was wrong, why does the NFL require teams to interview minority coaching candidates before hiring a coach? Why does the NFL apply constant pressure to teams to hire black coaches?

Here?s the kicker with the Detroit Lions scam: the Lions have been set up to run a West-Coast offense, player and personnel-wise. The current management team was brought in to run a West Coast-style offense (named after the SF 49?ers offense run by Joe Montana), players were brought in that were adaptable to this offense, and when the prior coach didn?t work out, Steve Mariucci, a white guy, and the best West-Coast offense guy in the game, happened to become available. Yoo-Hoo!, said Lions fans, including me. Mariucci is a proven winner.

The Lions knew they had to interview some black coaches, to conform to the quota system, so they tried to accomplish that task. But guess what? None of the black coaches invited to interview with the Lions would accept the invite, because they were all damn smart enough to know that Mariucci was the best West-Coast guy in the league, the guy that could best run the Lion?s offense as it had been built, and he was available, and that meant he would be the guy to get the job. So black coaches like Dennis Green said, why should I waste my time even interviewing? These guys didn't want to fly all the way out to Detroit to fill a quota interview. They also knew the Lions? coaching decision wasn?t about black-and-white; they knew it was strategic football planning.

Subsequently, why are the commentators and players always talking about the fact that skin color is irrelevant, such as Donovan McNabb did this week, when in fact teams are being forced to adhere to quota systems for hiring, and being fined and condemned when they do not? McNabb said: "It's sad that you've got to go to skin color. I thought we were through with that whole deal." Yes Donovan, it is sad. Sports teams are a business, and it is all about winning. But no Donovan, we are not over skin color. Look around you, at the NFL and its rules. Affirmative action and racial-political correctness both flourish.

The Detroit Tigers baseball club was also publicly condemned for hiring the white Phil Garner, as manager of the team a few years ago. Hiring white provokes a fight. What did the NAACP do because the Tigers interviewed no black candidates? They started a boycott, and their coercive pressure forced the offices of Major League Baseball to publicly spank the Tiger?s owner and management. I once worked in corporate treasury for an organization that owned two professional sports teams. The office went off into a drunken escapade when we won, and near-depression when we didn?t, because that meant millions lost, and it translated into disaster come raise/bonus time, and it also hurt the success of the organization overall. It was and is all about the bottom lines ? winning and money.

In regards to football analysis itself, in terms of black quarterbacks like Aaron Brooks, Daunte Culpepper, Kordell Stewart, Quincy Carter, and Michael Vick, many are overrated or average, except Daunte Culpepper, who I think is one of the most exciting QBs in the game already, and he's still a puppy.  Michael Vick can run like hell, but he's not the QB that everyone makes him out to be. He doesn't do a whole lot outside of his running game, yet commentators drool over him as if he is changing the entire nature of quarterbacking in the NFL. He is not; he likely will not. He's a blast to watch, but his style usually doesn't win championships, especially when he slows down as he gets older. Drop-back, in-the-pocket quarterbacks win championships, especially when they have a defense like the Eagles had last year to help them along. The reason McNabb has been so successful at his position is that he's smart, solid, and mistake-free for the most part. And he's a sufficient passer when he stays in the pocket. Kordell Stewart - a great athlete - bombed because they put him at a position where he couldn't utilize his best skills.

Like Doug Williams, Vick has a super-strong arm, but he?s tossing the ball to Alaska when his receivers are in Oregon. And Doug Williams? He was the favorite of the politically correct crowd, and an average black quarterback whose team happened to get to the Super Bowl. Again, a heck of a strong arm that could throw the play-action from Tampa Bay to Detroit, but couldn?t consistently hit his receivers ten yards up the field. So must we over-celebrate players just because they are playing in non-traditional roles? Can't we just quietly accept that the game is naturally evolving to a degree?

What about attributes? Is it too politically incorrect to talk about the attributes of blacks as versus whites in sports? Jimmy the Greek wouldn?t want to answer that one. The current crop of black quarterbacks aren't as well-suited to the drop-back, in-the-pocket, accurate-passing quarterback position. Most black quarterbacks, current and past, have relied on running, speed, power, and moves, and that is what people expect of them. And white guys are rarely (if ever) suited to the nimble, herky-jerky, deftly-moving, ultra-quick tailback position. How many black quarterbacks play a game like Montana, Elway, Marino, etc.? There have only been a few. And name me one white running back that ran/moved like Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, or Billy Sims. White running backs - the few that there are - play fullback, and run the straight-ahead, slower, power game like Mike Alstott and Cory Schlesinger. Is it a sin to note this? How can someone like me watch, follow, and obsess on this game for so long, and not notice it?

The black coach and black quarterback worshipping is a product of political correctness; it exists, it is real, and it is indeed tiresome. Why does nobody question why the Dusty Baker incident went by so quietly, when he actually spoke more like a racist - as the media would term it - in terms of talking about characteristics in which blacks were superior to whites? He was talking about how whites and blacks adapt differently to the hot weather, and of course, Dusty Baker was entirely correct. He is not a racist. I thought his remarks were fascinating, and besides, can?t those remarks be substantiated by anthropology? But the media was fairly passive about that incident because Baker is black.

Rush Limbaugh - a neocon-Republican shill that I almost never agree with - is a heck of a football mind. He knows the game, and I'll always give him that. Dusty Baker was speaking on the basis of his years of experience with the game and the people who play it, and so was Rush.

Rush was sensationalizing his remarks up, as these radio talk show guys do, and that is a different matter. He was guilty of stupidly throwing out political incorrectness at a very unforgiving, PC crowd. His purpose/job was to comment on football, not politics in football. Stupid, yes. But that does not make him a racist. Should he have been fired if he didn?t resign? Yes, his brand of politics did not belong on the show, and certainly not framed in that context. Rush was right, but irresponsible and stupid all the same.

Karen De Coster

Karen De Coster is a politically incorrect CPA, and an MA student in economics at Walsh College in Michigan. Visit her website at You can also visit her archive on™

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: espn; football; nfl; pc; rush
Interesting thoughts.

My thoughts have always been that "athletic" QB's are not "over rated" when taken as a whole package. The problem is that over time, they lose part of that package, their mobility, and their lacking in pure passing/reading defenses skills then start to shine through. The average QB with true drop back passing skills has a much longer life in the NFL than a great running back, as the pure athletic part of the equation is much more important at RB than QB. Many more flame out after a few years after losing that 1/2 of step bursting through the hole. Whereas the QB can make a long career out of being a drop back passer. But, they can make a splashy enterance into the league by being a hybrid ala Stewart or a Vick, but if they never move beyond being that, well, they will last about as long as the average RB in the league.

To me, John Elway was just as "over rated" as McNabb, at least at first. But as the injuries caught up to him, he had to almost relearn how to play his postition, which he did, but not all like him get the chance.

1 posted on 10/09/2003 7:32:32 AM PDT by machman
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2 posted on 10/09/2003 7:34:10 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: machman
Aren't there white QBs that are overrated?
3 posted on 10/09/2003 7:51:46 AM PDT by tonyinv (There will be no "news at 11" only spin.)
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To: machman
PC crowd. His purpose/job was to comment on football, not politics in football. Stupid, yes.

I'm sorry, I dont' subcribe to this: "He was right and wrong at the same time" argument.

He was right, the PC weenies on the show and in the press ere wrong. Period.

4 posted on 10/09/2003 8:00:40 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (ESPN now has 4 little wimpy sissies left. I'm switching back to FOX.)
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To: tonyinv
Well, I made that point. I think that in general, most running QB's are "over rated" in that they bring something extra to the position that a pure passer can't. When they lose that something extra, they either can't play anymore or learn how to become a drop back passer, which most can't.
5 posted on 10/09/2003 8:01:14 AM PDT by machman
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To: machman
...or perhaps Limpbull was guilty of taking too much oxicotin before his gaffe!
6 posted on 10/09/2003 8:04:52 AM PDT by meandog ("Do unto others before they do unto you!")
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To: machman
I see it from this position, that there is no criticism of blacks period, in the national media.
7 posted on 10/09/2003 8:22:26 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Confession may be good for my soul, but it sure plays hell with my reputation.)
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To: machman
I am a long time Eagles fan, and I have always considered Donovan McNabb to be a very good quaterback, but not yet a superstar. He is capable of some great games and some very bad games (witness last year's NFC title game against Tampa Bay and the first two games this season). The fact is that the superstar quaterbacks ratchet up their performance when the title is on the line. McNabb hasn't yet demonstrated that he is able to do that.

As for the longevity of running quaterbacks versus drop-back quaterbacks, you need look no further than former Eagle QB Randall Cunningham. He was a joy to watch until he suffered his broken leg. He was never the same after that. He could run, but never with the same reckless abandon as before the injury. He always seemed to hear the footsteps behind him -- nothing irrational about this from the standpoint of human survival instincts, but not a good thing for a scrambling quaterback. His career pretty much faded after that injury.

I like Donovan McNabb a lot, and I don't question that he has the potential to be one of the great ones. It is just too bad that the press had to declare him a superstar prematurely. I just hope this whole flap doesn't do a dance on his head.

8 posted on 10/09/2003 8:35:43 AM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: blau993
His career pretty much faded after that injury.

Well, that's perhaps the main point I was trying to make. You can be a very good NFL QB, and not be able to run much at all. And you can be a very good QB if you can run and are a decent passer. But the guy who loses his ability to run, has to fall back on pure passing/defense reading skills. For guys who were always the fastest kid on the playground to wake up one day at age 28 and realize they can't run worth a lick and now much develop the rest of their game, well, its too late by then, at least for most. "Great athletes" are a dime a dozen in the NFL and are refeshed each year with the draft, guys that have mastered their postion are a scarcity.

In a way its alot like the fireballing 20 year old that comes up to the major leagues in baseball. They can throw hard and get alot of people out, but aren't great "pitchers". Eventually, they lose the heat, and either learn how to pitch or leave the game.

9 posted on 10/09/2003 8:48:34 AM PDT by machman
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To: tonyinv
Aren't there white QBs that are overrated?

Yes, there that might be true, but that does not change Rush's specific charge that McNabb is over-rated, and that it is because some reporters do it because of his race. Reporters may also over-rate athletes because they are good interviewees, or they do lots of public service, or they have some other non-sports newsworthiness.

10 posted on 10/09/2003 9:27:46 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: machman
I found it curious that a chick was writing for the mens news daily. Or, am I not allowed to comment on that?
11 posted on 10/09/2003 10:26:11 AM PDT by iranger
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To: machman
Now that it's been a week or so since the non-PC "incident", I don't even think Rush was stupid. The ESPN thing was a part-time gig anyway. Rush has more money coming out of his ass than most people will ever see. He didn't need the ESPN gig. If he was going to go on TV as Rush Limbaugh, but talk like a sycophantic PC type, why go on at all? He's Rush Limbaugh, and he should act like Rush Limbaugh, not like Chris ("Gee, is McNabb black? I never noticed!") Berman.
12 posted on 10/09/2003 10:35:20 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: machman
I disagree with something here...

Gus Frerotte is busy showing how overrated and overpaid Duante Culpepper is. He's actually making good use of Randy Moss, unlike Duante. And, although Gus was never a great QB either, he's currently bringing a certain level of maturity to the game, which the Vikings need IMO.

Duante...He's pretty good still, but he's not great.
13 posted on 10/09/2003 10:36:57 AM PDT by grumple
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To: grumple
Exactly...with Gus, the Vikings offense has become even more explosive. I think she just needed to get on record as being supportive of atleast one black QB.
14 posted on 10/09/2003 10:40:21 AM PDT by iranger
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To: tonyinv
Aren't there white QBs that are overrated?

Vinny Testaverde.

Oh no, wait, we all ADMIT he sucks.

15 posted on 10/09/2003 10:48:22 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: machman
Heck, the NFL is over-rated. It is the most over-hyped, over-coached, over-analyzed, over-priced, over-regulated professional sport there is. Frankly the NFL is a bore.
16 posted on 10/09/2003 10:49:08 AM PDT by 38special
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To: iranger
Personally, I think the problem lies with Campbell's soup. You know those chunky soup commercials bot Kurt Warner and McNabb star in. Ever since they signed contracts to do commercials, they've become mediocre at best because their focus is not completely on football. Warner was an Arena football nobody until Trent Green broke a leg leaving St Louis moaning and groaning during that preseason in the year they won the super bowl. Kurt was hungry back then and dominated the QB position. Of course, then he started doing commercials and eating alot of chunky soup. Now he just isn't that hungry anymore (pun intended).

But hey, who can complain about Marc Bulger...another hungry, quality backup. Go Rams!!!
17 posted on 10/09/2003 10:53:17 AM PDT by grumple
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To: DeweyCA
Well thats my point. I dont know crap about football other than the Patriots finally won a Superbowl recently. But it seems to me that there are plenty of overrated players in sports in general. But that would be a product of an lazy media, we see that in politics all the time.

By focusing on the racial issue, Rush was basically calling these reporters racist, thats what got their goat. When in fact it might just have been about lazy sports journalism. A "Go with the flow" kinda thing. Instead of having to back up your assertion that this guy is not as good as the next reporter makes him out to be, they just go along, then that turns into a pack.

18 posted on 10/09/2003 2:36:20 PM PDT by tonyinv (There will be no "news at 11" only spin.)
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