Skip to comments.Looking For Editoral Rush Read Thursday, About Colts Monday Night Game, As If It Were War On Terror
Posted on 12/02/2005 10:38:20 PM PST by RavenATB
Rush Limbaugh read an editorial, yesterday. It was a piece which described the Colts game on Monday night, as it would be described if it were an American journalist writing about the "War On Terrorism."
Does anyone have a copy of that editorial, or a URL?
Does anyone have a copy of that editorial, or a URL?
Imagine MNF Being Covered Like Iraq
By Jon Ham
November 30, 2005
RALEIGH Watching Monday Night Football the other night, it occurred to me that if one imagined the mainstream media covering that game the way they cover the war in Iraq (or the economy), the absurdity of their reporting would be plain for all to see.
INDIANAPOLIS The Indianapolis Colts, seeking to silence critics who say they are overrated, fell short of that mark on Monday night by outscoring the Pittsburgh Steelers by a mere 3-point margin in the first quarter.
Despite the unspectacular first-quarter margin, Colts head coach Tony Dungy insisted that his team was winning the battle. Hey, were up three, said Dungy. In my book thats a lead. But critics pointed out that the Colts gained their lead only as a result of a desperation 80-yard pass by quarterback Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison on their first play of the game.
That score was based on subterfuge and was patently unfair, said one critic, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by league officials. It amounted to abuse of opposing players to fool them like that.
Despite scoring on their first snap of the game, and later scoring a field goal to go up 10-0, the Colts allowed Pittsburgh to score with only 1:18 left in the first quarter. Colt critics demanded that Dungy acknowledge that he had made coaching mistakes in the quarter, but he refused to do so.
The Colts have become a target of critics since going undefeated so far this year. That so many Colt players have openly expressed a desire to go undefeated the whole season is seen as arrogance and a sense of exceptionalism by many, causing many former friends to turn against them.
The staunch Pittsburgh defense, though out-manned and out-gunned, managed to battle the Colts to a standstill in the second quarter, allowing them only six points. Those familiar with the Colts say this second-quarter swoon reveals a lack of depth on offense due to unmet recruitment goals during the off-season.
The insurgent Steelers, striking sporadically with lesser equipment against the hegemonic Colts, inflicted serious damage with several tackles, a sack and some pass breakups, holding Indianapolis to only two field goals in the 15-minute span. Observers said it looked as if the tide were turning in favor of the insurgent Steelers.
In the third period, the Steelers again held the Colts to a single touchdown, damaging the Colts aura of invincibility and giving hope to the insurgents that their time would come. Some critics pointed to the stands as some Colt fans began filing out, saying that this showed the Colts losing support at home.
The Steelers were even stronger in the final period, holding the Colt juggernaut to a mere three points. I think Indianapolis was just in the wrong game, at the wrong place at the wrong time, one Colt critic was heard to say.
The final score, by the way, was Colts 26, Steelers 7.
Jon Ham is vice president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of its newspaper, Carolina Journal.
Thank you for posting that. It is priceless.
It's Bush's fault that the Colts are going undefeated. He used subterfuge, faulty intelligence, and corporate funding to help one of his red-state allies. How dare he.
Great job Jon Ham.
That was outstanding, wasn't it? I'm glad you posted this as I made a mental note to follow up myself but didn't have the chance. Thought for a minute that it might be written by a relative of Jack Ham, he of "Steel Curtain" fame.
In the actual football world, I'm a Steelers fan, but even in my misery, I can enjoy this.
It's not Bush's fault. Cheney is the one in charge of operating the recently purchased Haliburton Turbotron Football Point Spread Eliminator Generator..
I thought Cheney was behind the XFL
He's behind the curtain:)
Greetings M. Thatcher:
This was great. Kudos to Mr. Jon Ham! Sat in my car, long after reaching the destination, just to hear Rush finish reading this story.
I'm a Stiller fan, too -- but losing to a class team like Indy is a lot easier to take than Tommy Maddox blowing it in Baltimore the week previous.
Either him or Bechtel.
Martin, thanks for the ping. I've missed you. I'm a good and decent nutcase with a slight drinking problem that rears it's ugly head about two or three times a year, with unhappy results.
Anyhow........ about a "class team" .......... I don't have time to find the articles on this, but apparently the higher ups at Indy decided to add some extra NOISE on their own to the stadium sound system that night while the Stillers were on offense........ making it impossible for the Stillers to hear much of anything on the line of scrimmage.
So class went out the doors that night, at least with the owners of Indy.
The game should NEVER be decided by enhanced crowd noise................ although I think Indy would have still kicked our poor-tackling *sses that night.
If we meet Indy again down the road............ look for the NFL to be good to the Stillers with the officials that day!
Thank you for posting that incredible editorial. It was one of the most brilliant and imaginative pieces I've seen (or heard) in years.
Once I got the paper and columnist name I was able to get the URL, for anyone who would like it.
Well, heck, you already put the URL up too. I just didn't read though everything yet. Sorry to be redundant.
I found out about "noise gate" quite by accident last night while watching some news clips from KDKA-TV2.
They have an excellent site: http://kdka.com/sports
The clips are in Macromedia Flash 7. Very tidy.
It was an abomination that the game was not played without the enhanced noise for Indy.
This is not totally unlike picking out a golfer in match play (one on one) and allowing the spectators to yip, hoot, and scream while he is in his backswing........... then remaining silent for the other competitor!
I want to see hard evidence before I believe it. It doesn't seem like any such evidence will be forthcoming. I remain skeptical.
But like Bettis, I will add that "The possibility exists."
Yet another reason why indoor football is gay and should be banned.
Football fans are supposed to be vikings and visigoths, not nacho-munching pansies.
You must not ever have been an offensive lineman in a big time situation ........ but I will offer to you that your silly words are uninformed and half of "offensive lineman".
It's best to remain silent when you have few clues.
It's best to remain a skeptic when you have no evidence.
I cant say I heard it, ..... Jerome Bettis.
You must grow flowers for a living. 8-)
A real comedian, that Jerome.
Huh! That's the first I'd, uh, heard of it.
I'm not inclined to jump on board with conspiracy theories. But if even one incident is established, it'd call all of Indy's home field victories in the "Perfect Season" into question.
heh..I knew there had to be some reason for that opening 2nd half call by Cowher but I never suspected NOISE ;-)>
What did ya think of that call?
And he is a choker in nearly ANY important game.
I have ended rooting for the Stillers because he's just like any other loser who cannot win the big game................. a BUM!
Seriously............. I don't know whether it was Earl Weaver who showed up at his team's hotel in a bellhop outfit just to loosen them up during the Worls Series, but that is the kind of thing that The TIGHT ASS COHWER should try some damn time. He's a guy who has no real sense of irony.......... so he will always be just "seconds".............. and unfortunately, the proud blowfish will take all his excellent players with him. Always the bridesmaid.
Bill Cowher............... you are Jim Leyland.............. spitting.
The play was badly executed................ but the Stillers were getting their butts wiped anyhow.
Had to try something.
Maybe the Stillers should have tried a "Murtha" ..........and surrendered.
That call might very well have been Bill Cowher's jump over the shark. It is the most idiotic thing I've seen from the Steelers since they promoted Slash to full-time QB. [spit]
Cowher needs to pull his head out of his ass and show some balls. When he made that call, the Steelers were in the game. As soon as the ball was kicked, the game was over.
Yeah, that's pretty much my take except it's my opinion he thinks with his balls instead of his head. Of course my team's the Redskins so what right do I have to talk.
I think there can only be one rational explanation for what's going on...
Steeler ping. I cried during the game but laughed at this.
That is HILARIOUS.
I just printed it out for my daughter. She is having it out with the Bush haters in her American history class.