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The Loe Down on Rush and a Rusher

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Based on an article in the St. Louis Business Journal last week, the Rams ownership may have another interested buyer. Rush Limbaugh conservative lightning rod extraordinaire. It would seem the talk show host has an interest in getting back into the Missouri sporting business (He worked for the KC Royals back in the day). Let me say this, selling to Limbaugh would be a mistake. While I doubt that when push comes to shove the Rushmeister would be a serious contender for the ownership, I wanted to go on the record with my opposition to any consideration of Mr. Limbaugh.

The last thing any NFL team needs is to install a polarizing figure such as Limbaugh atop one of its clubs. The man brings controversy with him wherever he goes. And more then a few fans would be turned off by such a charged figure running their team. The line between politics and sports should be maintained as much as possible, and I have a hard time believing that if Rush Limbaugh was in the picture, that line would stand a chance. (On the other hand the opportunity to do non stop Rush Limbaugh impressions would be fun, imagine one for the rest of this entry.)

We are now nearly a week in to training camp and still no Steven Jackson. He now owes more in fines then most people’s yearly salary, and on the surface is showing no sign of breaking. It is now well reported that if Jackson doesn’t report by August 5th, then he will forfeit a year of eligibility towards unrestricted free agency in the event that the collective bargaining agreement isn’t extended. But I would submit this to you. Why would Jackson really care? If his goal is a long-term contract, and he believes that he will get one, then it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t get that extra year. For Jackson, restricted free agency wouldn’t even necessarily be the end of the world. Granted he would make less money then if he were franchised, but teams would only have to give up a 1st and 3rd rounder for him as opposed to two firsts. So don’t look for the Jackson camp to be losing sleep over the approach of August 5th, unless of course they believe that a long-term deal in the STL is farther away.

It sounds as if the Rams have told SJ that if he doesn’t come to camp they won’t talk, which sounds to me like the right move. While I can respect Jackson’s position, and the fact that he is keeping it out of the press, I think the time has come for him to show up in camp and start getting prepared for the ‘08 season.


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3 Responses to “The Loe Down on Rush and a Rusher”

  1. Julia says:

    I don’t think Marshall Faulk likes Rush Liimbaugh.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM31nYPyQ_w

  2. Ross says:

    If Rush would buy the team, at least they’d be pain free!

  3. B P WALKER says:

    I really think it would be good for the NFL. But, I’ve listened to Rush’s show on KFI in L.A. on and off for 19 years, (IMHO he’s actually a little over the top politically, and needs to get in the real world insted of his imaginary this THIS COUNTRY RULES AS LONG AS THE RICH RUN IT WORLD, time for change is right. But not DEMS or REPS we need DOWN TO EARTH people running the country) and I think he should stay the Heck away from THE LA/ST LOUIS RAMS team.
    Rams fan since 1965

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