Fools rush in

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Overrated (left),
Underrated (right)
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Fools rush in: I know you’ve been asking yourselves, “I wonder why Rex hasn’t blogged that whole Rush Limbaugh thing?” Well, now that he’s resigned and I had a two-hour flight yesterday during which to write this (and some other drivel), I will. Here’s what I think: 1. ESPN hired Rush Limbaugh to help liven up its NFL gameday show to increase ratings and he delivered the goods. 2. What he said was not racist in the context of a trash-talk slinging TV sports pundit brawl. Even if it were racist, there were two black co-panelists who could have slapped it back with ease…aren’t those guys paid for repartee? If they don’t have what it takes to crush Rush on overt racism, they should resign also. 3. Is this what the anti-Rush pundits really want? They’ve just added to Limbaugh’s martyrdom and contributed considerably to the argument (man, did they fall into this trap, or what) that the “mainstream media” is all for free speech, unless it is delivered by someone they don’t like. 4. And this is the most important thing I think about this whole faux-controversy — Rush is wrong: Donavan McNabb is definitely over-rated and it has absolutely nothing to do with him being African American. I know, because I am a devoted fan (well, except for that DUI thing) of the greatest African American (or, for that matter, whatever other race you can think of) quarterback playing today and an African American quarterback “The Media” has underrated for the past seven years. When compared to Steve McNair, Donavan McNabb sucks. I mean, get real. Rather than, as Rush said, the media wanting McNabb to succeed because he’s black, I think the NFL media (the ones who have not voted for Steve McNair to be in the Pro-Bowl) are the racists because they consciously or subconsciously think McNair is TOO African American. (That, or they’re overt or covert idiots.) By the end of his career, Steve McNair will go down as one of the greatest QBs of all time. He’ll be a household name when people are losing trivia games because they can’t remember the names McNabb or Vick. So Rush, you’re wrong. The media is not pulling for McNabb because of his race. If it were, the QB with the best cumulative W-L record for the past 5 years, the one who has led his team to one Superbowl and another AFC championship game, would AT LEAST have received enough support from that NFL media to get hyped into AT LEAST one Pro Bowl. (Hey, wait, I’m not finished. Why do you have that hook?) I’m sorry, rexblog visitors. We’ll now return to our regular programming.

Later: Steve McNair comments on the whole brouhaha.