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The Company We Keep

So, a consortium of bidders for the Saint Louis Rams has apparently dropped conservative Talk Radio jockey Rush Limbaugh, based upon racist statements which he is accredited to have said.

The National Football League’s owners and commissioner were uncharacteristically vocal about the issue:

Limbaugh’s bid ran into opposition from within the image-conscious NFL on Tuesday when Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against the radio personality. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the commentator’s “divisive” comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.

The league tries to avoid getting snared in controversial issues outside sports, which has caused Limbaugh trouble in the past. In 2003, he was forced to resign from ESPN’s Sunday night football broadcast after saying of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb: “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”

Apparently, the “image-conscious NFL is just fine with drugs, DUI, manslaughter, domestic violence and-oh, yeah–dog fighting, but having a conservative viewpoint in politics and being critical of the NFL promoting a player based upon his race is unacceptable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foul Ups

Under the heading of “Other things that interest me.”

I’m a Georgia Bulldog.  I’m proud of my MBA from the Terry College of Business and I’m happy to say I attended school at what is arguably the most beautiful campus in the world.

I’m also a proud follower of Georgia football, so I was very excited to see formerly 14th-ranked Georgia’s game against 4th-ranked Louisiana State University on Saturday.

I was not happy with the result of that game.

Normally, I’m not one to get upset at officials, especially not the officials in the SEC.  I’m never fully happy with the calls that are made, but I understand it’s the heat of the game and while I might get mad in the moment, after reflection I’m usually pretty cool and understanding, recognizing how an official saw the play and why he did or did not make a call.

That was not the case this week.

A.J. Green caught what should have been a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Cox, the most under-rated quarterback in the SEC.  Gerogia’s offense hadn’t really done its job in the first half of the game, and their second TD was a big accomplishment against LSU’s defense.  Like most players after a big play, A.J. celebrated.

The official thought it was too much.  He flagged Green for “Excessive Celebration,” claiming he looked at and made a gesture to the crowd.

Nobody agreed with him, not even other SEC officials.

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Only two conferences seem to matter

Under the heading, “Other things that interest me.”

Pretty obvious there are only two real college football conferences right now: The SEC and Big-12 are the only conferences that are really competing.

Let’s go through the list:
ACC-Yawn
WAC-Pretenders.
Mountain West-Who?
Big-10-Ohio State-USC settled that one tonight (oh, and all those non-conferences losses in the last decade).
Big East-West Virginia does not a conference make.
PAC-10-Sure, you have USC and UCLA, but Oregon? Washington? C’mon!

Let’s face it, the Big-12 and SEC always have between five and seven, maybe eight really good teams, every year: Read the rest of this entry »

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