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Then and Now



It’s old news now, but I’ve been a little slow on the uptake with putting posts up on this blog.  Rush has been denied the opportunity to partake in ownership of an NFL team for the simple fact that people don’t like what he says.  Since when did we become the USSR?  I just read an article from American Thinker that I’m going to post on here that really puts things into perspective.  It compares the America of old when the NFL was born from the old AFL and NFL leagues.  Surprisingly, you can see a lot of parallels in the activities and statements of today’s sports franchises when compared to how politics are tracking these days.

From American Thinker by Jim Mahoney:

As a kid, I discovered professional football in a place called the “rockpile”. The rockpile was an artifact of the last depression, a rickety WPA project that was the first home of the Buffalo Bills. The rockpile was located in the middle of what was later called the ghetto, but then was just another part of town. In those days, a preteen white kid could take a bus to a night game with no more supervision than our mailman, and fellow Bills fan, provided. I remember my first up close look at an official AFL football. It was like a talisman, a magic symbol of excitement, glory and fame. I’ll never forget the signature on that ball: “Joe Foss, Commissioner”.

It was years before I learned about the owner of that signature. Joe Foss was a Marine, a Naval Aviator, a WWII ace, and a Medal of Honor winner. Today, Joe is a towering, if under-appreciated giant. Born on a South Dakota farm, by the time he was 18 his dad had died, leaving him to take over the farm. By his twentieth birthday dust storms had destroyed his crops and stock. He went to work to pay for his college tuition and flying lessons. He joined the Marine Corps in 1940 and by October 1942 he was an executive officer in the “Cactus Air Force” fighting the gruesome Battle of Guadalcanal. By January 1943 he was credited with 26 air combat kills. He became known as the Ace of Aces, and won the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

After the war he served two terms in the South Dakota legislature, and was Governor from 1955 to 1959. He became Commissioner of the upstart American Football League in 1959, and stepped aside on the eve of the merger with the NFL in 1966. If ever one career embodied the brains, balls and brawn the game of football demands, it was Joe’s.

Today, the current NFL Commissioner, Roger Godell, also has ties to Buffalo. He was born the same year as Foss’ AFL. The son of a US Senator, he is a product of power and privilege. A gifted athlete, he was a three sport star in high school. After graduating college he joined the NFL’s league office in 1982.

Rush Limbaugh has made a career extolling the America of Joe Foss. America responded by making him wildly popular, powerful and rich enough to buy part of the ultimate of rich man’s toys, an NFL franchise. Rush and Joe have much in common. Both men became who they are because of what they were. Joe was a fighter pilot. Rush was the son of a WWII P 51 Mustang pilot. Both men faced adversity and became national figures by overcoming their personal challenges on their own. Their stories are as unique as they are uniquely American

In Joe Foss’ America, truth counted for more than perception. Lies, smears and distortion had no value in the arena of WWII air combat. In Joe Foss’ America, Rush would have just been another face in the crowd, since what he espouses today was taken for granted then. In Joe Foss’ America, a young kid could travel anywhere in an American city without fearing for his life. In Joe Foss’ America street hustlers, pimps and bullies would never have the nerve to confront men like Foss: men who understood combat and the value of a nation worth dying for.

In Roger Goodell’s America, truth is an archaic concept, a trite object of polite derision. What a man says and what a man does is far less important that what others may think or say about him. When faced with an ugly mob, Roger Goodell’s America can’t handle the truth, but rather cowers and bows to libel. Leaders in Roger Goodell’s America have no obligation to learn for themselves what a man stands for; they seek only to avoid controversy. Their “high standards” are really just cover for cowardice and treachery. 

Truly amazing.  It really upsets me that the sport I love so much has given in to this sorry way of thinking and has bowed down to the tollerance-loving society.

Categories: In my country
  1. Paul
    October 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    It seems to me that all the negative vibes this blowhard (Rush Hudson Limbaugh A.KA. Jeff Christie) has been spewing over these many years has come back to blow back on his face (A classic “Blow Back”). He always tries to give off the airs that he can have anything he wants but as we all witness those with more money and more influence tossed him aside like sack of potatoes and the ultimate insult was that it was done in public (money don’t buy you everything butterball).

    Now of course he blames everyone else (Michael J. Fox, Perez Hilton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, Hillary Clinton, Olympia Snowe, ESPN, NFL, the media, basically people of color, the handicapped, women and gays) when of course all you have to do is listen to his show and plainly hear his daily prejudices filled sermons. So NFL, I salute you decision, job well done. And to the whaling cry baby perched on his self made pedestal, quit your whining it was your own fault. You are reaping what he has sowed, KARMA, “Palin and simple” like his followers. Don’t we all feel better?


    • spiceymchaggis
      October 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

      Well if you did listen to the show on a regular basis and had just a tiny incling of a brain cell and sense of humor, you would know that everything he says has just a smidgin of sarcasm to it. And I loooove how you Liberals take bits and pieces of what Rush says and tries to make him out to be some kind of biggot when all they’re really doing is taking words out of context. His entire trascripts from his previous 21 years on the air are right there on his website for the entire world to fact check. But no. That’s too much work. It’s just way to easy to target him because he’s in the public eye and he goes against the grain of the militant liberal media and this administration. So no, we don’t all feel better.

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