“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.” quote by Malcolm X .
Business entrepreneur and mogul Dave Checketts . Already an owner of the NHL’s St Louis Blues and Real St Lake of the MLS . Checketts through his company SCP Worldwide are seeking to pursue a bid to become the owners of the NFL’s St Louis Rams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Phil Dourber ….
As no doubt many of you may well have been made aware , conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former New York Knicks Executive Dave Checketts are teaming up together to make a bid for the NFL franchise , the St Louis Rams.
Now, I won’t condone Limbaugh for his political views and thoughts on a number of issues in or outside his so called profound realm of knowledge. Of this I’m certain however , having Limbaugh as in owner in the NFL , will be akin to having a closeted racial bigot in the midst of a group of minorities. With the antagonist now telling you that he’s merely a businessman looking to make a buck. The NFL and its board will no doubt have a great deal of thinking to do on the matter , should Limbaugh’s and Checketts’ bid come up for final consideration as to meeting the criteria set for becoming an owner of an NFL franchise. And though the two are part of a partnership group looking to purchase the team from the Frontiere family. They are by no means the only parties with a vested interest in purchasing the team. It’s been said that there are as many as five potential bidders interested in acquiring the franchise.
When one considers that the makeup of the NFL with regards to its playing personnel and in part its coaching personnel is in large part represented by a specific racial minority. It does beg the question what will a number of players think of the potential of having an owner such as Limbaugh within their midst ? I’ve no doubt that some players will have no problem with it. But at the same time there are bound to be those who’ll feel that the talk show isn’t wanted within NFL. But given the fact the NFL is first and foremost a business and then a sports entertainment format . One doubts that there will be very much that those dissenting voices can do about it all, at the end of the day. This could well be the calm before the storm , or it could well amount to nothing in the end. As it is the NFL has yet to have a minority owner within its midst. And it’s not something that the game’s hierarchy has seemingly fought hard to address. But then again the NFL has always marched to the beat of its very own drum on certain issues.
Courtesy of NFL.com and the Associated Press :
ST. LOUIS — Green Bay Packers fans are known as cheeseheads. Could fans of the St. Louis Rams soon be dittoheads?
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams, owners of the NFL’s longest losing streak at 14 and just 5-31 since 2007.
In a statement, Limbaugh declined to discuss details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm hired by the family of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere to review assets of her estate, including the NFL team.
Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team.
“Dave Checketts and I have made a bid to buy the Rams and we are continuing the process,” Limbaugh said.
Forbes magazine has estimated the Rams franchise has a value of $929 million.
Frontiere’s children, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, inherited 60 percent of the Rams when their mother died in January 2008. Columbia, Mo., billionaire Stan Kroenke owns the remaining 40 percent. It wasn’t clear if the Limbaugh/Checketts bid was for 100 percent of the Rams or just the share owned by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez.
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The fate of the St Louis Rams (0-4) as it now stands, is a rather precarious one. The team hasn’t been of relevance since they were customarily known as the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ and were led by Dick Vermeil to their lone Superbowl triumph over the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Superbowl XXXIV. From those lofty heights the franchise has fallen into an abyss of mediocrity and despair. Much to the heartache of their many loyal and most discerning fans. And the malaise that the franchise now finds itself in has come from the mismanagement and the apparent neglect of the team by the Frontiere family. Their internal familial bickering and un-wantoned concern for the franchise in many ways was indicative of the lack of attention shown by the management as well. And in the midst of it all things just spiraled out of control.
This season the team has started off in a similar vein as to how their season culminated last year. And with new coach Steve Spagnulo now on board and looking to change the identity of the team. To state the the task he now faces isn’t one littered with immense obstacles would be an understatement. There are but a few players on the Rams’ roster that any other NFL franchise would at all find desirable. The talents of Stephen Jackson , Donny Avery , James Butler and Laurent Robinson are being completely wasted.
Courtesy of USA Today :
Calling the suitor of the St. Louis Rams a “jerk,” Jets LB Bart Scott said he would never play for the team if Rush Limbaugh is successful in his bid to buy the NFL franchise.
Scott and Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka, in comments to the New York Daily News, said Limbaugh’s racial insensitivity and his controversial comments about black people are gamebreakers that would keep them away from the Rams.
Their criticisms add to a long list of people who say they don’t want Limbaugh in the NFL. Liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been one of the lone voices defending Limbaugh.
“I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. He’s an —. What he said (about Donovan McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for him. … I wouldn’t play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can’t be bought.”
Limbaugh resigned as an ESPN NFL analyst in 2003 after suggesting the media wanted Donovan McNabb to succeed because he was black.
Kiwanuka’s former coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, coaches the Rams. The Giants defender said even though he admires Spagnuolo, he would rule out playing for him if Limbaugh buys the team.
His comments to the Daily News:
“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on. I mean, I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”
“I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can’t respect him as a man.”
— Sean Leahy
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Rebuilding or not, this franchise is a long way off from being competitive. And within the NFC West , where there resides the San Francisco 49ers(3-1), Seattle Seahawks (1-3) , Arizona Cardinals (1-2) as well as the hapless Rams. We can in essence say , that not only is it the weakest division in the NFL. But the brand of football being played there is amongst the most putrid that an NFL fan could ever wish to witness. The surprising thing is that fans are still bothering to turn up and watch it all.
As to the pending situation and the future of the franchise. One can only but take it but one step at a time. Whether or not Checketts and Limbaugh as joint suitors in the bid to acquire the team is successful. We’ll have to await the decision of the NFL and the vote that will no doubt take place. Limbaugh may well have his supporters out there and also his detractors as well. But never let it not be said that he doesn’t know how to draw the ire of those . Especially when he takes the stance of being the all knowing guru that he makes himself out to be. Whether or not his knowledge does indeed stretch as far as to the running of an NFL franchise . Well that remains to be seen. Chances are whatever transpires , it won’t be the last that we’ll hear from Limbaugh on the subject matter , whatever the outcome may well be. There’s a great deal of discord already within the NFL – without the thought that adding Limbaugh into the mix , just to see where the chips will end up falling .
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