Roger Goodell probably didn’t expect The Spanish Inquisition when he went to The Hill on Wednesday for a hearing entitled “Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries.” But that’s what he got, courtesy of Steve King of Iowa (R-Nuts), who used it as an opportunity to grill Goodell on his opposition to Rush Limbaugh as a part-owner of the Rams.
But when the dust had settled from King’s attack, it was time for Rush himself to comment on the proceedings via his radio show. And that’s when the conservative talk host did a most remarkable thing: He took a page from the Barack Obama playbook. What? Has Rush Limbaugh become a liberal softy? See the quote and judge for yourself.
Once King got the mic, he took Goodell to task for implying that Limbaugh was a racist; and Goodell responded that he was only going by Limbaugh’s infamous ESPN comments about Donovan McNabb. All in all, a waste of everyone’s time and money, which is what Congress does so well.
But then Limbaugh took to the airwaves to weigh in on the proceedings. And when I heard (actually read) his quote about McNabb, I laughed out loud.
“Of course, Goodell’s a total weasel. … I respect Donovan McNabb, as I do all the elite athletes qualified to play in the NFL. I’d love to have a beer with him and discuss football.”
A beer summit! Sound familiar? Of course the actual transcript is a lot longer, because this is Rush Limbaugh, who gets paid by the syllable. But that’s the nut graph. Limbaugh would like to sit down and have a beer with McNabb, just as President Obama did with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley.
I think it would be wise for Obama to broker this meeting. But as you can see above, some changes will have to be made if Limbaugh and McNabb are the ones sitting there. For one thing, I see no snacks on that table. Also there should be A LOT more beer. Will Rush be allowed to smoke his cigars? Who gets to tell him he can’t? (Awk-ward). A roving violin player would be nice.
Also I would recommend sturdier chairs.
For those interested in King’s tussle with Goodell, here’s video of that:
Goodell was obviously blindsided by this — a political helmet-to-helmet hit, if you will. He probably figured that congress has better things to do than worry about who owns the Rams. Silly commissioner.