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Limbaugh Asks: Will Liberal Media Try to Ban Football?
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Posted on 05/07/2012 4:49:13 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Limbaugh Asks: Will Liberal Media Try to Ban Football? By Matthew Sheffield Created 05/07/2012 - 6:01pm

Rush Limbaugh is wondering if the Left is going to try to ban football.

It sounds like a crazy question, given the massive popularity of both professional and college football all across America, but Limbaugh's question isn't as crazy as it seems. "Compassion" -- and the Left's reflexive Nanny State impulse -- might move the ball in that direction.

On Friday, Limbaugh wondered during his broadcast if well-intentioned liberals, out to make the game safer, might instead be paving the way for it to be banned:

Some of them are leading the charge and don't even know it with the way they're covering the sport. Some of them are leading the charge for getting the game banned and they don't even know it! By the way they're covering it. They're demanding this and demanding all these new safety features, safety regulations, safety rules. Empowering the government to police the game. They're begging for it, and they don't even realize it. They, in their naivete, think they're working hard to make the game safer and so forth, and all they're doing is paving the way for the game to be banned.

They don't even know it.

As if on cue the liberal media demonstrated what Limbaugh was talking about.

First, on ABC News's Sunday program, This Week with George Stephanopolous, guest host Jake Tapper focused on the NFL and the concussion issue, asking George Will, "Is football in trouble, or is this just the media making a muck?"

Second, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by "Friday Night Lights" author Buzz Bissinger that, quite seriously called for the banning of college football because college football loses money for many schools and "because college football has no academic purpose."

Weaving those two threads together, today, Limbaugh talked about what he said is a growing threat to the existence of football:

Folks, this is gonna happen faster than I thought. Maybe not an outright ban of the game, but I guarantee you this is gonna happen faster than I thought. It's funny for me. I read a lot of NFL blogs, and they're mostly written by typical liberal media types -- and these guys don't know what they're doing. As they write about this, they are paving the way for fundamental structural changes in this game that will make it not football, while they think they're doing compassionate stories.

For example, they're asking for federal commissions on concussions, "and we'd better have mandatory counseling for every player who retires otherwise they're all gonna commit suicide. For two reasons: A, all the head trauma; and B, people stop cheering for them, and their lives immediately turn meaningless. Every one of them." It's amazing to read this stuff. And I'm sure these guys all think that they're writing and positing with great compassion.

But they are paving the way for people who want to take the risk out of life to move in on football.

It's difficult to imagine Americans going along with government outright banning football, but it's easier to see "compassionate" liberals and trial lawyers gradually destroying the sport through excessive regulation, government intervention and lawsuits, while the sport at the college level, and eventually the high school level, is increasingly assaulted by people who agree with Bissinger, that it serves no education purpose.

On the other hand, changing football to be a minor league and major league system is very different from banning college-age athletes from playing the sport altogether. What are your thoughts, sports fans?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: footballtrouble
The war on football! What's next women?
1 posted on 05/07/2012 4:49:21 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

They already banned food and food donated for the homeless (see Despot I mean Mayor of New York city Mike Bloomberg) so why not football next?


2 posted on 05/07/2012 4:54:30 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Sub-Driver

They already banned food and food donated for the homeless (see Despot I mean Mayor of New York city Mike Bloomberg) so why not football next?


3 posted on 05/07/2012 4:54:34 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Sub-Driver

Peculiar how this is occurring while there is a big euro fottball push... its all about changing our identity, what we watch, what we eat....now, if that doesnt make you feel better, get out there and eat more quiche!

Enjoy your war on women, quiche and euro futzball. We too can become more europeon.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 4:56:09 PM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ban football???
Great idean make the little rascals play soccer. Besides soccer (aka football outside of the USA) is a world sport.
Another benefit is the mega-sized players would be at a competitive disadvantage in soccer...make them all downsize! Walmart and the French Fry industry will be distraught!


5 posted on 05/07/2012 4:59:17 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: Sub-Driver

I heard the segment. Ridiculous. America is being plundered and all this jabonie can talk about is his beloved football. Who the hell cares? America is being destroyed right in front of our eyes. The NFL should fend for itself. Stop with the nonsense. Every waking minute should be devoted to bring down the marxist fraud. Listened since 1988, but he didn’t do the job to bring Obama down. All the info was there to expose him but Rush wanted to play it cool, above the conspiracy murmurs, just to keep the money rolling in. No, he didn’t do the job then and he’s NOT doing it now. The NFL. Pathetic!


6 posted on 05/07/2012 5:02:29 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Sub-Driver

Limbaugh didn’t wonder, he predicted the eventual end of the NFL. One would be a fool to doubt him given his track record, my screen name aside.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 5:03:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Sub-Driver

What? Seriously? We’ve got an historic election on the horizon, we’re nominating a GOP Elite moron, and someone is actually bringing up this idiocy?

Oh for Heaven’s sake. No wonder the GOP is in chaos. And no wonder I stopped listening to ALL “news entertainment” a long time ago.

Geez this is stupid.

Santorum 2012


8 posted on 05/07/2012 5:13:08 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Sub-Driver

It is all the Marxist goal of creating radical egalitarianism-—where there is no difference between women and men-—where men are interchangeable with women.

Marxists abhor the Natural Family Unit and will destroy all relationships of men and women—and destroy anything that proves “differences”-—where women can’t compete “equally”. It is to destroy the protectiveness of males towards women-—why they want to put women in combat——to destroy the nature of man and the innate nature of woman....that nurturing one—which used to kill any stranger (or government) who tried to remove their young children and put them in the care of “strangers” and “institutions”. Women used to know how vital they are for the emotional health of young children in the first seven years of life-—and no indoctrination centers were allowed to touch them until seven when their morality was pretty firm. Then parents made sure the schools taught their Christian Values-—and never Marx’s. Dewey—the Socialist—destroyed the school system to destroy the moral foundation of children—inject moral relativism (atheism/pagan worship—wicca, etc.)

The government wants total control over children’s minds-—they have to remove the loving mother and protective father and the idea of God. Patriarchy is abhorent (reflects God the Father)-—anything which promotes risk-taking, competition, and manly behavior and Virtue is being eliminated.

Marxists are creating whimpy immoral boys who will be more interested in earrings and makeup and fashion-—who will be adverse to any risk-—uncoordinated and unable to judge danger or avoid it......all the characteristics of individualism and risk-taking that made America GREAT—(the patriarchy) is being destroyed. No fathers in the home-—means men grow up to be in prison or gangs or at OWS events. Boys never mature without the example of a moral father in the home.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 5:13:53 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: ptsal

Football is the greatest spectator sport ever invented. Soccer was invented for wimps who couldn’t handle Rugby.

Any other opinion is unAmerican.

;~)


10 posted on 05/07/2012 5:46:04 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: ptsal; All
Hell no..

Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking. -- Hank Hill
11 posted on 05/07/2012 5:47:53 PM PDT by KevinDavis (The birther movement was started by a 9/11 truther..)
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To: Sub-Driver

Diving from boards has been virtually banned. At swimming pools across the country, diving boards have almost disappeared, thanks to trial lawyers and insurance rates. Even large institutions such as the high school from which I graduated couldn’t afford the insurance required to install a diving board despite its ability to it afford an Olympic-sized pool with a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard.

I am lucky to have experienced the thrill of diving off a high diving board, something the vast majority of American youth will never know.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 5:51:34 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Very unlikely in my view.

Most NFL players and many owners are Democrat donors and supporters.

The Steelers guy (Rooney) gave Baraq enough to get an ambassador job - those take serious cash.

Commissioner Goodell is a close bud of Chuckie Schumer.


13 posted on 05/07/2012 5:52:53 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Fiji Hill
I am lucky to have experienced the thrill of diving off a high diving board, something the vast majority of American youth will never know.

So true. When we were kids there was a park not far from us that are parents would take us to. They had a 20' high steel water slide with 4" rails (that's it). They also had a 10 meter platform. It took a lot of guts to go that high and jump off. But once you could do it, it got fun.

Fast forward to the year 2000, Maui, 7 sacred pools. To show off for my new bride I climbed to the highest point of a cliff over one of the pools. Once I got up there (I don't know how high) there was only one way down. I wasn't entirely convinced I could even hit the pool from that height but everyone was watching as very few went all the way to the top. I had planned on diving. Now I was secretly hoping for a helo rescue. I jumped. I should have waited to hold my breath. If you have never felt the force of a violent fabric enema caused by tragic water impact, you haven't lived. My trunks seemed to knock the air out of me as they slammed against my lungs.

Ahh. The memories.

14 posted on 05/07/2012 6:11:22 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Sub-Driver

To answer Limbaugh...Does Obama crap on the Constitution?


15 posted on 05/07/2012 6:15:35 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Sub-Driver

What gets missed is that the better the protective equipment has gotten, the more serious the injuries have become.

When the player is more exposed, with less padding, no face guard, shoulder pads etc. One had to be more restrained in hitting, for fear of injuring self.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 6:18:05 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Ouderkirk

Perhaps, but players are getting bigger and faster each generation due to selective breeding, better nutrition, scientific training methods, and in some instances illegal chemistry.

Since energy is equal to the square of the velocity, it’s not a linear growth either.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 6:23:50 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Sub-Driver
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I was tempted to hijack this thread ... with a comment about Laurel and Hardy ...

but ... even I have respect for football ...


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18 posted on 05/07/2012 6:32:09 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin "will win" the 2012 GOP Nomination in Tampa !)
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To: nascarnation

watch it, “howard cosell” ...


19 posted on 05/07/2012 6:33:49 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin "will win" the 2012 GOP Nomination in Tampa !)
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To: Sub-Driver

Somewhere in a cabin in central Pennsylvania Jack Lambert is giggling maniacally as he pictures all of the players on the field in skirts........


20 posted on 05/07/2012 7:24:41 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Hope springs eternal - maybe the Bucs will break .500 this year)
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To: Sub-Driver

This would be too funny, with all the leftists in the NFL and the NFL Owners Group it would serve them right. Maybe they will learn when you sleep with a dog you get fleas.

Support the leftists takedown of the NFL, it will hasten return to the US Constitution.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 7:24:44 PM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: Doc Savage

I don’t know, but to be fair, by assident I heard this segment and it made me wonder about a lot of other sports.

Mountain biking, where you have people racing through the woods risking skin and broken bones (I have some experience in this arena) and running over defenseless animals like turtles, squirrels and snakes. Only a matter of time before my favorite activity is outlawed. I mean hell, you ever seen what those downhill racers do? Or the Red Bull events in Utah? Somebody is gonna get hurt in those things. Concussions are probably harsher than a broken femur but not a broken neck. That’s gotta be as dangerous as football. A 280 pound linebacker is gonna hurt you, but a 70’ gap jump you fail on, is gonna be just has bad.

Skateboarding. We’ve all seen the YouBoob vids of nitwits failing to grind that handrail, only to end up with their ‘nads smashed against either the rail or the board, or both. Ouch baby, gotta go.

Giving large caliber handguns to unprepared people, especially skinny gals with lowcut tops. The chick always ends up with a black eye or a bloody nose. I say we outlaw that, in the interest of redneck motherhood if nothing else.

Trampolines. Has any good ever come from people using those terribly dangerous devices? Some knucklehead always tries to see what will happen if he jumps off the roof onto one. Or some fool doing a backflip lands on the ground on his head instead of the trampoline. Gotta go.

Think of the chirrens, we need Obama to take action!


22 posted on 05/07/2012 8:08:29 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Doc Savage

I don’t know, but to be fair, by assident I heard this segment and it made me wonder about a lot of other sports.

Mountain biking, where you have people racing through the woods risking skin and broken bones (I have some experience in this arena) and running over defenseless animals like turtles, squirrels and snakes. Only a matter of time before my favorite activity is outlawed. I mean hell, you ever seen what those downhill racers do? Or the Red Bull events in Utah? Somebody is gonna get hurt in those things. Concussions are probably harsher than a broken femur but not a broken neck. That’s gotta be as dangerous as football. A 280 pound linebacker is gonna hurt you, but a 70’ gap jump you fail on, is gonna be just has bad.

Skateboarding. We’ve all seen the YouBoob vids of nitwits failing to grind that handrail, only to end up with their ‘nads smashed against either the rail or the board, or both. Ouch baby, gotta go.

Giving large caliber handguns to unprepared people, especially skinny gals with lowcut tops. The chick always ends up with a black eye or a bloody nose. I say we outlaw that, in the interest of redneck motherhood if nothing else.

Trampolines. Has any good ever come from people using those terribly dangerous devices? Some knucklehead always tries to see what will happen if he jumps off the roof onto one. Or some fool doing a backflip lands on the ground on his head instead of the trampoline. Gotta go.

Think of the chirrens, we need Obama to take action!


23 posted on 05/07/2012 8:08:55 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Fiji Hill
At swimming pools across the country, diving boards have almost disappeared...

Out with the diving boards... in with the handicap ramps...

Just wait till the lawsuits start when the idiots abuse this equipment...
24 posted on 05/08/2012 8:07:06 AM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
Yep

For the Children...

Every fun thing I did in my childhood is being banned or regulated.

From bicycling without helmet or knee pads, diving boards, eating junk food, riding in the back of a truck and even farm work is verboten by our overlords.

And forget about sneaking smokes from my parents.

Nope, would't wish to be a kid today for all their video games...

25 posted on 05/08/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: nascarnation

No doubt that the nutrition has gotten better, and the specific training regimens. But the player who is a Line Backer at 6’5” tall, 320 lbs of solid muscle, run a 6.5 sec 40 yards can crush a normal human being. Add the lowered risk for self injury, and these guys can do some serious damage to a human body that is not made for such things.

Start with the equipment, let them lose the face mask, and shoulder pads and a guy’s got to think about self injury too. Make that player ask himself “If I cream this guy how likely is it that I am going to get injured too?”

When you’re well protected like these guys are, the odds of getting injured by your own actions are minimal yet you can practically kill another guy with impunity. Share the risk.

I don’t advocate rules changes in the NFL, like NASCAR did. NASCAR used to be great fun like the racing at my local race track. Now it’s a bunch of expensive pretty boys with too much to lose. It is now un-watchable on TV or in the stands. Bill Elliot, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Darryl Waltrip, Harry Gant, The Allisons, Alan Kulwicki, they raced like they had nothing to lose.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 3:39:37 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Patton@Bastogne; nascarnation
watch it, “howard cosell” ...

You mean Jimmy The Greek.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 3:42:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Ouderkirk

I would even look at weight limits....30 years ago there weren’t that many players over even 250 pounds. Size made up for lack of skill, the players back then were much more skilled, but of course, they couldn’t compete with today’s players because they’re just too small. But the games were better to watch back then.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 3:44:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

... oops !


29 posted on 05/08/2012 4:47:13 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin "will win" the 2012 GOP Nomination in Tampa !)
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To: Ouderkirk

I disagree on the Nascar comments.
The overall talent level in Cup is much higher than it was 30 years ago.
The very best drivers may well be equivalent between those eras, but the backmarkers today are much better and the equipment used by the backmarkers is often sourced from the top teams.
Essentially everybody in Cup today who is under 40 yrs old began racing as young children, whereas in the old days, most racers didn’t start until 18 or 21.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 6:11:28 PM PDT by nascarnation
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