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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Rush to Chutzpah

The funniest sports story of the year is already in. No others need apply.
Rush Limbaugh wants to help Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens kiss and make up. But Limbaugh and McNabb haven't kissed and made up yet. You'd think that would have to be the first step.
In case you've forgotten, Limbaugh briefly worked on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown a couple of years ago. He was forced ro resign after he said that McNabb was overrated because the media wanted "a black quarterback to do well."
The astonishing thing about Limbaugh's remark was the ignorance it demonstrated. How on earth could ESPN have hired someone with so little knowledge of pro football?
Quite a few black quarterbacks had done well before McNabb arrived in the NFL. At the time Limbaugh spoke, McNabb wasn't even the best black quarterback in the league. At best, he ranked third, behind Daunte Culpepper and Steve McNabb.
In fact, McNabb wasn't, and isn't, the best black quarterback the Philadelphia Eagles have ever had. He has yet to catch up to Randall Cunningham. Cunningham won the Maxwell Football Club's Professional Player of the Year award for the first time way back in 1988. That was the same year that another black quarterback, Doug Williams, was named Super Bowl MVP. Yet, 15 years later, Limbaugh unwittingly revealed that he had no idea that black quarterbacks had previously done well in the NFL.
And now he wants to be the peace maker for McNabb and Owens?
McNabb has already told Owens "keep my name out of your mouth." Rush Limbaugh may be the next recipient of that message.