Walcoff: A Rush the NFL can do without 

How dare NFL leaders denounce Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams? The guardians of the gridiron should be honored and thrilled that this modern-day John Wayne hopes to saddle up with them. You want to show the players association who’s boss heading into next year’s negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement? There’s no one better to lead the league’s union busting assault than the “Rhino of the Right.”

Think there’s a growing disconnect between the NFL’s virtually all-white ownership and its predominantly black players? The league would certainly benefit from Rush’s vast wisdom as a social commentator. Who else would advance such cutting-edge theories as the media’s racially driven promotion of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb? As an NFL insider, Rush will make sure sportswriters and broadcasters are no longer able to serve up such radical propaganda without recourse.

Tired of hearing stories about players getting busted for drugs? Who knows the problem better than the man who sent his maid on multiple missions to illegally score pain pills?

Do you think the wildcat offense is part of a communist plot? You know, where seemingly everybody gets a chance to play quarterback. Well, as America’s leading conservative voice, I’m sure Rush will rightly push the NFL to ban such dangerous distortions of our beloved game.

As a passionate supporter of family values, Rush has already put the NBA on alert, calling it the “Thug basketball association ... It’s gang behavior on parade without guns.”

Luckily, the group trying to buy the Rams got wise and officially dropped Limbaugh on Wednesday. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the commentator’s “divisive” comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.

Football at AT&T Park

The United Football League makes its San Francisco debut at 6 p.m. on Saturday when the California Redwoods host the New York Sentinels at AT&T Park. Redwoods coach Dennis Green sounded excited about his new team, which features a host of NFL castoffs and wannabe’s including former Raiders wide receiver Doug Gabriel and defensive tackle Chris Cooper, ex-49ers linebacker Dontarrious Thomas and one-time Cal linebacker
Worrell Williams.

After coaching for 35 seasons, Green now works only three months a year with the UFL and says he has no desire to return to the NFL. Green wouldn’t tell me whether he was ever offered the Raiders job as has been rumored but added, “They seemed to have lost their way, but they will find their way back.” As to JaMarcus Russell’s struggles, Green said, “A quarterback has to master the fundamentals of the position, and JaMarcus hasn’t done that.”

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KGO (810 AM) Sports Director Rich Walcoff can be heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on the KGO morning news and is also the co-host of “Raiders Gameday” and “Recap” talk shows on KSFO (560 AM). He can be reached at RichWalcoff@gmail.com.

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