The Rams are for sale now, and the search is on for rich buyers that would have an active interest in keeping the team in St. Louis. One of the names that has been heavily mentioned the last few days is Rush Limbaugh, the rotund right-wing radio talk show host who was born in southern Missouri, who is a vocal football fan and has many local ties.
Limbaugh doesn't have enough money for full ownership of an NFL franchise, but he has expressed an interest in being a part of a group that would buy the struggling Rams. This revelation has caused panic among those football fans that don't share his political leanings.
Now, I am not a big admirer of his, or at least, I don't like him as much as he seems to like himself. As a politically independent sports fan, I have no problem with Rush Limbaugh being an owner of the team I root for. In many ways, I think his involvement with a football team might be a good idea.
1. While admiring an athletic on-field performance, I never think about the owner of that team's opinions about politics or about who they vote for. I would suspect that most people rich enough to own a team would be a little bit economically right-of-center, because, for some strange reason, wealthy people want to keep some of the money they earn instead of giving it all away to be wasted by the government.
This assumption does nothing to interfere with my enjoyment of any game. My guess is that most super-fans of sports teams have no idea who the owner of their team of choice voted for, and probably don't think that it has any real relevance.
This is true for players or coaches too; I don't think anyone should put much stock in their point of view on divisive political issues either. My view on this won't change if someone who's opinions are part of the everyday public record takes over one of these teams.
In other words, unless Rush Limbaugh is going to change the team's name to the St. Louis Bush Voters or the St. Louis Abortion Protesters, I don't see how his opinions on political issues could possibly be relevant to the team's fan base.
If he puts a winning team on the field, who really cares about which corrupt politician some sports team owner tells you to vote for?
2. Like him or hate him (and I suspect that any reasonable person who's actually bothered to listen to his radio show, instead of just going by what Keith Olbermann says about him, could find plenty of reasons to do both), Limbaugh is very successful in his chosen field.
He hosts the most listened to and profitable radio show in America. He obviously knows a thing or two about how to win, and it seems the Rams could use some ownership that has some expertise on that topic.
After 20 years as a well paid radio blowhard, Rush knows about giving loyal fans what they want, and a team that has only won five games in the last two seasons could stand to benefit from that kind of knowledge.
3. At least with a semi-racist like Rush Limbaugh in charge, we'd never have to worry about the Rams acquiring washed-up thugs like Michael Vick or Plaxico Burress.
4. With his physical assets, Rush could provide valuable information to the Rams' players, like, for instance, helping them find the best restaurants in any city.
5. If any Rams players' got injured, at least with Rush Limbaugh in the owners' box, we know there would be plenty of extra OxyContin laying around.
In any circumstance, we wouldn't have to worry about him being the only owner or even the primary owner of the team. Rush is neither rich or crazy enough to be that.
However, his involvement and the ensuing free publicity could tip the scales towards the Rams staying in St. Louis, as opposed to them moving west to Las Vegas or Los Angeles. And if there's one thing that Rush Limbaugh is good at, it's tipping scales.
So, if this obese entertainer wants to financially help his home state, and if such an investment keeps the team that St. Louis loves from abandoning our city, I say that we have no substantial reason to prevent him from doing so. Let's not let divisive politics get in the way of keeping the Rams here and making them as successful as they can be.