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Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale
EAGLES QB IN SLIGHT CONTROVERSY
The reaction to Donovan McNabb’s comments on HBO’s Real Sports – that black quarterbacks are criticized more than white quarterbacks – surprised me a little, but in the end, cheered me a little.
To start with, I was surprised that he’d raise the issue at all. At 0–2, the Eagles QB needed to be concentrating on football, not generating distractions, I thought to myself.
I was also surprised he’d touch on the issue considering the Eagles were also struggling at 0–2 in 2003 when Rush Limbaugh commented on McNabb: "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well ... he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve."
I remember that edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown vividly. Limbaugh was the new regular on the show, a squeeze–box of opinions employed presumably for just the sort of comments that would generate discussion. I perceived too a kind of awkward pause in the studio when he had finished. It was momentary – but it was deafening. Limbaugh was quickly gone.
Since McNabb's recent(ish) comments, I have discovered that things were not entirely as they appeared. For one thing, McNabb’s comments had been selected from a wide-ranging interview, and recorded weeks earlier. The timing, as well as the presentation of McNabb’s comments, were HBO’s choice. Once again, it seems as if words have been delivered to provoke debate.
In 2003, the Eagles went go on to win their division and progress to the NFC championship game. This week, the Eagles will play the Detroit Lions. It will be interesting to see whether the Eagles – and McNabb in particular – take the opportunity to bounce back in a similar fashion.
As Donovan McNabb told the Philadelphia Daily News after Limbaugh’s 2003 claims, "It’s sad that you’ve got to go to skin color. I thought we were through with that whole deal."
I thought we were too. But now that McNabb HAS gone there – bidden or unbidden – the fact that the debate hasn’t really taken off this time just may be a sign of progress. It’s been called a ‘controversy’, but it hasn’t soared, it hasn’t sold – it’s just been reported. Nearly every media observer has reacted with a response not far from "Well, if that’s the way he feels..." and left it at that.
(At least as long as he beats the Lions).
Approaching a million visitors have already seen this and similar clips of Mike Gundy, Football Coach of Oklahoma State, ripping a local columnist for her criticism of one of his players last week:
While Gundy does seem a little off the deep end, I think I’m probably with him on this. But why on earth did he give columnist Jenni Carlson and The Oklahoman so much attention? Now a little–known columnist and her sports editor are about a thousand times more famous than they were two weeks ago (er... by the way, if there’s any mothers out there that have a fat kid that needs berating in public, please get in touch now).