Monday, September 12, 2011

Rush Limbaugh and Donovan McNabb 2.0: Media Anoints Cam Newton as new Black NFL Quarterback Star After One Game goes into full-blown "Donovan McNabb 2.0" mode with Cam Newton
Remember what Rush Limbaugh said about Donovan McNabb back in 2003? We do here at SBPDL, as it ultimately cost Mr. Limbaugh a shot at owning a National Football League franchise. Here's what Limbaugh said on ESPN:
Donovan McNabb has been to three straight Pro Bowls and two consecutive NFC championship games, and was runner-up for NFL MVP in his first full season as a starter.

Still, commentator Rush Limbaugh saw fit to question the quarterback's credentials.

Before McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 23-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Limbaugh said on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" that McNabb is overrated. However, Limbaugh injected his comment with racial overtones that have set off a controversy.

"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go," Limbaugh said. "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
The National Football League is 67 percent Black and 30 percent white. The overwhelmingly majority of the fans who follow the 32 NFL teams, purchase tickets and concessions at the stadium, watch the games on television, and play fantasy football are white. Outside of kicker/punter, the whitest position is quarterback, long considered a position that Black athletes were kept from playing because of the "racist" perception among coaches that Black people didn't have the mental aptitude to learn the demanding (War and Peace in size) playbooks, formations, assignments, and ability to read a complex defense as white players do.

According to our friend Richard Lapchick, who broke down the racial demographics of each NFL position over the past 10 or so years, 2009 saw the quarterback position dominated by whites with 82 percent of the available roster spots, compared to only 16 percent for Black athletes.

The high water year for Black participation at the quarterback position was 2002, when Blacks were 24 percent of quarterback roster spots (out of 32 teams, most franchises carry 3 QBs).

It should be noted, that despite being 67 percent of the NFL roster spots - each team has 53 players active - the top players in terms of popularity with the predominately white fan base are the white quarterbacks and white skill position players. In 2010, this was the breakdown of the top selling jerseys for men (by the way, there is nothing more embarrassing than a grown man wearing a football jersey):

  1. Troy Polamalu, Steelers
  2. Drew Brees, Saints
  3. Tim Tebow, Broncos
  4. Peyton Manning, Colts
  5. Tom Brady, Patriots
  6. Michael Vick, Eagles
  7. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  8. Eli Manning, Giants
  9. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  10. Mark Sanchez, Jets
  11. Tony Romo, Cowboys
  12. Brett Favre, Vikings
  13. Miles Austin, Cowboys
  14. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
  15. Clay Matthews, Packers
  16. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  17. Chris Johnson, Titans
  18. Ray Lewis, Ravens
  19. Wes Walker, Patriots
  20. Donovan McNabb, Redskins
  21. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  22. Peyton Hillis, Browns
  23. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets
  24. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  25. Hines Ward, Steelers
Tim Tebow's jersey is still a big seller and he has the same skill-set as Newton
Fifteen of the top 25 selling NFL jerseys are white players, the bulk being white quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who put a white face on a game dominated by thugs like Ray Lewis (yes, the evidence points to him being either an accessory to murder in Atlanta or the individual who killed someone back in 2000). Pittsburgh Steelers are fiercely loyal to their team, so the outliers like Polamalu and Ward. Notice that white receiver Wes Welker and beloved white running back Peyton Hillis are in the top 25, illustrating the obvious fact that the predominately white fan base cheers for the players that excel at positions they have been conditioned to believe only Black players can excel at. 

Let's take a look at the jerseys that are most popular with women (these are cut in a sexy manner that accentuate the female body):
  1. Troy Polamalu, Steelers
  2. Peyton Manning, Colts
  3. Drew Brees, Saints
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  5. Tom Brady, Patriots
  6. Tim Tebow, Broncos
  7. Miles Austin, Cowboys
  8. Eli Manning, Giants
  9. Tony Romo, Cowboys
  10. Jason Witten, Cowboys
That list is strikingly white, with only one Black player (a light-skinned one at that). Dominated by white quarterbacks, it's obvious that the NFL's ability to attract white women is through the quarterback position.

Thus the interesting dilemma the NFL is faced with in 2011, with Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning potentially sidelined all season due to his third neck surgery. White quarterbacks are vital to the continued success of the NFL - well, establishing white stars in the receiver, linebacker, safety, and running back position, as evidenced by Peyton Hillis's selection to be on the cover of Madden NFL 2011 resonate with the white fan base too - as no one wants to see the league become just another thugged-out, explicitly Black National Black Association (NBA).  

The NBA went all-in on Blackness, hedging their bets that white fans would continue paying to see overpriced criminals play basketball; it hasn't turned out to be a great investment.

Oddly, the NFL and the fawning media that covers the sport (the monopoly that should be broken up, ESPN; the embarrassingly bad NFL Network; FOX, CBS, and the entire Associated Press) seem intent on turning the game into just another version of the NBA. Dez Bryant is the face of Black NFL, a walking caricature of every negative Black stereotype you can conjure; the Black quarterback that was supposed to revolutionize the game, Michael Vick, spent two years in jail for participating in the inhumane sport of dog fighting, showcasing the massive divide in the cultures between white and Black people.

With Manning down, the NFL is going into Donovan McNabb Version 2.0, hoping to push another Black quarterback to the stratosphere of popularity and name recognition among the white fan base. Tampa Bay has the overrated Josh Freeman, a mulatto quarterback who played good football in 2010; Oakland has Jason Campbell, a quarterback whose erratic play is eternally excused and blamed upon having to learn a new offense every year (perhaps the guy just can't make good decisions and isn't that intelligent?); Seattle has Tarvaris Jackson,  who is somehow a starting quarterback in the league despite not possessing the talent to start for an Arena League team; Minnesota trots out McNabb, who should have retired two years ago to protect his legacy; and Philly has Michael Vick, whose two years in jail allowed his body to heal from the blows he took from scrambling before his dog fighting avocation became public.

Which brings us to the Carolina Panther's Cam Newton, the Black quarterback that is being hyped as the next Peyton Manning:
On Sept. 6, 1998, the Indianapolis Colts welcomed the Miami Dolphins to what was then the RCA Dome to see their new quarterback, first overall pick Peyton Manning (notes) . At the end of the game, Manning had thrown 21 completions in 37 attempts for 302 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.

It wasn't the most auspicious debut, but Manning threw for more than 300 yards in his first pro game, something no other rookie quarterback had done before. The Colts lost the game — they would win just three that season — but it was certainly a sign of things to come. And as we now know, Manning played in every game from then to now as Sunday marked the end of his 208-consecutive games started streak.

There was a first-game passing yardage record that exceeded Manning's, but it comes with a pretty heavy asterisk. Otto Graham of the 1950 Cleveland Browns threw for 346 yards in his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 16 of that year, but he spent the four previous seasons in the All-America Football Conference, which merged three teams (Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers , and an earlier version of the Baltimore Colts) with the NFL before the 1950 season.

Surprisingly, Sunday also marked the end of whichever yardage record you care to recognize. Another first overall pick, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers , broke that mark going away by passing for 422 yards. Not only did Newton obliterate Manning's record for the first game of any rookie career, he did it on the road (versus the Arizona Cardinals ) and with a truncated preseason due to the lockout. Unfortunately for Newton, the Panthers fell short, 28-21, but that's not what will be remembered about this game. dedicated its front page to Newton, with a story Lights, Cam-Era, Action. Despite losing the game (and being outplayed by white quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was forced out of Philly), the media is going into overdrive to anoint Newton as the heir-apparent to Peyton Manning, perhaps the most popular player in the NFL, especially one who routinely is signed to lucrative endorsements.

ESPN, sports call-in shows across the nation, and dead-wood media will spend countless hours and waste words praising Cam Newton's debut performance to no end. Despite the NFL tweaking rules that benefit that offense - the networks want high scoring games - and creating a quarterback-friendly game, the media will stop at nothing to paint Newton as Donovan McNabb 2.0.

Sadly, there's no Limbaugh in the media to point this out and cause a hilarious controversy.

Newton might be an outstanding talent, but NFL defenses have been so handicapped when it comes to hitting - to protect players - and how opposing defensive backs can play receivers that an NFL quarterback that doesn't throw for more than 300 yards is having a bad day statistically.

Once again, white fans keep the NFL afloat. They buy jersey's of white players (especially women), primarily quarterbacks. Rumors persist that Danny Woodhead's jersey, a white running back from New England, has one of the NFL's best selling jersey's as well. White fans tolerate a primarily Black league because they have been conditioned to believe that only Black athletes can legitimately play the running back, receiver, and corner/safety position.

As we at SBPDL have shown, discrimination towards white athletes begins at the high school level where college recruiters refuse to recruit white running backs, receivers or safeties. Tom Lemming, perhaps the best recruiting guru in the nation, told Michael Lewis in The Blind Side that white high school players are discriminated against, hell, he'll tell anyone this fact.

The same principles that dictate who gets recruited in college hold true in talent evaluations for the NFL. See this article on the 2011 NFL Draft, courtesy of SBPDL.

So the media crowning Cam Newton as the "new Peyton Manning" need to be called to task: this is nothing more than Donovan McNabb 2.0. The league's financial future rests upon white women being attracted to the game (because single Black women have a net worth of $5), and white guys living vicariously through white quarterbacks, receivers, bad ass linebackers like Clay Matthews, and white running backs like Hillis.

Cam Newton? He grew up in College Park, Georgia, an area white people assiduously avoid and only mention because of high Black crime rates, a scary MARTA station, and the fact that Newton is from there.

Remember: without sports to manufacture positive images of Black people, Black-Run America (BRA) would collapse overnight. Much like the media's desire to see a Black quarterback succeed, eventually Project Donovan McNabb 2.0 will fail.

Newton might have some success, but he could end up like JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young. But with offensive and defensive rule changes that continue to benefit the quarterback and a passing offense mentality, the NFL was bound to be find the right mixture to finally of rule tweaks to see a Black quarterback succeed.

But after one game - when he was outplayed by Kevin Kolb - to anoint Newton as the "new Manning" shows you the "BRA agenda" all too perfectly.


Anonymous said...

Arizona was 29th out of 32 in total defense for last year's regular season. Whoopity freakin doo.

Amarilloan said...

I'm not a sports guy but I admire your analysis and writing. (I bet you were a sports writer before your canning awhile back)
I know you are probably too busy as it is but I think you should start a sister blog focused on bringing in the Sports people into the HBD fold.
I check the 2.0 blog and would like to see more unique content.
If you and Occidental merged and put your talents together that would be pure gold in my book.
Don't listen to the little rodents that nag you about sports post. If they wear you down we will lose all this great information you give us.

Anonymous said...

Old-line SEC fan here. The search for the Great Black Pro Quarterback has been a media obsession since the 1960's.

Anonymous said...

It is strange that blacks can correctly recognize the white fan as a finite source of wealth, and so attack any whites trying to take "their" football positions, but not the white taxpayer, and not others who will and MUST dilute welfare payments, job oportunities and so on.

Anonymous said...

He wasn't outplayed by Kolb. Those defensive rules you meantioned caused that. Actually since 2003 they have disallowed cornerbacks from jamming up recievers. Part of me thinks to make Payton Manning a super bowl winning quarterback. He couldn't win a playoff game until then with any regularity.

The NFL is lame. Yeah it's fun to watch, but still lame.

Anonymous said...

The defensive restrictions are the same for everyone. I resent having black QB hype jammed down my throat as much as the next (white) person, but when a rookie passes for 400+ in his first game, he's earned whatever kudos he gets, even if he's a damned Australian Aborigine.

Anonymous said...

The Cam Newton win was a mixed bag. I saw part of the game. I think both quarterbacks made some good plays, and both took advantage of blown defensive coverage at times. I'll give Cam credit for playing a good game. But the Cardinals (and Kevin Kolb) are over-rated. Time will tell if Cam Newton is so. This was one game, and I think any QB who is picked at #1 is going to have a lot of media scrutiny, no matter what his race. If he does well, there's going to be a lot of hype. I don't see the hype this morning (9/12/2011) coming from Cam Newton being black. It will be interesting to see how he progresses from this point as a player and a person, and how the media responds to his successes and failures on and off the field.

Anonymous said...

Back in the mid-90s my local 1aa (or FCS) team in this border state "finally" recruited a black QB. There were 4 capable QBs on the team and there was close competition. One of the competing QBs was a guy I'd watched and admired as a high school player. Since he was a grad of my alma mater I was interested in him.

So I went to the annual spring game. Since the stadium was undergoing renovations they kept it low key and had it on the practice field. Pretty cool. Us fans could stand right on the sideline. Here's the thing; this black Qb had quite a few interested peoples at the scrimmage. He had his own entourage. Not of students, but drawn from the ranks of the university's racial (or is it racist) administrators, faculty, staff, and AA hatchet men. This group came alive when their fella was on the field. When he was not on the field they glared and pouted. When i expressed my pleasure at my boy making a good play I was greeted with stares and intimidating looks. It was a little threatening.

The public space is under siege.

Anonymous said...

Guess what, they don't have the mental aptitude.

Average IQ
East Asians = 106
Whites = 100
Blacks = 85 (at the high end)
Saharan Blacks = 70 (explains a lot)

xthred said...

You do great work. Thanks.

Whiskey said...

The problem is the older White guys who own and run the NFL have a big jonesing for Black QBs. They view themselves as Branch Rickey, heroes in their own mind, making the final integration push. Their own visions of heroism will lead them to destroy the NFL.

The NFL needs a constantly growing TV rights fees in the US (they have failed completely in international expansion, the rest of the world does not care about US football) to pay for expensive stadiums, even with public financing the owners are on the hook for considerable bond payments. Many also want to sell out in a few years as they get older, and want increased revenues driving up valuation.

But, only 32 people really count: the owners. Not fans, not the players, not the networks, just 32 or so owners. Who mostly want to be seen as heroes. So with Peyton Manning out for the season, the face of the NFL will be Cam Newton ... and Michael Vick. Already the league pushes Ray Lewis constantly. Yes they are that stupid, ready to sacrifice lots of money in an effort to be heroes in their own minds.

Anonymous said...

On a completely unrelated note: Assuming that this is true, it had to happen eventually.

Left Coast Dude

Laz said...

@ Left Coast Dude:

Yeah, saw that. 3 to 1 those guys are traveler (gypsy) types.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to that story :

Anonymous said...

The very pc sports media doesn't want you to know that Newton is a laptop thief and an academic cheat and that his father is a pos.

MrGJG said...

I made the mistake of drafting Peyton Manning as my QB in my fantasy league.
In my defense, It was still up in the air whether or not he was going to play.
I also targeted Wesley Walker and Peyton Hills, but like Colon Powell stated when asked why he voted for Obama, it had nothing to do with skin color.
He also has a bridge for sale.

Back to my team. I got Walker, who put up a sterling effort. I picked up Chad Henne from the FA pool, who also had a monster game, and I picked up the subject of this article after his big game.
A black QB on Vito's Thugs (my team name).
I'm sure it will come back to bite me in the name of karma.

Anonymous said...

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