OK, so I am genuinely sad to hear of the passing of Ronald Reagan. In many ways, he was the great figurehead of the 1980’s, a time that was definitely an interesting period in my life. Don’t get me wrong, he was a very important figure in the history of the US and at the time, he was probably the best choice the country had as we were emerging out of the Vietnam and Watergate eras. But he was really not that great of a President IMHO and, similar to a certain current President, it was brutally obvious that there were people pulling the strings and he was the puppet. His tenure was marked by the Iran-Contra scandal, a scandal that for some reason did not nearly get the type attention and fallout on his Presidency that it deserved. And to say that Reagan ended the Cold War is just silly. All this talk about putting his bust on Mount Rushmore, or renaming something in every state for him, is just loony. Go ahead and name some streets, a river, and some place out in California that was important to him, but lets not get carried away here folks.
Rush Limbaugh made some really dumb comments about my fellow Syracuse University alum Donovan McNabb. While this is exactly the type of headlines and outlandish commentary ESPN wanted when they hired Rush for their NFL Primetime program, I think it illustrates a bigger issue in the media these days. Media outlets are suffering because of the erosion of audiences (i.e: as Bruce said: “57 Channels and Nothing On”) and they need to do outrageous things in order to attract audiences and encourage people to take time out of their day to tune in.
I always felt that having a blow-fish like Rush Limbaugh on an football program is just wrong, but ABC is known for taking some weird risks as they did a few years ago by having Dennis Miller in the Monday Night Football booth. Just let Chris Berman and his gang do their thing. They are the best, they do not need a jackass like Rush Limbaugh on their program.