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Why Does Condi Rice Have College Football in an Uproar?

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RUSH:  Okay, folks, there's some college football news.  The Fox Sports Network on MSN.  "There has been plenty of criticism of the selection of Condoleezza Rice to the upcoming College Football Playoff selection committee, but perhaps no one has taken an approach to the former secretary of state's appointment as misguided as former Auburn football coach Pat Dye."

Pat Dye was on the radio Monday morning.  He lashed out, it says here, accusing Rice of not knowing the game.  Hey, Pat, do you know she wants to be the commissioner of the NFL, too?  Here is what Pat Dye said.  Folks, this is not done.  I mean, you talk about violating political correctness and every other tenet today.  Pat Dye said of Condoleezza Rice, "'All she knows about football is what somebody told her.  Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt. I love Condoleezza Rice and she's probably a good statesman and all of that, but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?'

"Dye also indicated that the decision to include Rice in the process could impact the fairness of the selection process. 'That goes back to politics -- which one she likes the best, which one's the smoothest talker.'"

Pat Dye is 73 years old, by the way.  He last coached in 1992.  He said, "The game's played on the field," and she's never played the game.  What business does she have selecting teams in the playoffs?  Now, it says here, I'm gonna read this as it is.  "It's not a given that Dye intended for his statement to come off as sexist, and perhaps he would have said the same thing about a male politician who was appointed to the committee. But it sure came across that way --" this is a news story, "-- and now Dye will go down as the latest live radio cautionary tale as a result."

So, see, the bottom line is, he did it on the radio, that means radio's bad. Live radio's too dangerous.  You have all these PC violations and everything.  I think there's something else going on here.

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RUSH:  I don't know.  I've just been asked what the color is for testicular cancer.  I don't know what the color is for prostate cancer.  No, I don't think there's a ribbon for prostate cancer.  I don't think there's a ribbon for men's diseases. Other than AIDS, I think that's it.  I don't think there's -- no.  No.  No.  Why would they do that?  Why would women sports wear colored things for men's illnesses?  Why would they do that?  What do you mean, to show awareness?  To who?  Who's watching?  Awareness to who?  Who's watching women's sports?  Who's watching it? 

This Pat Dye and Condoleezza Rice thing, there's something else going on.  I'm not gonna tell you what I think 'cause I could be dead wrong.  But the guy is 73. He obviously is of a different generation. He had to work for everything.  But I think there are obviously some things about Condoleezza Rice that he doesn't know.  There was a piece on ESPN in 2007 about her and her fascination with the world of sports.  It turns out these people that have talked to her claim that she could ace an aptitude test on football, an X's and O's aptitude test.

When she was born, a football was waiting for her in her crib.  Her father obviously was hoping for a boy.  Father's name was John Rice.  He was a high school coach and athletic director in Birmingham, Alabama, and he had the football, and she said it, she said he had a football, and he got a girl, meaning her, and she's an only child. She showed her father that she shared his passion for the game.  By the time she turned three, they were watching Cleveland Browns games on TV.  The Browns at the time under Paul Brown were one of the NFL's earliest integrated teams, and she was enamored with Paul Brown, got fired by the Browns, went to the Cincinnati Bengals and so forth, and there's this little detail. 

When her father joined the University of Denver faculty in the late sixties, a number of the Denver Broncos players then would visit his house, her father's house where football was often topic A.  And the story goes, the legend is that these Broncos players who came over to Condoleezza Rice's dad's house were astonished at her knowledge and her penetrating questions on the X's and O's aspect of the game.  Her family does have a strong background in football.  I don't know if Pat Dye knows that or not, but clearly there's something going on here other than what it appears to be on the surface.  There has to be something else.  It could very well be a cultural thing. 
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RUSH:  Well, it turns out that Pat Dye is not the first football guy to rip into Condoleezza Rice for being chosen to be on the college football playoff selection committee.  David Pollack, who is an analyst on college football on ESPN, warned the audience he was about to say something unpopular during College GameDay on Saturday, and then according to the UK Daily Mail, launched into a sexist remark. 

He said, "Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape ... Yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper."

So an ESPN analyst on Saturday ripped into the choice of Condoleezza Rice.  "The host Chris Fowler then chimed in, asking directly if Pollack's proposed requirement, that members must be former players, should preclude women from serving on the committee. 'So no woman belongs on the committee, then?' Fowler interjected. Pollack took the bait. 'You said that... I'll say it, yeah. Yeah,' he responded as other panelists stated that they disagreed." Samantha Ponder, Erin Andrews and Bonnie Bernstein have all reacted.  Who the hell is this guy?  Shut him up. 

What really bothers people here, folks?  What is this?  Now, with Pat Dye, I think I know what's going on, but it doesn't matter, so I'm not gonna tell you.  But what really bothers people about this, do you think, Snerdley?  Condoleezza Rice, what is she?  A, she is a woman.  But what else is she?  She is a black woman.  So far, so good, right?  Well, what else is she?  She is a Republican woman?  She worked for W.  And therein lies -- (interruption) No, don't tell me there's no politics at ESPN.  Don't tell me there's no politics in football. 

What is it about Condoleezza Rice that has all of these people up in arms?

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