RUSH: Here's Frank in Pittsburgh. Great to have you on program. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, how you doing, buddy?
RUSH: Pretty good.
CALLER: I love your program. I've been listening for a long, long time. Even when you were working in Pittsburgh I was listening to you, so I'm an oldie like you.
RUSH: Man, you're going back to the Steelers seventies if you remember me working in Pittsburgh.
CALLER: I'm a football guy. I love football. It's America's sport.
RUSH: Okay, but let me ask you a question. This love fest as you call it, does it really make you that sick? Does it really bother you that much?
CALLER: Yes, it does, 'cause it's media, it's liberal media driven. The media absolutely hates American football, and I'll tell you why. If you look at the paper, if you look in the news, it's always a war on football. They're always reporting bad news. It's concussions, it's the Redskins name, it's some player getting arrested in a bar, and it's big money. And the liberals hate that. And they want us to be just like the rest of the world and love soccer. And that's their motive.
RUSH: Well, let me tackle some of this. 'Cause I understand how you feel. One bit of news before I respond directly. You know, it was out of the blue a couple of weeks ago the US Patent and Trademark Office stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark, which means that Barack Obama did it. The Barack Obama administration, not the Patent and Trademark Office. The Obama administration stripped the Redskins of their property. The Redskins legally own the trademark, the logo, to the name Washington Redskins. And the Obama administration just came in and said you don't anymore. You can't have it.
Now, they have to appeal this. It's totally against the law for the Regime to do what they did. They've now forced the Redskins into a defensive position like every one of us is in every day. The Regime has just violated the Constitution. And if the ruling comes down someday that Dan Snyder and the Redskins do indeed get to hold onto their trademark, we're all gonna celebrate, and what are we celebrating? That we barely hung on to something.
It's the same thing with this Hobby Lobby ruling. But here's the thing. This decision by the administrative law board at the Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins' trademark registrations, despite the fact they had not received one complaint, not one complaint.
They had not received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the name Washington Redskins.
The Washington Times did a Freedom of Information Act request investigation, and they found that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians. So they wanted to find, well, who complained? And the answer is nobody.
The agency does not have a single letter. There is not a single record of correspondence from the public about the Redskins name one way or the other prior to June 18th. There are no letters to lose here, not like the IRS. There are no e-mails. There are no letters. Nothing! Nobody complained. The Obama administration just did it. They can't do that, folks. They simply can't take someone's private property.
The Redskins own it. I don't care what you think of it, the Redskins own it.
I'll tell you something else. If they take this name away, it's gonna open the trademark... If they lose this, if the Redskins lose this, you know what the end result of this is going to be? Anyone can use "Redskins"! It's gonna be more widespread than ever after this. If there are people offended by it now, they have no idea what's coming if this theft is upheld, because it means that anybody can use it.
You can open "The Redskin Cafe." You can go to McRedskins if you want and get some McRedskin fries. I mean, it'll be everywhere. It will be the Wild West out there, "Redskins" everywhere. You'll have Cavalry Fast Food restaurant across the street from the Redskin Restaurant, and then you'll have the Reservation Stop 'n' Shop. You wait. It's gonna be everywhere.
These do-gooders think they're eliminating the name, and it's gonna show up everywhere and it's gonna get so big they're not gonna be able to repeal it everywhere. It'll be out of control. I was reading a piece yesterday. I went to the ESPN website. I don't know why. I think I was just bored, so I went there just to see if there was anything new in the NFL. This is the dead time of the year in the NFL.
It's the month before training camp's open, and there was a piece about this, and it was a sportswriter who was saying (summarized), "You know what? One thing we writers don't really know about is economics." I said, "Whoa! I'm gonna read the rest of this." You do not see admissions like that. The piece was about how much it would cost the Redskins to change their name. It would be multiple millions of dollars that they alone would have to absorb.
The league could get out of absorbing any of it. The journalists were afraid that the high cost of changing name might be problematic for those who want them to change the name. It's one thing to get rid of the name, but to force massive millions of dollars of losses that they can't share or spread across the league? Well! They think they've got even more problems than getting the name changed.
Now, as for this soccer business, look: There's no question the left in this country idealizes Europe. Frank in Pittsburgh is right about that, and there's very little question that they've got a real... (sigh) Football is a target and the news out of football is negative. They're stigmatizing the game. It's about concussions now and it's about brutal treatment of the players and it's all kinds of things.
They're taking the ingredients of fandom out of it. Slowly but surely, as people start watching football, they're gonna be looking at entirely different things than they used to. They're politicizing it, like they do everything, and it's true... We started a charity group way back in the early '90s called Keep Our Own Kids Safe (KOOKS) that was intended to show the dangers of playing soccer, the level of concussion that nobody associates with that game.
You watch one of these World Cup games? Do you see the number of people writhing on the ground in abject pain, and the game goes on? This one of the most unfeeling games I've ever seen! These guys can have a broken leg and they don't stop the game. They just keep playing, just walk right over the injured player, 'cause the game must go on. Soccer is clean and pure as the wind-driven snow.
Nobody gets hurt. It's safe for the kids to play and so forth, but it's got its own problem. But it is European. John Kerry loves the game almost so much as he loves kite surfing. It may be a bit far to say they "hate" football and so forth. But they've clearly zeroed in on it as a target to advance their agenda. The agenda could be boiled down to simple: Government gets bigger and controls as much as possible.
"If the NFL is not gonna control concussions, if the NFL is not gonna protect its players, if the NFL is not gonna make sure it pays players that get hurt, the government must step in," and that's the agenda. Well, in order to facilitate that you gotta convince as many people as possible this game is no different than a car accident waiting to happen. But on the other hand, soccer is safe, clean, pure, no pads, no uniforms. Just T-shirts and shorts. The same thing you wear when you run a marathon.
Who could go wrong?
RUSH: Folks, look, I will acknowledge that it's kind of weird that this love of soccer just came out of nowhere. It's kind of like the arrival of the unaccompanied children from Central America. It's just out of nowhere, it seems, that it happened. But did you hear about what happened in suburban Detroit? "A soccer referee who was punched in the head by a player during a weekend game in a Detroit suburb has died, police said on Tuesday."
The referee is dead.
"John Bieniewicz, 44, was about to eject a player from a recreational game at a park in Livonia, Michigan," we own Livonia, Michigan, by the way, "on Sunday when he was hit and critically injured, police said. ... Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, was charged on Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm by Wayne County prosecutors. His bond was set at $500,000 in a court appearance on Monday. ... 'It's a very tragic incident,' [said the] attorney ... who represents the defendant..."
It was an accidental punch to the head, with enough force to kill the referee.
He was probably mad at the Redskins name.