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RUSH: All right, for the stick-to-the-issues crowd, the AFC championship game last night had the highest television ratings for any championship game in 24 years. The previous high-rated AFC championship game was the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. I think that was The Drive, the Elway Drive. I know, I don’t get it either. Maybe more people watching TV back then, who knows.

Anyway, greetings, great to have you here, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network and the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.

Jay Cutler, the quarterback for the Chicago Bears, does have a torn MCL. A big controversy, the Bears coaching staff, medical staff took him out of the game. The sideline attitude made it look like Cutler didn’t care. He’s been beaten up all day, all night since he left the game. Players around the league ripping Jay Cutler for no heart, kick him off the team, this sort of stuff. He does have an MCL tear. Now, the relevance of this is tomorrow night is the State of the Union show by Barack Obama, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama warns Cutler to have security in the operating room to make sure doctors don’t amputate his leg to line their pockets while fixing the torn MCL in his knee. That would be the medial collateral ligament.


RUSH: Now, it was a great, great, great weekend and a great day of football in the National Football League. It had everything, and everybody’s trying to figure out what happened to the Jets. And it’s very simple. They played the Steelers. That’s all you really need to know. I mean that game needn’t have ended the way it did. The Steelers went into a prevent offense. Have you ever heard of that? No you haven’t. No, you’ve heard of the prevent defense. The prevent defense is where you’re prepared to give up all kinds of yards but not touchdowns. It never works out that way. They went into a prevent offense until the final two series. They were playing not to lose up until the final two series, at third and six with just under two minutes to go they line up with five wides, nobody in the backfield, Rex Ryan says, ‘Ah, they’re gonna run the ball here. They’re not gonna throw an incompletion, stop the clock and kick it back to us, they’re gonna run the ball, keep the clock running, do a quarterback draw.’

They threw it. First down, game over. That was one of the few times in the second half the Steelers were playing outside of their prevent offense, playing to win the game, not to lose it. The prevent offense is where you play the game not to lose, rather than you play the game to win. So they had that 24-3 halftime lead, ran out the clock, sat on it, two totally different games first half and second half.


RUSH: Here is Obama. Remember this guy is like Clinton. Whatever he picks, he loses. Whatever he endorses, doesn’t happen. This is Friday in Schenectady at General Electric. Obama is offering in his opening remarks a prediction that Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York, wanted to give him a Jets hat. Obama said…

OBAMA: Both the Jets and the Bears I think are slight underdogs, so we’re gonna be rooting for the underdogs on Sunday. (applause)

RUSH: Root for the underdogs and make ’em losers. President Obama didn’t sit well with Charles Woodson, cornerback for the Packers. Last night after the game he said, among other things, this.

WOODSON: The President don’t want to come watch us in the Super Bowl.

TEAM: Yeah! Yeah!

WOODSON: Guess what? We’ll go see him (cheers) White House on three! One, two three!

TEAM: White House!

RUSH: One, two, three White House. I’m sure the nonalcoholic champagne was flowing in the Packers locker room at Soldier Field.


RUSH: Waynesboro, Virginia. Helen, welcome, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you. I love your show, but I just wanted to illustrate something, give you and all the football fans an FYI. When you said the football player had an MCL type thing. Rush, if it’s a cruciate ligament tear, it’s called an anterior cruciate ligament tear or a posterior cruciate ligament tear. If it’s a meniscal tear, then it is medial or lateral meniscal tear. I’m just trying to educate you on the verbiage, and this is just a friendly FYI from an OR nurse, okay?

RUSH: I, as a sports fan, know the difference between an ACL, an MCL, a PO2, PCL, and a DDD. I know what the medial collateral —

CALLER: I know, I know, but somebody will correct you, and I wanted to just give you a friendly FYI. That’s all.

RUSH: What did I say that needs to be corrected?

CALLER: You said MCL. The proper terminology, Rush, is if you’re talking about the cruciate ligament in the knee, you know, it’s right or left knee, of course, but it’s anterior cruciate ligament or posterior cruciate ligament, and if you’re talking about a meniscus tear and you actually mentioned you shouldn’t call it a medial meniscal tear or a lateral meniscal tear —

RUSH: But that’s not — (crosstalk)

CALLER: — and depending on right or left leg. But it’s just an FYI because I know people get worried about football people, but, again, the terminology as an OR nurse is important, and, for example, cruciate ligaments are much more of an extensive injury than it is a meniscal tear, usually, so it’s just FYI.

RUSH: Cutler has an MCL.

CALLER: Sorry?

RUSH: Jay Cutler, the Bears quarterback, has an MCL.

CALLER: Okay, that’s why I’m saying usually for the regular medical term it’s not considered an MCL because it’s actually only — when you talk about cruciate ligaments, you’re always talking about them as anterior, posterior, not medial or lateral type ’cause there’s no such thing. The whole ligament is a ligament and there’s an anterior part to it and —

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: — a posterior part to it. That’s all.

RUSH: Okay. Helen —

CALLER: Just clearing up. I’m an expert OR nurse — (crosstalk)

RUSH: Right, right.

CALLER: — I’m also (crosstalk) type of specialties and —

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: — it’s just an FYI —

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: — and good luck and God bless.

RUSH: Right. Did Jay Cutler fake it or not, that’s all anybody wants to know.

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