RUSH: This is Carla. Carla, St. Paul, Minnesota, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush! How are you?
RUSH: Very good. Thank you.
CALLER: I can’t believe I’m talking to you! Well, I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and I, too, left in the early eighties. I wanted to ask you: Did you ever go to Monroeville when you were in Pittsburgh?
RUSH: Did I ever go to Monroeville?
RUSH: Yeah! I went out in Monroeville. I went to Monroeville Mall. I went out to the Holiday House. Absolutely.
CALLER: Yeah, they used to have stars. Well, listen, my comment is I was watching the media day when the Packers were talking, and Coach [Mike] McCarthy, isn’t he from Pittsburgh also?
RUSH: He’s from Greenfield.
CALLER: Yes. Well, anyhow, he and also Aaron Rodgers, they kept talking about how Aaron Rodgers conducts himself off the field and how he has a lot of integrity and, blah, blah, blah. They kept talking about that, and I thought, ‘Maybe that’s supposed to like psych them out or maybe draw attention to the fact that Ben had some issues off the field,’ but it just struck me so funny that, you know, that was their big thing that they were talking about.
RUSH: I saw a little bit of Aaron Rodgers asked about that, and he said, ‘I’m not gonna talk about somebody’s private life. It’s none of my business.’
CALLER: Well, now —
RUSH: And he went on to praise Roethlisberger as a quarterback. So I didn’t hear what McCarthy said, but I heard Aaron Rodgers saying just the exact opposite.
CALLER: Oh. Well, I didn’t think that he would come right out and say anything directly about Ben.
RUSH: I mean, he didn’t even imply. He said: I don’t want to go there. I don’t know what you heard. I’m not denying that you heard what you heard. I just saw Aaron Rodgers when he was at the podium, they asked him, one of the first questions. He said, ‘I don’t talk about people’s personal lives.’ Now, you might want to think that was a reference to it, but he said, ‘I don’t talk about personal lives. It’s none of my business. I’ll talk about stuff on the field,’ which is what he proceeded to do. That’s not the big transgression that’s happened this week, if you want to talk about stuff. I’ll tell you about the real transgression when we come back.
RUSH: Yesterday morning Sports Illustrated on its website had a story that Roger Goodell had talked to about 20 Steelers players back in the spring and the summer, and not one of them would say a good thing about Roethlisberger. It turns out that that’s not what Goodell had said. Goodell did not say he talked to Steelers players. He’d talked to 20 players throughout the league, and it was things like, ‘Yeah, he won’t sign my jersey,’ or things. So that people are looking at that as an attempt here to stir things up. That report has been corrected, we should point out.