RUSH: Bill in Park Falls, Wisconsin, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir, hello.
CALLER: Dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: How come you’re tiptoeing around the big story of the day?
RUSH: You mean the Packers’ win, I assume?
CALLER: The world champion Green Bay Packers.
RUSH: Well, I’m not trying to sidestep it. If I had been here yesterday I woulda talked about it. This is two days after the Super Bowl.
CALLER: Ohhh, the big party is today at Lambeau.
RUSH: Well, that’s true. What time is that, 3:30 or four o’clock?
CALLER: Yeah, four o’clock I guess.
RUSH: Central time?
RUSH: Well, wisely scheduled for when this program is over.
CALLER: Yeah, schools are closed. It’s a big deal.
RUSH: Yeah, well, I was there, I was there. I’ll tell you, I saw a quote. The coach Mike McCarthy, the day before the game, and I love quotes like this, coach Mike McCarthy said, ‘Look, we respect the Steelers. We respect the way they play football, but this is our time.’ And then I read that Coach McCarthy, I’m not sure when this happened, I’ve seen conflicting reports, but coach McCarthy either the night before the game or sometime in the week leading up to it had his team fitted for Super Bowl rings.
CALLER: Oh, yes, yes, that’s true.
RUSH: I remember some years ago the Steelers and the Patriots were playing in the AFC championship game, and the Patriots got wind of the news that before the championship game was over the Steelers were already making plans to go to the Super Bowl, family hotel reservations and flights, and that motivated the Patriots. ‘Oh yeah? You think you’re gonna be there?’ and they went out and shellacked them.
RUSH: So that kind of motivation could go either way if the Steelers had found out about it, but I thought it was a brilliant motivational ploy, ’cause they’re gonna get rings anyway. Even if they lose the Super Bowl, the Packers are going to get NFC championship rings for which they have to be fitted.
RUSH: So why not fit ’em for the ring for the big prize coupled with everything else he was doing.
RUSH: How’s that?
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: You own Wisconsin, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you very much. I got nothing against the Packers. I want everybody to understand, I’ve got nothing whatsoever against ’em. The Steelers are my team, but I got nothing against the Packers. The Packers — people forget this — the only National Football League to ever have a Rush Room was the Green Bay Packers. It was led by right guard Rich Moran, the other side, the offensive tackle, Ken Ruettgers. It was Brett Favre’s first or second year, and these guys turned on this program each and every day at lunchtime and listened to it.
And Ruettgers sent me a picture of all the members of the Packers Rush Room club in their jerseys wearing Rush ties. He sent me a note, ‘If you send me some neckties I’ll put these on the guys and take a picture.’ So I’ve go to this picture of Ruettgers, Rich Moran, and it was Moran who supplied the radio for the Packers Rush Room. There was only one Democrat in the group, at least professed Democrat, his name was Matt LaBounty, he was the linebacker, and he turned his back to the camera when the picture was taken. But you had Chmura, that whole great Packers team. I have all the respect in the world for the Packers organization and the people there. That’s why I thought it was a great, great, great Super Bowl matchup. But I figured it’s Tuesday and you people have had this game sliced and diced and dissected and why who won won. I figured the Super Bowl’s over, we move on. But there are apparently some people here who can’t get enough on the winning side.
RUSH: Here’s Mike in Madison, Wisconsin, as we go back to the phones here. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, Rush, Rush.
CALLER: Are you there, buddy?
RUSH: Right here.
CALLER: You ignore Hutch and you side with Obama’s pick for the Super Bowl? Come ooooon! What could you really expect? (laughing)
RUSH: (laughing) Did Obama pick the Steelers? I didn’t know that.
CALLER: Oh, you’re dang right. You and Obama are like —
RUSH: Well, the Hutch picks the Packers —
CALLER: — on this whole thing.
RUSH: The Hutch would have picked any team opposing the Steelers just to juke me.
CALLER: Yeah, I think what we have here can only be described as a learning opportunity for both of you, and I think what we need to do to rectify this is maybe you and Rodgers should sit down for a beer summit on EIB One.
RUSH: Me and Aaron Rodgers sit down for a beer summit? I’d do that!
CALLER: Dang right. And now on top of this whole thing we’ve got Egypt that’s gonna fall into complete chaos because of this football game.
RUSH: How so? I’ll bite.
CALLER: Well, how the heck do you expect Obama to concentrate on Egypt when he’s gotta worry about the most ferocious football team in the world that hails from one of the only conservative cities in the state of Wisconsin coming to the White House?
RUSH: Believe me…
CALLER: He must feel like, um…
RUSH: No, no, don’t doubt me on this. Believe me.
RUSH: Anything that focuses Obama’s attention away from the economy, from Egypt, from pretty much everything, is a blessing. It’s a shame that game didn’t go into overtime. It’s a shame that game didn’t go into double overtime. It’s a shame that game is not still going on. Don’t doubt me on this.