RUSH: This Steve in Rogersville, Tennessee. You’re next on the EIB Network and Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. First-time caller, longtime listener, and just honored to be on the program with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: I was calling about your comments earlier about the criticism that Coach K had received because they ran up the score.
CALLER: And, incidentally, my daughter made the phone call, but she was a little nervous about speaking so this is kind of her question, her civics lesson. We’re homeschoolers and her civics lesson for today. But she was wondering about the criticism that Coach K was getting for running up the score while at the same time they are criticizing or eliminating players for not doing their best playing badminton.
RUSH: Yes, your daughter has got an excellent question. I was just thinking the same thing earlier today when I was reading it. I saw the Coach K story right before the show started, and I thought, how ironic. Here, on the one hand, we’re beating up on Coach K for running up the score, and, on the other, we’re penalizing badminton players for playing down to their opponents’ level so as not to humiliate ’em and to give themselves easier opponents down the line. That’s an excellent question on the part of your daughter.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, we’re out looking for a computer today, and we tune in for civics and just appreciate all that you have to share.
RUSH: Well, I’m glad that you called. Thanks so much. Coach K is profoundly offended at the allegation he ran up the score. It looks like he did his best to keep his best players out of the game for as long as he could.
RUSH: Look at this. Typical, typical media tweet. This is from USA Today. “Tell us: Any problem with USA Basketball score vs. Nigeria?” Can I ask a question? What are they upset about? If we had beaten, let’s say, oh, Belarus by 83, would they be upset? Or is it that they’re upset that we creamed Nigeria? You don’t think it matters? You really don’t? Anyway, USA Today: “Tell us: Any problem with USA Basketball score vs. Nigeria?”
So now they’re obviously doing a Twitter poll at USA Today on this. We never had these kinds of insinuations when the Harlem Globetrotters are beating up the Washington Generals. You see some of those scores? Well, I mean, for crying out loud, what are we talking about here? We got a national crime that’s taken place, we beat Nigeria by 83. I don’t know, Snerdley. I’m not so sure that the fact it’s Nigeria doesn’t play a role in this, knowing these media people like I do.
By the way, Nigeria has NBA guys on its team. I think there are eight former NBA players playing for Nigeria, and we crushed ’em by 83. Eight. Now, I don’t know who the eight are. I didn’t see the game. I just know that there are eight former NBA players on the Nigerian squad.