Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams ran into opposition within the NFL yesterday, when Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against him and commissioner Roger Goodell said the conservative commentator's "divisive" comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.
"I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," Irsay said at the fall owners meetings in Boston. "When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive . . . our words do damage, and it's something that we don't need."
Limbaugh has long been a hero of conservatives and villain to the left, thriving on his place in the political spectrum while establishing himself as one of the most successful broadcasters in history. But the NFL tries to avoid controversy, as Limbaugh learned in 2003 when he was forced to resign from ESPN's Sunday night football broadcast after saying of the Eagles' Donovan McNabb: "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."
Goodell repeatedly distanced the league from Limbaugh's statements, calling them "polarizing comments that we don't think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players."
According to transcripts posted on his Web site, in 2007 Limbaugh also said: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." That comment, and others, resurfaced this month when he revealed he is teaming with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts to bid on the Rams.
Prospective owners must be approved by 24 of the league's 32 teams.
The signing of the 12-time Pro Bowl player was announced by Versus, the television network on which Seau has a show. The Patriots have not announced the signing, which had been expected, although the team said he had a physical and a workout last week.
* The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Super Bowl hero David Tyree, who played in 73 games with the New York Giants before being cut last month.
Tyree is expected to contribute to special teams, and could see time at wide receiver.
* Miami Dolphins reserve running back Patrick Cobbs will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, coach Tony Sparano said. Cobbs was hurt on a carry in the fourth quarter of Monday night's victory over the New York Jets.