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Pat McMahon

Sticks and stones

Talk about mixed feelings -- and not just any feelings, strong, passionate feelings about words and football.

Let me get right to the point. I really don't like ethnic slurs. Any slang using nationality references or race as an insult or an attempt at humor, that's where you lose me.

All the demeaning words that people tastelessly use referring to Jews, Latinos, Asians -- all of them are offensive to me. At the top of the list, of course is the N-word.

So repugnant, in most circles, we use that substitute in polite conversations. But what about a place where polite doesn't exist -- an NFL football field?

This week, commissioner Roger Goodell let it be known that the rules committee is seriously considering a 15-yard penalty for the use of the word during a game. What a strange, hypocritical kind of sensitivity it is when, in a pile of players, there will be crotch grabbing and eye gouging, but we will be spared the N-word.

Next rule change…a player will be immediately ejected from the game for using the phrase, "Yo mama is so fat…"

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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