When Rush Limbaugh takes to the airwaves to defend Donovan McNabb, you know this lockout has been going on for too damn long.

Although, in my tin-foil hat days, I might have pointed out that Limbaugh was friends with Jim Zorn, and might theoretically harbor ill will toward Daniel Snyder, which might theoretically make him predisposed to wish bad fortune on Mike Shanahan, causing him to defend McNabb as a matter of course.

Or maybe it’s just hard to talk for three hours.

Or maybe this lockout has been going on for too damn long.

And thus, on Friday, Limbaugh addressed the joint topics of McNabb being targeted by Bernard Hopkins, and McNabb being accused in the media of refusing to wear a play-calling wristband last season.

After first playing Hopkins’s audio, Limbaugh moved on to the latter issue, the Wristbandgate:

“And another controversy has arisen, this time out of Washington, and it’s kind of big in the D.C. sports media,” Limbaugh said. “Now the story is that McNabb refused to wear this play bracelet because he said that he was afraid it would make him look stupid, so he didn’t wear it. Meanwhile, Mike Shanahan once took McNabb out of a game, saying publicly he didn’t know our two-minute offense, he doesn’t know the plays. Well, he wasn’t wearing the wrist band that had the plays on them.

“The D.C. media’s all up to snuff on this because the Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is said to be livid when he found out about this, at the coach, at Shanahan, for not making McNabb wear the wristband. Wouldn’t you be mad at McNabb rather than the coach? Anyway, McNabb can’t cut a break here, and, of course, all this ends up being discussed on ESPN.”

And so then Limbaugh returned to the Hopkins issue, which has again caused people to bring up Limbaugh’s name in connection with McNabb. And this time, dude was on McNabb’s side:

“I said nothing close to what Bernard Hopkins was saying. I never said a word about McNabb and blackness. I was talking about the media from start to finish....This poor guy cannot, he cannot catch a break. And it’s disgruntled African Americans that are jumping down his case, about the way he was raised? It is horrible, it is distasteful. His parents are out there having to defend the way they raised him, and all they tried to do was give him opportunity after opportunity, expose he and his brother to various things. It’s just amazing to watch this.”

So yes, Limbaugh is saying that this poor guy, McNabb, cannot catch a break.

In conclusion, lockout lockout lockout lockout.