Straight No Chaser: Bleacher Creatures

By Desi Cortez, BASN Columnist
Updated: February 21, 2010

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DENVER (BASN) — The Bleacher Report, a CBS Sports partner, ran a piece a few days back, one of their featured columnist, Will Holt, broke off a piece of his mind, and his, let’s say his “logic” slapped the Black off me for a split second. Dig this;

Will we ever see another black quarterback win a Super Bowl? And if not, will it begin to affect the way general managers build their respective teams?

They are tough questions to ask and you don’t need to be a racist one way or the other to answer it.

But they are fair questions and ones that needs to be addressed.

There have been 44 editions of the Super Bowl, and yet only once has a starting black quarterback hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Holt, who’ve I no clue as whether he’s white or Negro . . . he certainly couldn’t be Afro-American, no Black man could call himself a sports wordsmith . . . and even raise the question in this manner.

Mr. Holt, permit me to introduce another perspective, that of the irrelevant Black player, writer, coach, administrator or lowly fan.

I’m baffled as to why you’d use the Super Bowl as a measuring stick for the success and impact of the Black Signal Caller? Black gladiators were forbidden to even play the QB position well into the 1980′s . . . .

No?

Let’s agree upon the concept of ” forbidden.” It’s deeper then “not good enough.”

Try – not permitted, by the powers that be, to even compete for the position. Which means – we can’t be evaluated for our wins and loses, or how we showed – if we couldn’t compete for the position.

Please note; Willie Thrower was banned and barred, primarily because the Black man/player was deemed ignorant, unintelligent, unable to lead men into battle because of our “inherent character flaws,” unable to read defenses nor manage the game itself.

Those belittling beliefs remain, that’s why The Bleacher Report raised these questions.

A little deeper and perhaps more irrelevant in your baby-blue eyes; What do you think that “White Boy Only” sign did to the hopes and aspirations of little Black boys from the 1950′s all the way thru . . . today.

Might it have, unintentionally-of-course . . . discouraged the best talent, turned them away to other positions perhaps? Did those decades of discouragement as the NFL official company-line erase a path thru a white-hot hostile desert?

To whose benefit was the Black QB’s rejection?

Can I get an acknowledgement – from little league on, Black players throughout the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s were discouraged from playing the QB position, while White players were encouraged.

The farm system for us did not exist. Can we agree upon that? That perspective is a given amongst most Blacks. When you can fit the Black QBs over the last two decades – into a midget’s palm . . . . that’s an testament to the unevenness of it all.

Mr. Holt, tell me why that exclusion was enforced and embraced by White America . . and when did that racist mentality cease-to-exist? When did it stop mattering to the white players, coaches and fans the color of a man’s skin?

Today, right here n’ now – how many White man-made obstacles, hurdles and pitfalls are deliberately, purposefully placed in the path of a Black QB, from the age of 7 on? Obstacles placed there by guys who just aren’t comfortable with a nigger as signal caller.

Certainly, and tragically the skin-color of our president matters today across America, it matters much to all those “I don’t see color” White folks. I bet color matters when it comes to quarterbacks too. McNair and McNabb were booed from day one, and just about anyone – but White guys, will tell you their color mattered.

Mike Vick remains a racial litmus test for this country . . . and White guys hated him long before Dog-Gate: hunters and fisherman, who laughed at photos of Michael Phelps doing bong hits . . . wanted Vick banned from the league for being caught with marijuana residue..

Those who laughed at Rex Ryan flippin’ off fans . . . wanted Vick barred from the league for doing likewise. Vick was hated because he was “too black” . . . (don’t play dumb) and, because he could have, may still, redefine the QB position, like Jim Brown and OJ redefined the running back slot . . . to the point where the everyday white player can’t compete at the position.

It’s the style, the meat, the feel, the flavor and color the Black spartan brings to the game and position for which the Puritan Redneck establishment has such despise for.

Let’s not dilly-dally gentlemen – there should be no denial about harsh realities.

Rush Limbaugh, and the NFL owners who would’ve welcomed such a racist, sexist and elitist blowhard with open arms, and even the cats who wanted to start a All White Guy basketball league . . . these redneck clowns can’t be the only Confederate flag waving sports fans in the country.

The sport, and the country appears full of people “not ready” for Black Presidents nor Black QB’s. Perhaps, for sure, they’re not ready all across the heart of Dixie . . . that’s where the Caucasian only league calculated their, dig this . . . fan base to be its thickest .

Think Ole Miss. fans – spread-out over a dozen states.

In a story like yours Mr. Holt, pertaining to the demise of the Afro-American Field General – to minimize the racial climate of the country, being what it is today . . . and was yesterday and yesteryear – to minimize the fact the Black quarterback of today is attempting to succeed in a hostile anti-Black environment lends little credibility or objectivity to your perspective.

Honestly, the way this topic was framed – is flawed, it reflects, a typical pompous, arrogant, uniformed and bias perspective of the history of the NFL game and the country the game is played in.

Employing JaMarcus Russell – Russell, really – as the finale chapter in the test?

General managers have lost faith in the hope of finding Black QB’s who can win in the NFL because of Russell? Really, Russell was the pop- quiz? Russell’s failure cements the historical fact- the intellectual requirements to play QB . . . exceed most Black’s abilities?

Essential in this debate; Steel sharpens steel. An entire generation of Black quarterbacks – who’ve never really been groomed, nurtured and prepared by qualified and committed experts to prosper in the NFL. Why?

Our rise would be interpreted as the fall of an icon, the White immobile statue-like field general. It seems instead of discussing the end of this . . . “test” being administered by . . . I can only assume

White sports journalists, fans and owners – it ought be clear this is the “infancy stage” in the evolution and evaluation of the Black QB, not the end of a “fad.” Unless of course some 27 year-old White cats will be the decider of the fate for both the game and men.

How can you trivialize Black players accumulated no true experience at the QB position until the later 60′s and early 70′s. And when they were permitted to play the position, it was in a running attack, like the great Oklahoma QB’s Thomas Lott, JC Watts.

And also consider guys like Tony Dungy , a college QB, might have prospered in the NFL in the 70′s – but racist attitudes forbid it from happening. Tony might have rewrote the record book, redefined the position, became a mentor and model to young black boys all across America in the mid 70′s.

What type of impact would that have had?

What could Warren Moon have accomplished if he were not forced to Canada? The fear was – allowing Blacks to play the Golden Boy position would have made the position out-of-reach for the vast majority of White athletes.

Just as, all the other ball handling slots and the guys who cover them have been made off-limits for almost all White guys over the last quarter-century. Not to mention, everyone knew the Golden Boy got the Snow Bunnie Head Cheerleader. . . .

I just can’t understand how, knowing sports stereotypes still prevail, this fair and level playing field has yet to emerge at the little league, high school or college level, how can we be dissecting the failure of the Black NFL QB.

It’s far too early to be discussing their demise . . . they just got started.

Let’s face it Mr. Holt, I’d wager we will see a Black QB win the Super Bowl, long before we see a White running back run for a thousand yards. I wouldn’t even dare say 1500 – that will never happen.

Why?

The real question is not only will we, if ever, see a Black dude walk off the field with the Lombardi trophy, but also, when will we see, if ever, another Galloping Ghost or Golden Boy?

And since you mentioned Super Bowls, how is it we’ve had Lovie, Caldwell, Dungy and Tomlin in the big one in the last few years . . . and we can all concur the NFL has blatantly discriminated against Blacks – in all facets of coaching, privately claiming the usual – we’re as sharp as a bowling ball . . . .

Let me leave you one last one to ponder; If not for racism, this country’s national pastimes, being rigged for the first half, if not 3/4ths of the 20th century, sports superstars like Mantle, Babe, Williams, Unitas, Baugh . . . go-on-down the list of “legends” who might not have started at the high school or collegiate level – if they had to compete against all-comers.

The Hall of Fames are full of guys who couldn’t have beat out legitimate competition. No? Can we discuss the legitimacy of White sports heroes? Is it hateful or spiteful to believe this country’s national pastimes were fixed, because in-part . . . white guys were hanging onto their monopoly on power, status and alpha-male symbols . . . by any means required.

The sports heroes from a segregated America, including quarterbacks it can be argued – are fake, pretend, make-believe heroes – created by the exclusion of others.

Satchel Paige won a World Series and was arguably Rookie of The Year . . . at age 42. Gentleman, that stat alone cast doubt and questions upon every white dude in any major sports hall of fame who played during the apartheid years of US History.

Period, end of story. That’s not a question you fellas want to delve-into? But you want to put-forth the question if the Black QB test is over.

Please. Mr Holt, are you a Tea-Bagger?

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