By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BLACK History Moment at SUPER BOWL 48
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-With five of the last six Super Bowls being decided by six points or less, this year’s ‘s 43-8 BLOWOUT between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos was the most watched Super Bowl in the history of the NFL, in which 111.3 million people sat down in order to see if Peyton Manning was going to shut-up the Seattle Seahawks’ CB Richard Sherman’s loud mouth?
Honestly, the NFL should thank Sherman for bringing so MUCH attention and excitement to the season-ending Super Bowl finale with his 30 second rant at the end of the NFC Championship game against the 49ers.
Seriously? The numbers don’t lie.
We, however, CAN’T OVERLOOK the fact that there was also a Black Quarterback starting in the SUPER BOWL in Russell Wilson, a 3rd round pick, who earned only $526,217 this season compared to Peyton Mannings’ $18 MILLION, attempting to become only the second BLACK quarterback since Doug Williams did it in 1988 against the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl as well.
With that said, despite us living in a so-called post racial America, a large segment of people shamefully are still debating the content of a Cheerios’ commercial which upset so many people because it involved an interracial couple, the fact that a Black quarterback was starting in the super Bowl still mattered.
Case in point, THE COKE-COLA Super bowl ad containing different cultures singing “America The Beautiful” in different languages created such an uproar that conservative white AMERICA threaten to boycott the Atlanta-based company.
Why? Because, race matters, just like Professor Cornell West suggested in his book published in 1993 by the same name.
Therefore, this Super Bowl was meaningful for many sports fans, reporters, and athletes who understood the significant of a Black quarterback playing in it and winning it along with a back-up quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who was also Black.
Even more AMAZING than the game itself was the half-time show featuring BRUNO Mars, who performed with the Red-Hot Chili Peppers, whose GUITARS MYSTERIOUSLY WEREN’T PLUGGED up during their chaotic act, which more than 115.3 million viewed, which surpassed the mark set by Madonna in Super Bowl 46.
Yes, Bruno-WAS amazing.”
Plus, he can really sing, which many singers can’t do these days without the help of computers-and his little James Brown routine was impressive too.
But, after all of the CONFETTI FELL FROM THE SKY and THE EXPLOSIONS LIT UP THE NIGHT, the Seattle Seahawks were announced the NFL Super Bowl CHAMPIONS.
And in the end, Russell Wilson became the second starting Black quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory by rushing three times for 26 yards and completing 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
So, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com