Monday, February 05, 2007

A few thoughts on Stupor Sunday.

Many others have already made the point in just the dozen hours since the contest ended, but that was the worst big-game QB performance I've ever seen; there is simply no way the Bears can bring Grossman back next year. By the time ol' Rex threw that last ball up for grabs, you could read everything you needed to know on the face of the First Black Coach To Become Totally Nauseated By His White Quarterback During The Super Bowl. Which brings us to....

Am I the only one who thought the hoopla over the "African-American"-ness of the two coaches got embarrassing and downright insulting after a while? By the end of it all, when Jim Nance felt compelled to mention how well Tony Dungy "represented himself," and then Nance's broadcasting partner-in-crime, Phil Simms, added that Dungy and Lovie Smith were "class acts," I wanted to shout at the screen, Shut up! Just shut...the %#$...up. Every time you open your mouths, you sound a little more condescending. Besides, there's no reason to say this stuff in the first place! I thought we were all "just people"?.... Of course, this came at the end of a week in which newly declared presidential candidate Joe Biden reminded us of one major reason why his last presidential campaign foundered, when the notoriously loose-lipped Delaware senator referred to fellow candidate Barack Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate [!] and bright [!!] and clean [!!!] and...." Not a few observers felt Biden only made things worse, later, when he tried to explain himself.* Again, Joe baby: Just shut up....

Finally, on the lighter side, my favorite ad was the Federline spot for Nationwide Insurance, the latest in its "life comes at you fast" campaign, which, you may recall, kicked off with a similar spot starring MC Hammer (shown), who was the First Black Celebrity To Do An Ad For Nationwide Insurance After Going Bankrupt When His Multi-Million-Dollar Rap Career Fizzled And He Made A Slew Of Frivolous Purchases And Godawful Investments. Just thought that might be important to mention....

* Myself, I think Biden is a basically decent guy...and call me crazy, but I don't even see him as a particularly racist man. I just think that, like a lot of us, he gets tongue-tied when it comes to picking his way through the verbal minefields of our PC culture. He has a hard time balancing his natural commitment to "plain speaking" against today's racial sensitivities. So he gets caught up in his own verbiage and ends up sounding buffoonish. I haven't spoken to Joe, but my guess is, he was trying to say something about Obama's appeal to white Americans who might not ordinarily "vote black." That's all. And he botched it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steve, I am from Chicago originally and I was personally embarrassed that my Bears took our team into the game of games with a guy like Wrecks Gross-man under center. It was a national stage for the frustation and humiliation many of us felt all season long!
-Carl

Anonymous said...

PS, thank god for the defense, without them we would've been a 500 team or worse.

Anonymous said...

Gee. I always wondered what became of MC Hammer!