It’s time for the Super Bowl!
The Super Bowl may just be the most important event in the world. It gets more attention than wars, elections, ﬂoods, ﬁres, diseases, droughts, and even El Niño. This is Super Bowl 50, and I would give you the number in Latin, but I do not want to be a showoff.
All of the indications are that this will be a most entertaining game. It seems to me, that the worst thing that could happen would be that they have some rain. Since NFL quarterbacks can deal with ice and snow, a little rain won’t bother them. Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, is the Taj Mahal of these kinds of structures. It is incredibly beautiful, and also uniquely functional. This is the place where many of us would like to be on Sunday.
However, since that is not possible, we will be glued to the television sets, and carefully watching each play. Perhaps I should say “mostly glued”, since we will have to take time away to get our chicken wings. I saw the ﬁrst Super Bowl, in the Coliseum, exactly 50 years ago. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Garrett, the current Athletic Director of California State University, Los Angeles, scored a touchdown for the Chiefs. Since we were fellow Trojan’s, I was very happy about that. By the way, the cost of my ticket was $5.00. At that time, I never even thought that there would be any price increases in the future. Silly me.
I had very mixed feelings about that game, since I was a long time fan of Vince Lombardi. I admired everything about him; his work ethic, his attention to details, and his toughness. The Packers had played an earlier game that year in the Coliseum, and they had only two penalties. The Lombardi Packers simply knew their fundamentals, and they did not make many mistakes. Additionally, every player on his team was in tip top physical condition. So, watching them play was a real pleasure.
I am picking Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, by a score of 45 to 21. I believe that Newton now has the combination of an awesome intellect, and incredible physical power. In the past few weeks, he has been able to exercise total control of his opponents. Having said that, I know that the courageous Manning will not go away quietly. He is an offensive genius, and his mind is as sharp as ever. However, his body is now a question mark. So, this is why they play the game, and this is why so many of us will watch it.
More than 50% of the participants in this Super Bowl will be African-American. There will be 72 television cameras used for television coverage. Do you wonder how many of those camera operators will be African-American? Also, will there be any African-American sideline reporters? Just wondering.