That said, I’m pretty sure the guy’s got a device in my brain to read my thoughts.
I was going to do something for Black History Month, but when Michael is so much better at this kind of thing than I am, it’d be an injustice to you to ask you to read my thoughts on the subject.
Read and enjoy!
Originally posted on Social Justice For All:
This is the fourth year that Social Justice For All (SJFA) has celebrated Black History Month. As we start the month I like to reflect on the progress made around issues of equity and equality and also reflect on how much work still has yet to be done.
Every year, SJFA looks to celebrate the substantial accomplishments of African Americans and the cultural and political history of the African-American experience. Here at SJFA we’ll take some time to celebrate individuals who have made great contributions to social justice as pioneers, activists, and role models. Although it is wonderful to have many people to celebrate, our nation maintains huge gaps; distressingly, many of these firsts have happened in just the past decade.
I am absolutely elated that President Obama has nominated more African-American judges and more LGBT judges than any previous president. I am particularly delighted that two weeks ago he nominated Staci Michelle Yandle, an African-American lesbian for federal judge for the 7th circuit. Let us hope we will soon see an African American gay man as judge soon.
Especially when the other team flat gives the game away, gift-wrapped and scented with perfume, in the first quarter.
Honestly, as a lifelong Broncos fan, I have seen some pretty ugly Superbowl losses. I watched Phil Simms put up an 88% completion rate in 1987. I saw Doug Williams and the Redskins score 35 points in one quarter in 1988. I saw Joe Montana’s 49′ers crush my home team 55-10 in 1990, still the record for the biggest blowout in Superbowl history.
But those Broncos teams were in the championship due solely to last-minute heroics by (still) the greatest quarterback to ever don the blue and orange. In truth, as a team, they had no business being there in the first place, and were only in those games due to the very best of luck.
This is different. This was the most prolific offense in history. This was a defense that, while not at the top of the league, was gelling and playing great at exactly the right time. This was a super-talented, high-flying, unbelievably great football team.
And they gave up.
They gave up before the game started. Obviously, before they even finished the national anthem.
The Seahawks came prepared to play. The Broncos, well, they showed how prepared they were on the very first offensive snap. A play that scored Seattle’s first points because, for some reason, it wasn’t important to them to get the fucking snap count right.
And it was all down hill from there.
I should have known. I talk endlessly with friends about the importance of solid, smashmouth football. Of good defense. Of running the ball. Of attitude and swagger. That football, when it comes down to it, is a game of who’s tougher, not faster or prettier or has more finesse.
The Seahawks had it, the Broncos didn’t. And no one but the Broncos players and coaching staff are to blame.
Way to go, guys, you embarrassed your loyal fans in the worst way possible, on the biggest stage possible. I’ll be lucky if I can ever get my kids to take on my fandom now.
At the beginning of the season, I picked the Seahawks to win it all (though I figured they’d be beating New England, to be honest).
Sometimes, I hate being right.
Nothing warms my heart like sour grapes from Bill Belicheat. Because we all know that when you want someone to intentionally injure a guy, you send the smallest player on the field after him, right?
Originally posted on For The Win:
In his postgame press conference on Sunday, Bill Belichick was his usual gruff self. The New England Patriots coach gave short answers to good questions, shorter answers to silly ones and didn’t talk much about the injury to his best cornerback, Aqib Talib, other than to say it was a “key” loss and that he’d have to review the game film before speaking more about it.