A very good game was played yesterday in the Super Bowl. I was happy because the underdog New York Giants won and I was hoping that they would put an end to all of the preordained crowning that many were giving to the New England Patriots before the game and all season. It is a great lesson in having the ability to believe in yourself as the Giants did and to back it up on the field. They made Tom Brady and the Patriots look mortal and they made mistakes and they never dominated the game.
Anyway I had forgotten that this was another historic game in terms of the progress of African-Americans in pro football. The head official was African-American and their was an additonal official in the game as well. In addition, Jerry Reese becomes the first African-American general manager in the Super Bowl and the first to win it. He took over a team that was filled with uncertainty: Micheal Strahan's early hold out, the retirement of Tiki Barber and his subsequent insults of the team, losing Jeremy Shockey to a broken leg and the merciless jeers and negative talk surrounding Eli Manning. He took it all in stride, had faith in his coach and players and was rewarded. Not bad for someone who is in his first year as general manager. I was and am filled with enormous pride.
There is an excellent article I got from Eurweb written by Bowlegged Lou: yes that Bowlegged Lou of Full Force fame. He analyzes the game and also mentioned the excellent job done by Jerry Reeses. Click here for more.