Skip to main content

Super Bowl 48 - All About Legacy and History


Legacy and history describe the fallout from Super Bowl 48 (I'm so sick of roman numerals). Yes, the game was an absolute dud, and while the media and those that drum up debate, talk, and of course, the over reaching hyperbole (ESPN) to keep the focus on the "Big Game", you could not steer away from those two aspects once again - legacy and history.

Of course, why be coy regarding the issue of legacy? It's quite obvious Peyton Manning had ridiculous societal standards set for him coming into this game. Peyton needs another ring to validate his career! One Super Bowl victory really isn't enough to call Peyton Manning one of the greatest of all time! Following a rather disappointing game, the rhetoric began on whether Manning was an all-time quarterback, and everyone dissected and scrutinized how he would be remembered. Some even claimed his brother, Eli, was better than he was because of the Super Bowl victories scoreboard between them - 2 to 1.

C'mon...

It's quite amazing how we've come to over-analyze our sports and the difficulty of the championship. Since when is a Super Bowl victory not enough? I think Dan Marino would definitely have something to say about that. 

Honestly, instead of looking to place blame on Peyton, or looking to claim he comes up "short" in big games, or even to say he's "overrated" (more utter ridiculousness), very few have given credit to a Seattle Seahawks defense that looked about as sharp and as efficient as any defense could possibly look. 

Is Peyton Manning's legacy ruined by this one game? Absolutely not. The record books and anyone with an understanding for greatness will know what their eyeballs saw.

---- 

How about history?

Something happened this past Sunday that was monumental, yet, in an ironic way, because it hasn't been talked about, is indeed a tremendous conundrum. 

I'll give you a second to think about it...

Hint: It pertains to the quarterback opposing Peyton Manning. 

Yes, it does indeed involves Russell Wilson. Pat yourself on the back if you got that one. Good for you!

On Sunday, Wilson became just the second black quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. Somewhere Doug Williams is smiling. 

Nonetheless, the occurrence continues to erase the stigma that black quarterbacks aren't capable of leading teams - once something widely (and even more ridiculousness from football!) believed and often stereotyped by many. 

The fact that it hasn't made the circular of hot-button topics of conversations and discussions is impressive. Wilson winning the Super Bowl is not a big deal, as a person of color that is, especially him being the second-ever, is just not a big deal. Off the heels of one of the most racially-charged social years we've had in a while, the non-attention towards the feat shows that we are making strides in society. 

Once again, this is tremendously good news that it has gone unnoticed. Unfortunately, it seems this type of racial, utopian acceptance only happens on the gridiron, where even the most racist living-beings on earth would root for those they hate, as along as they are wearing their team's uniform and helping them win. You know it's true. Just bloggin'

Regardless, Super Bowl 48 might have been a huge snore fest, and many may look at many various topics surrounding the game as talking points. However, Super Bowl 48 was all about two distinct themes - legacy and history - for both involving quarterbacks. And there is no way around it. 

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/6/22

3 Up 1. NYC Marathon Winners - I am ALWAYS in awe of marathon runners, especially, marathon winners. Congratulations to Evans Chebet and Sharon Lokedi on winning the Men's and Women's races.  2. Taylor Swift - Only Taylor Swift can reach the heights of breaking records from the likes of The Beatles. And well, she's done just that. Also, she's taken over the entire Top 10 by becoming the first artist - ever! - to do just that. Amazing.  3. World Series No-Hitter (and Championship) - It pains me to give the Houston Astros some love in this space, but it is deserved. Especially, for that combined no-hitter in Game 4 of the World Series. Kudos.  3 Down 1. Antisemitic Rhetoric - There is so much that can be said here. I'll just repeat a sentence from an Asian student in our office as others discussed Kyrie Irving, Kanye West, and all of the antisemitic rhetoric currently out there - why would you say any of this? 2. Takeoff Killed - Such a tragic occurrence. We just do

62 is Amazing...So was the Mental Competitiveness

It's very easy to fall into the low-hanging fruit that surrounds what Aaron Judge pulled off in hitting 62 - SIXTY-TWO!! - home runs. What's the real home run record? What is your opinion? Who's the real home run king? You know, all of the hot-takes and forced debates that always seem flood to the surface and strangle the moments, accomplishments, and specialness in sports.  The conversation is valid, and it is definitely the fault of no one else besides Major League Baseball that we are currently in this position of deciphering records from *records. We've done the steroids discussion in every shape, form, arena, and angle thus far - nothing is going to change. We all have had time to plant our flag and get comfortable with steroids, the steroid era, and its place in the game of baseball's history.  Even the "American League Record" moniker, while fact, still had the feeling of reaching for legitimacy to combat the steroid gorilla in the 62 in '22 roo

WWE Extreme Rules 2022 Review: "Keep Doing That Thing...Whatever it is. It's Working"

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think as a young, teenage wrestling fanatic that the WWE would be better off without Vince McMahon. But in the year 2022, this very much rings true. Ever since the Chairman of the Board swayed his arms in that classic McMahon strut right out of the WWE, leaving Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Nick Kahn with the brass ring (how about that ode to Vince?), the product of the WWE has actually pulled me back in.  Heck, I watched RAW live, for an hour. Not the whole three hours, because, really, I still have no idea how some fans do that. Even if the show is good.  Nonetheless, much like all things that get a fresh coat of paint in pro wrestling, it becomes a hot commodity. Sustaining it is the challenge (see AEW for proof). We'll see how long this lasts, but for now, the WWE is once again entertaining, and that doesn't bode well for the rest of the wrestling industry.  I tuned into Extreme Rules, WWE's long-time nod to ECW with a night fu

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/17/22

3 Up 1. Four Astronauts Return Home - I can't imagine being in space for six months. I've had my experiences of living out of a suitcase on earth for as long as two weeks on the road, and that's difficult. Space? For 6 months. Kudos to all four astronauts. And of course, I'm glad that they're home safe.  2. Bruce Sutter - The Hall of Fame unfortunately passed away this week. And while I never saw Sutter pitch, I too threw a split-fingered fastball when I didn't have much else in my development as a pitcher in college. I've got much respect for the inventor of the pitch. RIP.  3. Floating City - Give this article a read. A floating city? The whole entire idea sounds crazy, but at the same time, super cool. Rising sea levels has everyone thinking differently, and this is certainly that.  3 Down 1. Sandy Hook Families - The families were awarded a huge settlement this week in a case against Alex Jones. While that should be an "Up", I couldn't he