|Yahoo.com goes into full-blown "Donovan McNabb 2.0" mode with Cam Newton|
Donovan McNabb has been to three straight Pro Bowls and two consecutive NFC championship games, and was runner-up for NFL MVP in his first full season as a starter.The National Football League is 67 percent Black and 30 percent white. The overwhelmingly majority of the fans who follow the 32 NFL teams, purchase tickets and concessions at the stadium, watch the games on television, and play fantasy football are white. Outside of kicker/punter, the whitest position is quarterback, long considered a position that Black athletes were kept from playing because of the "racist" perception among coaches that Black people didn't have the mental aptitude to learn the demanding (War and Peace in size) playbooks, formations, assignments, and ability to read a complex defense as white players do.
Still, commentator Rush Limbaugh saw fit to question the quarterback's credentials.
Before McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 23-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Limbaugh said on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" that McNabb is overrated. However, Limbaugh injected his comment with racial overtones that have set off a controversy.
"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go," Limbaugh said. "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
According to our friend Richard Lapchick, who broke down the racial demographics of each NFL position over the past 10 or so years, 2009 saw the quarterback position dominated by whites with 82 percent of the available roster spots, compared to only 16 percent for Black athletes.
The high water year for Black participation at the quarterback position was 2002, when Blacks were 24 percent of quarterback roster spots (out of 32 teams, most franchises carry 3 QBs).
It should be noted, that despite being 67 percent of the NFL roster spots - each team has 53 players active - the top players in terms of popularity with the predominately white fan base are the white quarterbacks and white skill position players. In 2010, this was the breakdown of the top selling jerseys for men (by the way, there is nothing more embarrassing than a grown man wearing a football jersey):
- Troy Polamalu, Steelers
- Drew Brees, Saints
- Tim Tebow, Broncos
- Peyton Manning, Colts
- Tom Brady, Patriots
- Michael Vick, Eagles
- Aaron Rodgers, Packers
- Eli Manning, Giants
- DeSean Jackson, Eagles
- Mark Sanchez, Jets
- Tony Romo, Cowboys
- Brett Favre, Vikings
- Miles Austin, Cowboys
- Adrian Peterson, Vikings
- Clay Matthews, Packers
- Philip Rivers, Chargers
- Chris Johnson, Titans
- Ray Lewis, Ravens
- Wes Walker, Patriots
- Donovan McNabb, Redskins
- Jason Witten, Cowboys
- Peyton Hillis, Browns
- LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets
- Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
- Hines Ward, Steelers
Thus the interesting dilemma the NFL is faced with in 2011, with Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning potentially sidelined all season due to his third neck surgery. White quarterbacks are vital to the continued success of the NFL - well, establishing white stars in the receiver, linebacker, safety, and running back position, as evidenced by Peyton Hillis's selection to be on the cover of Madden NFL 2011 resonate with the white fan base too - as no one wants to see the league become just another thugged-out, explicitly Black National Black Association (NBA).
The NBA went all-in on Blackness, hedging their bets that white fans would continue paying to see overpriced criminals play basketball; it hasn't turned out to be a great investment.
Oddly, the NFL and the fawning media that covers the sport (the monopoly that should be broken up, ESPN; the embarrassingly bad NFL Network; FOX, CBS, and the entire Associated Press) seem intent on turning the game into just another version of the NBA. Dez Bryant is the face of Black NFL, a walking caricature of every negative Black stereotype you can conjure; the Black quarterback that was supposed to revolutionize the game, Michael Vick, spent two years in jail for participating in the inhumane sport of dog fighting, showcasing the massive divide in the cultures between white and Black people.
With Manning down, the NFL is going into Donovan McNabb Version 2.0, hoping to push another Black quarterback to the stratosphere of popularity and name recognition among the white fan base. Tampa Bay has the overrated Josh Freeman, a mulatto quarterback who played good football in 2010; Oakland has Jason Campbell, a quarterback whose erratic play is eternally excused and blamed upon having to learn a new offense every year (perhaps the guy just can't make good decisions and isn't that intelligent?); Seattle has Tarvaris Jackson, who is somehow a starting quarterback in the league despite not possessing the talent to start for an Arena League team; Minnesota trots out McNabb, who should have retired two years ago to protect his legacy; and Philly has Michael Vick, whose two years in jail allowed his body to heal from the blows he took from scrambling before his dog fighting avocation became public.
Which brings us to the Carolina Panther's Cam Newton, the Black quarterback that is being hyped as the next Peyton Manning:
On Sept. 6, 1998, the Indianapolis Colts welcomed the Miami Dolphins to what was then the RCA Dome to see their new quarterback, first overall pick Peyton Manning (notes) . At the end of the game, Manning had thrown 21 completions in 37 attempts for 302 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.NFL.com dedicated its front page to Newton, with a story Lights, Cam-Era, Action. Despite losing the game (and being outplayed by white quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was forced out of Philly), the media is going into overdrive to anoint Newton as the heir-apparent to Peyton Manning, perhaps the most popular player in the NFL, especially one who routinely is signed to lucrative endorsements.
It wasn't the most auspicious debut, but Manning threw for more than 300 yards in his first pro game, something no other rookie quarterback had done before. The Colts lost the game — they would win just three that season — but it was certainly a sign of things to come. And as we now know, Manning played in every game from then to now as Sunday marked the end of his 208-consecutive games started streak.
There was a first-game passing yardage record that exceeded Manning's, but it comes with a pretty heavy asterisk. Otto Graham of the 1950 Cleveland Browns threw for 346 yards in his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 16 of that year, but he spent the four previous seasons in the All-America Football Conference, which merged three teams (Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers , and an earlier version of the Baltimore Colts) with the NFL before the 1950 season.
Surprisingly, Sunday also marked the end of whichever yardage record you care to recognize. Another first overall pick, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers , broke that mark going away by passing for 422 yards. Not only did Newton obliterate Manning's record for the first game of any rookie career, he did it on the road (versus the Arizona Cardinals ) and with a truncated preseason due to the lockout. Unfortunately for Newton, the Panthers fell short, 28-21, but that's not what will be remembered about this game.
ESPN, sports call-in shows across the nation, and dead-wood media will spend countless hours and waste words praising Cam Newton's debut performance to no end. Despite the NFL tweaking rules that benefit that offense - the networks want high scoring games - and creating a quarterback-friendly game, the media will stop at nothing to paint Newton as Donovan McNabb 2.0.
Sadly, there's no Limbaugh in the media to point this out and cause a hilarious controversy.
Newton might be an outstanding talent, but NFL defenses have been so handicapped when it comes to hitting - to protect players - and how opposing defensive backs can play receivers that an NFL quarterback that doesn't throw for more than 300 yards is having a bad day statistically.
Once again, white fans keep the NFL afloat. They buy jersey's of white players (especially women), primarily quarterbacks. Rumors persist that Danny Woodhead's jersey, a white running back from New England, has one of the NFL's best selling jersey's as well. White fans tolerate a primarily Black league because they have been conditioned to believe that only Black athletes can legitimately play the running back, receiver, and corner/safety position.
As we at SBPDL have shown, discrimination towards white athletes begins at the high school level where college recruiters refuse to recruit white running backs, receivers or safeties. Tom Lemming, perhaps the best recruiting guru in the nation, told Michael Lewis in The Blind Side that white high school players are discriminated against, hell, he'll tell anyone this fact.
The same principles that dictate who gets recruited in college hold true in talent evaluations for the NFL. See this article on the 2011 NFL Draft, courtesy of SBPDL.
So the media crowning Cam Newton as the "new Peyton Manning" need to be called to task: this is nothing more than Donovan McNabb 2.0. The league's financial future rests upon white women being attracted to the game (because single Black women have a net worth of $5), and white guys living vicariously through white quarterbacks, receivers, bad ass linebackers like Clay Matthews, and white running backs like Hillis.
Cam Newton? He grew up in College Park, Georgia, an area white people assiduously avoid and only mention because of high Black crime rates, a scary MARTA station, and the fact that Newton is from there.
Remember: without sports to manufacture positive images of Black people, Black-Run America (BRA) would collapse overnight. Much like the media's desire to see a Black quarterback succeed, eventually Project Donovan McNabb 2.0 will fail.
Newton might have some success, but he could end up like JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young. But with offensive and defensive rule changes that continue to benefit the quarterback and a passing offense mentality, the NFL was bound to be find the right mixture to finally of rule tweaks to see a Black quarterback succeed.
But after one game - when he was outplayed by Kevin Kolb - to anoint Newton as the "new Manning" shows you the "BRA agenda" all too perfectly.