Late yesterday afternoon, Todd pulled up the MSNBC website and we immediately laughed at the juxtaposition of the two headline stories:
Shortly after they won the NFC Championship game and earned a birth to the Super Bowl, I twittered that I am not sure what I least thought I would see in my lifetime... a Black President or the Cards going to the Super Bowl? After some further thought, I decided it was the latter that was more likely... ha!
While I am happy that the Cards are going to the big game, I can't say that I am terribly invested in it... nor will I be squeezing myself on the bandwagon. Sure, I would like them to win (now that would be a Cinderella story), but I am not going to lead anyway in astray that I have been along for the entire "chumps to champs" road or that I am in any way responsible for their success this year.
What I have found terribly amusing, is how crazed this town is over the Cards. You'd think this week that Phoenix was a town filled with faithful fans with their dreams crushed year after year, decade after decade... ala Chicago Cubs fans. When only a few years ago, we rarely got to see a televised Cardinals game since the team never got close to a sell-out... or if they did, it was only because a popular opponent was in town, in which case their would be more people dressed and cheering against the Cards.
So it totally cracks me up to see everyone strutting around in their Cardinal gear and acting like they've been waiting for this moment all their lives. Now, I am sure they are folks out true-blue, through thick and thin fans out there... but it's so easy to see through the fair-weathered fans... perhaps because I have seen these same up-and-downs with the Valley's other sports teams... the Suns and Diamondbacks and to a lesser extent, the Coyotes.
We also watched the We Are One Obama inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial and I have to say I was very impressed. Often these celebratory or benefit concerts drag on endlessly and/or there is wavering quality, but I really thought this was excellent from start to finish. I was amazed by the authentically hopeful and positive vibe/spirit come off the screen... in the crowds and the performers, that I only wondered what it would feel like if things weren't so much in the crapper. But then I quickly realized, that one big reason we are at this moment is because of where things are right now... definitely one of those watershed moments. I was going to say for the first time in my life, but then I recall scenes of the Berlin Wall being knocked down and that certainly seems to qualify as well!
Anyhow, even if a word was not uttered or not a song sung, the gatherine would have been quite moving... and I hope that for folks that didn't vote for Obama could at least acknowledge what an amazing bookend this concert provided in our nation's history... a concert at the Lincoln Memorial... honoring the man who, among other things, signed the Emancipation Proclamation... on the steps where one of the greatest speeches of all-time and on the eve of a national holiday honoring the man who only "dreamed" that one day people "not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"... to this day, 45 years later (a blink of the eye in the big scheme of things!)... where an African American man is hours away from taking a seat in the Oval Office. And not that that's saying everything is all fine and dandy.. but it's still pretty darn incredible!