Cornball Brothas, The President And Mark Sanchez

Bull City, Football — By on December 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

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As I sat pondering a topic to write, I kept getting mixed images in my head from the previous week. All I could see was a multitude of emotional references that varied from racial topics to slander of a couple of quarterbacks.

Everyone saw the Rob Parker debacle as he spoke without thinking about Robert Griffin III. Rob Parker “allegedly” brought into question the blackness of Robert Griffin III because of his off-the-field demeanor. Parker’s referencing of RGIII as a “cornball brotha” really rattled a lot of cages in the sports world. In a sense, you can say that the majority of the people who spoke out the loudest were athletes immediately rushing to the defense of RGIII.

How does one define another person’s blackness? Last time I checked, people didn’t get to choose whether they were black or not. Ask Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Halle Berry and Derek Jeter. These are all people who you could arguably question their blackness because they have more than one race intertwined in their DNA. However, they are identified as black because they look the part in one form or another.

Parker’s assessment of Griffin as a cornball would have been suffice by my standards had he just left it at his actions and not his demeanor. I think we can all agree that Griffin has some cornball in him. For example:

  1. Take a look at the weird socks that Griffin wears … that is a bit corny if you ask me.
  2. The sleeve and the glove on one hand and nothing on the other. Yep, corny.

But those things are identifiable and somewhat make him unique. Whether corny or not, I can live with that. Had Parker gone there, I would have been okay with that. Everyone has a little bit of corny behavior in them for the most part. I myself:

  1. Wear a straw hat with a big band on it in the summer
  2. Wear shoes with no socks on year-round
  3. Button my top button on my collard shirts even when there isn’t a tie to be worn

I am okay with my cornball behavior, and Griffin is apparently doing well with his too. Everyone has a side that people would consider corny. However, Parker crossed the line when he brought into question the legitimacy of Griffin’s blackness because he dates a white woman and his political affiliation.

Parker’s comments opened up racial talks, but nothing sparked racism like the racial outbreak during Sunday Night Football when NBC interrupted the game to bring presidential correspondence for the children who were attacked in Newtown, Connecticut. When the game was interrupted, several people took to social media and attacked the president. Some of the things that were said were just pure disrespectful for the deceased, as well as the Office of the President of the United States.

Sure, it’s an individual’s right to say what he or she wants about a person, but in the wake of the situation and the respect of the Office of the President, you would think that people would have been more sensitive to the matter. Instead, there was a barrage of “N” words being thrown out and the pure hatred of people who obviously object to having a black president.

The weekend officially came to a close, and Mark Sanchez may have sealed his own fate as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Sanchez seemed to have the world by the short and curly’s for his first few years in the league, but he has been exposed as a fraud who is limited in ability and is a turnover machine. When you are picked as highly as Sanchez was, expectations are high. When you look at the rookies and second-year players who are getting an opportunity to play in the NFL now, they are all poised to be better than Sanchez if they aren’t already.

Maybe Pete Carroll was right when he said that Sanchez wasn’t ready. Someone’s head is going to roll for the Jets bad play this season and it is not likely to be the head coach. Expect the offensive coordinator and the quarterback to both get their walking papers.

Joe Simmons

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    7 Comments

  • Beyond the racial discussion Parker fudged up (BIG TIME), I actually had a problem as much with the ‘cornball’/’corny’ thing as I did with ‘blackness’. Certainly, there are going to be people who even want to define ‘blackness’ after this, but can someone actually define ‘corny’?

    I don’t find any of those quirks ‘corny’ at all, but then again, whether watching him in person when he came to MetLife this year or watching on TV, I was too busy trying to keep up with his blazing speed to have even noticed them. Those quirks are just his personal ticks.

    Now, if there’s something quite a few might agree on, it’s Dwight Howard’s use of headbands.

    As for Sanchez, as much as he didn’t help himself with his play in these last two seasons, who vaunted him to such status? He didn’t call himself the next Joe Namath or even “Sanchize”. (He may have played to the Madision Avenue crowd a bit too much, though, I give you that.) So, if there are going to be charges of fraudulence, shouldn’t those be levied on those who placed him in that status to begin with? Management didn’t heed Carroll’s call, and we know ownership is an issue in itself. There’s a lot of fault when it comes to Mark Sanchez, but let’s not act like he did this all himself.

    • Joe Simmons says:

      I can feel what you on quirks.. To some that is corny. But hey to each his own. I sited examples of myself that people tend to call corny as well just to show that it’s common. Like I said they work for him and it’s not like they hurt his success rate at all but I get what you are saying.

      As for Sanchez, he was a victim of his place and selection. It’s not like Jamarcus Russell came out and proclaimed himself to be the next big thing either but he sealed his own fate with his play. Sanchez may have done the same thing.

  • JAG says:

    Parker’s usually a levelheaded guy so I’m going to give him a pass. You seem to think he meant “cornball” as a bit eccentric and goofy. I thought so too until he threw Griffin’s white fiance into the conversation. And what was all that “down with the cause” stuff? Griffin’s cause is to help the Redskins win football games. He has plenty of time down the road to help with political and social concerns, if he so chooses. Besides, I haven’t seen Parker lead any marches from Selma to Montgomery. Parker is a good commentator who should stick to what he knows.

    • Joe Simmons says:

      Jag I agree. I thought he was going to go that route. The route he took was just totally off base. Should he lose his job, maybe not. When I watched the direction the questioning was going during that segment I kept thinking that an issue like this was coming up when essentially it didn’t have too. I respect Griffin and love to watch him play. I was a little sick when the Redskins moved up to get him (as a Cowboys fan)…. Everyone that follows on twitter knows that I was singing his praise before most people knew anything about him.

  • Dillon Friday says:

    I was actually outraged to hear Parker’s remarks. The comments brought in a new level of ignorance. ESPN should’ve fired him on the spot. RG3 is more than a great football player, he is an iconoclast; divinely gifted athletically, erudite, intelligent, you name it, RG3 is it. You’re mad at him for loving who he loves? You criticize his political affiliations? Seems to me Parker is attacking Griffin as an American rather than an athlete or more narrowly a black athlete.
    Many white folks (disclaimer I identify as white myself) love to point out that you can’t win with a black quarterback, only one has won a Super Bowl. Guys like Griffin III and Russell Wilson are continuing to break down that line of thinking. They may finally be winning over the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world. It’s important to note Limbaugh was fired almost immediately (or resigned I don’t remember)after he asserted on ESPN that the media overrates Donovan McNabb because they want to see a black quarterback succeed. Parker apologized, but he should leave as well.

    • Joe Simmons says:

      Dill

      On point as usual. You hit the hammer on the nail. I can’t say whether or not he should be fired but people think so. I can live with it either way. I do know that sometimes people make mistakes but he doesn’t seem to regret any of them.

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