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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Flashback Fridays For 2/28/14: Black Men United - U Will Know (1994)

The last day in February, but that should never mean that American history from the black tales has a monthly limit.

Still, it's always terrific and fitting to turn to this song when this month comes to a close, and how terrific it was to have all of these R&B figures. I always will pick this over "Self-Destruction" because of how soulful and positive it is, although that isn't to say that wonderful rap song isn't sensational in its own right and cherish by me.

What is even more special about this song is that D'Angelo, in his "come up" (young) days when he was 20, wrote this song. Just him and him alone for all of this esteemed figures in R&B at 20 years ago. And how this song served as the lead track for one of the more underrated movies ever, "Jason's Lyric," adds to its indelible quality.

So without further of do, this Flashback Friday choice for this week, it's Black Men United with the 1994 classic "U Will Know."

More to come, with hopefully no more technical issues to sort out, here at The Whole Delivery. 

The Thread For 2/28/14: Brother's Private Whimper

Glad to see Jelani Cobb and Imani Perry push back on Hayes last night, and just the overall limits to how private elites can't solve public problems in America by just showing their desire to.

It's a shame that it will take a president of color, and probably a black president at that, as the only way we will see a "Brother's Keeper" program. It's even worse when this first step to addressing the obvious structural racist problems is probably the last step we'll see unless the president is not black or Hispanic.

And it's what makes the pushback from Perry, Cobb, and even this nicely written peace from Philly's public student union important for the discussion.

2011 marked the first time in almost 40 years that public school spending decreased in America, as the Obama Administration's addiction to charter schools gives further cover to the for-profit first and only frauds.

Public spending now accounts for just 70 cents of every education dollar in the United States, which is way below the 84 cents spent for the average OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) nation right now.

It's even worse when you get to the post-high school level, where the U.S. spends only 36 cents publicly to every dollar compared to 68 cents of OECD on college and the underrated, vocational training programs.

Then add on top the obvious long term structural racism that pervades our societies human resource departments with the still lack of diversity in terms of who are actually the bosses of these employment centers and clearly "My Brother's Keeper's" shows the latest, limited private answer to our public long-term pathetic, problems.

I mean, when you invite this guy who says these things to the meeting, that is when you know it has its major drawbacks.

(More to come at The Whole Delivery in a bit...)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Sports Thread #1, Weekend KeyPoints For 2/24/14: Dubai Serves As Planet Venus

More on Venus Williams' return to the winner's circle in a bit. Stay tuned, but for now, here are the match highlights in Dubai:

The Rankings for this week after last week's tournaments:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Music Midday Energy Boost #1 For 2/24/14: Lupe Fiasco - All Black Everything (2011)

It will never get old......

The Whole Delivery later. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Flashback Fridays For 2/21/14: Plain White T's- Hey There Delilah (2007)

As a perfect switch up for you, here 's Plain White T's making their debut in a music thread, with their fine 2007 soul classic "Hey There Delilah." 

Yup, I definitely switched it up on you:

More to come at The Whole Delivery on this Friday, stay tuned. 

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/21/14: LeBron Has a Broken Rose (First Version)

The victim of Serge Ibaka reportedly has a broken nose and is a game time decision on Sunday against the Bulls.

The preliminary evaluation on James from most said that he had a swollen nose, but looks like he will have to ware a mask for the time in his career again for the rest of the season. 

The Friday Flashback #1 For 12/21/14: Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (2004)

While "8701" was a quality album that got Usher back in the picture, when "Yeah" was the first single released for "Confessions," that is when his career reached true global superstardom on all platforms.

With Lil Jon and Luda helping especially Lil Jon with the clutch producing, and Sean Garrett playing the role as key writer of many, here is the song that raised Usher to another level. It's "Yeah" from 10 years ago.

More to come at The Whole Delivery today for sure, stay tuned. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/19/14: 2013-14 Champions League Matchday 14 Recap as Road Teams Have Magic Week

Toni Kroos exploits along with Thomas Muller's tally give Bayern Munich the same edge that Barcelona has at the moment, but City and Arsenal will still carry a lot of belief and fight into league two.

Meanwhile, AC Milan put on their best display of the season, only to allow Diego Costa a free snap header in the late stages as Atletico continue their sterling season and take a 1-0 advantage to the Calderon.

Team of the week in the Champions League- 
More to come at in this thread at The Whole Delivery...For now, enjoy Wenger's latest angry post match comments and Guardiola's red.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/18/14: Alves Late Goal Gives Barcelona A Big Advantage; PSG Basically Thru With 4-Goal Star Play

Full Time (Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona; Bayer Leverkusen 0-4 PSG) 

Dani Alves late tally gives Barcelona a major advantage going into leg two, but City still had their chances despite down 10 men. 

This tie is still alive but City will need to be their best in attack at the Nou Camp to advance now, and that was before the right back's tally. 

Meanwhile, it is unquestionable for Bayer, as they were thrashed at home again for a second time against Zlatan and company, who did it without Edison Cavani. 

Still, despite another great display, thoughts of PSG being right next to Bayern and maybe a mix of Barcelona, Madrid, and Chelsea as the prime favorites needs to be slightly scaled back. For Manchester United did one better than them in Leverkusen with that 5-0 pasting that certainly echoed tonight for Bayer manager Sami Hyypia.  

(Will be back tomorrow for more Leg 1 action on Matchday 14 of the Champions League.) 

Halftime Review and Thoughts 

City have done well not to be rattled by Barcelona having early possession and had the best chances of the evening so far, although neither team with a full half chance out of Negredo's mistimed header from Navas' fine cross. 

Meanwhile, Zlatan's goal right there says it all about PSG's domination. More to come...

First Version

The Lineups and Bench for Manchester City/Barcelona: 

The Lineups and Bench for Bayer Leverkusen and PSG: 

Key Matchups for Leverkusen-PSG:

- Stefan Kiessling has got to wake up and be a factor in this game, and help set up possible chances as well for both Son and Sam, who need to finish themselves. The South Korean top talent missed his chances against Schalke on the weekend and has to be consistently clinical in Champions League play to reach that next level that his phenomenal talent can get him too.

- Andres Guardado is playing left back tonight, will he be able to handle Lucas and Lavezzi in attack, or will he be pulled out and caused further stress for Spahic and Topak.

- How Verratti and Van der Wiel defend against Son and Sam will be vital to witness in this contest.

Key Matchups For City-Barcelona:

- Fernandinho containing Messi when he drops into the whole to release Iniesta and Sanchez or when he makes his dangerous forays into the box.

- Masherano will have to be alert in watching out for runs from the midfield from Silva and Toure included to make sure Pique handles Negredo and the outside fullbacks of Alves and Alba can focus solely on Navas and Kolarov.

- Demichells cannot be sucked out, and he must remain disclipine in the box, especially when Kompany is a bit up the field for him.

Predictions for the night: 

PSG 2-1, Manchester City 2-1 

(Will return for halftime thoughts, stay tuned here at TWD). 

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 2/18/14: Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island - Everything is Awesome (2014)

From the instant timeless classic that is The Lego Movie, here is the great carefree theme song of it, "Everything is Awesome" from Canadian twin duo Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island.

More to come at The Whole Delivery, please stay tuned. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Thread #2 For 2/17/14: The Most Trusted Named in Giving Free Murderer's Interviews

As if our timing in life couldn't get any worse, now we have networks desperate for ratings thinking it is a good idea to interview Trayvon Martin's murderer.

I mean, my goodness gracious, who thought that was a shrewd decision? Who thought this was a beacon of firm sagacity? Who thought this was just a swell move to win the night for ratings (CNN) or receive vital attention for a fledging station (Univision/ABC's Fusion) that badly needs it?

Our media culture certainly is exemplary at finding new ways to embarrass itself. I can't blame Trayvon's murderer for saying that he was "the victim," because he was given the platform to say it. I can't blame Trayvon's murderer for saying that he wants to be a lawyer, because he was given the platform to say it.

Furthermore, I can't blame Trayvon's murderer, nor any of the lawyers that represented him, saying the things he or his legal team proudly utter because they are given the platform to do so.

The American cable news channels have the firm power to ignore those things and not even bother dehumanizing themselves with providing this murderer a platform. Instead, their desperate addiction for Nielsen numbers fuels decisions that lead to nothing but negativity, hate, and utter pain for everyone involved.

In due time, I guess Michael Dunn will be given multiple TV news interviews from his prison cell. And one lucky outlet will celebrate their scoop on providing a platform to Jordan Davis' racist murderer, just like they are now for Trayvon's assassin.

The Thread For 2/17/14: Self-Explanatory, Selective Murder

Image from Golden Taylor Twitter's feed 

Just to make sure this is stated now, the system of variety in murder degrees displays how much of an alarming nightmare our American justice system is.

Clearly, if you intentionally shoot somebody and they die, then it is murder, plain and simple. You can debate and discuss how many years is warranted for that heinous act. But without a doubt, that person is a murderer, the practitioner of a homicide.  

No litigation vernacular can alter that or make it less than it obviously is. A murderer is a murderer.

Unless of course, you are white and murder someone who isn't black. Our American shame from the inception of this nation continues forever.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Thread For 2/16/14: Happy Birthday Jordan Davis

We will never forget. NEVER.

Rest in heaven soul. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #2, St. Valentine's Day Edition For 2/14/14: Carlos Santana feat The Product G&B- Maria Maria (1999)

"And the rich is getting richer, and the poorer getting poorer."

Definitely one of the great crossover songs ever and it added to Carlos Santana's fine legacy. However, the backstory of this 15-year classic is quite sad.

What was so messed up about this song though is that "The Product G & B" were somehow not recognized and awarded at the Grammys like Santana was. In fact, they're not even recognized on Vevo/Youtube, only the legendary guitar player. The young black R&B singers for Wyclef Jean couldn't get the approbation they deserved.

In fact, after that song, you never heard of them again. They appeared to have long stopped working with Wyclef Jean and have gone through the incredible limbo that is the independent rout, having to tour and perform in Europe to survive in the business.

That story really makes me a little mad about this song's history now after 15 years, but it doesn't take away from its greatness. We have had so many people get screwed in the world of music that the stories have to be told along with praising the music that they have created.

So here, "The Product G&B" will most definitely be acknowledged here with Carlos Santana, who really should have fought for them publicly to be acknowledged.

Your second Flashback Friday on this Valentine's Day, it's the 1999 classic "Maria Maria."

The Flashback Fridays, St.Valentine's Day For 2/14/14: Sam Cooke - Cupid (1961)

On this Valentine's Day, here is the best song that represents the day all the way like few other. And that's amazing since there is basically a love song being written in the world in any genre at the moment.

More to come at The Whole Delivery later today on this St. Valentine's Day. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/12/14: Derek Jeter to Retire After the 2014 Season

A year after Mario Rivera has returned, Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire after the 2014 season.

The Yankees captain announced on his Facebook page that his 20th season would be his final one.

"So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I case to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold of saying anything until I was absolutely 100% sure."

(More to come in a bit) 

The Music Thread For 2/12/14: The Full Review of Why 'The College Dropout' Is A Timeless Classic & Kanye's Best Album

The Whole Album:

Some strongly feel that "The College Dropout" is not only undeserving of a classic and think that it is not Kanye West's best album as well as consider him a mediocre lyricist (at least back in 2004). I just disagree with these sentiments and will give you the myriad of reasons why it is a timeless treasure, even with "Breathe In and Breathe Out" taking away from a perfect album.

The reason why I said that last sentence is because normally a classic in my mind is a perfect album all the way through. Barely any flaws with little or no mistakes, with "Illmatic" (which will have its 20 year anniversary soon this spring) being one of a hand fill of examples, is the criteria required to truly be an all-time class album in music and especially in the intricate game of rap.

However, with the other 20 of 21 tracks (compared to just 10 on an album like "Illmatic" or 14 on "Reasonable Doubt") being superb and "Breathe In and Breathe Out" even containing some quality lines itself, that one out of place track could not stop how just on pure words and spirit how this album was uniquely different than any other debut album ever.

Unlike other "non-street, non-gangsta, non-thug" type rappers, Kanye overcame the thought of him "just having no skills as a rapper" and having to hear the "stick to just producing" schtick. No one told Talib or Mos or eventually Lupe that they couldn't rap. But they told him that, and he has been hell bent on proving them all wrong.

Track by track, let's break it down to why this was one of the best music albums ever. Even the skits added to the album instead of acting as filter that usually brings most albums down, making it as strong a CD as anyone else in my mind.

The Breakdown:

1) Intro- A perfect, funny intro and start of the album career for Kanye. "And you know what, youse a nigga, and I don't mean that, in no nice way."

2) We Don't Care- "Drug dealing just to get by, stack your money to get it get sky high/"

From the kids to the further solid explanation of young black children endurance through the pain and the struggle with his smile on the face. "We weren't suppose to make it past 25, Jokes on you we still alive."

3) Graduation Day - The second skit on the album, and like the first, it's effective because it represents the album. It's the thoughts and fears in a funny way of understanding what comes after graduation, and the trepidation of whether college will actually pay off for you or it trapped you in the system of not fulfilling goals and "personal mediocrity."

4) All Goes Down- From Syeena Johnson's proper singing, it's Kanye taking deep thoughts with an audience about life's contradictions on a black man.
Rollies and Pasha's done drove me crazy/ I can't even pronounce nothing, pass that versace!/
Just the subtle brilliance of that line and Kanye's still underrated ability to be a lyricist that's funny is highlighted the best here, mispronouncing Versace purposely and having it make sense with the rhyme for "crazy" when it isn't properly pronounced with a rhyme of 'hobby' instead of 'crazy.'
And for that paper, look how low we a'stoop/ Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coop/coupe
So true that rhyme, where it's just the racial competent we will have forever through some.
I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em/ We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom/ We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em/ Things we buy to cover up what's inside/ Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth/ That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"/ Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack/ And a white man get paid off of all of that/ But I ain't even gon act holier than thou/ Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou/ Before I had a house and I'd do it again/ Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz/ I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific/ I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific/ I got a problem with spending before I get it/ We all self conscious I'm just the first to admit it/
5) I'll Fly Away- John Legend before he became John Legend was superb, with this smooth, short transition here on a negro spiritual song, again, served as a great set up preview to the next track.

6) Spaceship - And with 'Fly Away' set up, it's message works perfectly for Spaceship. It's the message of just wanting to leave all your hardship away for relief that hits here, as well as GLC and Consequence doing well to stay on topic. Most importantly however is recognizing again how Kanye is underrated at being able to convey fully his life and how he feels.
They take me to the back and pat me/ Askin' me about some khakis/ But let some black people walk in/ I bet they show off their token blackie/
7) Jesus Walks - Outside of gospel rap, you didn't have any rapper title their song and have it fully stand for showing love for Jesus. Heck, you didn't have any artist in all of secular music not give Jesus a full song praise. It's just the whole perspective about this song that made it a timeless classic. Lyrics are there and full of heart throughout all three verses. I could pick any stanza, but these two are the real standouts of many.
Saying "we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast"/ Huh? Yall eat pieces of shit? What's the basis?/ We ain't going nowhere but got suits and cases/ A truck full of crap rental car from Avis/
One of my Top 5 songs on the album and among my favorite in life.

8) Never Let Me Down-

Just the overall magic of this song, keeping with the deep soul from Track 7. Every line in this one mattered, from the chorus on, to the at the time post-retirement Jay-Z's still showing rhyming was still in his blood. But it was all about Kanye talking about how he almost died in his car crash, were you wouldn't be shocked if he cried while he wrote this, and J.Ivy's amazing slam poetry feature that made this one for the ages. If you heard this album after the first eight songs, you cannot argue that Kanye is a mediocre lyricist.
"It will take a lot more than du-rags to get you waves"
True to his spirit and the black community he is apart of, since it's not like every guy on Earth can get their hair to be wavy. (And that's with me included because I get my haircuts too low).

This is one of three songs on this album where its instrumental was so beautiful, it makes the author of this piece shed a tear sometimes. The latter two songs will be revealed later.

9) Get Em High- Although it didn't follow the same emotional quality of the two songs right before it, great stuff was still in this track with Talib and Common having strong guest appearances, including Sir "I Use To Love Her" sublimely calling out Lil Jon. But Ye' again, shows his wit. He knows how to not be too obvious with obvious references, calling Notorious B.I.G by his "Frank White" name without saying it in full in this story description of a girl.
At NYU but she hail from Kansas/ right now she just lampin, chilling on campus/ Sent me a picture with her feeling on Candice/ Who said her favorite rapper was the late great Francis/ W-H-I-T, it's getting late mami, your screen saver say tweet/ So you got to call me, and bring a friend for my friend Kwe-li
10) Workout Plan- A perfect set up to the next track, where another skit that is actually effective. The appreciation for this is definitely felt when you hear this album fully all the way through for the first time.

11) The New Workout Plan - Hilarious, astute, and ahead of its time. It just was creative, comedic brilliance.
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and get them sit ups right and Tuck your tummy tight/ and do your crunches like this Give head, stop breathe/ get up, check your weave/
12) Slow Jamz- A soul jam with a 60, 70's feel that is brought to life in 2003, with Jamie Foxx being smooth, Alisha Tyler adding to the humor, and Twista giving that perfect fast tempo soul rap of his. And even if my good homie Mike thinks Kanye is ultra corny on this song with the Michael Jackson lines, even he knows he would bump this coming on the minute Foxx says, "She wants some Marvin Gaye.."
"Man, I swear she fine homes/ Why she always lying though/ Telling me them diamonds, when she know they rhinestones/"
It was meant to be a light-heart fun song that did its job as a great, black single.

13) Breathe In and Breathe Out- The only weak song on the album, but only because it just didn't fit the vibe and could have been more on Late Registration instead. Ludacris provided a decent chorus, and Kanye still came up with some funny, personality lines.
"K I need a free hand mammogram/ I got weed, drink, and a Handicam/ All of which is legal in Amsterdam/ So say my name like Candyman/ And I'ma come and fix you up like the handyman/ But if you don't need a fix, girl you gotta leave/ You can't take that all at one time ya gotta breathe/
14) School Spirit (Part 1) - The 6th great skit on the album. Not many albums even had one good skit back in the day. Just great quality and set up for what was to come. It featured again, the challenge of applying your college education into something meaningful if you are in limbo.
When a lady walks to me says “hey u know whats sexy?” I say “no, I don’t know what it is, but I bet I can add up all the change in your purse very fast”.
15) School Spirit (Song)- "Omega, step Kappa, step. Sigma, step.."another perfect instrumental to set up the vibe that stayed consistent all the way through from the skits buildup. And it perfectly reflects someone dreaming big but still being boggled down by college's mundane ways.
Back to school and I hate it there/ I hate it there/ Everything I want I gotta wait a year, I wait a year/ This nigga graduated at the top of my class.. I went to Cheesecake, he was a motherf--king waiter there/
Though that last line can also be funny, it represents a real thing that can happen, when you see someone do so well in school, only to start out having a job at a local restaurant because of many circumstances (lack of connections, and definitely a lack of family status).

16) School Spirit (Part 2)- A perfect close to the School Spirit trilogy, where it shows how one could be so enamored with school/education accolades and have it be the only way he or she is validated in life. No one would disrespect an educated person? Or call them a failure, regardless of what their job or salary is after school, right? Right?

It's a thought that permeates forever for those who did "the right thing" yet have nothing else to show for being the good kid "following the book" to be successful, especially if you are poor or barely middle class (and if you are black or Hispanic in America too). Although it takes a funny approach, the message of how irrelevant "your great education can be" is haunting for many who put all their hopes into a degree leading to a stable life.
And these guys are out here making Money all these ways, and i'm spending mine to be smart. You know why? Because when i die, buddy, you know What going to keep me warm, that right, those degrees
17) Lil Jimmy Skit - And the after effect of getting all of those degrees and getting nothing out of it is realized on the next skit, with the son seeing all the educating his father had, only to not have a meaningful father. It still had a funny tone, but still hits a chilling point.
All the other kids parents were working and saving up money for school, And I was actually in school all when my dad was in school. He was so gready with degrees, he took my degree. And now I'm just glad he left me these.
The Greatest Album Close Ever 

The next four songs are, for me, the greatest closing four songs of an album ever. All of these songs are treasures in their own special way, and elevated the album from a good, nice debut into an all time classic.

18) Two Words- The magic of this track, even made more so with the video, is still so underrated today. As I highlighted on Friday, how Mos Def, Kanye, and even (almost) Freeway (of all rappers) stayed disciplined with the concept of the song, along with the Harlem Boys Choir closing out the song with Mos in exceptional fashion, is the perfect beginning to the final four songs of this album.

19) Through The Wire- One of the greatest debut singles in music history, with the perfect video coming out right when it did to consolidate how much of a treasure it was, this is a story that only Kanye can tell, since it's about his own life.

Recording this while his jaw was wired shut, this song wasn't preplanned when he had hopes of rapping. It was planned the minute he recovered from almost dying in that awful car crash. That's how real this song was and how real it will always be.

Just the whole song is a lyrical masterpiece, where from the day I heard this song in August 2003, I have been forever like, "How the hell can anyone not say Kanye isn't lyrical?"

From reminding how he is Mr. "H to the Izzo" to talking about his mom being there with him after his car crash, to looking like Emmett Till to mentioning his girlfriend Alexis' trepidation at the time, to the same hospital where Christopher Wallace passed away, to the blood clot Jamaican reference, and being on MTV without 'Making the Band, and that's all in the first verse. It's a perfect set up in front of the tearjerking Chaka Khan chipmunked sample.

Plus, how many people put their lead single in the back of their albums, let alone their debut? It shows how deep the thought was for this album to circulate and flow track to track instead of songs being in the wrong spots (outside of 'Breathe In, Breathe Out" of course).

It's the second beat on the album that gave me tears, because it was just so incredible.

20) Family Business - One of my favorite songs of all time and my favorite Kanye song forever, over "Through The Wire," "Never Let You Down", "Two Words", "Jesus Walks" and, if it counts, "Last Call."

It's the family approach that is always a winning formula whenever a rapper is willing to share, as Ghostface's "All That I Got Is You" and Beanie Siegel/Eve's "Remember These Days" encapsulates magnificently as well.

It's so heartfelt, so warm, so positive, and so black.

Chills are felt for me when that piano beat and "All The Glitter is Not Gold" is said by that old voice in the background. It just hits and resonates.

1st verse: From addressing all the family members that are dead and gone, to his cousin incarcerated (I sure know about that too), to the family food, and the pure nostalgia that is looking back on memorable family times.

2nd verse: More nostalgia with the family, including dancing altogether to The Electric Slide. More perfect black family nostalgia summed up to close the verse.
"You know that one auntie, you don't mean t rude/
But every holiday, nobody eating her food/
And you don't wanna stay there cuz them your worst cousins/
Got roaches at their crib like them your first cousins/
Act like you ain't took a bath with your cousins/
Fit three in the bed while six of y'all/
I'm talkin' 'bout three by the head and three by the leg/
But you ain't have to tell my girl I used to pee in the bed"
3rd verse: And the final verse, starts off so great with the powerful bridge with the kids singing, "Rain, rain go away, let the sun come out, and all the children say."

It's the ethos of Kanye explained there, the same ethos from the Public Enemys, The Furious Five, Hodini, De La Souls, Eric B & Rakim, KRS One, The Roots, Slum Villages, BlackStars,  Outkasts, GoodieMob, The Black Eyed Peas (before the Fergie, pop days) and more wanted to do.
"I woke up early this mornin' with a new state of mind/A creative way to rhyme without usin' knives and guns/
It was so true at the time that the game needed someone to be a crossover big star without the traditional club hits that gravitated to being hard as a person and the hard streetline. There was nothing fake or too preachy about this song and especially this verse, when it could have easily went that way.

Instead of forced clicheness that you could hear any "conscious rapper" of not high ability talk about, Kanye kept it personal to him and made it the magical track that it will always be. Powerful ("You can still love your man and be mainly dog") and personal ("And act like everything fine and if it isn't/ We ain't lettin' everybody in our family business").

It was the third beat on the album to make me become lachrymose and may always serve as my favorite Kanye song forever until otherwise.

"All These Things, All These Things" repeated with the little kid at the end asking his parents, "Mommy and daddy, would you please stop fighting?" and saying "Let's bring Stevie out of jail" hits the soul for a perfect close.

I couldn't believe after this song how the album could possibly end more perfectly than this. And then he went and did "Last Call..."

21) Last Call - Even if he didn't detail his long history of being signed, this song/track still would have been an awesome close.

Starting off with how Jay-Z began the song with that funny candidness of Kanye somehow getting his laid back but tough self to express a soft side ("I had to throw everybody out the room"), you know you are ready to hear something you never heard before.

You felt like you were there when Shawn Carter said those words, it was that deep, since he wouldn't waste any energy on doing that for anyone else unless that person was really special to him. And Kanye certainly was that.

He addressed his rise, all the doubters, his usual candid humor,  his always underrated lyrical deepness, and once again talking about the real personal anecdote of his life being on the line after crashing combined to put together one of the greatest "outros" of an album ever.

The Bun B girlfriend "ass horse awards" line to the "Sean Paul goatee hair/ Now Jean Paul Gaultier cologne fill the air" rhyme and many others were yet more closing evidence to show that West was a class lyricist back then even.

The determination, strength, and overall skill level of the second verse to overcome the intense skepticism he heard for years is top class:
Last year shoppin my demo, I was tryin' to shine/
Every motherfucker told me that I couldn't rhyme/
Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem/
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams/
And that was before he literally told his whole story, with voiceovers from so many people, from No I.D. to HipHop to Hov' and Dame Dash at the end, with Jessica Rivera, Joe "3h", and Mel talking about how "Capital pulled out of the deal."

Nobody else in music did what Kanye did, which was describe his whole story of getting signed the way he did.

It's an original and extraordinary element that no one else did, and put the cherry on the top on one of the greatest records ever made.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Funny #2 For 2/11/14: Samuel L. Jackson Just Crushes Anchor For Mistaking Him For Laurence Fishburne

Watch when KTLA anchor Sam Rubin confused Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne Monday morning. And then how Sam shows no mercy, though with enough light heartedness to not really be too much of a bully. 

Yes, Rubin got caught up in "lumping us altogether," particularly embarrassing for a Hollywood entertainment reporter and especially one that is Samuel L. Jackson of all people to mix up with another black actor. It's not Michael Ealy getting compared to Cuba Gooding Jr. here, which would be equally as bad a gaffe of course. But worse with Sam L. being the highest grossing actor of all time for any race making it the worst, laughable mistake. 

Still, despite me laughing, I do wish Sam would have cut him just a slight bit of slack. No matter what though, Rubin will forever be in viral history for that, even if criticism of him may go overboard. 

Him referring to his Capital One commercial and saying, "I'm the 'What's in Your Car' black guy" was gold. 

Also of note is how Rubin and TMZ's Evan got at it later in the day.  

The Fun Thread For 2/11/14: A Goal Celebration That Will Never Get Old

It sure will not, especially for an Italian amateur match

More to come at TWD in a bit, stay tuned. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Thread For 2/10/14 (First Version): Cantwell to NFL, Redskins - EIther Change The Name or Possibly Lose Your Tax Breaks

Maria Cantwell showed no signs of wavering from ordering Daniel Snyder and Roger Goodell to get rid of the Redskins' name in a really great talk with her former "employee" Ari Melber and the rest of The Cycle today.

Cantwell is the first Congressional figure to possibly force the NFL to get rid of the name or face the consequence of losing its absurd tax-exempt status. It really was a great talk with the Washington senator, who has served on the Indian Affairs Committee for years, talked with great strength against a powerful enemy like the NFL.

Cantwell and Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole wrote a terrific letter that was inspired after Goodell went full steam ahead at the Super Bowl with how Synder and the league will keep the name.

It really was quite wonderful, and refreshing to see. Hope this leads to both the name being gone and the NFL losing their tax exempt status for good.

More to come in this thread, in a bit. Stay tuned at The Whole Delivery. 

TWD's Music Thread Special Edition For 2/10/14: Kanye's Reaction to The 10th Anniversary of "The College Dropout"

Golden......More to come at The Whole Delivery, stay tuned.

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/10/14 (Multiple Versions): Ireen Wust, The First Openly Gay Athlete To Medal, Gets Hugged By Putin

Top Story 

Legendary Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust revealed some intriguing news after winning her 3rd Olympic title with her top performance in the the 3,000 meters and becoming the first open gay athlete to medal in Sochi.

In an interview with Holland's NOS, Wust has revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated her latest gold medal triumph in the women's 3,000 meters. What makes it even more interesting besides Putin congratulating a non-Russian athlete is the fact that she is gay.

Wust mentioned that she "got a cuddle" from the under the radar president.

Second Top Story 

Another prominent gay athlete to make news today is England women's soccer captain Casey Stoney, who announced her coming out today. She becomes the second European soccer player this come out this year and first active one to do so after Thomas Hitzlsperger did so last month. MLS American winger Robbie Rogers came out last year with the Los Angeles Galaxy in his return to the sport.

Stoney was comfortable with her decision after she saw the love given to Olympic diver Tom Daley last year.
"I was living a lie," Stoney said. "I've never hidden it within football circles because it is accepted. "But to the outside world, I've never spoken about my sexuality."
Stoney has been an instrumental part in raising women's soccer throughout, particularly in England. Her 116 caps for England participation and captaining the transient Great Britain side at the London Olympics has made her, along with Kelly Smith, as one of the greatest English players ever.

Other Stuff

3) The latest fool to now give George Zimmerman a fighting platform has introduced himself, as clown Alki David thanks it is a good idea to do after Damon Feldman thankfully had some sense in him to not do it.


4) Sloane Stephens is in a lot of hot water for skipping Fed Cup (the US lost 3-0 to Italy's B team in Cleveland). Mary Joe Fernandez, the Fed CUP US captain, was shocked to learn yesterday that Stephens had flown into Doha to play today against Petra Cetkovska.

Stephens might as well have not went to Doha, as she was thrashed 7-5, 6-1 today by Petra Cetkovska. Whether her wrist factored in or she felt the pressure, Stephens went away in the match and got handled in the second set. Cetkovska is a talented hard hitting baseliner who already had two epic Wimbledon matches with Stephens the last two years, as both had similar scorelines.

The Czech lost both encounters, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 in 2012 and 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-4 last year, so Stephens knew what to expect. But again, she showed mental fragility in the tournaments outside of the Grand Slams.

That is the sports thread for this segment. Thank you for reading and more to come at The Whole Delivery. 

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 2/10/14: Kanye West - Through The Wire (2003/2004)

On the all day celebration of the 10 year anniversary of The College Dropout, which was started on Friday with "Two Words" being celebrated in The Friday Flashback, again, here is the single that started it all and one of the greatest songs ever in any genre, to go along with the music video. 

"Through The Wire," directed by of course Coodie and Chike: 

More to come at TWD in a bit, and please visit The Intercept if you haven't already. 

(Plus, if you, reader, noticed at the top, The College Dropout is featured. If you click on the image, it will take you to the entire album). 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

TWD Sunday Sports Thread For 2/9/14: Future NFL Player Michael Sam Announces He is Gay (Multiple Version)

First Version

SEC Defensive Player of the Year and future NFL lineman Michael Sam has announced that he is gay, in a story broken by New York Times' John Branch.
As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League. “I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,”
In what has been a remarkable headline weekend in sports news, Sam has rightfully stollen the headlines here, showing terrific courage in doing so.

As he told Branch and ESPN in the interview, Sam announced that he was gay last year with his University of Missouri teammates at a preseason practice.

And with the news, Sam has decided to join Twitter to further highlight his delight in revealing his great story:
It is quite the story for Sam and Missouri, considering this is the same school that has faced massive criticism of late, lead by ESPN, for possibly covering up one of their football players raping a female swimmer at the school a few years ago.

Sam is projected to be a solid second round pick at the very least, as only Kony Ealy is rated higher from that great Missouri defense from this season.

More on Sam

Of course, some anonymous scouts, so brave in their assessments, are saying that Sam will drop in the draft now instead of being at least a possible first round pick.

"I don't think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet," said an NFL player personnel assistant. "In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace."

"I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down," said a veteran NFL scout.

So brave, yet so anonymous.

And their projections of Sam dropping comes after Sam being rated no lower than a 3rd Round pick, with even projections as a mid first round pick, as late of December by respected draft sources.

A Quality Shed of Light 

Steve Tisch, the co-owner of the New York Giants, has come out publicly to express his support of Sam's moves, telling TMZ Sports,  "I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he is right for their team."

This is The Whole Delivery. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

TWD Saturday Night Thread For 2/8/14: Marcus Smart's Incredibly Dumb Moment (Multiple Versions)

His last name already puts enough pressure on him, but just an awful decision by Marcus Smart here in pushing a Texas Tech fan in Oklahoma State's latest defeat to keep their postseason hopes in serious peril.

Whatever the fan said to him, even if it was a racist word, it still was unacceptable for Smart to push the fan.

Smart is a class act in general, but lately he has gone south with his temper as his team has with their play. He was completely unselfish and showed a lot of maturity to return for his sophomore season and displayed a team first mentality all year to really make himself a top future pick in this year's draft.

But regardless of whatever nonsense or hate that fan or fans said, Smart just couldn't keep his composure did there, and it's a shame.

More to come....Anyway, here's B.O.B....."Shooting for stars, on a Saturday night."

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/7/14: Opening An Already Open Can of Worms

It seems the Sochi Olympics every hour gives us more negative news than the amount of times we exhale carbon dioxide and inhale oxygen in an entire day.

The latest to provide more unfortunate headlines is the opening ceremonies for the much maligned games. Thankfully for Vladimir Putin and Sochi committee president Alexander Zhukov, the first problem with tonight's official curtain raiser of this Olympiad had nothing to do with their social issues controversies or obscene price tag. Instead, it had to do with us here in the US. For yet another Olympics outside of North America, NBC decided to not air the ceremony on TV live (as they will chose to air it tape delayed once again in the primetime slot of 7:30 PM at in all time zones). Even more annoying is that NBC didn't even bother to stream the ceremony live on its web page.

Then again, with what would have transpired in front of our faces, it may have been best if most of America would have to avoid spoiler alerts because of NBC's willingness to love The Today Show and forever think we are still in the 20th century.

Not even an hour into the ceremony, an embarrassing malfunction occurred when one of the five rings failed to open. With how these Olympics are going, consider it an actual victory that no one was hurt when that happened, although you would never know it if you were in Russia, as they cut their TVs away from their latest humiliation that their $50 billion figure for these games couldn't fix.

But despite everything else in the ceremony going according to plan, a few new moments that will increase the negativity of these games would unfold. The first was a bizarre cartoon animation featuring three characters that could have been labeled as bootleg mascot versions of Bugs Bunny, Tony the Tiger and Yogi Bear skating around the Fisht Stadium. If it wasn't for the jumbotron there, the crowd and athletes in attendance would have been even more bemused than they already were. That peculiar, light heart moment paled in comparison to the social gaffes that would conclude the night.

The final torch passers on the lighting of the Cauldron featured two of the greatest Russian female athletes in history, who did their part in adding to the worst buildup ever for any Olympic game.

Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest women's pole vaulter ever, made the wrong headlines last summer when she was asked about the pro-gay painting of rainbow fingernails by other athletes at the Track & Field World Championships last year. Right after winning her third and final world outdoor title, Isinbayeva labeled the fingerpainting as "gay propaganda." Her quotes there, always never a good thing, came at an even worst time considering that she was named as an ambassador for the Sochi games and will be welcoming athletes as "mayor" of the Olympic village.

Isinbayeva immediately clarified her statement, saying she is opposed to any discrimination against LGBT athletes and not bringing the really awkward scenario of being against the Olympic Charter. At least for Isinbayeva's sake, her shaky dabbling in passive homophobia was not captured on social media like figure skating legend Irina Rodnina's racism was.

All Rodnina did was tweet a photo of President Obama appearing to chew and admire a banana from afar this past September. The three time Olympic, 10 time world champion, and current member of the Russian Parliament showed no penitence in her "money referring tweet" despite doing the not so courageous thing to delete it. In fact, Rodnina stood strongly by her free speech and racism, tweeting later, "Freedom of speech is freedom of speech! Deal with your hangups yourself." Whether she considers deleting her own words and actions as part of that free speech is another story altogether.

Yet both Isinbayeva and Rodnina, who was the lighter of the Olympic Cauldron with hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak, were there in full display to represent their nation and its latest, proudest moment. Their presence even managed to overshadow American-Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who despite this not even being her Olympic games (and barely spending time in her native land) was deemed worthy enough to carry the flag for Russia for the second Olympics in a row.

An Olympics that is proud of many awful things, including letting a remorseless racist be its cauldron lighter. Our breathing in and breathing out couldn't keep up with Sochi's shamefulness.

The 2nd Thread For 2/7/14: The 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies

It is live here, since NBC Olympics as always wants to make sure you see it with their tape delay and wonderful commercials.

Now live here on this stream. May you please right click it as well.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 2/7/14: Kanye West ft Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir - Two Words (2004)

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of one of the best albums ever in my mind, The College Dropout, it will be a "Flashback Friday" tribute to some of the singles that made Kanye's first release a treasured classic.

It's the magical "Two Words" with Mos Def & even Freeway himself staying on beat with disclipine, and the Harlem Boys Choir adding that sensational, icing on the cake to make this such a wonderful gem.

And of course, the magical Chicago video had to be directed by the legendary duo of Coodie and Chike with Kanye's vision. Enjoy this special track from ten years ago.

(Just look at who was in the video, include Dave Chapelle. It just doesn't get more wonderful than this).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Music Midday Energy Boost For 12/6/14: K.Michelle - Can't Raise A Man (2013)

This is really is rising, and so is K.Michelle, since she is a better Keyshia Cole for sure. Especially since Keyshia Cole is just not caring to do much music nowadays.

More to come at The Whole Delivery in a bit. 

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/6/14: Ralph Kiner Has Passed at 91; Cavs Fire General Manager Chris Grant (Multiple Versions)

One of baseball's greatest announcers ever, Ralph Kiner, has passed today 91. 

Kiner is apart of the "Mt. Rushmore of Great Baseball Announcers and Broadcasters," with fellow long time partner, the late Bob Murphy, along with Vin Scully and Bob Uecker. 

More on him and his remarkable career as a player (he hit 369 home runs in his career) and an announcer in a bit.  Enjoy from The Daily News from the terrific Bill Madden. 

Original Version

Fresh off the most embarrassing loss in a season that has just turned downright ugly, the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has fired general manager Chris Grant.

Grant takes the fall for one of the most disappointing teams in the league, as the Cavs look out of playoff contention even in the woeful Eastern Conference. The lack of anything from first round pick Anthony Bennett, the dismissal of Andrew Bynum from the team, the dysfunction and anger that both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waters have displayed, and just the miserable current start of affairs with their 16-33 team lead to Gilbert pulling the plug on Grant's tenure.

And this was all suppose to be the perfect recruiting year for LeBron James to return to Cleveland. That's what happens when you bring back a coach who ran his course the last time in Mike Brown and think something novel will happen.

The Other Links: 

One of the quieter stories yesterday that definitely did raise an eyebrow was Peyton Manning playing golf with Bill Belichick at Pebble Beach in California.

Already major personal moves at the wide receiver spot for the Seahawks, as Sidney Rice sadly will see his time with Seattle end in injury. He will be cut after his ACL injury, the cruel treatment this league can easily give its players with how heartless it can be. However, Golden Tate says that he would take a hometown discount to stay with the new Super Bowl champions.

More to come in this thread at The Whole Delivery. 

The Sports Thread #2 For 12/5/14: The Runthrough

Well this Lakers and Cavs game was so pathetic that these two things happened:
The Lakers somehow won despite being technically reduced to four men, showing how egregious the Cavs have become in the last month and a half.

The Rest

In what is shaping up to possibly be the worst winter Olympics ever, Shaun White has decided to pull out of the slopestyle event to solely focus on winning a third straight gold medal in halfpipe.

So many problems with this games, making this like an Olympic problem on steroids with how ugly the news continues to be on it.

If the NFL and Roger Goodell couldn't become even more unbearable, they are moving eight of their Thursday night game to CBS. They are really pushing this Thursday night crap despite the players and the coaches loathing it outside of the season opener and the traditional Thanksgiving Thursday.

Atletico Madrid really missed Filipe Luis on Wednesday, as Real Madrid had their way against their bitter crosstown rivals.

This is The Whole Delivery.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Thread #2 For 2/5/14: Their Latest Reading Problem

As always, yesterday's CBO Obamacare job/budget report is the latest lack of critical reading comprehension skills of embarrassment proportions affecting conservatives and anyone who just wants to slam any Democratic thing in a heartbeat.

Non-liberals, whether it was conservatives or the centrist liberal loathing Beltway media, lapped it up over writing quick headlines of "CBO projects Obamacare to cost 2 million jobs" and ran away deep into the night of the latest Sean Insanity Hannity comedy episode.

They have done it before and will do it again, as they always do. Thankfully, there are more opportunities to clown them since they fail to read things all the way through.

It's a real shame though, because in real life the nutcases and their base will believe another untrue thing and added to their straight jacket insane legacy. It's the times we live in, but maybe a simple tweet will have assisted in that.  

The Thread For 2/5/14: The Comedy of The Colorless

No matter how much I tried to, and enjoyed a few episodes of the series, I could never fully get into "Seinfeld."

Now one of two parts of why I couldn't get into "Seinfeld" was that it was huge when I was still a kid growing up in the 90's, where there was no outward desire for me to watch it. Although my sister's love of the show, from the Soup Nazi to Newman, helped in me not labeling it as a overrated white show lucky to appeal to many white people like I did before watching it, it was still never enough to make me be an indelible fan of the series.

It's funny, because ever since the show has ended, we have seen its main protagonists and brains behind the legendary sitcom have incredible contrasts of success. There has been the good (Julia Loui-Dreyfus), the great (Larry David), the bad (Jason Alexander), and the ugly (Michael Richards and that lovable, memorable tirade of racism).

In the middle of all that post show history is fittingly the man at the center of that show, one Jerry "Seinfeld." He hasn't done anything epic since then, nor has he ever had a public humiliation like Richards. He has truly been in the middle, and nothing else.

That was highlighted in showing his myopic "white privilege" perspective in his BuzzFeed interview that received so much attention on Tuesday. It was indeed the second reason why I could never gravitate to Jerry Seinfield and his timeless NBC show.

It was always a battle as to whether "Seinfeld" or "Friends" was the whiter of the two megashows on NBC in the 90s. Both were set in New York and both were always subjected to the royal blunt of jokes made by many on how it basically seemed like no minorities existed in New York because of their lack of appearances on the two biggest shows around.  "Friends" tried to fix that obvious embarrassment in the last season with a young Aisha Tyler appearing on there, but Seinfield felt like it had the population of a backwards town in Montana or Idaho with how it couldn't find not a single black person to be a friend of Jerry, Elaine, or George (since we know by now it wouldn't have made sense to give Kramer a black friend).

Thankfully for  Larry David's sake, he has seen the error of his ways in not casting black people on Seinfeld and has at least acknowledged the presence of  black people in "Curb Your Enthusiasm,"with Wanda Sykes regularly appearing on it and even touching/making fun of white people's awkwardness (including his own) when it comes to being racial sensitive to blacks in a few episodes.

That feeling of understanding that minorities do exist and that white people still largely have the powerful first say in our cultural mainstream mentality as an American nation hasn't carried over however to Seinfeld, who was more than comfortable in saying "who cares" about diversity in his BuzzFeed interview after he was annoyed over critics slamming his all white male cast in his new webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

"People think it's the census or something," Seinfeld said with no hesitation. "It's got to represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? It's just funny, funny is the world that I live in. Funny is the world that I live. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested. And I have no interest in agenda or race or anything like that, but everyone else is with their little calculating. Is it the exact right mix? To me, it's anti-comedy. It's more about PC nonsense than, 'Are you making us laugh or not?"

Jerry Seinfeld is not a racist person in my perspective, let's get that clear here.

But at the very least Jerry Seinfeld, despite being born and raised in New York and is almost 60 years old now, can barely find a few black, Hispanic, or any minority friends not in the affluent bubble in his life. He has a typical, limited, bland, and colorless white privilege perspective and it does not surprise me whatsoever he feels this way. He probably thought Saturday Night Live has always been so funny without needing any diversity, when the opposite is true about SNL not being all that funny in the last decade and badly needing a female black child to join its cast.

An unofficial racial quota sure did not hurt MadTV now, did it?

It's what happens when you don't know that people other than whites exist in society, and that your white privilege, especially in success, can be so dismissive of diversity and annoyed with the talks about it. But Jerry Seinfeld sure isn't blind to the sight of colorblindness though.
(Sidenote: It should would have helped if BuzzFeed had someone not white and male interview Seinfeld. Then again, has he ever had some of another race interview him? Probably not). 

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/5/13: Just Too Successful For Old Narratives

Too short, too small, just not big enough, and maybe too black to succeed.

Those are words Russell Wilson has repeatedly been told to digest or infer in his mission to be an elite high school, college, and NFL quarterback. He could have easily been an apoplectic individual in his football life after all the criticism and doubts he has taken throughout his 25 years, hell bent on proving people wrong like his friend and growing rival Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers chooses to do.

Yet Wilson does not play with a visible "chip on his shoulder" or an intense drive that is constantly in everyone's peripheral. Instead, it's a serene and precocious determination within him that led to him defeating many negative stereotypes last night to help give the Seattle Seahawks their first Super Bowl title in their franchise's 38 year history.

It's a placid mentality that has allowed Wilson to become only the second black quarterback to ever win the NFL's biggest game. With the long running, racially ugly stereotype that black men couldn't play football's most glamorous position at the NFL level, Wilson's victory certainly is one for the many black quarterbacks who were denied their opportunities to play professionally in America throughout the 60's all the way to even the 2000s.

And unlike how the Washington Redskins treated the first black quarterback to win an NFL title in Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams (ironically defeating the Broncos and their current GM John Elway), Wilson will not have to worry about losing his job.

The Richmond, Virginia native also became the first quarterback under six feet to win a Super Bowl, showing that you don't have to be a giant to be able to see and run effectively against massive 300 pound linemen.

Wilson also helped break the notion that a "duel threat quarterback" could never lead a team to a championship, another racially challenged stereotype associated with black quarterbacks to label them not as good for the position as their white counterparts. Traditional dropback quarterbacks like Manning, or Tom Brady, have always been thought of by the NFL power establishment as being the only type of signal callers that would be successful. But Wilson, with the pocket presence of those quarterbacks to go along with the dynamic athleticism of a Michael Vick or Randall Cunningham of years gone by, proudly smashed that absurd narrative as well.

Although Wilson was garnering his own headlines coming into Super Bowl XLVIII, it was far from what his opposing quarterback Peyton Manning and his teammates Richard Sherman had received. But it was something that would not have made Wilson a vengeful, sulky figure in the buildup towards the game and inside the game itself. Because the 5'11 25 year old QB was already familiar to being snubbed and dealing with disrespect better than Rodney Dangerfield could ever imagine.

Despite a stellar high school career that featured back to back all-state years, Wilson's sub six feet size lead to many big football schools overlooking him, also citing his loyalty to baseball factoring in their decisions to overlook him since he was also drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2007 MLB Draft.

He was listed as just a 2 out of 5 star recruit, as he only received three scholarship offers from Division 1-A schools. AFter choosing North Carolina State and being an all conference quarterback in his first three years at NC State, Wilson was not given the chance to keep his job for his senior season by head coach Tom O'Brien due to still being dedicated to baseball as well.

That snub prompted Wilson to use his final year of NCAA eligibility and transfer to Wisconsin in 2011, where he had another stellar season to round off his collegiate career. He displayed his usual excellent pocket presence, strong arm, and great poise to become an all-American quarterback that season. But when it came time to get drafted to the NFL, Wilson heard the usual doubts and skepticism he was long accustomed to.

Too short, too small, just not big enough, and maybe, just a little too black.

2000 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke said of Wilson, "If he was 6'5', he'd probably be the No.1 pick in the draft."

But he wasn't that height. And while much hyped quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were the first two picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson was selected all the way in the third round as the 75th pick by Seattle.

He could have easily been devastated by that and played with uncontrolled rage, but that was and is not the mentality of Russell Wilson. And it was something that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noticed when drafting and making him the team's starting quarterback over highly paid free agent Matt Flynn, a risky decision that could have cost Carroll his job if Wilson had a terrible rookie campaign.

Instead, Wilson showed last night how Carroll and Seattle GM John Schneider were so right to turn the keys over to their young prodigy. His duel threat talent and terrific sagacity of not making costly mistakes were at its optimum best last night. In an evening where a second year quarterback went against arguably the greatest ever to play the position, it was Wilson who looked like the veteran at 25 while Manning, with the Seahawks' outstanding defensive unit assisting in his forgettable evening, resembled a player requiring more years of experience despite his remarkable career at age 37.

It's quite fitting that Wilson did this against Manning, considering that he makes just a percentage of Manning's salary (only $526,217 per year compared to Manning's whopping $18 million) and was counseled by Manning back in 2004 at the future Hall of Fame quarterback's passing academy. The eldest of the two famous quarterbacking brothers barely remembers that initial meeting since he has counseled many kids throughout the years at those camps, but he certainly will have a hard time erasing the evening he had last night.

But the consistently humble Wilson will not rest on the laurels of his greatness night, determined to make sure his first two years in the NFL are not a fluke.

It's a passion and positive drive that was instilled in him by his late father, Harrison, who passed in 2010.

"He had the best seat in the house last night," he reiterated on Good Morning America this morning. "I remember driving in the car with him so many times and him saying, "Russ, why not you, why can't you be the Super Bowl winning quarterback and do great things with that. You have all the ability, why not you?"

"So that's what I told my team at the beginning of the year? Why not us? Let's go do it, and sure enough, we did."

Not too short, not too small, and not too black to be a Super Bowl champion quarterback. Russell Wilson is too positive to let old stereotypes and distractions rattle him.

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