By WILLIAM LEDFORD
Recently there was a Super Bowl. Super Bowl 51. LI in roman numerals. For approximately three hours that day no one thought of Trump, Bannon, Spicer and/or Kellyanne Conway. Well, I was still laughing about Saturday Night Live and their political skits skewering those I just mentioned but for everyone else the game was in the spotlight that day. And if you haven’t heard what happened…spoiler alert!…the Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead, scored early in the second half to make it 28-3, then responded to a Tom Brady led New England Patriot onslaught by choking and losing in OT 34-28. Yep…they choked so bad a Heimlich maneuver would have been futile. Heck, even a much preferred Hindlick maneuver would have been in vain. I didn’t care who won, didn’t want anyone to win but desired especially that the Patriots wouldn’t win and almost got my wish with the tie, too bad there’s OT. In honor of the newly retired Michael Vick I made the statement, “I don’t have a dog in this fight.”
Super Bowl news: The Patriots set NFL records for the Championship game by coming back from the largest deficit, 25 points; offense (Tom Brady: 43-62 passes for 466 yards; James White, 14 receptions, 20 points scored). They also appeared in their ninth Super Bowl with their 5 wins tying the Dallas Crybabys and the Pittsburgh Squealers (substitute a Sh for the P and it sounds so much better). All in all it was a pretty impressive showing.
More Super Bowl news: Funny stuff. Atlanta could’ve put the game out of reach with 4:40 on the clock and them in possession of the ball at the NE 22-yard line in field goal range. All they had to do was run some clock and kick the field goal for an 11-point lead. Too bad that Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinator for Atlanta, believed his press clippings and thought that he was a genius. The so-called genius called two passing plays resulting in a sack for a 12-yard loss and a holding call moving the Falcons out of FG range. It was all over. The funny part? Shanahan is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Not a good way to show your new bosses that they made a wise decision. He now joins Marty Schottenheimer and Pete Carroll in the list of coaches made to look foolish by the Patriots.
Observation: I believe there should be a new NFL rule stating that if the Falcons win the NFC in the future, leave them behind and let the other team go to the Super Bowl. I truly believe that my beloved Packers could have beaten the Patsys.
I keep saying that I won’t write about Trump or his people anymore but they just won’t stop. This week, in addition to the “voter fraud” scandal (still being mentioned without any documented proof) that allowed Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by nearly three million people, we have terrorist attacks that were “under-reported” by the “fake” news outfits, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC and an ignored terrorist “massacre” in Bowling Green, Ohio. And a “so-called judge” in Washington State that had the audacity to block Trump’s immigration “ban” that is not a ban but is a ban. These clowns publicly state that they don’t find SNL funny but provide so much hilarious material for the show that I believe they secretly do. Keep watching.
I got my material in the mail requesting suggestions and thoughts for a tribal Constitution. This is long overdue. The Charter, our waaaaaay old governing document is like a chain love letter, it has been updated and edited so much that there are too many xoxo’s and swak’s. It’s also as obsolete as me but at least my software will update. Let’s take that final leap into the 21st century, offer some input and vote yes on this Constitution. It’s more important than you know, especially in these days and times. As for the other current tribal news I have no other thoughts about the actions in Council regarding talk and actions involving impeachment of our duly elected leaders other than it’s a serious waste of tribal resources and production time in all departments. Nothing gets done because people pay more attention to the live feed on TV than to their work. Nonsense. Hurt feelings and sore toes.
Ledford is an EBCI tribal member currently living in Albuquerque, NM.