After acknowledging for the first time this summer it previously mishandled player protests during the national anthem, the NFL decided to play “Lift Every Voice And Sing” before every Week 1 game this year. The song is often referred to as the Black national anthem because of its historic importance to Black culture in the U.S.
Reactions to the NFL’s anthem plan have been mixed. For some critics, the playing of two anthems is an overreaction to backlash the league has received for stifling prior protests. For others, the NFL is not going far enough to meaningfully support a Black Lives Matter movement that had been largely ignored by corporate America until it became socially convenient to embrace.
Regardless, the playing of the Black national anthem should be educational to wide swaths of Americans unfamiliar with the song and its background. It is expected to be televised, at least during upcoming Thursday and Sunday night games, and might add to the dialogue between sports and social justice issues.
Kadarius Toney has given the Bosses the lead in Super Bowl LVII.
The Kansas City wide collector, who was exchanged by the New York Goliaths October, associated with quarterback Patrick Mahomes on a short five-yard pass for a simple run into the endzone to tie the score 27-27.
Placekicker Harrison Butker, who missed a field objective endeavor from the get-go in the principal half, set the Bosses’ lead with a decent additional point kick.
Notwithstanding re-irritating his lower leg injury just before halftime, Kansas City Bosses quarterback Patrick Mahomes drove his group on a score drive to open the second from last quarter.
New kid on the block star running back Isiah Pacheco ran for a 1-yard score to slice the Philadelphia Falcons’ lead to 24-21 with 9:30 left in the second from last quarter.
Pacheco has scrambled for 38 yards on eight conveys. Mahomes has tossed 11 passes for 115 yards and one score.
Harms is now assembling a strong Super Bowl. He joins Jim McMahon as the main quarterbacks with two TD runs in a Super Bowl. His 61 yards hurrying are now third-most for a QB in a Super Bowl behind Steve McNair and Colin Kaepernick.
All eyes were on nine-time Grammy award winner Rihanna as she headlined the halftime show for Super Bowl LVII.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was pranked by former NFL wideout Brandon Marshall during a press conference earlier this week, telling the two-time NFL MVP that the famed singer called him the “greatest quarterback ever.”
“It makes me feel great. She’s going to crush it at halftime,” Mahomes said. “I have family members that I think are more excited about the halftime show than they are the game. And so whatever Rihanna says is like the gospel, so I’m glad she went with me for that honor.”
Mahomes, who has clearly been staying away from the headlines, fell for Marshall’s prank.
“She didn’t, I’m just messing around,” Marshall said with a laugh.
Mahomes re-aggravated his ankle injury late in the first half of the game but returned for the third quarter.