Open Letter to Richard Sherman
I'm addressing you as Mr. Sherman, since I have not had the pleasure of meeting you yet. I hope to do that soon. Recent events have made you a household name, not only in the United States, but also in many other countries. You now have a position on the world stage.
The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to consider the positive possibilities that are now available to you. There are a whole range of things that you can accomplish. You have a world-class education from Stanford University, and a considerable salary that comes from your position as a Cornerback in the NFL. You have studied and worked hard to get where you are, and you have done so before you reached the age of 30.
There are many great things that you can do, if you choose to do them. For example, you can choose to get involved in helping young people, who are not as fortunate as you are. As a matter of fact, you may be already doing something like this. There should also be major opportunities for you in Business, or Politics. The world, especially the African American Community, needs everyone to help out as much as they can. Those who can do the most, have the greatest responsibility to help. I hope that this is the challenge that you will accept, because if you do, your life will be enriched.
I hope to actually meet you one day, and I wish you good fortune in the Super Bowl. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
John Randolph Rogers
NOW IT'S TIME FOR FOOTBALL!
Of all of the places to play a football game this Sunday, the frozen tundra of East Rutherford, New Jersey has to be among the worst. So far, the weather has been a nightmare! That should not be surprising to anyone, since the weather is typically like this every year. However, in order for each of the 32 Owners to "Wet their Beaks", every city is on a schedule to host the game. Some of these teams play so badly that they will never actually play in a Super Bowl themselves, so this is the best that they can hope for.
The NFL and their powerful Television Partners crossed their fingers, and hoped that Mother Nature would give them a break. So far, that has not happened, and Sunday's game could be a major financial disaster. This may result in them playing all future Super Bowls in domed stadiums, and then sending a financial tribute to the Owner who would have been the Host.
I am picking the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. They have a deeper, more talented team. However, it will not be easy for them to get by Peyton Manning. He is a force of nature.
I have not forgotten about our local teams. The Clippers are leading the Western Conference, but with Doc Rivers leading them, this was what was expected. The Lakers will have to go through a long, painful rebuilding process. It is likely to be another five years before anyone hangs a Championship Banner in Staples Center.
[To contact John Randolph Rogers, email to: Jorrogers@aol.]