By Jurry Taalib-Deen
Journal Staff Writer
The Super Bowl usually doesn’t need a particular draw to attract viewers, but with the fact a Black quarterback has a chance at winning back to back titles, helps lure people to the big screen.
At Ken’s Lounge, 1701 Lagrange, patrons came to watch the big game on multiple screens, on Sunday, February 7. With face masks on, while wearing paraphilia of their favorite teams, attendees either cheered for the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas city Chief, led by African American quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead by six time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady.
Kendrick King, owner of Ken’s Lounge, told The Toledo Journal that the Super Bowl is that much interesting, being that a Black quarterback has a chance of winning back to back Super Bowl titles, during Black History month.
“Typically, Black quarterbacks will do more running then passing, but Patrick Mahomes passes more,” he said. “But when a receiver isn’t open, he has the ability to extend the play by running; he’s a playmaker.”
Further, Mr. King added that the evening is like a two for one, being that his manager, Dedra Brown is celebrating her birthday.
“I’m celebrating my 44th birthday, and it just happens to fall on the night a black quarter back is trying to make history by winning back to back Super Bowl titles,” she said. “Being that Black people aren’t recognized for their accomplishments, I think the fact Mahomes is in his second appearance in the Super Bowl, needs to be applauded.”
Darrian Starks said, “Although I’m cheering for the Buccaneers, I think it’s a great look to have a Black quarterback leading a team in their second Super Bowl appearance.”
“I’m cheering for the Chiefs because of their tight end, Travis Kelsey,” Tinika Wood said, while laughing. “But I really think it’s awesome that Mahomes may win another Super Bowl.