This week, the NFL announced that inaugural poet laureate Amanda Gorman would be performing an original poem before the Super Bowl. According to HuffPost, Gorman will “perform a poem honoring the three people tapped by the league to serve as honorary captains for the Super Bowl this year…[t]he trio consists of nurse Suzie Dorner, educator Trimaine Davis and Marine Corps veteran James Martin.”
Now, no matter which way you lean, it’s hard to downplay how great Ms. Gorman’s poem, and the reading of said poem, was on Inauguration Day. Even if you didn’t like it, our poet laureate has the resumé to shut pretty much any of us down. According to her website, theamandagorman.com, Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, graduated cum laude from Harvard, and has performed for the White House and Lin Manuel Miranda.
Great move by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL here, incorporating poetry with the sports.
But wait a minute…hasn’t someone else been doing this for a while now? Bringing prose and pros together to spin a story involving athletics is one dynamic idea. Where did the NFL get this idea? That’s right…
Whether you’ve been rocking with UDS from day one or just started checking us out a week ago, you would have noticed our weekly recurring series, Sunday State of Mind. We take the week that was in sports and recap it with truly, truly awful rhyme schemes and wording that would make real poets like Amanda Gorman question the art form of poetry itself. You can read some examples of our exemplary work here, here, and here.
This has nothing to do with Amanda Gorman, who has more talent in per pinky finger than most other writers today. Totally innocent in all of this; who wouldn’t want to perform at the Super Bowl?
All I’m saying is…we’ve been on this sports poetry tip for a while. All of the sudden the NFL comes barging in and totally jocking our schtick by incorporating one of the country’s best poets into the biggest game of the year? I’m calling shenanigans. I see through it, Goodell, and I just want you to know that.
In today’s “embrace debate” culture we live in, there’s hardly anything we can all universally agree on. One of those few things is this: Patrick Mahomes is good at football. Can we agree?
In his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s racked up an regular season MVP and and a Super Bowl win (while also being the Super Bowl MVP). He parlayed that into a nice little contract for half a billion dollars. Not too bad for a 24 year old.
Let’s look at the numbers from Mahomes two full seasons at Texas Tech (per Sports Reference):
Now, let’s check out his first two years as the starting QB for the Chiefs (per Sports Reference):
So, we’re looking at 163 touchdowns, 47 interceptions, and over 20,664 yards in the previous FOUR seasons. For all of you math majors out there, this is what we’re looking at average-wise for Patty Mahomes:
TD: 41 INT: 12 YDs: 5,166
Final chart here, let’s get an idea of the average season for an NFL quarterback the past 10 years (per Pro Football Reference):
You’re reading that right, Patrick Mahomes’ average season the past four season is 15 touchdowns, 1 INT, and 1265 yards better than the highest (by average) NFL season in the past 10 years. Simply mind blowing.
Therefore, with all of the aformentioned research and analytics; we are here to say…Patrick Mahomes is good at football.