Me: Is there a new qb in for the Buckeyes?
Me: Is he white?
Me: When was the last time the Buckeyes had a white qb?
TGB: Craig Krenzel.
I haven't fact checked that conversation. This post isn't about the accuracy of the conversation so much as the subtext of the conversation.
I have lived through African-American quarterbacks being the exception - anomaly, really - to taking it for granted that they have been running one of the premier college teams for the better part of a decade.
I don't really remember Vince Evans at USC. But that was California. You almost expect them bleeding hearts to be ahead of the curve when it comes to social change.
But Ohio? I lived there for six years in this fucking millennia and heard N-bombs thrown around openly like it was just another curse word.
Hell, even Louisville (in frigging Kentucky) has been lead by black quarterbacks lately.
For fuck sake, Alabama is lead by a scary good true freshman who happens to be black.
Happens to be.
Sports is getting us to that place where it as a norm that a starting qb for a storied school franchise can be a person of color. I fucking love that shit.
I remember the conversations about black quarterbacks centering around whether they were smart enough to run an offense.
Contrast that with watching a team win a National Title with three different black quarterbacks two years ago. (I am obligated by marriage to say: GO BUCKEYES!)
There are people alive, older than me, who remember when they had to sit in the colored section at some of these same schools when they would attend games.
I don't want to go backwards. I don't want to go back to when America was great in that way.