While Russell Wilson was a guest commentator during ESPN2’s “Manning Cast” with Peyton and Eli Manning during “Monday Night Football,” Wilson’s wife, Ciara, kept her man front and center at the Met Gala.
The singer made a media splash when she wore a neon green sequined gown with Wilson’s Seahawks number emblazoned on the front.
Ciara's repping Russell Wilson at the Met Gala tonight 🏈 @brgridiron pic.twitter.com/6X8Nnwg6oT
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2021
The homage to the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was yet another indication of their adoration of each other. It is a love that has been a part of the culture now and bled into the “Monday Night Football” broadcast as well.
At The Same Time
Wilson came in as a guest to close out the fourth quarter and wild overtime loss of the Baltimore Ravens to the Las Vegas Raiders. During the broadcast, the three QBs discussing strategy had high praises for Lamar Jackson and gave their leading-man insight into the on-field process.
Russell Wilson talks with Peyton And Eli Manning on #MNF about Ciara’s dress at the #MetGala pic.twitter.com/4ANC0CTu86
— VideoMixtape.com (@VideoMixtape_) September 14, 2021
However, when the Mannings asked why Wilson wasn’t at the Met Gala with his wife, the QB said he was at home watching a game film to prepare. Quickly he reminded them that he was always with her, with the fantastic dress paying homage to his prowess on the football field.
The look was designed by Peter Dundas and inspired by late fashion designer Geoffrey Beene’s famous jersey dress. The Met Gala is fashion’s biggest night, with celebrities donning the extravagance of the world’s most prominent designers.
To top it off, Ciara wore Wilson’s Super Bowl XLVIII ring and carried a football-shaped clutch. Ciara pulled out all the stops to represent.
Heaven Sent. @Ciara #MetGala https://t.co/zJoBhpDpN4
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) September 14, 2021
“My Hubby’s color rush Seahawks jersey transformed into a dress + His Super Bowl XLVIII ring = EVERYTHING!” she said on her Instagram.
“Thanks for having me @voguemagazine at the #MetGala: American Fashion Event.”
Wilson was pleased as he reposted the photos of Ciara on his social media and wrote, “Heaven Sent.”
Doing It For The Culture
The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars and sees designers, models, and Hollywood stars gather together to compete for media coverage. Unlike other charity events, the Met Gala is invitation-only, and there is a waiting list to get a ticket.
The event raises money for the Costume Institute — the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments to fund itself.
Wilson’s Big Idea
Russell Wilson was on FIRE today 😤
▪️ 254 YDS
▪️ 4 TD
▪️ Week 1 win pic.twitter.com/4MuZbt2Imc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 12, 2021
However, during the “Manning Cast” for Monday night’s game, Wilson proposed a system to put games ending in a tie in the hands, or feet, of the kickers.
Once the game went into overtime, Wilson unleashed his version of rough football justice.
“You go 15 minutes, an extra quarter, or however long that extra overtime is, and then if nobody scores, we all end in a tie and go home? How terrible is that?!” Wilson said.
Did Russell Wilson just suggest the NFL go a version of penalty kicks (well, one kick) after overtime?
I think he did.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) September 14, 2021
“I’ve got a crazy idea. Imagine this right here. Imagine we went through this whole thing, this 10-minute overtime, nobody scored. You come back in for another coin toss. Do the coin toss. The Raiders come out for a second coin toss, and they win it.
“So now you get to choose, for one kick, are we going to kick it, or are they going to kick it? You have to kick it from the 35, or maybe the 40.”
Russell Wilson talking about how terrible a tie is in overtime in the NFL with Peyton and Eli RN is AMAZING.
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 14, 2021
Wilson’s suggestion, in essence, is after 10 minutes of overtime one more coin toss would leave the toss-winning team with a final decision: to kick or let their opponent kick. If made, the kicking team wins. If the kick misses, they lose.
Not sure if the league will take Wilson’s proposal under consideration, but Wilson’s wheels were turning. Ultimately, the Wilsons took over the world’s Monday night feeds simultaneously in fashion and sports.