It was a watershed moment for the team when the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC Championship on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, in the game that followed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts bringing the city of Brotherly Love an NFC Championship, an unexpected person, Patrick Mahomes Sr., had a moment that cements what will become the Blackest Super Bowl in history.
He gave America and the world what Black people expect from a proud papa, shade to the ops, and spewed slang receiving props. The original Mahomes lit a cigar and smoked on “the Joe Burrow.”
Patrick Mahomes Sr. is a retired #MLBbro pitcher of 11 seasons and he celebrates his son Patrick Mahomes Jr.’s AFC Championship win by “smoking the Joe Burrow” 🔥🔥💨💨#smokingtheJoeBurrow pic.twitter.com/z4U9B04zSa
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) January 30, 2023
“I’m smoking on the Joe Burrow,” the senior Mahomes said during an on-field interview as a competitive dig to the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. Burrow and the Bengals are renowned for their post-victory cigar ritual. When the Bengals won the AFC North by beating the Chiefs in January 2022, Burrow smoked a La Flor Dominicana Mysterio cigar, per Cincinnati.com.
Patrick Lavon Mahomes Sr., who heard the “Burrowhead” comments by the Bengals leading up to Sunday’s game, wanted to send a message to the Bengals, who were disrespecting his son all week, acting like Burrow owned Arrowhead Stadium for formerly having a 3-0 record against Mahomes Jr.
“It feels great [to be headed back to the Super Bowl]. My baby boy did what he always do, he’s gonna show up and show out and I’m just glad he did it.”
Mahomes Sr., was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1992 to 2003 and played for the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago Cubs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. His energy during the post-game celebration was all Black fatherhood: loving and authentic with a twist of ‘told you so’ shade.
Mahomes' dad lit a victory cigar after the win 😂🔥
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 30, 2023
Mahomes’ Pops is everybody’s drunk uncle on Thanksgiving. On the field, feeling good and basking in the glow of his family name, willing Chiefs’ nation to victory, he reminded us of the veritable everyman that might have a pack of Kools in his pocket. He could holler at James Evans from “Good Times” to check Joe Burrow for that Burrowhead jive.
All jokes, but seriously, it caps what is becoming one of the Blackest Super Bowls in history.
Jalen Hurts, arguably the best quarterback this season, lived up to the hype and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl. With him, two HBCU graduates also have the opportunity to win a championship. Former South Carolina State star and Eagles defensive lineman Javon Hargrave, part of Philly’s dominant defensive pressure to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, is going to the big game. Also, North Carolina A&T product Mac McCain, a reserve on the Eagles, is going to a place the Eagles last saw in 2017.
Lol @PatrickMahomes Who needs cigars we going to the Superbowl @NFL 💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/dYhoB7DAJK
— Jasmin – Ясмин (@YsooJazzy) January 30, 2023
Former Howard Bison Bryon Cook is a defensive back on the Kansas City Chiefs side. Joshua Williams, a 2022 NFL draftee from Fayetteville State, is not only going to the Super Bowl but he made a pivotal play with a significant interception against the Bengals during the game. Williams was assisted on the play by fellow defensive back Bryon Cook, a former Howard Bison.
TIP & A PICK!!!! pic.twitter.com/enAJbTqbaV
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 30, 2023
Add all these elements up, and Glendale, Arizona, the host city for the Super Bowl, will be culture dripping. All we need is Cam Newton’s pops and the cipher’s complete.