By Mardeio Cannon | OBSERVER Columnist

OPINION – Sports fans, I’m sure you watched the Kansas City Chiefs win their second Super Bowl championship in four years. This game had a lot of story lines that made it the third most-watched Super Bowl.

A lot was made of the fact that this was the first Super Bowl with two African American starting quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts led their teams to identical 14-3 regular-season records. Mahomes edged out Hurts as the MVP. 

The Super Bowl allowed the casual fan to see excellence from both quarterbacks that should help in the perception that the quarterback must be 6 feet 2 inches or taller and have a rocket arm. This game also showcased the toughness of both quarterbacks.

Sheryl Lee Ralph gave an electrifying performance with her rendition of the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with the NFL Player’s Choir in the background.

Seeing Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin in the stands sitting near NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell brought out a spirit of joy in my heart and the hearts of everyone else who believes in the power of prayer. Damar’s upbeat personality and his desire to make a positive difference in the time he has left on this planet, plus his desire to return to play again, should make all of us root for this young man’s success.

After a 10-year absence from performing for her millions of fans worldwide, billionaire superstar Rihanna agreed to perform at halftime for this year’s Super Bowl. It is fair to say that her performance provoked a wide range of comments on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Rihanna’s almost 14-minute solo performance, which revealed that she is pregnant with her second child, provoked three types of responses: people absolutely loved it, or watched her entire performance and were not moved either way, or absolutely hated it. I was in the middle since being old school, I did not know any of her songs. However, I enjoyed the dancers. I realize there never will be 100% agreement no matter who is the featured performer. Let’s hope that next year, Jay-Z will select an artist for the halftime show that a vast majority will enjoy before an audience of more than 100 million people.

I hoped you enjoyed the very competitive game and all the food with your family and friends.