Want a worthy Super Bowl pick? In the words of Wesley Snipes in 1992's Passenger 57, "Always bet on black," ... and yellow.
Don't thank Rocks Off for that profitable betting tip. Thank Wiz Khalifa, who is going to bring glory back to his frigid blue-collar hometown of Pittsburgh. It's only been two years since Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and company hoisted the Lombardi trophy, which is an eternity in Steeler years.
In fact, Wiz could very well be the only artist in the history of sports to be credited for winning a Super Bowl without ever playing on an NFL team, if his hometown Steelers can pull off the big win Feb. 6. He may even get a damn ring.
It'll be like Sylvester Stallone getting inducted into the boxing hall of fame. Even though he never really fought and beat a Russian monster in the Soviet Union, you won't be able to argue.
Wiz's hit record "Black and Yellow" has been hailed as the unofficial anthem of the Steelers, and the city is going bananas over this very timely hit track. According to some media outlets the effectiveness of Wiz's track can be credited with playoff wins and possibly ... wait for it... serves as a competitive advantage next Sunday.
The power of music is something, isn't it?
MTV, because it's so good at sports journalism, has declared "the Steelers may have the advantage when it comes to the big game, as they have an anthem in Wiz Khalifa's 'Black and Yellow.'"
One question: Are the bookies aware of this?
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reportedly whispered into Ben Roethlisberger's ear at the end of last Sunday's win against the Jets, "Make sure to call Wiz when you get home and thank his talented ass."
Rex Ryan actually now has a vendetta against Wiz, claiming like he did with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning and New England Patriots head Bill Belichick coach, "It's personal."
Thirdage.com recently reported:
Wiz Khalifa performed his hit song at Heinz Field Stadium in Pittsburgh in front of more than 65,000 fans and the stadium went crazy for the young rapper's spirited lyrics. The Steelers, whose jerseys don the colors black and yellow received the extra boost that they needed to beat the Jets with a score of 24-19.
Really!? The song itself provided the extra boost?! Can someone get Wiz Khalifa's agent on the line and connect that person to Bob McNair for the love of God?
What's more ridiculous is that cover tracks for "Black and Yellow" are spreading like the bubonic plague. Tom Hanks, son for God's sake, is rapping now. If that's not disturbing enough, he did a "Black and Yellow" cover remix for Northwestern University. It's called "White and Purple." The humanity! Needless to say, Tom Hanks did not react well. He's in the hospital.
But if you want to see and hear a "Black and Yellow" remix done right, you don't have to look further than the Williams Tower and Houston underground hip-hop artist Marcus Manchild (above). Why do we giggle every time we write or say this man's name? Anyway, saying he's underground isn't necessarily befitting. This dude has all the buzz of an Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jacket (shout out to our parents' high-school alma matter).
We're jiving with what we are hearing from this young sure-to-be-staple in the deep and talented Houston hip-hop underground. We especially are digging his "Red and Yellow" remix, which pays homage to everything from the old school Houston Rockets color scheme, to the founding fathers of Houston hip-hop, to himself for putting Houston hip-hop "on some new shit."
We're not arguing. Oh, and if you are pretending like you're busy at your 9 to 5 and want to read some entertaining shit, check out how Kansas City hip-hop fans interject themselves into the dialogue in the comment section and claim their city's "Red and Yellow" remix done by K.C. hip-hop artist Irv Da Phenom is superior to ours.
That's like saying In-N-Out Burger is superior to Whataburger, or that David Robinson outplayed Hakeem Olajuwon in the 1994 Western Conference Finals. Wait those aren't even good enough analogies.
It's like saying Laredo high school football produces better athletes than Houston high school football.
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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's that ridiculous.
And so is Iowa State University's "Red and Yellow" remix. Actually it's quite entertaining. Go Cyclones!
Email Rolando Rodriguez at rolandorodriguezjr22 (at) gmail (dot) com.