Like most 80's babies, I had my wrestling crazed years in my adolescence. However, I am pretty sure the glory years of the Rik Flair era had come to an abrupt end before I really started paying attention. Sure, I knew he was a popular wrestler that yelled "WOO!" a lot, but that's really where the extent of my knowledge ended. But damn, Rik Flair was a man before his time, huh? I'm almost positive it was socially unacceptable in all walks of life to have this much swag as a middle aged white man. I think it's safe to say that if Rik Flair doesn't have a black card, then the whole concept of a black card needs to cease to exist. If you gave me a transcript of that monologue and took out all the 'woo's' I would swear on everything holy that it was an African American talking. I picture 'The Godfather' meets D-Lo Brown, not a Miami Vice look-a-like with flowing blonde hair.
This video goes to show that maybe, just maybe, I'm not completely wrong. Can something be considered an impersonation if it's actually an enhancement? Colts' safety Sergio Brown didn't just do a Rik Flair impression, he put Rik Flair to shame. Is it possible that casting a leather skinned white guy in the role of Rik Flair was a mistake? Shit, If Rik Flair isn't a black name then I don't know what is. If Sergio Brown joined the WWE tomorrow, I would instantly start watching again, not to mention have a new favorite wrestler. As a backup safety, Brown may not have the best job security in the world, but he certainly doesn't have to worry about life after football. He could drop the NFL like a bad habit and become a wrestler, or a motivational speaker, or a goddamn car salesman. Kid has got charisma oozing from every pore. A level of pizazz and magnetism that most could only dream about. Reminds me of a young James Brown. I don't even care if he's a one trick pony. He's basically a fastball pitcher that is never going to lose his fastball. He'll always have a job with that heat.
Other than the outrageously inflated contracts and the ability to make a living doing something you've done for fun since you were a child, this is what is awesome about being a professional athlete. There is nothing like a locker room atmosphere. Impressions, shit talk, traditions, friendships, brotherhood. It doesn't get better than that. Unlike 90% of cube dwelling 9-5ers, football players can actually be themselves in the workplace. They don't have to put forth some facade. They don't have to pretend to think their coworkers are funny. They don't have to force some counterfeit sense of commonality, or fake a smile at every turn. They can just go about their business and have a knee slappin' good time. Could it be because you don't have to worry about humor being an issue when 90% of the locker room is black? Most definitely, but it doesn't change the fact that the locker room culture is one of great amusement regardless.