There are few events in life as important as the baptism of a child and annual events that bring families closer together. In the present writer’s family those events included Aunt Maggie Metze Hope and her beloved Washington Redskins and the Super Bowl in 1988.
Super Bowl Sunday 1988 presented a problem for Aunt Maggie. The game was on January 31, 1988. The Super Bowl was on the day for the baptism of Charles Metze III and the grandfather’s birthday. She had to organize a Super Bowl party and she was the guest of honor at her grand nephew’s baptism because she was the first person to care for the baby as a sitter when his mother and father had to travel to Atlanta in September of 1987.
Asking a priest to cut a sermon short so that a congregant can watch the Super Bowl might be unheard of in some parishes; however, it was not too much to ask for a woman who loved her football and was determined to watch Doug Williams in the performance of a lifetime. Coach Joe Gibbs was popular with Aunt Maggie because of his faith and his not using profanity.
Nothing was going to stop Aunt Maggie from watching the Super Bowl. As the family gathered for one last picture she was heading for the door. Baptisms are important but the Super Bowl was supreme in January 1988. Making the decision to move the time of the baptism up and alerting many guests and the bishop of the fact that Super Bowl 22 was on January 31, 1988, solved the problem.
Doug Williams was the first African-American to lead an NFL team to a Super Bowl victory as the quarterback and he played the game of his life in the Washington Redskins victory over the Denver Broncos. It has been 22 years since the Washington Redskins have won a Super Bowl; however, the memory of Doug William's performance and the Super Bowl in 1988 will live on forever.
The Super Bowl 2014 takes place tonight on Fox at 6 p.m.