This Beautiful Black Sunday

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History was made on the same day that doubleheader Chicago Bears head coach, Lovie Smith, became the first African-American head football coach to take his team to a Super Bowl. And then darn it if, Indianapolis Colts, head coach Tony Dungy, didn't like that idea and immediately follow suit on the very same day, by matching Smith on that very same afternoon. And, what a win and game it was, beating the three time world champion, New England Patriots after trailing 21-3 at halftime.
Dungy, we all knew, had suffered some vital blows just last season to both his football career and personal life. His team the Indianapolis Colts, were working on becoming only the second team ever to have an undefeated season when they lost late in the season. Then Dungy lost his son shortly afterwards. It seemed that it all had fallen apart for this devout Christian and classy gentleman. As head coach, Dungy had made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a defensive power house.  It looked like his efforts paid off because the team not only went on to the Super Bowl but they won it, unfortunately this occurred after Dungy departed their company.

The White media is playing up the success of Lovie and Dungy, two African Americans, leading their clubs in two big games but is anyone surprised that both are vastly under paid and have as yet to receive a new contract.  How could that have happened with 1) the job Smith has done over his three year reign as head coach in Chi-town and 2) the superb job he was doing and has done all this season? Then again, like always, it appears to just simply be the same old BLACK and WHITE of it. Now, imagine had Lovie not made the big dance, the situation with his contract would have simply just been danced around, not come up, mentioned or been resolved.

Both head coaches have to be saluted for their strategic offense shown last Sunday. For in today’s' game it is the head coach that calls all the offensive plays. Dungy did a lot to help Payton Manning finally reach the big dance. Smith’s efforts to hone the skills of his quarterback were simply marvelous. This is made clear by viewing the season long play of his unsteady and erratic quarterback. But you don't hear anything about that. Both gents are defensive geniuses who seem to get no credit for their offensive attributes.

The Colts defense came through big time in the playoffs and the second half of their game against New England and the legendary Tom Brady. Dungy also did quite well as he outsmarted New England's defensive genius of a coach from the offensive side of things also. 

 And yes, ladies and gentlemen, BLACK SUNDAY is coming back again and win, lose, and for sure no draw an African-American head coach, will finally win the Super Bowl. Oh yea, Black is beautiful. Heck, even an African-American head coach losing the SUPERBOWL is a beautiful thing.

I loved the sign that was flashed when Colts beat Ravens in Baltimore, ‘19’ will always be greater that ‘18’.  In my opinion, the late John Unitas will always be Payton Manning’s' superior.  Speaking of great and legendary quarterbacks, Joe Namath was at famed and legendary artist, LeRoy Neiman's studio last week, signing with Neiman his print of Jets Super Bowl III victory. The painting has Namath handing off to Matt Snell, who many thought should have been the Super Bowl III MVP. 

Did you know that Namath wore #19 in high school in salute to his hero and idol John Unitas.  Because Namath was both a baseball and football stand out, he was drafted by the Yankees as a hurler. Namath who has always stood for human rights mentioned having gone to Alabama and seeing the white and colored water fountains for the first time.  It was a shock to him. "I had never seen anything like that before," said the legendary and classy "Broadway Joe."  A lot has changed since then but then there is still a lot more that needs to change.





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