A historic moment of 2 Black coaches who was the first Black coach that lead their teams to a Super Bowl
Super Black Bowl
Two Black coaches took over a NFL team against great odds even though they were a sure bet and bankable.
Their playing field was not even but once between the lines on the football field, they squared up and man-upped using their brawn and their brains
Their wisdom, prowess and wit assisted them with keeping their heads screwed on straight while adversity sought to decapitate what they stood for
Fortune and fame was not what they were in pursuit of. To make my case, Lovie Smith accepted the status of the lowest paid head coach, but “not ever anymore”.
Their choice of opportunities were equal to the number of those making the decisions
(A clever way of saying, the picking was slim with a choice of one!)
At their level you have to make winners out of whatever talent pool inherited and whatever you can savage and savage
Their jobs are to shake-up, break-up and/or break-down and surround themselves with coach-able disciplined pros. They constantly have to prove themselves and their vision to sometimes blinded visionaries
These guys are economist using econometric models no “B-school” could teach
The testing and proving grounds came by way of slave ships and poverty
Us Blacks were taught to “make with, with what we got and spare the leftovers”
They worked hard and took on the stresses and strains under adverse circumstances and maintained
They persevered even when jeered, not only by loud crowds but by movers and shakers in quite solitude
They won the hearts of the stone cold-hearted
They demanded respect as they benched pressed the smothering load away from the wall pressed against
I’m not sure what the bookies were thinking, but I never contemplated the possibility of 2 Black coaches vying for a NFL championship. The probability of them reaching this pinnacle was beyond my scope and range and seemingly everyone else, including the so called experts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City
Since we are talking about cities; where are these boys from any how?
I don’t know any man named Lovie, Black or White; his grandmother must have named him. I know a whole lot of Smiths, and even kin to a few. Lovie could be my cousin
I don’t know anyone by the name of Dungy, White or Black; who is his people?
I suspect after Sunday’ Super Bowl over 2 Billion people will know who the Black faces of Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy is
They will be as anticipated and celebrated as Haley’s Comet
Maybe their fame and fortune could cause the NFL to name this great sport spectacle called The Super Bowl, “The Lovie Dungy Super Bowl” and get rid of the Romans and their numerals
And while they are at it, give my brother Alex Haley his props by naming Haley’s Comet, “Alex Haley’s Comet”
Leartha E. Wells
Not a syndicated sports columnist
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|Reviewed by Michelle Germann
|This is a great story. Please take a look at your personal messages regarding my thoughts on other works.|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Excellent write, Leartha! Very well done! :)|