For the first time in pro football history, two African American football coaches will face off for the most coveted prize in American sports: the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, and the Indianapolis, Colts, Tony Dungy, will be the focal point of the Super Bowl. Pro sports has always been the vehicle altering the landscape of racism. Consider the Dodgers signing of Jackie Robinson. That bold move by general manager, Branch Rickey, led to the integration of public schools, the army, also public transportation. Ironically 35-years ago, it was believed by many that African Americans lacked the mental capacity to play quarterback in college and pro football. Today, their speed also athleticism has revolutionized the position. Dungy, who has built a Hall of Fame resume, plays down the significance of this historic occasion. He says it will only be news when no notices the color of a head coach's skin. But tonight, over 35-years of prejudice will finally be buried when he or Lovie Smith holds up the Vince Lombardi trophy.
* As for the game, I'm picking the Colts 24-14. Indy's defense is too fast for the sluggish Bears to contain; everyone seems to forget, moreover, the banged up Seattle Sea hawks almost beat Chicago in the second round playoff game. New Orleans, could not believe they let an opportunity slip away when they clearly were the superior team. Although Lovie beat Tony to the Super Bowl the Colts will make sure Tony Dungy is the one who hoist the trophy.