Monday, February 5, 2007

Dungy gives nod to God, not the liberals

Nothing sums up the condescension of liberalism better than this editorial from Sunday's D&C. The good liberals in the media have been working overtime to pat themselves on the back for making a Super Bowl with two African American head coaches possible. The nauseatingly self-gratifying D&C editorial calls this "another validation of fair hiring practices. " They're referring, as so many others have in recent weeks, to the so-called "Rooney Rule" - an NFL statute named after Pittsburgh Steelers Owner Dan Rooney that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for every open head coaching position. Never mind that Tony Dungy had already been a successful head coach in the NFL for half a decade when the Rooney rule went into effect five years ago.

The unspoken implication in all of this talk is that Dungy and Smith just needed a hand up from the white liberal establishment. The press has tried to make this the story of the color of a man's skin rather what he has accomplished through skill and hard work. Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl because he is a terrific coach and perhaps an even more terrific human being. It has nothing to do with some rule of tokenism created to assuage the white guilt of fabulously rich football owners and touted by the liberals in the press. This "look what we did for you" attitude smacks of a subtle bigotry far more insulting than any Michael Richards rant. This makes me sick, and I got such satisfaction from hearing Dungy say this during his postgame comments:

“It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I said it before, Lovie Smith and I, not only the first two African-Americans, but Christian coaches showing you can win doing it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”
I could almost hear the collective liberal gasp when Dungy denied them their long-awaited credit and instead gave the nod to a higher power. Who says God doesn't have a sense of irony? Delicious.

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