Black Sports : The "SOUL Bowl"... Don't Believe the Hype

Discussion in 'Black Sports' started by NoirJava, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. NoirJava

    NoirJava Banned MEMBER

    Jan 24, 2007
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    First I must admit that I am not a football "fan". However this is a great moment in Black history to see two Blk coaches dispel the stereotypes in major sports.

    What I am disturbed by is the "hype" that the NFL is promoting via their "Rooney Rule" that any open coaching vacancy "must have" at least one (1) minority candidate...

    Does this system work???
    To a degree (Steelers new coach Mike Tomlin may argue), however we must recognize that the NFL uses this PR campaign to pacify many when we all know that one can not tell another who to hire and in most cases the owners and management's mind is already made up (ask Matt Millen of the Detroit Lions about that one).

    What is really unique in this case is that both Dungy and Smith were highly sought after when their respective coaching positions arrived... Dungy was fired from Tampa Bay (who won the Super Bowl the following season) and was the obvious choice to coach the Colts after the team had fired Jim Mora... a few days he was anointed the job... not because he was Blk but because he was a "winner"... Tampa Bay obviously did not have enough faith in him getting the job done.

    Smith was a successful defense coordinator with the St. Louis Rams and was the front-runner to replace Mike Martz... However, Martz's season-career ending illness allowed a shift in thinking... it was Smith who left on his own accord but the Bears were interested in his style of play all along and scooped him up when the opportunity arrived...

    What I am trying to say is that we have many Blks and whites that see this as a confirmation for Affirmative Action programs... I disagree.

    These two Blk men have only proven that if you are the best you will be seen/noticed and rewarded with employment.

    So please don't be fooled by the hype... these two brothers got this apex the old fashion way: They both earned it!!!

    This should be a major example of how empowerment can and does work for those who seek to set themselves above the norm of expectations.

    And yes, of course you now have the newly proclaimed "Soul Bowl"...
    As Blks we are so good at creating buzz (for all the wrong reasons). Trust me, it is still the Super Bowl and these two men are just adding a little more flavor to the atmosphere.

    It is a major accomplishment, but let's get real... it's still about the money regardless of who wins the game. When all of this is over I give it two weeks and things will be back to normal...

    Many Blks will be expecting jobs via AA programs and few will embrace the ideology of empowerment and forge to create jobs for themselves and the communities of which they live.

    The Super Bowl is just a game and yes both Dungy and Smith are helping with the hype by just being there in this historic manner. Yet it would be great to read the news and see that more Blks are attending colleges, creating jobs and businesses while embracing the mindset of empowerment... That would make the best type of Black History for me.

    Nuff Said
  2. PurpleMoons

    PurpleMoons Administrator STAFF

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  3. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    yes welcome within the sport world of

    I am a deep hearted Football fan and very happy about the hype / superbowl
    and the historic moment about to be made in our black history which means
    a lot to all the greats before them and to the upcoming ones after them.

    Not being a fan i can understand your view of what is what but as a fan
    we want to see two brothers in the big dance i agree they both earn this
    chance and are winners great black coachies , so for now we going to live
    in the hype , enjoy the hype and watch history be made no matter who win
    we all win as blacks

  4. Afru Shukuwr

    Afru Shukuwr Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Jun 22, 2007
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    Dade City, FL

    The stereotype is there in sports because so few get a shot at coaching. If they did they would win alot more than their race counterparts.
    Black queterbacks likewise dont get the same chances as their race counterparts. If they did they would easily have the best stats. They are allmost put on defensive minded NFL teams that have a lack of great receivers or passing game.
    Also I want to say the that Quaterback rating should be named a teams passing rating. There are 10 other players of the offense. It was made to help certain quaterbacks look great.