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Winning with Class More Important than Race, Dungy Says
Colts.com ^ | January 26, 2007 | By John Oehser

Posted on 01/26/2007 6:56:31 AM PST by Military family member

THE DUNGY WAY

Winning with Class More Important than Race, Dungy Says

INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Dungy knew what the topic would be this week.

The Colts’ head coach said he knows, too, that his status as one of the first African-American head coaches to coach in the Super Bowl likely will be a constant theme from now until kickoff in Miami on February 4.

But Dungy said this week something else is true:

That while he is proud that he and Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith have become the first two African-American head coaches to coach in the Super Bowl, he is equally proud of how they reached the game.

With dignity. With class.

Without putting football ahead of all else.

“I know the type of person Lovie is,” Dungy said as the AFC Champion Colts (15-4) began preparations to play the NFC Champion Chicago Bears (15-3) in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on February 4 at 6:25 p.m.

“Lovie’s got the same Christian convention that I have. He runs his team the same way. I know how those guys are treated in Chicago, and how they play tough, disciplined football even though there’s not a lot of profanity from the coaches.

“There’s none of the win-at-all-cost atmosphere. For two guys to show you can win that way, I think that’s just as important for the country to see.”

Dungy, who gave Smith his first NFL job when he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996, said he hired Smith not because of his race, but because he wanted a quality teacher.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bears; colts; dungy; nfl; superbowl; tonydungy
Given all the hype over this issue, this is a great response.

Go Colts!

1 posted on 01/26/2007 6:56:33 AM PST by Military family member
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To: Military family member

Political headline for sports story - race vs. class?


2 posted on 01/26/2007 6:57:41 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Military family member

Go Horse! Dungy and the Colts are A1 Class.

"Lord, help our Colts!" - Duke Tomato


3 posted on 01/26/2007 6:58:52 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Military family member

I can see why Manning thinks the world of him.


4 posted on 01/26/2007 6:59:11 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Military family member
Both coaches are class acts.

GO BEARSSS!

5 posted on 01/26/2007 7:01:25 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Military family member

Wouldn't it be nice if we could get to the place where we didn't first look at the color of someone's skin....


6 posted on 01/26/2007 7:01:33 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Alec Baldwin is not a real actor, but he plays one on TV.)
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To: Cagey
The Colts conduct Summer camp three miles from my house, and as a reporter, I've gotten to meet most of the team. I have found Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, indeed all the Colts I have met to be extremely polite, well-spoken gentlemen.
7 posted on 01/26/2007 7:02:02 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member

Smith has agreed in his on-camera interviews with the hyper-ventilating writers that make race the big deal in this Super Bowl, while Dungy has consistently emphasized his team. That makes Dungy the better coach. Smith could still learn some things from him.


8 posted on 01/26/2007 7:03:56 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Military family member

I have seen him speak a couple of times and came away very impressed. The people that know him best say he is the "real deal".


9 posted on 01/26/2007 7:03:59 AM PST by usastandsunited
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Anybody who calls Tony Dungy "black" is looking at something other than the colour of his skin. I've seen darker Italians.


10 posted on 01/26/2007 7:05:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Military family member

Glad to see this coming from the NFL even though I really, really dislike Peyton Manning and would like nothing else than to see him get spanked on SBS. Now if only the NBA had a head coach that had class like this...


11 posted on 01/26/2007 7:12:16 AM PST by lesko
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To: Military family member

Dungy exudes class.


12 posted on 01/26/2007 7:12:18 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: kittymyrib

I think Lovie is just glad to finally be answering questions that don't include the words "Rex Grossman". They've been hounding him about when he's going to bench Rex for months, any other question that comes up must be a breath of fresh air. Also because of the order the games were played he is technically the first black coach in the Superbowl (by about 3 1/2 hours), which give Dungy an easier dodge.


13 posted on 01/26/2007 7:18:39 AM PST by discostu (Feed her some hungry reggae, she'll love you twice)
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To: Military family member

I love Tony Dungy. Truly a great man and a great American.


14 posted on 01/26/2007 7:22:54 AM PST by Antoninus ( Who is Duncan Hunter? Find out....www.gohunter08.com)
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To: facedown

Both coaches are class acts.

GO BEARSSS!

Ditto.


15 posted on 01/26/2007 7:23:38 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: ArrogantBustard
Anybody who calls Tony Dungy "black" is looking at something other than the colour of his skin. I've seen darker Italians.

Indeed, my dad is way darker than him (Calabrese)--and I'd give him a run for his money myself in the summer...
16 posted on 01/26/2007 7:25:28 AM PST by Antoninus ( Who is Duncan Hunter? Find out....www.gohunter08.com)
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To: lesko
Now if only the NBA had a head coach that had class like this...

Avery Johnson, Dallas Mavericks

17 posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:16 AM PST by Night Hides Not
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To: Military family member
Lovie’s got the same Christian convention that I have.

Uh oh..... where are the ACLU people? Off having a cow in the corner, I imagine.

18 posted on 01/26/2007 7:41:48 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Shouldn't "convention" be "conviction?"


19 posted on 01/26/2007 7:45:13 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Military family member

I believe this was a reference to the classless way the Patriots acted when they beat my beloved Chargers.


20 posted on 01/26/2007 7:46:43 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Military family member
“Lovie’s got the same Christian convention that I have. He runs his team the same way. I know how those guys are treated in Chicago, and how they play tough, disciplined football even though there’s not a lot of profanity from the coaches.

“There’s none of the win-at-all-cost atmosphere. For two guys to show you can win that way, I think that’s just as important for the country to see.”

This is the REAL story of this years Super Bowl!

21 posted on 01/26/2007 7:48:50 AM PST by TravisBickle (This space left unintentionally blank.)
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To: Military family member
DA BEARS!


22 posted on 01/26/2007 8:12:23 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Wouldn't it be nice if we could get to the place where we didn't first look at the color of someone's skin...



I guess we can always "have a dream"


23 posted on 01/26/2007 8:15:35 AM PST by WKB (A wasted day is a day in which we have not laughed!)
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To: kittymyrib

Lovie is a class act who politely acknowledged reporters statements while also stating that this historic event won't be commented on in 10 years. I agree. It's really about the content of one's character and not the color of their skin.

As a life long Chicagoan and Bears fan, I am thrilled to have a quiet, competent and classy coach for a generally incompetent organization (thanks to the McCaskey family). Mike Ditka saved the Bears 25 years ago, but Lovie is more of a coach and less focused on endorsements. (My mother will kill me for even hinting anything negative about Da Coach).


24 posted on 01/26/2007 8:20:13 AM PST by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: Military family member

One of the rare SB's where I am torn as to who I would like to win. I like the NFC and usually root for NFC teams - with the exception of Dallas and Philly two years ago. I like Urlacher. I like strong, hard-hitting defenses. I also like Dungy - he is a class act. I think the Colts are a excellent second half team, making the proper adjustments and smoking teams in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Colts - IMO - have two advantages over the Bears. 1 - Manning is a better QB than Grossman. 2 - even though they have not played in SB's, being in so many title games over the last several years gives them more experience for the big game. With all that said, I think the Colts will win, but my heart hopes Chicago does.


25 posted on 01/26/2007 8:30:12 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: 7thson
I grew up a Bears fan, but became a Colts fan when the Colts started practicing in my backyard. Since then, I've met many members of the team, and it's hard to not root for people you know. over people you don't.

So now, I'm a dedicated Colts fan. My son is a fanatic, who has accumulated quite a collection of collectibles including

A Colts Blanket

Seven Colts footballs, three of them signed.

25 Colts posters, six of them signed.

Five Colts Pennants two of then signed.

A Bottle of Colts Ketchup

Three Peyton Manning/Marvin Harrison Wheaties boxes

273 plastic Colts Souvenir cups

A Colts key chain

A Colts Cell Phone Holder

A Colts Leather Jacket, with matching gloves and hat

A Colts Santa Hat

34 Colts hats

Colts Jerseys for Manning, Harrison, Freeney, Wayne, Doss, Sanders, Clark, (and three nameless players who are no longer Colts).

Colts Shoes and Socks

Colts Christmas Ornament and Helmet Lights

And much much more

My father is a Bears Fan, so my sons has been having a blast teasing his grandfather about the game. They've got a bet, but I'm not sure what it is.

26 posted on 01/26/2007 11:21:58 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member

It's not a race, it's a dumb ballgame.


27 posted on 01/26/2007 11:24:39 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Military family member
What is Colts ketchup? Who makes it? Does it taste good?

Cool for you and your son. Let us know what the bet is when you find out.

Have a good time watching the Super Bowl!

28 posted on 01/26/2007 11:24:58 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Night Hides Not

The first FOUR black head coaches in the NBA all won Championships (Bill Russell, KC Jones, Al Attles and Lenny Wilkens) and all of them were head coaches over thirty years ago.

That is also a pretty classy group of men as well. I'd rather have dinner with any of them than, say, Bill Belichick.


29 posted on 01/26/2007 11:33:01 AM PST by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: Military family member

To bad Tony works for a classless jerk like Irsay. GO BEARS!!


30 posted on 01/26/2007 11:33:45 AM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: hubbubhubbub

Jim Irsay is not a jerk, although his father was.


31 posted on 01/26/2007 3:49:57 PM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member

Jim is repeating his father's ploy of taxpayer extortion for another new stadium so he can enrich himself even more than his father.


32 posted on 01/31/2007 2:09:22 PM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: Retired Chemist

which is probably why he didn't stay here in MN with the Vi-queens.


33 posted on 02/05/2007 4:41:59 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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