Sunday, February 4, 2007

Class Acts

Super Bowl 2007 has come and gone, and I have to say, aside from the turnovers and absolute downpour, it was not a very exciting game. Even the ads were somewhat disappointing, and a couple of them down-right offensive!

It didn't help that our Mortal Enemies, the Chicago Bears, were playing. See, the mantra in our Green Bay Packers household is this:

The Bears are Evil. End of story.

So the bottom line was, Chicago had to lose, which they did, to the joy and delight of Packer fans everywhere, and the Colts became the Super Bowl Champions.

However, the most memorable part for me was in the final moments of the broadcast. During the presentation of the Vince Lombardi trophy (hmmmm, the Packers again!!), the announcer handed it to the Colts' coach, Tony Dungy. Visibly emotional, he said, "The Lord has brought us as a team through many trials.....I'm very proud to represent the African-American coaches, and to be the first African-American to win this."~~this had been a big thing in the media in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, plus February is also Black History month.

What he said next, though, was priceless:

"Lovie Smith and I are not only the first two African Americans, but Christian coaches, showing you that you can win doing it the Lord's way and we're more proud of that."

Needless to say, I lost it. I could hardly see the screen for the tears rolling down my face. I mean, this probably won't become a quotable quote like, "Famous Person, you just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do now?' 'I'm going to Disneyland!'" But it lifted my spirits, and for that, Tony Dungy, I say "Thank you, and Congratulations!"

Blessings, K~