As gridiron consolation prizes go, this Sunday’s Super Bowl game certainly qualifies around here. For the fourth consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be in it. But ex-Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy will lead his Indianapolis Colts against the Chicago Bears of Lovie Smith, his former assistant during their Buc days.
The game is historic because it marks the first time a black coach — let alone two in tandem — have made it to the Super Bowl. But no less important, it also matches two of the nicest, classiest men in the business.
Rush Limbaugh recently opined that NFL games were looking increasingly like contests between “the Bloods and the Crips.” We’ll chalk it up to trash-talking, dreadlocks and Rush-to-judgment hyperbole. But make no mistake. Super Bowl XLI is a long overdue “Good Guy Game.”