The 20-year "anniversary" of Campanis' idiotic statements about blacks in Major League Baseball is approaching on April 15. Campanis, who passed away in 1998, said blacks "may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, a field manager, or, perhaps a general manager."
Campanis, who was the GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the time, was soon rightfully fired. Less than a year later,
Doug Williams became the first black to start at quarterback in the Super Bowl,
and he made John Elway look unnecessary as he threw for a record 340 yards and
four touchdowns in a 42-10 win over
Now it's Lovie, an upstart in just his third season as a head coach. And it's Tony, the Cover Two expert who has always been one of the more cerebral and consistently winning coaches in the NFL with as many disciples as angry white man Bill Belichick, who often doesn't have the necessities to answer a question like a man – black or white.
But there will be more history made Sunday, though less significant. Lost in the Lovie-Tony story is the fact that the Super Bowl will match the first pairing of Southeastern Conference quarterbacks since 1977 and the first SEC quarterback to start the game since LSU's David Woodley and his Miami Dolphins lost to the Washington Redskins in 1983.
When the Bears beat the Saints last
An SEC quarterback has started in
the Super Bowl eight times, including the first three with
But only once have two started the
same game. It was 1977 when
Grossman is the young upstart in just his first full year as a starter and only his fourth in the league. Manning is the veteran in his ninth year and has been the best quarterback in the NFL for years.
Grossman was thought to lack the necessities to get this far. He put up some horrible numbers throughout the 2006 season, but he did not blow games 15 times. He completed only 11 of 26 passes in the Bears' 39-14 win over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, but unlike Saints quarterback Drew Brees, he did not fumble or throw an interception.
In truth, Brady has usually been surrounded by a better and more complete team than Manning has. Manning finally slayed Brady, Belichick and the Dragon last week with a last-minute touchdown drive for a 38-34 win, thanks to an interception thrown in the final seconds by Brady.
Lost in the story of Manning's redemption was Brady's and Belichick's choke. Brady, who yelled at his receiver after the interception when Brady was clearly to blame, should have been intercepted the series before. But the Colt player dropped it. Captain Comeback also was held to a field goal with 3:49 to play instead of bringing his team into the end zone.
Belichick, meanwhile, did not have the necessities to hold a 21-6 halftime lead.
Sunday's Super Bowl will be even
more proof that the SEC is the nation's best football conference. The conference
has produced five national championship teams since 1992 -
Now, after a long drought, the NFL is putting good quarterbacks in the league, and two have made it all the way.
Now, if the league could just produce a coach with enough necessities to not embarrass himself in the NFL.
APOLOGY: It was a mistake to lump
former LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher with the list of lying coaches
detailed in last week's column. According to those who were close to Fisher's
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at
www.LSUbeat.com or in the
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