January 29, 2007
Leo Durocher once said nice guys finish last.
He obviously never met Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith. These two are first-class gentlemen who have earned their way to Miami to coach in a groundbreaking Super Bowl. I think it is great to see two African-American coaches leading their teams to the title game.
Let me tell you, in this area, college basketball is also light years ahead of everybody. There are only a handful of African-American college football coaches in Division I and that is sad.
When I look at this Super Bowl, I can't help but drawing comparisons to the Colts and New York Yankees. Dungy is a lot like Joe Torre, a model leader who quietly and efficiently gets the job done.
Peyton Manning is a lot like Derek Jeter, class personified, a true winner. Now Manning can add to his resume with the one thing missing, the championhip ring. That is the biggest difference between the Colts quarterback and the Yankees shortstop.
Just like John Elway in Denver, it is time for Manning to enjoy his breakthrough. I like the Colts to beat the Bears in this Super Bowl, but we should have a great game with numerous storylines. The Dungy vs. Smith one is special, my friends.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.