Nice Guys Don't Always Finish Last
by Josh Spence

Finally, after years of playoff frustration the Colts are Super Bowl champions.  For Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy, and the rest of the Colts who had played so well but consistently fallen short of greatness, the monkey is gone and it couldn't have happened to better guys.

I don't think that many would argue that the Colts are deserving champs.  Under Tony Dungy the Colts have become almost unbeatable during the regular season.  Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the game with an offensive unit as good as I've seen.  The Colts defense was as good as anyone in the playoffs, especially when it counted the most.

In the first half it looked like both teams were trying to hand the Lombardi trophy back and forth to one another with all of the turnovers.  Twice the Colts fumbled it away to the Bears, only to have Chicago fumble on the ensuing play.   The teams seemed shaky and nervous early, but it was the Colts who got that problem under control.

What the Colts have done on the field is what earned them the right to call themselves Super Bowl Champions.  It's who they are off the field that makes them great champions. 

I'm not saying they are all saints, I'm sure if you were to look hard enough you could find a "Tank" Johnson on the Colts roster.  However for the most part you see a group of guys that work hard and play as a team.  In the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl you didn't hear the Colts trash talking, despite the fact that they were decided favorites.

Tony Dungy became the first African-American coach to win the big game, but afterwards he was more proud of winning the right way.   During the post game celebration Dungy said he valued his faith and sensitive demeanor more than what the win meant in terms of race.  "I'm proud to represent the African-American coaches. It means an awful lot to this country. [But] we're more proud of that." 

Congratulations to the new Super Bowl Champs, the Indianapolis Colts.  Congratulations are also in store for the Bears.  It was a great season for a great team that will be back twice as hungry next year.  Like Dungy, Lovie Smith is a coach that doesn't ever yell or cuss at his players to get what he wants.  The success of these two coaches will no doubt set a new standard for African-American coaches, but maybe in terms of coaching in general.

Josh Spence