Yup, I went there.
I've noticed a few comments on ESPN and other national sports sites mentioning the Rooney Rule when we hired Lovie. Basically asking if we hired a white candidate before we hired Lovie. It caused a lot of controversy, but it made me think...
I feel we're at the point socially where a candidate shouldn't be considered or interviewed based on their skin color, but their credentials. Maybe the Rooney Rule was justified 10-15 years ago, things were definitely lopsided back then....but now?? It seems like an asinine rule that forces us to look at skin color first, and the man second.
How many of us think of Tony Dungy as a black coach?? I think of Tony Dungy as a great coach.... and a great man. Lovie Smith too. After listening to him for the past decade, and seeing how his players would go to war for him, I didnt see color, I saw a General, a respected NFL Head Coach. So why cant we can look past race, and judge a candidate by his track record, his attributes. F*** the Rooney Rule. All it does is force us to look at race before the man.
Now, away from the game, away from the hirings and firings, I think its great if Men like Dungy, Smith or Tomlin (all former/current Bucs) Rivera provide inspiration to young men, and not just young black or latino men, but to those kids out there that have what it takes, but still have doubts about the world. These men are a testament that work ethic, a positive attitude, and faith (whichever way you find it), will lead to success....regardless of the pigment of your skin. The Rooney Rule is utter bullsh*t.