Posted by JintsFan
See . . . this right here is exactly what grinds my coffee about Dungy. Class? Heart? Soul? What the f*ck are you talking about? And how do you know? Are you and Dungy besties? Ya'll have breakfast together? Where are you getting this information? I'm interested, because it seems to me, that none of us know the first thing about Tony Dungy (or Bill Belichick, for that matter), beyond the media persona they deign to craft for us (or that the media itself crafts for them). I don't know anything about Tony Dungy "as a HUMAN BEING," and neither do you. But quite frankly, if I did -- that is to say, that if I took what I see on televsion to be the sum total of what Dungy is -- I would certainly be more inclined to appreciate a man who went about his business in a professional manner and left his pet causes for his own time. I am more comfortable among people whose personal lives are just that. Tony Dungy represented the face of the enemy for me. I dislike him for the same reason I dislike Peyton Manning without knowing him (and no other), and that is that he personifies a fierce rival. That there are people in the world who believe that Dungy's overt pontificating somehow makes him better than you or I (as this Blue New Jersey fan apparently does) are what make people like Dungy such a deep and abiding pain in my *ss. The notion that an overtly religious person is somehow better "as a HUMAN BEING" simply because he is an overtly religious person is patently laughable. Every time I turn around, it seems, another pious deuschebag is caught with his hand in the cookie jar (or down some kids pants). Spare me the "Holier than Thou" routine. It's not a debate I care to have, nor one you are likely to win.
I was probably as happy as anyone when Dungy decided to step down to "spend time with his family" and "tend to his ministry" and "get his hands on some of these young men." Of course, I was fooled again as it turned out (much like Cowher before him) his family and his ministry turned out to be living in a broadcast booth. I am almost always amazed at the number of former athletes "families" that live in broadcast booths. But even that is not really the problem for me.
Let me ask you this? Do you know what Brad Childress does in his spare time?
Or Lovie Smith? Or John Gruden? Or Bill Belichick?
Do you care?
And neither do I care what some pontificating bible belt blowhole does with the currency of his celebrity, except when it interferes with my ability to enjoy my favorite sport without being preached at (to?). I have met a lot of hypocrites in my life, and I can tell you from tired experience that if I had hied myself away from "God's House" at an earlier age, I should have met significantly fewer. This is not to suggest that Dungy himself, or anyone and everyone who prosletizes, is a hypocrite. But as I said, the guy who does his work quietly and with a modicum of humility is far more likely to gain my respect than the guy up on a stump shouting "Hallelujah!"
Other than that, I have no strong feelings on the subject.