“I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this,” Dungy said during the trophy ceremony. “But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”–Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy following last night’s 29-17 Super Bowl win over the Bears and protege Lovie Smith, Chicago Bear’s head coach.
What a crazy ending. Jill was so amazed she called Jacob, Anna, and I from outside playing soccer to see what was happening. Here’s the story if you didn’t see it. With less than a minute left, Redskins Nick Novak misses a long field goal. Dallas drives and Vanderjagt’s 35-yard attempt is blocked and Redskins recover but time runs out, but there’s a facemasking call. Jacob points out that the game or half can’t end on a defensive penalty. Novak kicks a 47-yarder that barely clears the right upright. Redskins win 22-19.
But the greatest Redskins-Cowboys game was in 1974. We were watching from Grandma’s and Grandpa’s TV in Caney, Kansas Thanksgiving Day. Staubach was hurt in the 3rd quarter and rookie Clint Longley rallied the Cowboys from two touchdowns behind with two sustained drives. Redskins scored again to take the lead, then with less than a minute on the clock Longley hit Drew Pearson for a touchdown to win the game. That’s when the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry was born. And that was when we started calling my cousin Clint Davis, “Longley.” Here’s Longley’s blog.
Longley and I co-hosted this past weekend United 4 Uganda, a gathering of supporters of missions in Uganda. I’ll post later about that meeting.