For the first time, we have two African‐American coaches in the same game (Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith). That’s going to lead to a series of columns and features about the significance of this fact, followed by a series of columns claiming that it’s 2007 and we’ll have truly broken down the race barrier when two blacks can coach in the Super Bowl without anyone mentioning this, followed by a series of columns excoriating the previous series of columns for belittling the significance of two black Super Bowl coaches in a league that has clearly been afraid to hire black head coaches. Sadly, all of this stuff will overshadow the biggest story involving an African‐American NFL coach — that the Steelers just hired Omar Epps to replace Bill Cowher.

Bill Simmons