They aren't who we thought they were

Sorry Donovan didn't get it. I can't see the Cards doing in the Steelers. Here's something fascinating. Tomlin is now the third black head coach to get in the Super Bowl--and owes his job to the Rooney Rule, a particularly effective Affirmative Action program. I like the Rooney Rule--it requires clubs to interview minorities, but not hire them. Still the interview puts you in the mix, while not closing out competition. In other words it combats the "old boys club" mentality, but still allows for merit. In terms of coaching, the NFL is really approaching the NBA, which deaded this issue long ago. Props to them

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