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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Black History Month

posted by on February 8 at 11:45 AM

I’m not a football fan, so I missed the whole first-black-coach-to-win-the-Super Bowl buzz.

All I can say is, what is up with the NFL?

The first black coach to win an NBA title (and at $125,000, definitely one of the top-paid people in the NBA at the time) was Bill Russell in the 1967/68 season. That’s nearly 40 years ago. 40 years ago!


Oh, and Russell wasn’t a supa Christian. He’d taken to calling himself Felton X, and was actually a bit of a black power freak.

Today, Russell lives on Mercer Island, I think.

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Bill Russell is a national treasure.

Posted by StrangerDanger | February 8, 2007 11:59 AM

yeah he is. my dad used to regale me with tales of russell as player/coach, and havlicek, cousy. true definition of dynasty.

Posted by mike | February 8, 2007 12:08 PM

Bill Russell: great player, even better raconteur. The kind of guy you could just sit and watch talk for hours.

Posted by Fnarf | February 8, 2007 1:29 PM

I suspect the NFL is last because coaching in that league is, by far, the most intellectually demanding of all the major leagues.

As a result, the prejudiced would be least likely to give an NFL coaching job to an African-American.

I wish I had been alive to watch Russell play Chamberlain.

Posted by MHD | February 8, 2007 1:35 PM

somehow the words "NFL," "coaching," and "intellectually demanding" seem oddly out of place in the same sentence.

Posted by gnossos | February 8, 2007 2:51 PM

Thanks Josh. This is cool.

Posted by Papayas | February 8, 2007 8:58 PM

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