August 19th, 2010
by tophatal

I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !

Now there’s no denying that former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Tony Dungy has is admirers around the league ___ (NFL) amongst the coaches , fans and the teams . But his latest interjection with regard to the behavior of New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan and his use of profanity within the HBO reality series Hard Knocks has me wondering why Dungy is now once again up on his pulpit calling out the coach for his use of profanity. Granted, I know that being around NFL players can be at times hazardous for one’s health given their proclivity for dropping F-bombs during the heat of the moment . And I’m quite sure that Dungy had to have been in the midst of it all not only as a coach but also as a player during his professional career within the NFL . This is the same Tony Dungy who took Michael Vick under his wing seeking to give the player some guidance after the player’s much publicized fall from grace. Never mind that Vick having served his time was given a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles within a year almost once again had him being questioned by law enforcement in the apparent near fatal shooting of one of his former accomplices at his birthday party at a night club. Wherein , Vick sought to evade the glare of the public spotlight by lying about his whereabouts at the time of the incident. That asides , Vick’s return to the league has been something of a charade and his productivity with the Eagles has many wondering whether or not it was all worth it .

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) poses for a photograph with Tony Dungy after addressing the media at a news conference prior to Super Bowl XLIII on January 30, 2009 at Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America ……..

Ryan for his part isn’t a shrinking violet nor does he claim to be . But what we do know is that he demands from his players the best that they can be and nothing less than that is satisfactory for the second year coach. Coaches have their own ways of communicating with the players and their coaching staff. And I’m sure that the case for Rex Ryan , the Jets’ team members and his coaching staff . Now I’m not one to think that every utterance from the coach is a profanity laced tirade or merely his only way of communicating with the players. But if they’re not offended by the utterances then I hardly feel that Dungy should be bothered by it at all. With Dungy being a devout Christian I can understand his wish for common courtesy and decorum being applied in all walks of one’s life. But no one amongst us can clearly act with such devotion . If that’s the case then I’m sure that there are those amongst us who are definitely living something of a a lie . Now don’t get me wrong I’m a great admirer of Dungy not only as a coach but as also as a great human being . His devotion to his beliefs whilst admirable and his efforts not only amongst the impoverished but men of color who are incarcerated is to be greatly admired and praised as being noteworthy. There are few men in and out of the league who actually devote their time in such noteworthy causes . But this is one instance where I fail to see how Dungy’s actions can be seen as being somewhat well meaning. If there is any action to be answerable then it ought to be between Ryan , and the front office of the Jets if they feel aggrieved by his actions.

New York Jets Rex Ryan looks on during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun ……..

And what might now be even more asinine is for Dungy to be calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to intercede in the matter. Doesn’t Goodell have enough problems as it is to deal within and around the league ? And if Dungy, himself, wants to be seen as some paragon of virtue and really do something that would be of benefit to the league concerning its image and of its players in particular. Then would it not be more prudent for him to be working in conjunction with the NFLPA and its Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA President Kevin Mawae to clean up the NFLPA’s already tarnised image ? I mean how often is it now when we can’t go without hearing or reading about another NFL player running afoul of the law for one reason or another ? But low and behold we have the well respected Tony Dungy aggrieved because as an NFL coach drops several F-bombs during a training regime ? Which would you as an NFL fan would feel more aggrieved by ?

I’m not about to blow smoke up anyone’s ass but as the baseball season now begins to hit the home stretch there are one or two teams whom I now feel are either going to blow it all or by some inexplicable reason going to make it to the postseason . Can we now count out and thank both the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets for turing up this season ? I’m not about to say that both organizations have hit rock bottom but they’re now making the likes of the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates seem admirable in the way with which they handle futilty and mediocrity year and year out. I can only surmise that owners Tom Ricketts of the Cubs and Fred Wilpon of the Mets and his immediate family cannot wait to cast off the shackles of this season !

Now asides from the failures of both the Cubs and Mets this season who amongst would have thought that the San Diego Padres would be playing such a high standard of baseball ? Never mind the fact that the AL West as a division can be about as entertaining as listening to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca,.) offering us all her views as to why she feels that there’s so much partisanship within Congress . All I can say is that Pelosi may well be one of the many reasons why the Republicans will be sweeping back into power within both legislative chambers. And I can tell you this I’m no great admirer of either party as I find them both disingenous and about as honorable as having to listen a lie being told by a pedophile who’s been caught in a lie as to their crime or multiple crimes . Now that’s not to say that the Padres haven’t been challenged within their division. But in all honesty the San Franciso Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have posed about as much of a threat as Clay Aiken would were he challenging Manny Pacaquiao in a boxing match. Here endeth the lesson as to the divsion as it’s now the Padres to lose should they deem it fit to self implode.

If you’re now Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox do you go off on a profanity laced tirade as you now see your team basically being smacked about like a whore being beaten on by her pimp because she gave a customer a freebie ? How is it that this team can be so inconsistent from moment to the next ? Never mind the financial resources at GM Kenny Williams’ disposal and what must White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf be thinking at this juncture ? The Minnesota Twins (70-50) have essentially opened up a five game lead within the AL Central and it appears that the White Sox have all but given up hope of erasing the lead. On the other hand if you’re Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire you’ve got to be entirely happy with the situation and the way that your team is now playing as they enter the closing stretch of their season . I think it’s pretty much safe to say that the Twins will be revisiting the postseason once again unless they’re another of these teams looking to self implode.

And back to the NFL and as the whole world knows by now Brett Favre has returned to the fold in Minnesota and for some inexplicable reason he’ll be well rewarded by getting an extra $3.5 million tacked on to his $13 million salary due to him this year with a further $3.5million in incentives should the Vikings make it to the Superbowl . I don’t know about you but if I had treated my employer in the way that Favre has treated the Vikings front office my ass would’ve been kicked to the door long ago. Alas, I’m not an athlete but merely an analyst and economics researcher for a a law firm within their corporate division. That being said it’s a well paid and respectable position and my colleagues don’t fawn over me the way that Favre’s teammates are said to be now doing . I can only surmise that Vikings’ coach Brad Childress , his coaching staff and Zygi Wilf the Vikings’ owner are now happy that his rather asinine saga is over . As to those dithering idiots within ESPN namely Chris Mortensen , ______ John Clayton and Mark Schlereth __ their erections now will have to be looked at by a urologist as they may well overdosed on Cialis awaiting the player’s return to the NFL . This will be my last statement on the matter until the regular season starts as I don’t feel it appropriate to continue to make this story a “cause-celebre” when it’s not ! So as of now all I have to say is welcome back Brett Favre but now please simply shut the hell up and play the game. And should the team fail to make it the postseason then simply have the good grace to call it quits and walk away like a real man would ! .

What thoughts if any do you have on the subject matters raised within this piece ? By all means simply chime in with a comment as you deem fit and thanks as always for the continued support !

NB : You can find this original post within my site under the following title . In order to view in its orginal format merely click on the link provided. I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !


Alan aka tophatal ………. :)

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12 Responses to “I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !”

  1. jdigitalseven Says:

    Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 for flipping people off while he was out and happened to be caught on a cell phone camera. He knew he was going to be on Hard Knocks so in a way his f-bomb dropping was pre-meditated. To fine him for a jesture he did in public, yet not fine him for the actual word(said repeatedly) is inconsistent. I know its a matter of the heart and what defilles a person comes from the inside. Comedians, actors, coaches all take the easy way out and think they cant be effective without being vulgar. The NFL is a business and all the players and coaches need to be professional. They make millions and have put themselves in the position to be under a microscope……it comes with the job.

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  3. fracas Says:

    Total b.s. from first sentence to last. And what, may I ask, is the NFLPA’s tarnished image? This is the rant of a shallow uneducated fanboy.

  4. Bill Says:

    Rex Ryan would be better off coaching a team of convicted felons that college graduates. He would be communicating at their level..Tony Dungy and Tom Osborne he ain’t

  5. Roger Doriot Says:

    I am really sorry to see that you believe it is no one else’s business how someone talks – especially in public. Tony Dungy stated clearly why he made his comments, and SURELY he is NOT a minority of one with those reasonable sentiments. We can not legislate morality, or speech, to everyone’s satisfaction, but there are reasonable limits, which Dungy has expressed, and anyone in such a public position as Ryan CAN (or at least SHOULD be able to) discipline himself to some degree to avoid offending the sensibilities of many (or at least quite a few) other people.

  6. CVal Says:

    Alan Tophatal- If you really believe this tripe you’re spewing, I feel sorry for you. At some point in your life, I hope you grow up and realize that you have a responsibility to your family, your company, and your society to be sober, well mannered, and self-disciplined. Tom Landry was a true gentleman coach. But, you don’t have to wear a tie and top hat to speak intelligently and convey your message without cursing like an ignorant idiot. Neither do you have to be in the public eye making huge salaries. Many low income workers who often can’t afford to attend the games but watch the NFL on TV are just as self-disciplined as Mr. Dungy. No matter what walk of life or income, we the fans demand much more from a team leader than the foul mouthed Ryan seems able to give. I wouldn’t hire him either.

  7. tophatal Says:


    Whether or not Ryan knew what he was doing and how he expressed himself is one thing. What I’d like to know in the midst of this all is when the you’ve got NFL players creating more havoc and Goodell merely sits idlly by along with NFLPA and simply does nothing . But yet Dungy is aggrieved because an NFL coach uses profanity ? What the hell this is all so asinine to begin with !

    tophatal ……….

  8. tophatal Says:


    When you’ve got players out there commiting crimes and the NFLPA simply sits aside and does nothing whose image do you think is being hurt ? The plyaers’ only or that of the game . Think about it . You don’t think an idiot like Roethlisberger and the like of Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth have done that with their actions ?

    Or are you the sort of person who’d rather look the other way and say it’s got nothing to do with me ?


    tophatal ..,.

  9. tophatal Says:


    Ryan chooses to express himself the way that he does to his players as he deems fit. If he’s answerable to anyone then it’ll be to the Jets front office and Goodell if they deem he’s crossed the line. As for Dungy I’m sure that while as a coach and player he’s been around foul language . Common decency and decorum asides when you’ve got politicians lying to the electorate and nation this is but a mere pimple on the ass of a gnat .

    tophatal ………..

  10. tophatal Says:

    Roger Doriot

    The show was on a cable network and if Dungy didn’t like what he saw or heard then he has the right to mute the sound or simply swich channels . Do you really think at the end of the day anyone cares as long as the Jets are winning ?

    tophatal ……..

  11. tophatal Says:


    What is this pc day ? We’re living in a world where we’ve racial bigots , xenophobia and a political diaspora where the two sides spew so much hatred towards one another that it’s about as welcoming as seeing two dogs fight. This is simply Dungy getting in over his head. Where was he when the likes of Stallworth and Little were taking the lives of innocent victims with their actions I ask you ? Answer me that ?

    tophatal ……….

  12. tophatal Says:

    If Dungy is so aggrieved by Ryan’s use of profanity . I wonder how he feels by the actions of Donte Stallworth and Leonard Ben Roethlisberger, Leonard Little and Michael Vick ? I don’t seem to remember him coming out and being critical of those individuals and their actions have been far more egregious than those of Ryan’s . But I guess there are those amongst you who’d rather gloss over that.

    tophatal ………..

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