When it comes to the media phenomenon of Misidentified Black People, I am nothing without you, dear readers.
So I thank Calvin for alerting me to an MBP on a website called FanNation.com – a joint venture of Sports Illustrated and CNN.
They fixed it now. But earlier today, if you had clicked on the link above, you would’ve seen a photograph wrongly identified as Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears head coach.
“I'm pretty sure that the picture on this story... is not a picture of Lovie Smith,” Calvin wrote in an email... but he didn’t know who it was.
Likewise, commenters at FanNation wrote: “Is that even a picture of Lovie Smith?!” “This Pic is not even Lovie.” “THAT ISN'T LOVIE SMITH IN THE PICTURE!!!!” But no one revealed who it was.
One fellow wrote: “If not mistaken that guy is Pep Hamilton QB coach.”
Well, the Bears have quite a few black assistants... but no, the man in the picture wasn’t quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton.
It was Tim Spencer, the running backs coach.
Below I present a similar shot of Mr. Spencer (on the right), plus a photo of Lovie Smith for comparison’s sake.