MARCH 6, 2007
Quote of the Day, 3/5/07:
“Winning isn’t Everything; it’s the Only Thing.”
Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers head coach from 1959-1967, and the coach of 5 NFL Championship teams, including the first two Super Bowl championship teams.
I’ll spare you the talk about Lombardi himself, except that he was one of the greatest football coaches of all time, and this may be the greatest sports quote of all time. I felt inspired to post it while watching Pardon the Interuption (PTI), the sports discussion show on ESPN, where I learned that the state of Washington is considering passing a law that would outlaw booing at high school basketball games. Don’t mean to be politically incorrect or anything, but when did we decide to collectively become neutered as a nation? Tony Kornheiser, one of the panelists on the show, compared it to parents who think its a good idea to award trophies to every kid who plays on a sports team, despite whether they win or lose. So I figured I’d post the most politically incorrect quotes of all time, which also happens to be one of my favorites. What I love the most about this quote is how at first someone might think, “Oh, okay, this Lombardi guy might have a soft side;” and of course, by the end of the quote, he turns out to be an insensitive jerk. But hey, he’s an insensitive jerk who won five NFL championships, including an unheralded 3 straight.
One more cool rumor about Lombardi before I move on: Richard Nixon, who was a huge football fan (he used to bring NFL coaches up to the Oval Office to discuss strategies), was such a fan of Lombardi that he it is said that he considered asking him to be his running mate in 1968, before he was reminded by an advisor that Lombardi was a Kennedy Democrat, and Nixon a Republican.
And that, my friends, is a quick biopic on Vince Lombardi.
Until Next Time,