Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2444, June 11th, 2013

The late Vince Lombardi. (Photo: Mondayeveningclubblogspot.com)


Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi would have been 100 years old today. Lombardi was a sports hero of mine growing up. In the 60s, Lombardi’s work ethic and philosophy inspired not only his players but Packer fans who admired him to reach for more. When I worked at Rock 107, my Sales Manager at the time, the late Tim Durkin had a meeting with Packer player Willie Davis. The former member of the Pack had a string of radio stations in Wisconsin and said that Lombardi made him a success off the football field. 
Consider his body of work on stats alone: over the course of his career with the Pack, he led the club to a 105-35-6 record and five championships, including three straight titles, from 1965 to 1967. The team never suffered a losing season under the Hall of Fame coach. Lombardi had one of the best winning percentages of any NFL coach. He died too soon in 1970 at the age of 59 from colon cancer. 
Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives) 


From the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright: Yesterday, Rep. Cartwright announced that the nation would mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10. “When he signed it, President Kennedy stated that the Equal Pay Act of 1963 would mean ‘when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes,’” Rep. Cartwright pointed out. “And yet, 50 years later, women still do not have equality in their pay. In 1963, women on average made 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. Today, women on average nationwide make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men – progress, but not nearly enough progress.” 
Equal pay is not simply a woman’s issue – it’s a family issue. Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet. When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of the families – groceries, rent, child care, and doctors’ visits. “The continuing 23-cents nationwide pay gap between what men and women earn highlights the importance of Congress finally enacting the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor,” Cartwright stated. “Over the past 50 years, the Equal Pay Act has never been updated. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act.” 
The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, including by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work and protecting employees from retaliation for sharing salary information with their co-workers. Democrats have worked for years to enact the Paycheck Fairness Act. 
In 2008 and again in 2009, the Democratic-led House succeeded in passing the bill, but unfortunately in both Congresses, Senate Republicans were successful in blocking the measure. “On this 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, with a significant pay gap still existing between men and women, let us all vow to work together until we have achieved an America where women are truly paid equal pay for equal work,” concluded Cartwright.


At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I really appreciate your keepin us informed on what our Congressma is doing. The media does very little to keep us informed. Thanks

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous JUNCTION said...

The legend of Vince Lombardi live on. A true legend in the history of pro football.

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything said is true about Lombardi. He was a great!They don't make em like that anymore. I do take issue with the "Winning isn't everything its the only thing" quote that became so famous. I played and coached sports over 40 years and I do not agree with the statement. I wonder was Vince misquoted. I taught kids that you could learn as much in defeat as in victory and I still firmly believe that. A lifetime of experience supports my belief. Other than that I am all in on Vince Lombardi.

Old #13

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know the name of the the tallest building in Green Bay? It's St Vincent's Hospital. Ironic?

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Coach said "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" or something like that.
Either way I understand some exception being taken to the statement. I played on a lousy team for an excellent Coach who taught us much about life in a losing season.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, let me give you an assist from the internet: That quote is attributed to UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell ("Red") Sanders, who spoke two different versions of the quotation. In 1950, at a C physical education workshop, Sanders told his group: "Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything," then following a long pause, "Men, it's the only thing!"[1] In a three-part article, December 7, 1953, on Red Sanders, by Bud Furillo of the Los Angeles Herald and Express, the phrase is quoted in the sub head. Furillo said in his unpublished memoirs Sanders first made the statement to him after UCLA's loss to USC in 1949. The phrase is quoted in the 1953 film Trouble Along the Way by Sherry Jackson's character, Carol Williams. In 1955, in a Sports Illustrated article preceding the 1956 Rose Bowl, he was quoted as saying "Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing."
The quotation is widely attributed to coach Vince Lombardi, who probably heard the phrase from UCLA coach Henry Russell Sanders. Lombardi is on record using the quotation as early as 1959 in his opening talk on the first day of the Packers’ training camp. The quotation captured the American public's attention during Lombardi's highly successful reign as coach of the Packers in the 1960s. Over time, the quotation took on a life of its own. The words graced the walls of locker rooms, ignited pre-game pep talks, and echoed from the rafters of banquet halls. According to the late James Michener's Sports in America, Lombardi claimed to have been misquoted. What he intended to say was "Winning isn't everything. The will to win is the only thing." However, Lombardi is on record repeating the original version of the quotation on several occasions

At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Work. That clears that up. Coach Lombardi wasn't coaching kids, he was coaching men, professionals where that attitude could easily be applied.

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Vince Lombardi?

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I believe the actual quote doesn't belong to Lombardi, but when Lombardi repeated it, he supposedly said "the will, or the effort" to win is every thing.

Either way this is not inconsistent with Lombardi, he has also been quoted as saying "show me a good loser and I will show you a loser."

He was well aware that the point of competition was/is to win, and I agree if it wasn't then why keep score, why have placings, playoffs and championship games.

There are many instances of the importance of winning that can be cited, I give one: how many times does anyone see the 1990-1993 Buffalo Bills listed as one of the great NFL dynasties?

At 4:10 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Who's Vince Lombardi?

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:55...... I agree that losing is a great lesson in humility but in professional sports, winning IS everything and I believe that was the spirt in which Lombardi mean it.

8:39, Thanks for clearing that up. I'm now a true senior citizen having passed my 70th birthday and I always thought that was a Lombardi original. Just go to prove what I always say, there is no such thing as an original thought.

Dave without your column on Lombardi, we would never know that his famous quote was not original. Thanks again.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonks didn't mention the quote. It was posted by Old #13 and responded to by other Lulacers. Thats the beauty of Lulac. No Yonks, no post, but good readers and contributors most of the time.


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