Today for NFL fans is a big day; Super Bowl LII. I was thinking last night I wonder how many fans could actually tell you what number LII is, but I guess that’s another subject for another time.
In any event, if two guys burst into my house, one grabbed me, and the other put a gun to my head and demanded the names of the teams playing in the Super Bowl, I’m a dead man. Pro sports, and thus Pro football, is just not something that interests me.
I’m like President Calvin Coolidge when he was asked if he wanted to meet the Chicago Bears. He said, “I always enjoy animal acts.”
The company that spends a gazillion dollars for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl hoping to gain my business, might have well of just made a big pile of cash in the parking lot and set it on fire. I will not be swayed because I will not be watching. I will sneak a peek when the commercials are posted online because a lot of them are pretty clever and I enjoy the product of someone’s creativity.
Thinking of the Super Bowl made me think of Art Donovan. Art played pro ball during the fifties and often appeared on David Letterman telling funny stories of his days as a player.
Art once said this about dying: “The best way to die is to sit under a tree, eat lots of bologna and salami, drink a case of beer and blow up.”
Even though I do not pay attention to Pro football, I do pay attention to leaders the game creates. One is the great coach Vince Lombardi and here are some of his quotes.
“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”
“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”
“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
“Winning isn’t everything; it is the only thing.”
“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”
Enjoy the Super Bowl, I myself will be reading a good book.