Friday, August 28, 2015

Feelin' the love on the frozen tundra

Lombardi might not like his style, but Favre deserves the honor

Feelin' the love on the frozen tundra

0 comments
Blog Image
Yes, going to the Vikings was a bit crass but...

 

I was in a sports memorabilia store this weekend, and picked up a copy of When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss’ magisterial biography of Vince Lombardi.  I’m only twenty pages into the thing, but my glasses have fogged up at least twice (and that was before I even finished reading the Preface.)  As the author notes, there is something about Lombardi that transcends the narrow confines of sport and makes his life a metaphor for excellence.

Ironically enough, I also caught sight of a few Brett Favre articles this weekend.  Ironic, because if Lombardi is the granite (as in Seven Blocks of) spine of the Packers organization, Favre can be considered its troublesome heart, helping it function at a magnificent level for almost two decades and then, suddenly, causing congestive failure.

And the failure was spectacular, at least from Green Bay’s point of view (and at least until they won the Lombardi Trophy earlier this year.)

Still, I’m glad the team is going to (eventually) retire Favre’s number, even though it would have meant much more had the ego not overtaken the gridiron hero and made his last three seasons a twisted incantation of Lombardi’s credo:  winning isn’t everything, it’s the lonely thing.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
See Christine Flowers on Channel 6's "Inside Story" Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Email Christine M. at cflowers1961@yahoo.com Reach Christine M. at cflowers1961@yahoo.com.

Christine M. Flowers Daily News Columnist
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter