Character Is What Counts: A Novel Based on the Life of Vince Lombardi with author, Jonathan Brown
The Mentoris Project Podcasts
Every time he confessed his sins, young seminarian Vince Lombardi sought forgiveness for the one he just couldn’t stop committing—playing football. Football was more than a game to Lombardi. It was life. And the values it took to succeed—“perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority”—were ones he lived by and inspired in others.Considered one of the best coaches of all time, whatever the sport, Lombardi was uncompromising in his expectations of himself and his players, both on the field and off. Sidelined and underestimated throughout his life because of his Italian heritage, Vince Lombardi took a brave stance against homophobia and racism. In a country and a sport divided by race the oft-quoted “Pope of Green Bay” had zero tolerance for bigotry and showed his players, fans, and other teams and coaches that character is what counts.
#94 Author David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi: “Freedom Through Discipline.” (RCS1)
Sport and the Growing Good
In the first episode of our Running a Championship System (RCS) series, Pulitzer Prize winning writer and Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss joined us to discuss the life and leadership of Vince Lombardi. In this SGG episode, we discussed:1. What David knew of Coach Lombardi before beginning the book project. “I wanted to study that tension between his traditionalism and the world that surrounded him.”2. Lombardi’s relationship with the media.3. “As a biographer, I’m a profound believer that the early years shape someone’s future in profound ways.”4. “I don’t think you can overstate the influence that the Jesuits had on Lombardi as a leader.”5. Freedom through discipline. “It’s only through putting in the hard work, of learning something in minute detail that you can then have the freedom to experiment off that.”6. What David has learned from freedom through discipline: “It’s only by thoroughly learning the craft that you can have the freedom to improvise off of it.”7. How Obama, Clemente, and Rafer Johnson were shaped by early experiences.8. Readiness for leadership. “You can’t overestimate being totally prepared in terms of true leadership excellence.”9. The precarious status of the Packers franchise prior to Lombardi’s arrival.10. How Lombardi became a great teacher. “He taught in a way that didn’t assume anything…And he had a capacity to make complex things simpler, easier to grasp.”11. Why Lombardi was “useless” on gamedays.12. Lombardi as “master of the psychology of the moment.”13. An observation on many great leaders – who are professionally successful but commonly struggle with family: “They’re much better at creating a group of leaders out of strangers than they are out of their own flesh and blood.”14. Judging players’ performances in precise, specific ways.15. Lombardi as a paradox.16. A common sentiment among players regarding Lombardi: “On a daily basis, I hated the guy. But, overall, I loved him.”17. Differences between Lombardi and Landry, who referred to Lombardi as “Mr. High-Low.”18. Did Lombardi seek difference on his staff?19. The limited coaching tree of Lombardi. “The Lombardi coaching tree is just this enormous oak tree and nothing could grow under it.”20. The hidden jewel in the story of the Packers: Jack Vainisi, the general manager.21. Lombardi’s sense of social equity and justice.22. Stewardship and the Packers. “There’s a foundation of community pride.”23. “He was proof that this little town in the Midwest could survive against LA and New York and everywhere else. And he gave them enormous pride. That’s part of that community spirit. But the paradox is that he also left because of that.”
#156 Tommy Angelo: The Vince Lombardi of Poker Coaches & Legendary Author of Elements of Poker
Chasing Poker Greatness
Today’s guest on CPG is a living legend in the poker world, the author of Elements of Poker, Painless Poker, and Waiting for Straighters… the great Tommy Angelo.Tommy is no garden variety poker coach, he’s more like the Vince Lombardi of poker coaches, having been a grinder for over 30 years with a who’s who list of clients who have gone to to chase their own poker greatness. In broad strokes, he places great emphasis on mental health and reducing unhappiness, as a means to increasing profit and well-being. Lately, Tommy’s been busy whipping up videos in a series called “PokerWords” on YouTube that you can check out by clicking through on his showpage ChasingPokerGreatness.com.This is Tommy’s third go around as a guest on CPG and, if I get my way, he’ll be on many more future episodes to come.Between you and me, it’s great that I get to share mine and Tommy’s conversations but that’s totally secondary as far as I’m concerned. He’s such a wealth of poker and life wisdom that every time I shut down the recording I feel so incredibly blessed to be in his direct sphere of influence.Today, like in past episodes with Tommy, you’re gonna journey through his colorful past, including hilarious poker stories from his Greatest Hits collection…And then we’ll spend some time reflecting both on what’s going on in the present as well as speculating about the future.Some Greatness Bombs you’re about to hear include:- The No. 1 thing Tommy believes poker players get wrong.- Tommy’s thoughts on what makes for good poker education in the modern day.- What life in the underground poker scene of the 80’s was like.- And much, MUCH more!So without any further ado, I present to you poker legend, coach, and dear friend... Tommy Angelo.New CPG Cash Game Courses!Preflop Bootcamp: https://bit.ly/Preflop-BootcampFish in a Barrel: http://bit.ly/fish-in-a-barrelNeutralize Flop Leads: https://bit.ly/2OkN8Yt
More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. His leadership of the Green Bay Packers to five world championships in nine seasons is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a living legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning.
Vince Lombardi’s principles for staying at the top.
Reaching the top of the mountain is one thing, it requires a lot of effort and commitment, but staying there is an entirely different thing. Things like getting too comfortable with success and becoming complacent can tear you apart and leave you forgotten, cast aside. If you want to remain at the top, you’ve gotta keep on fighting.
Today we’re celebrating the birthday of Vince Lombardi, the legendary American football coach best known for coaching the Green Bay Packers! Vince not only led the Packers to multiple winning seasons, but he created a non-discrimination policy that stood out amongst other teams at the time, leaving a progressive legacy. Happy birthday, Vince! If YOU want a birthday shoutout, email us with your name, and a little bit of information about you, at TheNameDayProject@gmail.com
Slavo and Paz discuss Super Bowl namesake Vince Lombardi. Tune in to hear this inspirational story and be ready for a smattering of segments. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app