November 22, 1994 |
Vince Lombardi was trying to guess what the Vince Lombardi would do if he could see Southern High's football team. "Cry," he said. " 'Cause that's what I do sometimes. "It would be a shame for anybody to have to look at this. " The Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships in the 1960s. This Vince Lombardi is a center and nose guard for Southern, which might have been better off skipping the 1990s. When the Rams host South Philly rival St. John Neumann in their season finale Thanksgiving morning at 10:30, they will be dragging an anvil-heavy 42- game losing streak, nine short of the city record set by Thomas Edison from 1984 to '91. Vincent Anthony Lombardi, a 6-foot, 260-pound senior and the team's only four-year member, has been around for 40 of the setbacks.
January 7, 2011 |
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - Vince Lombardi's modest grave here looks pretty good considering that its occupant allegedly has been turning like a barbecue spit these last 41 years. Most recently, just two weeks before the Eagles meet Lombardi's old team, the Green Bay Packers, in Sunday's NFC first-round game at Lincoln Financial Field, the now-familiar image of the straight-laced coach doing subterranean revolutions was invoked by Ed Rendell. Pennsylvania's governor, incensed when the mere threat of snow postponed the Vikings-Eagles game, said the decision undoubtedly had Lombardi "spinning in his grave.
January 25, 1997 |
It is late afternoon, the sky is low and gray, and the wind blusters through the pine trees and oak trees and makes the leaves skitter past your eyes. There is no sound but the wind when you spot it: the headstone that says LOMBARDI, right on the aisle, first grave off the road in Mount Olivet Cemetery. You shiver a bit and wonder if this is ghoulish. Or sacrilegious somehow, this trip to stand at the grave of Vince Lombardi two days before his former team, the Green Bay Packers, plays in its first Super Bowl since Lombardi was the coach 29 years ago. At that moment there are sounds, some footsteps and the heavy breath of someone who is working.
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Charles Blockson has been many things over the years: historian, scholar, athlete, and author. Yet the one title the acclaimed chronicler of African American history has held longer than any other is collector. That life's work began in the early 1940s, when he was a fifth grader in Norristown. "We were studying American history about the framers of the Constitution. . . . I raised my hand and asked the teacher, 'Did Negroes ever contribute to American history?' She said: 'No, Charles.
February 3, 1989 |
In 1970-71, I was living in Belfast to research a book, for which the publisher is still awaiting delivery of the last 14 chapters. (OK, so I'm not a fast worker, but I'm thorough.) Anyway, a former co-worker sent me a winter's supply of vitamin C tablets with a cover note that concluded with this cryptic postscript: "Wasn't it a pity about Vince Lombardi?" A pity? What pity? The last I knew, Lombardi had fled the boredom of his executive office with the Green Bay Packers to coach the lowly Washington Redskins back to a position of respectability.
November 19, 2015 |
PENN STATE senior defensive end Carl Nassib, who played at Malvern Prep, was named one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award on Tuesday. He is the Nittany Lions' first finalist since Paul Posluszny in 2005 and 2006. The other finalists are also defensive ends: Texas A&M sophomore Myles Garrett, Ohio State junior Joey Bosa and Clemson junior Shaq Lawson. The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 in Houston. The award is given annually to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker who, in addition to outstanding performance, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.
June 12, 2013 |
IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a routine plea deal. The kind that takes place in courtrooms every day. But when Chad Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the butt, it caused a judge to slap Johnson with a 30-day jail sentence. Johnson, the former NFL star once known as Chad Ochocinco, was appearing before Broward County (Fla.) Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to settle a probation violation relating to a domestic violence case. He was on probation after pleading no contest to head-butting his then-wife Evelyn Lozada - of the TV show "Basketball Wives" - during an altercation last August.
September 3, 2015 |
ORGANIZERS OF the 2016 Olympic Games are talking trash. Again. Yesterday, Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Rio de Janeiro organizing committee, said there will be viral testing of the polluted waters, including Guanabara Bay, where distance swimming, rowing, canoeing, sailing and triathlon competitions will be held. The decision comes after the Associated Press conducted an independent analysis of the water venues that showed high levels of viruses from human sewage. Before the AP study, the International Olympic Committee and organizers of the Rio Games had maintained only bacterial testing was needed.
August 4, 2010
VINCE LOMBARDI ran brutal training camps. All those grass drills in the scorching heat. The players called them "up-downs" and Lombardi justified them by warning, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all!" He wanted his players sharp, physically, mentally, emotionally in a grinding fourth quarter, late in a bruising season. "Henry Jordan once said, 'Coach Lombardi treats us all alike . . . like dogs,' " Mike Lombardi recalled, "and that was wrong. Vince Lombardi was a master psychologist and he treated each player differently.
April 10, 2015 |
FOR HIS 50th anniversary at the paper, we sat down for a long lunch and I did what I enjoyed doing for as long as I knew him: asking Stan questions and listening to Stan tell stories. The words that follow were his. The pleasure, for more than a half-century, was ours. - Rich Hofmann Henry Aaron There I am in Augusta, Ga. I'd just gotten out of the Army. They're going to play the first integrated game in the state of Georgia, the Augusta Tigers against Jacksonville. Henry Aaron is playing second base for Jacksonville.