Quotes From Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi is probably the most beloved coach of all time. His time coaching the Packers placed him on the map and helped him earn the respect of more or less the whole nation. His quotes were beyond inspiring and here some of his best just in case you’re running low on inspiration.

“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.”

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

“Winning is a habit, unfortunately, so is losing.”

“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

“If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.”

“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

Spotlight On: Tim Riggins

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I talk about Friday Night Lights a lot. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time. I think what I love so much about it is how incredibly complex every single character on the show is. They all have more to them than what meets the eye, and that fact is very true when it comes to Tim Riggins. Riggins starts out the show as being this ragged looking guy who doesn’t get along with his teammates and doesn’t care about much at all besides booze and girls. We then learn more about how he lives with his older brother Billy and doesn’t have any parents around that truly care about him. He’s a solid football player but it’s also pretty obvious that his football days won’t go beyond the high school level.

Tim definitely isn’t the most charming of the Friday Night Lights boys. Matt Saracen, the quiet guy with a crush on the coaches daughter who also takes care of his Grandma full time, takes the most charming award by far. But there’s something about Riggins that appeals to audiences. He’s honest and he doesn’t care what people think about him. He does his own thing and people are into that. He becomes a much more likable and charming guy as the series progresses.

Some of the other characters may lose their charm, but Riggins simply becomes more relatable and charming. At one point, he is staying with the Taylor family as he gets back on his feet. He and Julie end up going to a party together and Julie winds up getting drunk. Tim takes her home and takes care of her but Eric walks in and sees them together and automatically assumes that Tim is taking advantage of her and kicks him out of his house. This is obviously a lowpoint but it also shows the more caring side of Tim. He doesn’t defend his actions although he wasn’t in the wrong in this situation. Instead, he handles the punishment that he doesn’t deserve which shows his maturity.

Even though I enjoy his moments of rebellion in terms of entertainment purposes, his more sensitive caring side is who he is. When he and his brother get caught for the chop shop Billy started in order to provide for his family, Tim takes full responsibility for it. Despite the fact Tim just got thrown into the whole thing, he knew that he owed his older brother. Billy had a family to provide for and he couldn’t go to jail so Tim, without any hesitance, went to jail without his brother knowing anything about it.

All of these examples prove that Riggins is a character who isn’t just attractive, he also has a good heart who does what he has to for the people that he loves. I can’t help but love his drunk and just flat out hilarious moments just as much as his others. This proves that he’s a multidimensional character which is really explored throughout the series. As Tim would say, “Texas forever.”

Book of the Month: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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A book that most represents my theme of change for this month happens to be this 2003 release from British writer Mark Haddon. The book is narrated by a 15-year-old boy with Autism who is fascinated with Sherlock Holmes. He becomes fixated on the fictional detective to the point where he makes everything a mystery he has to solve. The main character Christopher, is used to his routine and he becomes anxious when anything doesn’t go according to plan. What I love about this novel is how honest it is. You get to see life through the eyes of someone who’s struggling with something he doesn’t fully understand. He’s not content with who he is but he can’t change it either.

This novel says a lot about change and really puts things into perspective. Autism is something that no one has the ability to control, it’s just something that happens. Since we only see it through his eyes, we don’t get to see firsthand what the other characters in the book think about him and the problems that happen due to his actions. Christopher obviously has to deal with change in his life since we all do. His is just extremely difficult for him to deal with considering his condition.

Beyond the basic concepts of the novel, it also looks at how a change of pace can be really difficult to deal with. We have to cope with things and learn how to accept them as much as we can. Christopher has to deal with the change happening in his life and he has his fair share of encounters with things he doesn’t understand. Such as, him getting blamed for murdering his neighbor’s dog and having an altercation with an officer after due to him reacting since he was afraid. The interesting thing about this particular character is his approach to resorting to Sherlock Holmes mode and playing real life detective. He’s a seriously smart character that we can all take a lesson or two from.

Spotlight On: Lindsay Weir

Spotlight On is a monthly featureish thing that I’m starting this month where I take a look at one particular character and explore how they go with the theme. This character is always going to be fictional and from books, movies, or TV shows. This month focuses on Lindsay Weir from the cult classic 90’s teen drama Freaks and Geeks.

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Although the series didn’t air until the ’90’s, it takes place in the 1980’s. The main character Lindsay starts out the series as a smart good girl who’s a member of the mathletes. After the death of her grandma, she begins to question everything. She begins to drift away from her childhood best friend Millie. She begins hanging out with the freaks at her high school after being invited by bad boy Daniel Desario. Throughout the series, Lindsay frequently struggles with becoming a freak and doing things that aren’t typical of her.

Lindsay is a classic example of what happens to high schoolers. Everyone in high school is trying to discover who they are. Teens are evolving and experimenting, some of which are more dramatic than others. Lindsay happens to be one that goes through dramatic changes as she gets closer to the likes of Daniel, Kim Kelly, Nick, and the other members of the gang. Throwing parties, vandalism, marijuana, bars, detention, and many other adventures that Lindsay takes part in. She begins a relationship with Nick, a guy who desperately wants to become a drummer but knows in his heart that he’s not good enough to be a serious professional.

Despite all of her change, Lindsay is still the same deep down. Sure, she’s changed what’s important to her but she still knows who she is, that’s one thing that never changes. She grows more confident and sure of herself during the season. Her change may not be permanent, but it’s one that she is content with. She enters a rebellion period but her fashion definitely evolves for the better. The army jacket she stole from her dads closet becomes her trademark that she wears all the time. Lindsay Weir is a character that most represents change which is fitting for my monthly theme.