The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

This Sporting Life #8


Vince Lombardi politely disagrees with the gentleman in stripes.

8 comments :

justjack said...

My father-in-law in his younger days looked just like Vince, even to the glasses. Worse; his name is Roland, but everyone calls him Rocky. Worser still; he went to a Jesuit-run boarding school, and played football with helmets without faceguards.

Was I intimidated by the old man? Ya think?

mister muleboy said...

whilst leading the Redskins [helmet on left].

Shortly before his demise. . . .

mister muleboy said...

I'm amending my Redskins comment -- it could well be a Packers helmet.

And why the f*ck do i care, you ask . . . .?

Gerard Saylor said...

The helmet looks like the stripes of a Packers helmet to me. I don't know what the older 'Skins helmets looked like.

justjack said...

According to this site, A Redskins helmet of the Lombardi regime would not have had that center strip be two-tone, but would have been solid.

So it's looking like a Packer sideline.

Greg said...

One of the most memorable NFL Films clips ever:

"Everybody's grabbing, nobody's tackling! Just grabbing. Grab, grab, grab!"

Vanwall said...

Him and Weeb, like two peas in a pod - both sharp fellers, too.

redbird said...

Just think, Joe Pa was alive back then...