"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." Three things are wrong with this piece of gibberish attributed to Vince Lombardi (above): 1) It is meaningless. Turn it around, and the sense—or nonsense—of it doesn't change. 2) It didn't originate with Lombardi. It has been traced to Knute Rockne at Notre Dame and Bob Zuppke at Illinois and was a line delivered by John Wayne in a 1953 movie, Trouble Along the Way. 3) It isn't accurate. Lombardi said, "Winning isn't the most important thing; it's the only thing." I know. I was there when he said it, after the Green Bay Packers' championship-game victory over the New York Giants in 1962.
November 28, 1974, Thanksgiving Day game. The Dallas Cowboys' rookie quarterback, Clint Longley, who had never attempted an NFL pass, came off the bench and threw a 50-yard touchdown strike to wideout Drew Pearson with 28 seconds remaining to defeat the Washington Redskins 24-23. Dallas right guard Blaine Nye's postgame assessment of Long-ley's performance: "The triumph of the uncluttered mind."