#MCM Mensch-Crush Monday: Mr. Borrelli 🍕🍝
One of my favourite things about my Mom (Shoutout Adrienne 🥳 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🥳) is that any time either my sister or I meets a new guy, she always asks, "Is he Hanukkah or Christmas?" through nervous hide-and-go-seek eyes 🙈. Obviously hoping that one day, G-d willing, we'll each be getting married under the chuppah she made out of her wedding dress (and, in typical Cooperband fashion, of course she can't find 🙄) rather than a mistletoe🎄.
Well, you don't have to go to a Jewish mother's bible, JeworNotJew.com, to realize that today's #MCM (AKA Mensch-Crush Monday), Mr. Borrelli, would probably have a pretty low number on the JONJ scale. Especially if you know the ol' 'if it ends in a vowel, it's probably Italian' rule and if you didn't, you're welcome 😉. But like Sebastian Moniscalco says about Jews and Italians, "Same corporation. Different Division."
Corporation, congregation, same thing 🕍.
Same same but different.
Calling a person (of any religion/background/culture) a mensch is the ✨ultimate✨ compliment. A mensch, for those of you who may not know, is someone with a heart of gold. Just a really, really good, genuine person.
Although I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Borrelli, I could tell he was a mensch within 5 seconds of listening to him talk on his first Token CEO appearance. The SparkNotes of who Mr. Borrelli is, for all the Bubbies out there reading this, that he is Barstool Personality Frankie Borrelli's father. He is Barstool mishpucha.
He's the Barstool Frank Sinatra to Mike Portnoy's Don Rickles.
The Borrelli's have owned and operated an Italian restaurant on Long Island since 1955. It's 'Long Island Family Tradition,' just as their slogan suggests. And it's not just bologna because even E from Entourage tweeted he grew up going there so you know it's kosher. Well, not the food, but you know what I mean.
Borrelli's, like most restaurants and many small businesses, has suffered due to this farshtinkina virus that turned 2020 into a schmutz-show. And you know who has been busting his tuchus off the most to help? Dave Portnoy.
Nothing like trying to save every small business in America as a pitstop on his way to the moon 🌙.
Here's the video explaining the #BarstoolFund in case you weren't one of the 2.3 million people that already watched it.
Portnoy started Barstool Sports almost 20 years ago as a newspaper "by the common man, for the common man." And his shtick hasn't changed. Sure, he's got a decent amount of gelt now ($120 milly last time I checked 👀), but he's still the same guy trying to help out all the little guys that helped him along the way. And even the ones that didn't.
Say what you want about Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports, there's no denying that @stoolpresidente is doing a lot more than some *actual* presidents. He's the reason many businesses will be able to continue operating.
Mensch stuff if you ask me.
But he's not doing it alone. He's doing it with help from us. The Stoolies. The Common Men. I almost want to say it has come full circle with the common men helping common men thing, but it's not a circle since we're far from finished.
I gotta run because I need to go listen to the latest Token CEO with the Borrellis and bawl my eyes out while I buy this 🔥🔥🔥 hoodie in honour of our first ever Mensch-crush Monday, Mr. Borrelli.
P.S. Can't wait to try Borrelli's next time I'm in Long Island. I am salivating just looking at this website 😋. Hey, and Mr. Borrelli, if you ever want to add a matzoh ball soup to your menu, challah at your girl.