Super Bowl Poetry

Here’s the second and last football poem of the season. The rules are simple: phrases are jotted down when they grab the ear, no words can be dropped or added in each phrase, and they must appear in the order they are uttered. I don’t require that I use every phrase, but in this case, I did. I have no idea what a lot of these words mean in the context of the game.


How are they gonna double-team him over and over?
There was pressure coming up the middle.
If you get vertical, you can hit them on the way by.
From the 80’s, the way they line up.
Knocked down after a couple —
there was nothing there.
A little guy in Hogan
Holds him to two.
Don’t let him bootleg!
Right now he can’t tell the difference between man and zone.
He’s twisted out.
It’s almost laughable —
inside, outside, incomplete.

It gets tougher and tougher —
who’s on who?
They made it look different with motion.
A perfect window,
The brigade.
That grizzled veteran right there
rode ’em quickly.
I’m a little hesitant
other than those sacks
somehow comes downhill.
They made you look this way,
then brought it right back at you, toe to toe.
Look at them both create holes.
They stood up over and over.

Blank stare
whispered explanation
put it down
good snap
not in our lifetime.
After the pick, it’s hard to imagine,
nobody can morph,
doubt hovering.
You give him one.
I would take the Hail Mary early,
maybe if you’re fortunate,
at one second.
There it is!
The dynasty.

10 thoughts on “Super Bowl Poetry

  1. ravenandsparrow

    Ha ha…this adds an interesting dimension to football, or any dull broadcast. Maybe we should try it with the State of the Union speech.

  2. Joanne

    Loved the poem. It was a very dull game but defense isn’t sexy. Yes, to a State of the union poetry. Perhaps a bit of “I said to myself, self….”

    1. deemallon

      I used to work at a radio station. Friends with the sportscaster all these years later on FB. He sang praises of a game that consisted of defense. I guess I need to learn what to look for. Meanwhile the only truly exciting thing that could’ve happened IMHO is Brady taking a knee. Alternate universe, I know, but com’on — talk about a legacy!

  3. Nancy

    Well, how fun was this?!! Maybe if we looked at the state of the world through a poets eyes? Would that make it better as you have done for football? xo

    1. deemallon

      Dana suggested doing it with the State of the Union. Don’t think I can spend that much time with resident douchebag’s words, though.


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