Tag Archives: Super Bowl

Touching the Happy Isles One Last Time

Peyton Manning limped rather than sprinted across the finish line but he still was victorious in probably what was his last game. The words of Walter Savage Landor’s dying philosopher come to mind.

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Peyton: Old Age Hath Yet His Honor

Two narratives clash on Super Bowl Sunday: the return of the king vs. the aging king that must be overthrown. Is Peyton Manning Odysseus and the Panthers the suitors? Or is he the dragon who must yield to the next generation?

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The Super Bowl, Comic & Tragic Versions

The Patriots miraculously escaped a hanging, the Seahawks did not. It’s the difference between Gay’s “Beggars Opera” and Bierce’s “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

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Seahawks: Unleashed, Endlessly Hungry

Mary Oliver’s poem about hunting hawks about sums up last night’s Super Bowl.

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Is Peyton Manning Pitted against Puck?

Tomorrow’s Super Bowl drama may be forces of order vs. forces of chaos. Or it may involve Denver trying to outwit a trickster Puck-like team.

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Competing Heroic Narratives in Super Bowl

One Super Bowl narrative: Manning as the return of the king. Another narrative: Manning as Laius blocking the way of the next generation. Plus: Belichick-Welker in Oedipal drama.

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“East of Eden” and the Harbaugh Bowl

The Harbaughs’ Super Bowl Rivalry brings to mind the sibling rivalry in Steinbeck’s “East of Eden.”

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The 49ers’ Rush for Super Bowl Gold

The 49ers rush for the Super Bowl is like the 49ers rush in 1849.

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Downton Abbey vs. the Super Bowl

The conflict between the Super Bowl and “Downton Abbey” is anticipated in Tom Robbins’s comic novel “Skinny Legs and All,” only with a dancer rather than a television series.

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Eli, the Unpromising Youth of Fairy Tales

Eli Manning is like the unpromising younger brother in fairy tales who surprises his elders and takes home the gold.

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