Tag Archives: Football

Eagles’ Win Was Like a Thunderbolt

A Tennyson poem to toast the Super Bowl champs.

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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 Real Victims of Deflategate

Two characters from “Hamlet” have been invoked in Tom Brady’s deflategate scandal. Can you guess which ones?

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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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The Miraculous Ride of Tom Brady

If they win the Super Bowl, Brady and Belichick will become as legendary in the sports world as that patriot of old, Paul Revere.

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Are the Gods Out to Destroy Manziel?

The epic fail in Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start invites Sophoclean analogies. Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus also comes to mind.

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This Isn’t a Football, It’s a Shoe

In this surrealistic poem about football, a quarterback holds on to the ball too long but does so for understandable reasons.

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A Poem for Monday Morning QB’s

Ogden Nash’s celebration of football also points to its violence.

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