Tag Archives: Football

Longing for Grace in the Face of Chaos

Howard Nemerov’s 1975 ambivalence about televised football anticipates our own mixed feelings today.

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Peterson and Literary Child Thrashings

Adrian Peterson’s mistreatment of his four-year-old son has echoes of the caning described by Rudyard Kipling.

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Can Raillery Defuse NFL Anger?

Aphra Behn wrestles with novel ways to deal with potential abuse in her play “The Rover.”

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The Seahawks: Prepared to Swoop & Kill

The Seattle Seahawks look prepared, once again, to unleash havoc on the other teams in the NFL–like the hawk in a Robert Cording poem.

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Austen, Moral Equivocation, and the NFL

My love of the NFL runs me up against some real moral quandaries. Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte would understand.

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The Skater below the Ice

This wonderful Dacey poem about skating captures the other self we feel is just beyond the horizon–or beneath the ice.

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Maybe the Gulfs Will Wash Us Down

Peyton Manning was not Homer’s Odysseus but Tennyson’s Ulysses.

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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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Zeus Predicts that Broncos Will Win

A passage in the Odyssey forecasts that Peyton Manning will win the Super Bowl.

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Mourning the Colts’ Loss

The Indianapolis Colts’ playoff loss brings to mind a childhood poem, “Noonday Sun,” about losing a colt. Peyton Manning can also be regarded as a lost colt.

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Mowgli Upsets Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals losing to San Diego is like Shere Khan losing to Mowgli.

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Eagles Prepare a Thunderbolt

The Philadelphia Eagles bring to mind Tennyson’s eagle, falling like a thunderbolt.

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The Return of King Peyton

The excitement over Peyton Manning is like that of the townspeople for Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit.”

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Reflecting upon Football’s Carnage

What may be the greatest poem about American football focuses on its violence.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Kicker

To honor Matt Praters 64-yard field goal, here’s William Meissner poem about a “Kicker’s Last Steps.”

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Is Emma RGIII or Richie Incognito?

Some of the dramas in Jane Austen can also be found in the NFL.

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Manning vs. Brady, Hector vs. Achilles

Once again Manning and Brady square off, reminding us of Achilles and Hector.

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Miami Locker Room, Lord of the Flies

Richie Incognito may have played Jack in “Lord of the Flies” to Jonathan Martin’s Piggy.

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The Day Romo Flirted with the Sun

How Tony Romo is like Icarus.

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Poems on Mayweather, Manziel, Rivera

“The Daily Sports Poem” blog has poems that perfectly capture a wide range of sporting events.

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Manziel: Whom the Gods Would Destroy…

Johnny Manziel has “Greek tragic hero” written all over him.

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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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Belichick and Saban: Infernal Machines

Belichick and Saban resemble Jean Cocteau’s “Infernal Machine” and Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit.

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Ravens Say “Nevermore” to Opponents

The Baltimore Ravens may be the only professional team named after a poem. The words fit the team.

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If They Lose, Irish Can Turn to Poetry

Even if they lose the national championship game, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have Ireland’s poetic legacy to fall back on.

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Roll On, Thou Alabama Crimson Tide, Roll

Byron’s “deep and dark blue ocean” rolls on and so does the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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NFL Rookie QBs and Mac the Knife

RGIII, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck are escape artists in the mode of Mac the Knife.

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Peyton Manning and the Maltese Falcon

“The Maltese Falcon” captures the existential absurdity of Peyton Manning in a Broncos’ uniform.

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Be of Stout Heart, Gridiron Greats

Notre Dame’s return to football prominence brings to mind ther great programs from the past.

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