Lombardi Trophy Returns To Green Bay

Zeta Oph: Runaway Star Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, WISE Team
Zeta Oph: Runaway Star Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, WISE Team

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, who edged the Pittsburgh Steelers, and rode to victory on the crest of three turnovers. Without these turnovers, the contest could have easily gone the other way, but that’s what football is all about. You can have the greatest team play in the world, but it is still possible to shoot yourself in the foot with penalties and turnovers. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

I’m always glad to see Green Bay win. It just goes to prove you don’t have to enlist the support of  a large metropolis to be competitive at the highest level. And not only is the Green Bay franchise given out to a comparatively tiny community, but the team is owned by the city municipality, instead of your usual billionaire tycoon. True, the iconoclast owners can be quite colorful to follow, but variety has its advantages also.

And then there were those lovable commercials. The one that stuck in my mind the most was the McDonald’s ad just before the game began. You know the one where the bears turn a car upside down to shake loose the last remaining french fries, while the previous occupants hide in the woods. There were many good commercials during  the game, but they kind of got blurred together. The one thing that came through was the large number of movie previews that got filtered into Sunday evening  viewing experience. They were definitely fun to watch.

All in all, it was a good night to be glued to the tube.

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX trophy, photo by BrokenSphere from Wikipedia
49ers' Super Bowl XXIX trophy, photo by BrokenSphere from Wikipedia

Super Bowl Haiku

Mt. Fuji and The Sea off Satta by Utagawa Hiroshige
Mt. Fuji and The Sea off Satta by Utagawa Hiroshige

Applying poetry to sports is not an unheard of event, but it is a literary activity that is not usually applied to football. However, an opportunity recently arose to write a piece of Haiku about the upcoming Super Bowl, which features a contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. The popular sporting event is scheduled on Sunday and will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas barring any unusual weather events or meteorites dropping out of the sky.

Haiku is an interesting form of short poetry, originally associated with Japan, but now popular in the English-speaking world as well. In this type of writing a short poem is created using just three lines of text. Each line has a designated number of syllables and rhyming isn’t necessary. The first and last lines each contain five syllables, while the middle phrase bears seven. Traditionally, Haiku portrays two juxtaposing images, which when combined, should reveal irony, humor and awareness.

In Japan, Haiku was often used to express some of the tenets of  Zen awareness, along with detached observations and comments on everyday life. In America, Haiku has become a popular method of reflecting our national past time, baseball, but associating this poetic structure with football is much less common. Perhaps this will change in the future.

Recently, I wrote several Haiku in honor of Super Bowl LXV, which is due to be played early on Sunday evening. One was published at Associated Content and the other two I have included with this post. Hope you enjoy.

Poem  #1

As the pack returns

Strong resistance heeds their path

The trophy is theirs

Poem #2

Heads clash in Dallas

The sound echoes everywhere

Then there is silence