Super Bowl 50: A Live-Blog, In Haiku

Workers arrive at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday before the Super Bowl. (AP)
Workers arrive at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday before the Super Bowl. (AP)

The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are meeting, finally, for Super Bowl Sunday. And they're bringing a whole tangle of storylines with them: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's MVP season, surefire Hall of Famer Peyton Manning's possible ride into the sunset — and the decent chance both guys will be stifled by the dominant defenses opposite them.

It is, without a doubt, the biggest game of the year. So we've decided to cover it with the littlest poems we could think of: haiku.

Bear with me here. With a hat tip to our colleagues at WBUR's Only a Game, where they've long been asking listeners for haiku, we decided it was time for us to try our hand at the art form: a three-line poem, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five again in the third.

(And yes, haiku-purists, we know the poems are supposed to be about nature, too. But give us some leeway here.)

Think of it as a syllable-conscious live-blog. We'll be tweeting our updates in haiku as the game goes on, retweeting your contributions and doing it all using the hashtag #SuperBowlHaiku. Come back here — or find NPR on Twitter — at game time to follow along as we go. And send us your ideas using the hashtag.

Now, you might be asking yourself why, exactly, we're covering the big game with all these tiny poems. Good question. That's because — well, because this is NPR.

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