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Peyton's getting old, perhaps a career in poems, will be his future. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)closemore
Peyton's getting old, perhaps a career in poems, will be his future. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Each winter since just after the dinosaurs stopped treading the earth, or trodding it, whatever it was they did, there has been the Super Bowl.

For the past 20 of those winters, to the dismay of poetry snobs, there has been Only A Game's Super Bowl Haiku.

And there still is, and in a sense, Super Bowl Haiku is growing. Now, don't worry. This year's edition is no longer than previous editions…but it features the work of more poets than ever.

First Team:

Snow on Mount Fuji

Perfection of nature's way

On field--not so much

--Tony O'Keeffe

Noisy Seahawks fans

May raise the roof, a ruckus,

Or Jimmy Hoffa.

--Bill Littlefield

[sidebar title="Through The Years" align="right"] Can't get enough Super Bowl Haiku? Listen to our poetic compilations from previous years. [/sidebar]Chris Christie points, shouts:

"Look, folks! Jersey! Super Bowl!

No bridge to see here."

--Bill Littlefield

Goodell and Putin

Big shots both, can only hope

For no snow…and snow.

--Bill Littlefield

Miami, Dallas,

New Orleans, Tampa, all hope

Outdoors doesn't work.

--Bill Littlefield

Washington sells pot.

And so does Colorado.

Smokin’ Superbowl!


Odds? Okay, here's odds:

How about 4-1 that

Tebow's in an ad?

-- Bill Littlefield

Sad Patriot's fan

Seeks same February two

For crying in beer

--Nancy Marks

I-I-I, Matey

The Sea will swallow them up

Whomever they are!

--Scott Suma

It's the Super Bowl?

I do not get reception

From under my rock.

--Stacy Casson

Wilson leads Seahawks.

It says "Wilson" on the ball.

Wait. Does that seem right?

--Bill Littlefield

"So, Peyton Manning,

You want one more Super Bowl?

Done," cackles Old Scratch.

--Bill Littlefield

"Eight," says Wilson. "Six."

"Twenty one," he says, and "five!"

Kaepernick says "Fore!"

--Bill Littlefield

Seattle winless

No titles, no rings, respect

Elusive as rain

--Rob Emslie

Fans loving long pass,

Caught in long fingers… cringing

At what happens next.

--Bill Littlefield

Bow your heads in prayer.

Please dear Lord, we beseech thee.

No more Super Bowl.

--Frizbane Manley

Half-chewed wings. Beer drips.

Smears of seven-layer dip.

The La-Z-Boy squirms.

-- CW Hannenberg

Shrimp tails. Cocktail sauce.

Half-chewed wings with blue cheese dip.

Area rugs wince.

-- CW Hannenberg

Super Bowl Haiku?

Sounds like a dumb idea.

I’ll never do it.

--Koryn Dimock

Honorable Mention:

We had so many haiku submissions this year, we couldn't come close to including them all. Here's a few that just missed the final cut.

New York Super Bowl?

Not in this lifetime, buddy.

It's in New Jersey.

--Jersey Jim

It is the big day

A tremendous spectacle

Let it be over

--Susan Mariott

[sidebar title="Listener Submitted Haiku" align="right"] Submissions kept coming in long after our segment was finalized. Visit the submissions page to read them all. [/sidebar]Snowy Meadowlands.

A commissioner's nightmare?

Nah; sell some more gloves.

--Adam Smartschan

Mannings ride in high,

At noon, songbirds tweet, wait scream,

Then scavengers feast.

--Zamir Nestelbaum

Seattle? Denver?

Where are the New York Teams now?

Hoffa rolls over.

--Michele DiPalo-Williams

our cold quiet field

has heard no Omahas yet

but it will, I hope

--Paul Strickland

Superbowl advice

Plan to leave early for game

Traffic may be bad.

--Scott Suma

Are you kidding me?

A Super Bowl in Jersey?

Forget about it!

--David W. Frank

Manning will freeze up

People of Indy know this

We've seen it before

--Lot Turner

N Y C wheedles

N F L capitulates

Super Bowl's frigid


A tip for the game:

Winning is not everything.

Lombardi was wrong.

--Scott Suma

Ocean or mountain

Flowing, not inflexible

Water erodes stone

--Deb Robarge

Sherman big mouth smack

Deep inferiority

Compensates big time

--Rob Emslie

Superbowl. Winter.

Landry and Vince would be proud

Ice Bowl two point oh

--Kelvin Brooks

The temperature drops.

Scalpers will take a beating.


--Kelvin Brooks

February? Whew!

We've got no time for football.

Give us more curling!

--Frizbane Manley

You want some trash talk?

None better than Broadway Joe.

“I guarantee it!”


Just one thing matters

And it’s not the final score

Post game with Sherman


Seattle Seahawks

versus the Denver Broncos.

Heh, heh. Hash marks, dude.


Bill Littlefield Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Game since the program began in 1993.


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