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Super Bowl 50 is here--Only A Game has the haiku to match.  (Mike Windle/Getty Images)closemore
Super Bowl 50 is here--Only A Game has the haiku to match. (Mike Windle/Getty Images)

You know the drill, right? Three lines. Five syllables, then seven, then five again. For 22 years, Only A Game has been using the ancient art of haiku to describe the savagery and spectacle of the Super Bowl.

We received a record number of haiku from listeners this year. Those, plus my humble offerings, challenged the Only A Game Hut Hut Haiku Players like they've never been challenged before.

We'll include the text below. But please, don't spoil the fun. Click on the listen link above.

Iowa caucus;

ISIL; market plunge; migrants.

Time out: Super Bowl.

-- Craig Willis

To Hell with the L

The media chiefs pondered,

Just play game fifty.

-- Tim McCusker

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Super Bowl 50

Concussions bound to abound

Why do we still cheer?

-- Adam Hartzell, San Francisco

Dreamy Cam Newton

I’m no football fan and yet

I may watch this time

-- Lauri Berkenkamp

How I love Peyton!

Omaha! Omaha! O!

Bring the ring Broncos!

-- Denise Olson

Broncos’ brave staff works

To reassemble Manning

For just one more game…

Manning his station,

The old guy hopes to defy

Newton’s gravity.

-- Otis Stroup

Devout head coach prays…

“Lord, keep them safe from all harm.

Until the game starts.”

You're a pro. You're there.

You're going in now. It's time.

You're going. — So, go!

-- Dylan, Grade 4

I think Cam can I /think Cam can I think Cam can / Manning less convinced (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
I think Cam can I /think Cam can I think Cam can / Manning less convinced (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Its fiftieth year

sponsored by AARP

and Metimucil!

-- Scott Suma

Super Bowl is to

Football as F16 jet

Is to paper plane.

Wave of sound crests, fades.

All the crowd breathes, waits a beat,

And the roaring comes.

Rumble, bumble, and

A fumble. Stumble? Humble

Haiku shouldn’t rhyme…

Bears played there. Falcons.

Dolphins, too, and Unicorns.

Nah. Not Unicorns.

I don't want to hear

Phil Simms' incoherent thoughts

While I watch the game

-- Alanbau

I think Cam can I

think Cam can I think Cam can

Manning less convinced

-- Lipophile

Broncos’ brave staff works / To reassemble Manning / For just one more game… (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Broncos’ brave staff works / To reassemble Manning / For just one more game… (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Super Bowl again

classic movie channel has

Oh drat the Gipper

-- Barb Miller

Oh no it's that time!

Big piles of men fall down - ouch!

Can't wait til baseball ....

-- Beth Galston

Ligaments tearing

Brain tissue springing off bone

Ah, 'Merica's game

-- Darren

Of the Super Bowl,

Guy said: “Wouldn’t bet on it.”

Huh. A Commu-nist…

Long pass pauses time…

Or almost does… or seems to…

‘Til someone drops it.

Bowie would not live

To see another halftime

Could not stand Coldplay

-- JAD

Its 50th year / sponsored by AARP / and metamucil! (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Its 50th year / sponsored by AARP / and metamucil! (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Super Bowl Sunday

More encephalopathy

I'll have a Bud Lite.

-- Meyer Family

“Super adjective,

Dude! Came from a bouncing ball?

Dude! No way!” “Yeah, way.”

Deep man, poised, shifts feet,

Thinks: “fair catch? No! There’s some room!”

He’s wrong. Oh, he’s wrong…

“Footsteps. Behind me?

To the left? Right? I mean, right…

I hear the ocean.”

Great plays! Awesome game!

Everyone will remember

Except the players

-- Barry Taylor

Tiny bird circles,

Her bird thoughts: “What snacks are there!

Slobs drop everything!”

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