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Dreaming fans wonder /
Will Brady be suspended? /
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! (Charles Krupa/AP)
Dreaming fans wonder / Will Brady be suspended? / Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! (Charles Krupa/AP)
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Twenty-one years ago, the Only A Game staff started writing haiku to celebrate the annual spectacle known as the Super Bowl. Years later, listeners began submitting haiku of their own. This year, for the first time, listeners have hijacked the segment, writing more haiku than Bill Littlefield himself. Did yours make the cut? See below...


Super Bowl’s comin’.
Everyone anticipates
I don't’ really care.
--Adriana, East Buchanan High School, Gower, Mo.

[sidebar title="Complete Super Bowl Coverage" width="630" align="right"]From the unusual fines paid by the Seattle secondary to an exploration of contrasting coaching styles, you can find our coverage here. [/sidebar]

U. of Phoenix. Sure.
Nobody gets hurt if they
Play the game online.
--Bill Littlefield

Old Arizona
Hosted rustlers, train robbers.
New? The Super Bowl.
--Bill Littlefield

Inflate-gate? Oh no! / Is this the Super Bowl’s doom? / No, we’ll all still watch (Rick Osentoski/AP)
Inflate-gate? Oh no! / Is this the Super Bowl’s doom? / No, we’ll all still watch (Rick Osentoski/AP)

A coastal event
The Great Midwest pays no mind
Bring us more cheddar.
--Scott Suma (WNIJ - Rockford, Illinois)

Boston: Aerosmith
What do you got Seattle?
We had Nirvana
--Gary Waleik

Speaker 1: "Oh, Seattle reigns...
Not drips, like falling water.
Reigns. Like a king." (Speaker 2) "Oh."
--Bill Littlefield

Pete hopes for RE-peat...
Seattle fans poised to sing
Loud carols of praise
--Bill Littlefield

How to be hated: / Win often. Win big. Don’t talk. / Belichick? Well, yeah. (Elsa/Getty Images)
How to be hated: / Win often. Win big. Don’t talk. / Belichick? Well, yeah. (Elsa/Getty Images)

How to be hated:
Win often. Win big. Don't talk.
Belichick? Well, yeah.
--Bill Littlefield

Inflate-gate? Oh no!
Is this the Super Bowl's doom?
No, we'll all still watch
--David Jones

I’ll be coming home
again to you, ten point five
P.S.I. — Love you!
[apologies to the Beatles]
-- DanAxtell

After a season’s
Sprains, tears, half-remembered hits…
One more game’s remains
--Bill Littlefield

[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]

"Thump!" Swell of cheering.
Ball hangs. Having considered...
Falls toward waiting hands.
--Bill Littlefield

Winter football game
Super-rich athletes playing
Tax exempt folly!
--Francis Lock

Tight end Luke Wilson (left) with QB Russell Wilson. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Tight end Luke Wilson (left) with QB Russell Wilson. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Wilson to Wilson
Wilson to Wilson again
Watch out for Wilson!
--Scott Suma (WNIJ - Rockford, Illinois)

Aikman’s hardest call
Is “Hoomanawanui” (Oh-ma-nah-wah-noo-ee)
Or “47”.
--Scott Suma (WNIJ - Rockford, Illinois)

Go Patriots, win!
Go Seattle Seahawks, win!
Go Bills, go play golf!
--JAD

Ah, the Super Bowl,
Hit the ball to score a goal.
Go, make more points! Sports.
--Mitchell, East Buchanan High School, Gower, Mo.

Champion, as noun,
A title fleeting at best—
As verb, something more.
-- Tom Driscoll

  • too good a Haikuto waste on the Super Bowlpublish it Elsewhere--JAD


  • I see what you did.Be warned though, haiku discourseA dangerous game.--Tom Driscoll

Hey Super Bowl Balls,
Welcome Hans & Franz, Who Have
Come To Pump You Up!
--daveread

Pete Carroll is pumped!
He is just totally psyched!
Go, Pete, Go! Be pumped!
--Gary Waleik

Pete Carroll is pumped! / He is just totally psyched! / Go, Pete, Go! Be Pumped! (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Pete Carroll is pumped! / He is just totally psyched! / Go, Pete, Go! Be Pumped! (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If Katy Perry
Sings "Firework" at halftime,
Could be boom or bust.
--JAD

Super Bowl, sometimes
Super…sometimes not so much
Big Game as Bright Dream
--Bill Littlefield

Play under review --
oxymoron of the day
is "instant" replay
--Peter Norton, Acton, Mass.

Vendors of Wi-Fi,
Tax prep; Oh, the game; new cars,
Insurance, cola
-- Craig Willis

Super Bowl is here!
The game, I could care no less.
Commercials are bae.
--Keeley, East Buchanan High School, Gower, Mo.

  • I learned a new word!"Bae" as an adjective meansheld in high esteem.--DanAxtell Jade Lewis

Women in tight pants.
Men wearing even tighter.
Where is all the food?
--Keeley, East Buchanan High School, Gower, Mo.

[sidebar title="Through The Years" align="right"] Can't get enough Super Bowl Haiku? Check out our poetic compilations from previous years. [/sidebar]

Seattle ball hawks.
No, man. Seattle Seahawks.
You'll see, bub, Ball Hawks.
--Bill Littlefield

He won't shave or bathe
Until that game is over...
Sour smell of good luck.
--Tom Driscoll

Belichick hoodie;
Obi-Wan Kenobi clone.
The Force wins by four.
--Craig Willis

If the winner says,
"I'm going to Disneyland!"...
Get a measles shot!
--Jed Martinez, Margate, Fla.

This segment aired on January 31, 2015.

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