Category Archives: sports

Tyson (Day 20, 2017)

Another NaPoWriMo poem.  We were asked to use sports metaphors. Tyson I try to write like I am Mike Tyson on fight night bright lights, hard rights watch out, I might take a slight bite my pen is the glove jabbing your … Continue reading

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The Square Circle: A Sermon on Boxing

The following is a service I delivered on August 16 at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church. PRELUDE:  “Mama Said Knock You Out” OPENING WORDS (“Boxing”) The last song on Ben Folds Five’s self-titled debut album is a delicate piano-driven waltz called … Continue reading

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On the Ice

Part 6 of the Northern Minnesota project. Paul was four years old, a scrawny kid with shaggy auburn hair and freckles.  In those days, he spent a great deal of time with Mrs. Augsburger in the living quarters above her husband’s … Continue reading

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An Incomplete List of Unconvincing Reasons Offered to Me

the world is complex and flowers are beautiful and the body is self-regulating and my football team won and Hitler lost and I found the love of my life and a person I know beat cancer and science keeps changing … Continue reading

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“That #€*% Football Team!”

Watch the pronouns that fans choose: It’s We who win but They who lose. Never mind it’s just Week One– This team sucks! Their season’s done! Fire the coaches! Cut the stars! Shouts ring out in local bars. The writers … Continue reading

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Cigarette Burns: Murderball

When Mark Zupan was 18, he passed out drunk in the back of his best friend’s truck. That friend, who was also drunk, never realized Mark was in the truck bed, even after the accident, which launched Zupan into a … Continue reading

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(I discovered this story while rummaging through my archives. Enjoy!) “Maybe she can be a Steelers cheerleader for Halloween,” I suggest as we walk past the baby clothes. In Hanover, the toddler football gear is divided evenly between the Ravens, … Continue reading

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