This week, the NFL announced that inaugural poet laureate Amanda Gorman would be performing an original poem before the Super Bowl. According to HuffPost, Gorman will “perform a poem honoring the three people tapped by the league to serve as honorary captains for the Super Bowl this year…[t]he trio consists of nurse Suzie Dorner, educator Trimaine Davis and Marine Corps veteran James Martin.”
Now, no matter which way you lean, it’s hard to downplay how great Ms. Gorman’s poem, and the reading of said poem, was on Inauguration Day. Even if you didn’t like it, our poet laureate has the resumé to shut pretty much any of us down. According to her website, theamandagorman.com, Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, graduated cum laude from Harvard, and has performed for the White House and Lin Manuel Miranda.
Great move by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL here, incorporating poetry with the sports.
But wait a minute…hasn’t someone else been doing this for a while now? Bringing prose and pros together to spin a story involving athletics is one dynamic idea. Where did the NFL get this idea? That’s right…
Whether you’ve been rocking with UDS from day one or just started checking us out a week ago, you would have noticed our weekly recurring series, Sunday State of Mind. We take the week that was in sports and recap it with truly, truly awful rhyme schemes and wording that would make real poets like Amanda Gorman question the art form of poetry itself. You can read some examples of our exemplary work here, here, and here.
This has nothing to do with Amanda Gorman, who has more talent in per pinky finger than most other writers today. Totally innocent in all of this; who wouldn’t want to perform at the Super Bowl?
All I’m saying is…we’ve been on this sports poetry tip for a while. All of the sudden the NFL comes barging in and totally jocking our schtick by incorporating one of the country’s best poets into the biggest game of the year? I’m calling shenanigans. I see through it, Goodell, and I just want you to know that.
It’s Sunday. The weekend is slipping away from us. Let’s enjoy this week’s SSM while we still can.
Dalvin Cook just keeps going and going Last week and this week, after his injured groin He’s topped 200 yards two games in a row What a gift for the Vikings, wrap that man in a bow
Notre Dame bested Clemson in a top five battle The Golden Domers now sit in college football’s saddle Students rushed the field, said “we can’t stop” like Miley Cyrus Here’s hoping this scene doesn’t lead to a spread of the Coronavirus
Not a sports topic, but what the heck We want to pay tribute to Alex Trebek The GOAT game show host, his memory won’t cease All the best to his loves ones, may he rest in peace
Fall is here, friends. The leaves have changed, the sweaters have been donned, and the clocks have moved back. Let’s all get comfortable and enjoy this week’s SSM.
Tua Time in Miami, the rookie made his debut A surprise win over the Rams, the Dolphins feel anew Tua didn’t have a big game, or put up many stats But if the Dolphins keep winning, they’ll no longer be AFC East cellar rats
We crowned a new World Series champ this week, the Dodgers from LA Emerged victorious over the Rays of Tampa Bay A lot of talk on the internet on the decisions of Kevin Cash If he kept Blake Snell in longer, it could be the Rays throwing the championship bash
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson’s long-haired quarterback Tested positive for COVID, by the disease he’s been sacked The best QB in the NCAA missed this week’s game It was also announced he’ll miss Clemson’s next contest against Notre Dame
This week the Chicago Cubs declined Jon Lester’s option for 2021 Unless he’s brought back on a cheaper deal, his time with the Cubs is done Big Jon did something very cool this weekend, something very dear He’s buying the entire city of Chicago their first rounds of beer
We took a bit of a break from SSM last week. We couldn’t be more excited to return, please enjoy.
Dodgers and Rays, not even here To talk about tonight’s game, because Saturday was so weird Game Four ended with two errors and a slip It was so insane, an absolute trip
A sentence I thought I would never say Things aren’t going great with the Patriot Way Three picks for Cam, and a loss to San Francisco After all their success, hard to feel bad for New England Massholes
Big 10 Football is back, and we had a wild one Indiana beat Penn State on a last second run The call was so close, and was impossible to call How can you not love college football?
On the flip side of college football, Jaylen Waddle Sadly fractured his ankle while going full throttle Another week one star, Badger QB Graham Mertz Tested positive for COVID, both injuries must hurt
Sunday, it’s here…so is this week’s SSM. Let’s hop in:
Last week of baseball, wrapping as we speak The MLB made it through, and reached their seasons’s peak The postseason starts next week, will be a wild story To see who takes home the COVID World Series Trophy
The NBA is winding down, Lakers took out the Nugs The Heat and Celts could be done soon, makes me sadly shrug Either way, it’ll be the Lakers and LeBron A few more games and before you know it, the NBA will be gone
The NHL is also close to closing out their year The Lightning and Stars are wrapping up, with their grown out playoff beards If the Lightning win on Monday, they’ll be hoisting up Lord Stanley If the Stars pull it out, we’re talking game 7, the cup won’t be won handily
Your NFL surprise of the year, the Chicago Bears Moved to 3-0 today, and this writer cares Trubisky was benched, Nick Foles was the hero Who would’ve thought after three weeks the Bears losses would be at zero?
Happy Sunday, everyone. Please enjoy this journey back in time on the week that was in sports in this week’s SSM.
At the time of this blog, the PGA Championship is still live DJ, Finau, Scheffler…who will survive? To be completely honest, the most important thing though Is the continued trolling, of Bryson DeChambeau
The Cubs and Cardinals, cancelled this weekend St. Louis’ COVID positives have gone off the deep end It’s the best rivalry in baseball, there’s no debate Yankees/Red Sox? Giants/Dodgers? Not that great.
This week us NBA fans lost a good one 76ers standout Ben Simmons is done According to this tweet, Ben had a left knee subluxation He left the NBA Bubble, on a surgical vacation
Connor McGregor is engaged! The Notorious MMA. Asked his girlfriend of 12 years, announced on Saturday Seems like Connor’s enjoying his “retirement” so far Engaged and staying out of trouble, no hitting old men in bars
Happy Sunday, dear readers…gently glide into your Sunday evening with this week’s SSM.
Bad news first, in the MLB COVID is spreading, Miami and St. Louie The Marlins and Cardinals, positive tests aplenty Cardinals with six, Marlins with upwards of twenty
The list of NFL opt outs continues to grow The pandemic drags on, and players won’t show The Lions previewed, what may be the future of locker rooms Hopefully this and other precautions work, as football season looms
Some non-pandemic news, from the NFL Patrick Mahomes roots in KC further fell The Super Bowl MVP, now part owner of the Royals Ten year football contract and baseball team ownership, can’t say the man’s not loyal
The NBA is back, and in full swing Full schedule and no positive testing, a beautiful thing It seems in the bubble, things are going pretty well The Association is thriving, while baseball is going to hell
Hello friends…please enjoy this week’s SSM on this beautiful, warm Sunday.
We finally made it, baseball is here Opening week, a reason to cheer It’s a whole different ballgame, pardon the pun No fans in the stands, but watching is still fun
We keep adding sports, here comes the NBA No more scrimmages, real games start Thursday Jazz vs. Pels and Clippers vs. Lakers I’m riding with LeBron and AD, any bet takers?
Big Ten football, hit hard with COVID19 this week Michigan State and Rutgers quarantining, no leaks The Spartans and Scarlet Knights, have to get it fixed If team-wide quarantines keep happening, season’s going to get nixed
The offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs Lost their starting right guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Not only a football player, he’s also a doctor He’s decided to treat patients, over being a pass & run blocker