For much of my…errr…esteemed career, I’ve faced constant criticism for “over-writing,” i.e. showing a propensity for being unnecessarily verbose, using many words where fewer would suffice.
As a challenge to myself, and in an effort to provide an extreme answer to those that question my way with words, this season I proudly present “The NFL…in Haiku.”
With the ancient Japanese poem structure allowing for a mere three lines and 17 syllables, I imagine summarizing each week’s game in such brief fashion should provide a welcome respite from my traditional overstuffed prose.
New York Jets at New England Patriots (13-10, New England)
It wasn’t pretty,
but Pats still win. Jets rookie
QB, three late picks.
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (31-24, Atlanta)
Me and Julio,
Down for the big yards. Falcons
Receiver leads flock.
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills (24-23, Buffalo)
And this time, Stevie
Hangs on. Embattled wide-out
Snares EJ TD.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (31-30, Chicago)
With two straight comebacks
Cutler earning new nickname:
“Mr. Fourth Quarter.”
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (38-20, Green Bay)
No match for Aaron Rodgers,
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (24-20, Miami)
Battle goes to Tannehill
Luck doomed by late pick
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (17-16, Kansas City)
Red from head to toe,
Chiefs now 2-0. Up next?
Reid back in Philly
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (33-30, San Diego)
Eagles would win. Well, guess what?
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (14-6, Baltimore)
Champs earn their first win
Ravens got Peyton’d Week 1
Yes, that is a verb
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (30-24, Houston)
Second straight comeback,
Means Houston has no problem.
Hopkins in OT.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (25-21, Arizona)
Cardinals now with
Two wins in last 14 games.
Both versus Detroit.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-14, New Orleans)
Brees tosses two picks,
But leads Saints late. Three straight throws
set up winning kick.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (19-9, Oakland)
Jags undermanned, and
Overwhelmed. Silver and black,
Better than we thought?
Denver Broncos at New York Giants (41-23, Denver)
Archie’s elder son
The victor again. Eli
Seven picks thus far
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (29-3, Seattle)
Battle of the brow
Goes to Wilson. Seahawks win,
Hardly a close shave
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (20-10, Cincinnati)
Classic grinder in
AFC North. For Big Ben,
best days come and gone?