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 Giants at Chicago Bears (27-21, Chicago)
Year Giants lost first six. Soon,
Eli‘s total picks
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (27-24 OT, Cincinnati)
Bills score 14 straight,
Force OT. Bengals, though, earn
Win on Nugent‘s kick.
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (31-17, Detroit)
Lions pitch second
Half shutout, win by 14.
As for those Tigers…
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (24-7, Kansas City)
Chiefs are loud and proud.
K-C stays perfect, sets mark
With most decibels.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (35-10, Carolina)
Monster day by Cam,
Panther QB with 4 scores
Tough one for AP
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets (19-6, Pittsburgh)
Steelers earn year’s first
Win, 600th ever. Good
Timing, Pirates done.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31-20, Philadelphia)
Back-up Foles throws three
Scores. 0-5, Tampa Bay
Is back to the Yucks
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens (19-17, Green Bay)
One TD enough
For limping Pack. Defending
Champs are .500.
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans (38-13, St. Louis)
Rams win second straight.
With Schaub hurt, injury joins
Insult in Houston.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (35-19, Denver)
No cover for the
Broncos, but they’re still perfect.
Jags, meanwhile, winless.
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (20-13, Seattle)
Titans hung around,
Faltered late. ‘Hawks tough at home
11 straight wins.
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (30-27, New England)
Brady‘s pass kicks-off
Epic day of Beantown sports.
Saints suffer first loss.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (32-20, San Francisco)
Four turnovers, win third straight.
Vernon Davis? Beast.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (31-16, Dallas)
Return game sparks win
On Jerry‘s birthday. Griffin
Takes first home state loss.
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (19-9, San Diego)
Luck runs out, Rivers
Rolls. Bolts edge Colts, as Indy
Is doomed by four drops.