Ode to Sports activities: Pats & Nats, a roster from A(stros) to Z(ion)


A yr now passes. How’d I do know?

Analytics guys informed me so.


They crunched the information. What’s it imply?

Anybody’s guess: 2019.

First Quarter


‘Bama toppled, it’s Clemson’s prize –

White Home go to, with burgers, fries.

Fury nearing incoherence,


Saints aghast: No interference?

Tremendous Bowl is type of boring –

Pats and Brady, not a lot scoring.

Corridor of Fame vote, Sandman enters.

All Rivera, no dissenters.

Osaka positive seems right here to remain.

Australia makes her resume.

The neck, the again, the aching knees –

Vonn calls it quits, hangs up her skis.

Taking it to the ring and hilt,

James Harden scores on tempo with Wilt.

Daytona: Hamlin has the automotive.

It’s 1-2-Three for JGR.

Machado, Padres get all candy.

Zion’s sneaker is shredded wheat.

Harper’s contract gilds the lily,

A fast trip north as much as Philly.

Kraft is busted, cries sabotage.

He merely needed a therapeutic massage.

Adidas big-shot goes to jail.

Is faculty basketball on the market?

Does Nike dine on this foul stew?

Nicely, Avenatti says it’s true.

Horses die at alarming charges.

Santa Anita shuts its gates.

LeBron and Lakers, not a lot clout.

Beckham, Giants are down and out.

Baseball season steps to the plate.

Quickly homers, Ok’s at document fee.

Baylor ladies edge Notre Dame.

Ogunbowale’s off her recreation.

Virginia’s males can puff their chest,

With final yr’s knockout put to relaxation.

Second Quarter

The Lakers, Magic Johnson … achieved.

He wasn’t having any enjoyable.

Spring arrives with freshening indicators.

Woods stands tall within the Georgia pines.

Hugs and chants and exultation,

Masters crown, a restoration.

Caster Semenya spurned in courtroom

Over testosterone in sport.

Derby? Boy, that’s one huge muddle.

The horse in entrance jumps a puddle.

The stewards rule he interfered

And take him down. How’s that for bizarre?

4 bounces and Kawhi’s shot falls.

No-name horses in Preakness stalls.

Abuse, assault again within the day –

Ohio State simply appeared away.

Brooks Koepka hangs on, Bethpage Black.

Indy: Pagenaud owns the observe.

Boxing: Joshua’s decked, and laborious.

Ruiz is greater than vats of lard.

Nadal’s 12th title on French clay –

We toast! A classic Montrachet.

Outrage, mayhem in D.R. –

Large Papi’s shot in again at bar.

Golden State followers get the willies.

Durant goes down, torn Achilles.

Blues surge from final to Stanley Cup.

Play “Gloria” with quantity up.

Warriors tamed, new champs go forth.

Toronto triumphs, We The North.

Koepka examined at Pebble Seashore –

Third straight Open is out of attain.

Durant, Jordan, Kemba, Kyrie:

Free brokers? Please! Fait accompli.

Third Quarter

Angels shaken in disbelief –

Tyler Skaggs and a wave of grief.

Wimbledon’s subsequent and from afar

Comes Coco Gauff, uncharted star.

The Clippers rating, Kawhi is signed,

With sidekick Paul George shut behind.

Rapinoe, World Cup, USA.

Stadium bellows: “Equal pay!”

Rockets backcourt stoked, ignited –

Westbrook, Harden reunited.

Novak, Roger play on and on –

5-set Wimbledon marathon.

Shane Lowry has the sport and guile –

British Open, Emerald Isle.

Tour de France, Colombia’s day –

Younger Egan Bernal speeds away.

Commerce deadline: Greinke to the ‘stros.

Wealthy get richer, that’s the way it goes.

Jay-Z, soccer discover one another.

Rapper offers the league some cowl.

Antonio Brown, his life’s a tweet:

His helmet, mouth, his blistered ft.

Raiders minimize him; Pats chart new course

However not for lengthy – purchaser’s regret.

In ache, an orthopedic mess,

Luck retires to convalesce.

Open opens, Serena rolls

And rakes Maria over coals,

However not Andreescu, one robust take a look at –

Sure, She The North (South, East and West).

One-hundredth season, NFL:

Push and promote, market and promote.

Quarterbacks battered left and proper

However nonetheless no Kaepernick in sight.

In faculty sports activities, the mannequin cracks –

California has athletes’ backs.

Quickly NCAA comes aboard,

Admits it’s not almighty Lord.

Fourth Quarter

A GM’s tweet units off a brawl:

Human rights vs. Chinese language wall.

Adam Silver makes an attempt to say,

We merely don’t play ball that means.

Biles is golden, deft, elastic –

Ruler of all issues gymnastic.

For Tiger, yet another mighty deed,

His 82 wins linked to Snead.

Washington, actually? Can that be?

First World Collection since ’33.

Strasburg, Rendon, all of ‘em confirmed

How greatest to stay life on the highway,

Making dwelling at Minute Maid Park

Whereas making music, “Baby Shark.”

Niners good, prime banana,

Like previous instances with Joe Montana.

Wounded Warriors dealt unhealthy hand.

This time Curry … break up the band.

Breeders’ Cup Basic, fade to black –

An ambulance is on the observe.

“Load management” is now in vogue.

Astros, sign-stealing, going rogue.

Helmet-swinging, prime-time assault.

Myles Garrett can’t take this one again.

Kaepernick’s tryout: scouts dispatched,

A busted play, with strings connected.

Tua’s bloodied, his hip a multitude,

His face a masks of ache, misery.

Kyle Busch takes NASCAR and what’s clear

Joe Gibbs’ kingdom has no peer.

Russian dopers get stern rebuke.

Stephen F. Austin wins at Duke!

The school playoff? It will do:

Two Tigers, Sooners, OSU.

Then Marvin Miller makes the Corridor;

Gerrit Cole thanks him for his haul.

A Cajun Heisman runaway –

Burrow, bayou and etouffee.

So many doubts he’d get this far,

A league’s now smitten with Lamar.

The yr’s quickly gone, within the books,

And who’s to say simply the way it seems?

Off we go. Goodbye to all that.

We’ve had our last flip at bat

And one final shot from means downtown.

Now 2020 … double down.

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