Haha, I know this won't get much attention, but in my english class my teacher told us to write 7 shakesperean sonnets on anything we deemed. I took the liberty of writing those seven on Super Bowl XLIII. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Super Bowl 43
On February 1st would the game start,
The Steelers and the Cardinals would spar.
Different ideals set these two teams apart,
In the end only one could be a star,
The Cardinals were forever defied,
For sixty-two years they had always lost.
Finally, they seemed to not be denied,
They'd shock the world, no matter what the cost.
They were the first to clinch their division,
But ended 9 and 7 on the year.
Many thought that the Cards shouldn't be in,
The playoffs looked bleak; why then, should fans cheer?
But after all these years, dreams came to be
The Cards'd play in Super Bowl 43
But before they'd get a chance at the crown
The Cards would have to play one final game
Their last opponent would be world-renowned,
As the Steelers wanted to their sixth ring claim.
Through seventeen weeks, the Men of Steel fought
Through winter storms and muddy fields they played
For their constant effort would be for naught
If there wasn't a Black and Gold parade.
Relying on their defense to be great,
The Steelers were able to crush their foes.
It was almost as if it were by fate
That they fended off all that had opposed.
And so when they kept winning, night after night,
The Vince Lombardi seemed well in their sight.
The day came, when without further ado,
The build-up was over, the bells chimed
Soon after, Steelers the first blood drew
It was 10-7 Steelers near halftime.
As the Cardinals neared towards the end zone
They were just one yard from getting ahead,
Kurt Warner took the snap, a blitz was shown
He threw it quickly, but was filled with dread.
For there was James Harrison, who had faked
He did not rush, and instead did none
Then intercepted the pass on his break
For a record 100 yards did he run.
And so at halftime, the Black and the Gold
Led by ten; the Steelers were on a roll.
1-1-PIT 1 (:18) (Shotgun) 13-K.Warner pass short middle intended for 81-A.Boldin INTERCEPTED by 92-J.Harrison at PIT 0. 92-J.Harrison for 100 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Super Bowl Record, longest interception return yards. Penalty on ARI-61-E.Brown, Face Mask (15 Yards), declined. The Replay Assistant challenged the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld.
PIT 17 ARZ 7
The second half was a brand-new story
Twists and turns like no one could dream of
Neither team could be sure of victory
Until the trophy was held up above.
The Steelers would again go and score first
A Jeff Reed field goal from 21 yards.
Now the score seemed as if it were to burst
A miracle was needed for the Cards.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, began
The comeback, sparked by number eleven
Who purely out-jumped his defending man
And caught the touchdown way up in heaven.
Now the game was intense; the ante was upped
The Cardinals looked for ways to disrupt.
3-1-PIT 1 (7:41) 13-K.Warner pass short right to 11-L.Fitzgerald for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
PIT 20 ARZ 14
And disrupt they did, for the Cardinals
Pinned the Steelers up close against the wall
The defense attacked them like animals,
Not resting 'til the enemy would fall.
And fall they did, as yellow flags were hurled
In the end zone, meaning a penalty
Was called on the Steelers, and then they curled
For the Cardinals would have a safety.
3-10-PIT 1 (3:04) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass deep right to 10-S.Holmes to PIT 20 for 19 yards (29-D.Rodgers-Cromartie). PENALTY on PIT-62-J.Hartwig, Offensive Holding, 1 yard, enforced in End Zone, SAFETY - No Play.
PIT 20 ARZ 16
Now, victory was in reach for certain
And they took their chance quickly with a pass
Right down the gut of the famed Steel Curtain
On the scoreboard, the Cardinals surpassed
Larry Fitzgerald had caught their last score
The Steelers looked to rebound nevermore.
2-10-ARI 36 (2:47) (Shotgun) 13-K.Warner pass short middle to 11-L.Fitzgerald for 64 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
PIT 20 ARZ 23
But the Cards didn't factor in Big Ben
2:37 left for him to win
Ben had come up clutch time and again
This game didn't have any different spin.
He still had to drive his team the distance
And boy did he drive them, he took charge
The plays amplified his own persistence
And so made Big Ben seem even more large.
Santonio Holmes caught and made big plays,
But dropped the score that could've ended it.
The second time that Ben threw it his way,
Three others were there, but Holmes didn't quit.
The ball sailed over heads, into Holmes's hands
The sound of the catch echoed through the stands.
2-6-ARI 6 (:42) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short right to 10-S.Holmes for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Assistant challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld.
PIT 27 ARZ 23
35 ticks left, the Steelers were on top
The Cards got the ball for one final drive
The Steelers defense would need one more stop
They wanted to be the ones to survive.
And so, fittingly enough, the defense
Knocked the ball out and recovered as well
Ending the final remains of suspense
The Cardinals would be the one that fell.
1-10-PIT 44 (:15) (Shotgun) 13-K.Warner sacked at PIT 49 for -5 yards (56-L.Woodley). FUMBLES (56-L.Woodley), RECOVERED by PIT-99-B.Keisel at PIT 43. 99-B.Keisel to PIT 43 for no gain (75-L.Brown).
Pittsburgh Steelers at 00:05
1-10-PIT 29 (:05) 7-B.Roethlisberger kneels to PIT 28 for -1 yards.
For his nine catches, but mostly his last,
Santonio was named the MVP
To be mentioned with the greats of the past
For the beautiful, game-winning TD.
The Steelers are world champs times six, although
Perhaps next year they'll put on a seventh show.