Aaaah!!! Great Game! So, I'll turn it into homework ;)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Casey at the Bat
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Game One
by AJC

A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought if only Casey could but get a whack at that—
We’d put up even money now with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey’s getting to the bat.



A Ballad of the NBA Finals, Played in  2012

The outlook was uncertain for OKC that day;
The five-point game was Miami's, but Westbrook had pretty plays.
And when Wade rejected the slam, and hurtled toward the hoop,
Westbrook split the seas, and the crowd heard, "alleyoop."
The crowd of Okies stood and screamed with force for more
While King and Flash deflated as their jump shots failed to score;
The Thunder pounded ahead with a launch to 82--
While Durant dug in and with a twist, mouthed, "LeBron who?"

Miami gained possession and tried to recover their heat
Such a carefully crafted team surely couldn't be beat?
So fourth quarter dawned with hope and electricity
As Durant sank another shot to tally 91 to 83.

Wade danced, shot, and whispered a wind through the net, and Collison returned one, not even breaking sweat.
James sank one sideways and the ball flew down the court,
where Durant slammed another, making art from sport.

The fans chanted wildly as a minute left of time
Sefolosha landed two more, and the Thunder up by nine.
Collison sealed a  with half-a-minute left to go
and the coaches looked ready to call "curtains" on this show.

A few more from the line, easy as the breeze
And the Thunder take Game One, and bring Miami to its knees.

Sorry Boys :(  What a great game!  Westbrook is smiiiiiiilin' tonight!

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