By: Andrew Thompson ‘19
Brown leather ball,
Games in the fall.
Hard black cleat.
“Chop your feet.”
Friday night lights,
Man, what a sight.
Marching band plays their song,
Johnny Bean yells, “Hey, go long!”
The opposing team fumbles,
The stands begin to rumble.
The Crusader Crazies try to chant,
Administration says, “No you can’t!”
Brother Rice TV announces the game,
We got a D-line you just can’t tame.
Big Mac, Conners, McGlynn and Kirts,
We got an O-line that will make you hurt.
Jessi Plunkett drives one in,
Sharkuilla throws up the fin.
Go for 2 and roll the dice,
42 at fullback, is that J-rice?
P-sully, D-sully which ones which?
Tavs and Summers run all up switch.
30, 20, 10, touchdown,
Crusader fight to win state crown.
“Nine and O”, Catholic League Blue,
Out here asking teams, “Who are you?”
Food provided by the gracious Dad’s Club,
“Alexa, play Mo Bamba” after that dub.
Road to Urbana, “O my! Wow!”
“Come on Crusader fans we need you now!”
The football team’s successful and record breaking season, being the first team in Rice’s history to go 9-0, inspired me to write this poem. I wanted to feature actual players from the current team to make the poem more specific to this 2018 Brother Rice football team. I used players’ nicknames rather than full names because it makes the poem more relatable to the students reading the poem. I started out with short and choppy sentences and transitioned into longer stanzas to keep the poem fresh yet ordered. I enjoy the rhyme style of AA, BB because it is audibly pleasing to read and flows like the beat of a drum.