in a town with a football problem
people talk about how to solve them,
over lunch, on the bus, at the corner bar,
everyone share’s a common story,
expectations of gridiron glory,
you’ll find fans of the team anywhere you are..
here it’s more like the town religion,
(though they take it a little more seriously)
people follow the Pittsburgh Steelers,
like they’d follow some guy named Jesus, Moses, or the Pope..
it’s a game full of grace and violence,
2 teams play and the score decides it,
afterward everyone has a lot to say,
radio hosts and TV sports guys,
average Joes call in to hypothesize,
front-page headlines are standard on the next day..
they discuss all the different athletes,
who played well, and who struggled to compete,
every game has 100 stories,
it’s like a multi-plot mini-series:
who got hurt, who might get traded,
who is over-, underrated,
on and on, the smallest details..
it’s a pastime that never fails to fascinate the fans..
I believe it’s the job of the team
to give people in town something to talk about:
rich and poor, black and white, PhD, GED,
all have one thing in common at least..
when you go to a play by Shakespeare,
some of them make you want to stand and cheer,
some are sad, but there’s always next year..
in a town with a football problem…
My entry in the 2010 Just This Guy song contest, fulfilling the following stipulations:
—write about your favorite sports team —explain the game
—use the words: play, score, athletes, pastime
—bonus points for the word “monkey” (I did not score any bonus points this year)