Wide Receiver

Super Bowl 2015

Wide Receiver

In the huddle you said “Go long—get open”
and at the snap I took off along the right sideline
and then cut across left in a long arc
and I’m sure I was open at several points—
glancing back I saw you pump-fake more than once
but you must not have been satisfied with what you saw
downfield
and then I got bumped off course and my hands touched the turf
but I regained my balance and dashed back to the right
I think or maybe first left and then right
and I definitely got open but the throw never came—

maybe you thought I couldn’t hang on to a ball flung so far
or maybe you actually can’t throw so far
but in any case I feel quite open now,
the defenders don’t seem too interested in me
I sense only open air all around me
though the air is getting darker and it would appear
by now we’re well into the fourth quarter
and I strongly doubt we can afford to settle for
dinky little first downs if the score is what I think it is

so come on, star boy, fling a Hail Mary
with a dream-coached combination of muscle and faith
and I will gauge the arc and I will not be stupidly frantic
and I will time my jump and—I’m just going to say
in the cool gloaming of this weirdly long game
it is not impossible that I will make the catch.

— Mark Halliday, author of Thresherphobe

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  1. Hello My Mama Bear!
    Been awhile since my last visit, so Happy New Year! I’m so excited that the Super Bowl is in town were we live. My hubby works for Safeway by the stadium and got to meet Russell Wilson !!!!!!!

    He came into the store. Made my husbands day! 🙂
    Now since we are from So. Oregon living here temporary, of course I want Russell and The Seattle Seahawks to grab that Super Bowl Ring!! LOL. GO BLUE!
    Enjoy the game today 🙂 *Catherine*

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