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Football coach Bobby Bowden was never one to cuss
But refs make mistakes and coaches have a right to fuss

“St. Bowden” as he was lovingly called by players
Instilled moral values and hushed all the naysayers

He’d not take God’s name in vain, so he coined dadgumit
It became his trademark, might appear in his obit

If a ref made a bad call, he’d race onto the field
Never said God d*** it, when the ref’s call he appealed

"Dadgumitrefereeism" got his point across
The refs would shy away because Bobby was the boss

Sometimes calls were overturned since Bobby was revered
Short and stout in stature, but the refs still shook in fear

The “Saint” played with God on his side and the refs knew it
Dadgumitrefereeism didn't bother God a bit

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  1. Date: 8/9/2011 11:28:00 PM
    I come from a long line of dadgummitters and sports fans. This was a real heart-warmer to read. Thanks for the write and for supporting my contest, Carolyn!

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 2:19:00 PM
    This is soo very funny. My sports-minded spouse will have this one slipped into his cooler tonite with his lunch! I really don't know how you do are like a poem machine! Spitting out master pieces every 24 hours!!! I am in awe! Fondly, Gwendolen

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 6:29:00 AM
    Cool write LNC..Ill be writing this weekend. We have alot to catch up on. BG

  1. Date: 3/4/2011 5:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Carolyn. I can just imagine Paula sitting there trying to pronounce some of the words in her contest. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 10:39:00 AM
    Ah, Carolyn, you talk of one of my all-time favorite coaches. I loved Bobby Bowden and still root for Florida State. One of the others is Joe Paterno of Penn State. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 2/11/2011 7:18:00 PM
    A wonderful and amazing poem for Paula's contest, I love it, best of luck ~~

  1. Date: 2/11/2011 12:49:00 PM
    let the fiesty coach play ball! lol

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 11:43:00 AM
    energetic and playful write that keeps the poetic gears going, carols! enjoyed the banter here with gusto.. amazing!! best winning bet in the contest.. thanks for coming by my " peeling darkness" page...i always look forward to your comments with much delight! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 7:46:00 AM
    Carolyn, the poem you commented on was February Haiku not Anticipation....I had Anticipation on the brain apparently:)

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 7:42:00 AM
    Love this, Carolyn! lol... Best of luck in the contest! Thanks for the comments on Anticipation, Carolyn:) the soft sprinkles of snow the other day so reminded me of the kind we get here in March (bordering on spring, sorta:) I felt that stirring of earth's fertility as it surely must be right about now. We are at least a month behind you down in the south. Sometimes we're still with snow even in April, depending on what kind of winter we've had! Last year, snow was gone Mid March!

  1. Date: 2/7/2011 8:57:00 PM
    Well i do not know too much about U.S sport, but i guess Coach's and refs all over the world have to deal with the same sort of on field/Court problems, enjoyed this Carolyn. Harry

  1. Date: 2/7/2011 4:43:00 PM
    What a fun poem and so well written. While I'm not a football fan, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing. Elton

  1. Date: 2/7/2011 3:33:00 AM
    Nice effect , "Dadgumit" If they don't like that they can lump it, "Dadgumit" Rain on em, if they can't take a joke! Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 6:14:00 PM
    I looked this one up Carolyn and it is a dandy. I have not been inspired to write a word as of yet. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 12:12:00 PM
    Paula should give this entry a lot of consideration for the contest. Not only have you coined a great new word, your couplets collectively deliver a great amount of descriptiveness along with fine rhyming.

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 6:52:00 AM
    Carolyn, what a great poem. Wonderful story. Thank you for your kind comments.

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 6:33:00 AM
    Awesome poem and wonderful tribute, Carolyn not only to im but peope like him. Got me smiling this Sunday morning ... and taking inventory on my own language... : )

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 2:56:00 AM
    Carolyn, I don't know the guy you're talking about cos I'm not a fan but I sure get a clear picture of this character and enjoyed the description you wrote.....another #1, I reckon.......Syd

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 4:34:00 PM
    I don't think the new coach will ever achieve the sainthood Bowden did. There's a commercial for a credit card on TV and Bowden uses his "Dadgumit" in the ad. Funny write!

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 4:19:00 PM
    Good one..I don't know anything about sports so can't really have much of an opinion but reads like it will be in the winner's circle for sure...Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara