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End of the Bowden Reign

From Deion Sanders to Warrick Dunn Bobby Bowden coached some of the best Highly regarded by team and staff The FSU coach withstood each test With two national championships And two great Heisman Trophy winners Tallahassee fans basked in glory Until the talent ranks grew thinner Suddenly loyalty’s cast aside Despite thirty-three FSU years Just a few losses were all it took To turn his fickle fans’ cheers to jeers How sad Bobby’s been asked to step down Glory fades fast; don’t rest on laurels Fans want a young gun to take the lead But he’ll never match Bobby’s morals The coach who refused to cuss or quit Gave Marshall his playbook when their team died Best known for just saying, “Dad Gummit” Bobby gave us all a sense of pride He’s being forced out, no loyalty Decades of worship stop on a dime But he won’t be replaced easily They say it’s lights out for Bowden’s time The second most winning One-A coach One of just four in the Hall of Fame Bows out humbly in two thousand nine Tossed like pig skin to the Hall of Shame But I’ll never forget Bowden’s name The players will miss his leadership Bobby deserves respectful tribute Not mean quips shot from turn-coat fans’ hips Friends, Coach Bowden has been my idol for years. He instilled spiritual values in his players while coaching them to season after season wins. If this poem sounds "emotional," it's because his ousting makes me disgusted.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 6/4/2011 2:30:00 PM
I don't know anything about Coach Bowden or the sport, Carolyn, but it sounds like he was certainly used and abused, poor chap
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Date: 2/13/2011 5:50:00 PM
I never knew much about Bobby Bowden's program, being a PSU and Joe Paterno fan. When they met in a bowl game a few years ago, I saw what a class act he was. He had a great career. We are hearing the same whining about Joe Pa. It's what have you done for me lately rather than an appreciation for what have you done with your life. There aren't too many Bobby Bowden's or Joe Paterno's left. Vince
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Date: 1/29/2010 6:28:00 PM
sorry I don't know anything about this man. I rarely listen to anything to do with sports, Carolyn. but anyway, I aim to go down your list of poetry and get all your poems read! Have you ever considered doing a book on history, using your informative poetry style? I can see it now: History done to poetry: by the decade! Your love of bobby shines here. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 1/23/2010 4:42:00 PM
I'm not really what you'd call a sports fan, but this was a very fitting tribute to an apparently great man. You should send this to him Carolyn. Great Tribute. Best Wishes Always, Bill
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Date: 12/6/2009 5:34:00 PM
No need to explain ... the poem is absolute and speak volumes not only to an intimate knowledge, but sincere devotion ... and above them all stands the poem ... complete! Well done again.
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Date: 11/17/2009 10:20:00 AM
Hi, Carolyn...Like yourself, Bobby Bowden is one of my favorite coaches. Maybe he's not gone yet. Remember how they were on Penn State's coach because he had a couple of bad years. Hey, he came back with an 11 and l season. BIG LOVE, daver
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Date: 11/8/2009 7:06:00 PM
A very nice dedication of a poem to express your emotions about this idol coach from a fan he would surely appreciate if he had a chance to read this. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your kind, and clever comments on my poem. Love and blessings, Caroline.
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Date: 11/3/2009 2:09:00 PM
Amazing tribute to an ousted man! you've got the feeling, Carolyn! Well written! Love, Gert
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Date: 11/1/2009 9:52:00 AM
Yes, I plan tto watch the NY Giants play today. Fine tribute ro Mr. Bowden - and thanks for your comments on my work Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
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Date: 10/26/2009 11:49:00 PM
I am sorry my friend I do not know how I missed this truly heartfelt tribute to a mans life,,unfortunately things like this happen to the good ones they are just discarded after giving a lifetime,,a wonderful write and i can feel the anger and pain that you feel,,and thank you again for your words upon mine,,blessings..Cecil
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Date: 10/25/2009 4:36:00 PM
wow! Carolyn! really feel...this amazing story! thanks! jim
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Date: 10/24/2009 4:28:00 PM
Carolyn, I missed this one. It's an excellent poem. Bobby Bowen is a special kind of coach. He once took a young man under his wings, helped him (Huffman I think.) receive a scholarship and eventually a job. Huffman had given up a promising professional football career when he decided to donate one of his kidneys to his ailing grandmother so she could live. Bowden had been Huffman's idle for a long time. What a surprise of kindness & humanity from the FSU coach. I enjoyed your poem.
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Date: 10/16/2009 11:01:00 AM
This is a beautiful tribute, Carolyn. The emotions you display take this to a higher level. Well said! Love you! Robin
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Date: 10/11/2009 3:16:00 PM
Sadly Carolyn, there's no loyalty for a winner, once he has lost, at the mind level logic. Your higher level "Heart Logic" knows him as the moral winner that he still is. To some sadly, even Jesus is a loser, for hanging on the cross. Isn't that so ridiculous? A worthy tribute to a true winner. Sincerely, Love, Moses
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Date: 10/11/2009 10:42:00 AM
A nice tribute and a good write..Glad you like Camp Cook,,a true story....Danny
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Date: 10/11/2009 9:24:00 AM
enjoyed this great write,mypleasure to read you--Charma
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Date: 10/11/2009 6:32:00 AM
Carolyn,...this is fantastic,..usually you hear praises for coaches who have won games for fans and it stops right there,..yet you have shown a rare touch for a powerful person. Maybe there are other plans he will fit right ito for a spiritual purpose,..which coaching is holding him back from. Great write my friend ! james
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Date: 10/11/2009 6:21:00 AM
Carolyn, there is a soccer team called Crewe Alexandria in England, they have a guy called Dario Gradi, he was manager for 20 odd years, he now is sports director as he is aging. Every time a new manager quits or moves on " who do they call on " YEP Dario Gradi. This situation nearly mirrors Coach Bowdens situation. Not with honours but with his sheer input, proffesionalism, coaching, dedication and total RESPECT. And he finds attributes in players that others don't, Excellent write >> James,xxx
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Date: 10/11/2009 1:49:00 AM
Carolyn, I concur with your sentiment, but football is a win or die contest, for coaches as well as players. We all wish Bob well and Hope the FSU alumni and fans never forget him. Well Done. Love, Will
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Date: 10/11/2009 1:49:00 AM
I love Bobby Bowden! Remember Jo Pa at Penn State... they tried to do the same to him and he dedicated his team's win today to "all people over 65" I am a football nut too...huge LSU/Saints fan...got my heart broke last night though! - Tim
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Date: 10/10/2009 10:50:00 PM
Enjoyed your poem and I agree...Marty
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Date: 10/10/2009 4:00:00 PM
Not familiar because not sports minded but you make him sound great. Good tribute to Bobby. Keep writing. Sara
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