‘Quoth The Ravens…’

By: Dave Crawley

Dave Crawley is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but he’s also a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe.

After Saturday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Dave sat down and penned a poem inspired by one of Poe’s greatest works.

Once upon a weekend chilly, rabid fans were shouting, shrilly:

“We all love ahr Stillers. Rilly! ‘Tis the team that we adore.”

Yet amid the the faithful, walking, I see fearsome strangers, stalking.

Could that be a Raven squawking on yon Pittsburgh’s Northern Shore?

A Purple Wave from Baltimore.

Purple people, crass and craven, doth invade our hallowed haven.

Welcome not the raunchy Raven, curs-ed bird that we deplore.

Steeler rooters, rooting madly. Yet this battle’s starting badly.

Will this donnybrook end sadly, as we watch the Ravens soar?

Quoth the Steelers: “Nevermore.”

Second half. No time to grumble. Flacco’s pass. A catch. A fumble!

Black and Gold begins to rumble. Pass to Heath! The Steelers score!

Taverns rocking, door to door.

Tide is turning. Game is shifting, as our spirits now are lifting.

Baltimore, again re-gifting! Ryan Clark completes the chore.

Hines to Ravens: “Gonna getcha!” Moments later, yeah! You betcha!

Hope that this will not upsetcha, but ol’ Hines has tied the score.

Steeler star, forevermore.

Seconds ticking. Third and long. It’s Ben to Brown, to thrill the throng!

Just use your head! You can’t go wrong! Antonio makes the masses roar.

Now, at last, the final pages of a showdown for the ages.

Mendenhall! And football sages will recall that thirty-four

Helped re-live those games of yore.

Quoth the Ravens “Nevermore!”


One Comment

  1. Ron Milavec says:

    KDKA-2 – Please upload the video as shown on Jan 17th – This is one of Dave’s best pieces yet. I would like to share with out-of-town family in CA.

  2. Lynn Miller says:

    I have ALWAYS loved Dave’s wit and persona as he has reported his take on local fare. This is one for the books… absolutely loved it!

  3. John says:

    This is awesome! Well done Mr.Crawley! From a Steeler fan who cheers the Black and the Gold from afar- This adds fire to my Steeler Soul! We shall hail the Steelers forever more!
    Waving the Terrible Towels with pride in Ohio-

  4. Creepy says:

    Creepy crawley!

  5. McGruber says:

    Ben, brown and thong in the same phrase is CLASSIC MCGRUBER.

  6. Nancy Mahouski says:

    I would also like to upload your story of 1/17/11on the 6:00 news. I was told by family and friends that I happened to be one of the fans on the video. I would like to send this to out-of-town family and friends. GO STEELERS!!!

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  9. Paula Kanapesky says:

    When will the video of this poem be uploaded? I want to send it to Steelerfans out of the area.

  10. Dave says:

    just print it out and read it yourself

  11. Dave Crawley says:

    The NFL won’t let us putt game footage on the web, so only chance to get the video is to DVD it off the air. “Quoth the Ravens” will re-air one more time on Saturday morning news…probbly 7:50 AM or so…or possibly 6:50 AM

  12. Nancy Mahouski says:

    Thanks Dave. I will DVR!!!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!!!

  13. Mona says:

    I’m trying to find the poem you said about the number 7. Where can I find the words to that? My husband was really taken with it and we have been trying to find it!

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