Week 1 Assignments
To what extent does the speaker seem grief-stricken about his coach’s mortal illness?
Point to specific words in the text that influence your answer.
In line 11, the speaker says of the coach, “He believed in football like a new religion.”
What values would someone like the coach need to have in order to feel so passionately
about this sport? Why might someone who regards “football like a new religion” not
necessarily feel the same about baseball or basketball?
In line 25, the speaker says that the coach “despised losing.” How, if at all, did he reveal
this attitude to his players? Identify specific words that help you address this question.
What other words in the poem indicate to you how the coach, during the speakers youth,
felt about high school football?
Where, if anywhere, does the speaker indicate how the players felt about the coach back
then? Where, if anywhere, is the speaker evasive about what the players’ attitudes toward