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TheDailyBeast: Celebrity Super Bowl Fans

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote only one poem about sports—“Baseball Canto,” which was inspired by Willie Mays and the New York Giants, who eventually moved to San Francisco several years after he did. Along with the Giants, Ferlinghetti became a big 49ers fan, but his passion waned over the years because of the sport’s increasing violence. Then last year, as the Niners returned to the NFC championship, and Ferlinghetti rekindled his love for the team and predicted they would make it to the Super Bowl. “I think they’ll beat the Giants easily, no problem,” he told the New York Times. “Their players are smarter and faster. Their coach is smarter. Of course, what do I know? I’m no expert on football.” He was only a year off.

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