The Sportsman or the Scientist?

The Sportsman or the Scientist:

who do we revere?

Milo or Pythagoras:

which one do we cheer?


Newton or DiMaggio:

which one got the girl?

Edison or Baggio:

who lit up the world?


Darwin’s worm or Tiger’s club:

which one do we prize?

Einstein’s rule or Ali’s glove:

which one makes us wise?


The Sportsman or the Scientist:

Who inspires us most?

Pele or Copernicus:

Who do we all toast?


Roger’s slice and Bradman’s whites,

and Michael Jordan’s leap

seem to set our youth alight,

but science makes them sleep.


How have we rewarded them

since the days of old?

A sportsman wins a trophy;

a scientist wins a scroll.

About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Nice poem. :)
    i personally think Federer is worth worship, he can’t be that great for no reason!


  2. Damian Balassone says

    Can’t disagree with you about Federer. He is a freak (and a gentleman to boot!)

  3. For all his talent, you would think a surname that was more amenable to a rhyming couplet wouldn’t be too hard…

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