1 Strike repeatedly with the fists.
1.1 North American informal Criticize severely.
Mid 16th century: variant of pommel.
The World Cup
A quadrennial matchup between the pummeled and the proud,
During which the cheers and cries are equally loud.
The fans in the stadium and the fans who watch from home.
Will probably never have the chance to read this silly poem.
[Today’s ODO recommended word kvell has been used before. At that time, the photo used as an illustration showed excited fans whose dreams were still alive. A vague connection, I’m sure.]