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Are you ready for some football?

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April in Glenwood

It’s that time of year again, when football jerseys are pulled out of the closet. Saturdays, Sundays and Monday nights are made for game watching. And my competitive nature comes out each week in the paper’s football picks for everyone to see.

Yes, I am ready for some football.

Love it or hate it, football is back for another season. Fantasy leagues have taken shape as players are traded and stats are recorded as if they are the most important numbers in the world. For some, they are. I wonder who was lucky enough to score Peyton Manning on their team this year.

Besides Denver, of course.

Some football fans just prefer college gridiron. Like my roommate Cassie. She’s a huge Alabama football fan. She has all the Bama gear and the glassware to accompany her Saturday game-watching. She even recently set up a Crimson Tide Fans of the Roaring Fork Valley group on Facebook so Bama fans in the area can back the team and decide where to watch the games every weekend.

I didn’t go to Alabama, but I have been influenced into becoming a fan since meeting Cassie. So I joined the group. It’s nice to back a team that wins more than loses.

Years of being a Cubs fan has taken its toll.

I graduated from Purdue, so I am of course a big Boilermaker football fan. We haven’t seen the success of Alabama, but we can claim Drew Brees fame.

For those who know absolutely nothing about football, he was Purdue’s quarterback and led the Boilers to the 2001 Rose Bowl. Not a small feat. It’s hard to believe that was 11 years ago.

Today, Brees plays for the New Orleans Saints. He led that team to a Super Bowl win in 2009. Suffice it to say, he’s one of my all-time favorite players.

I do have a thing for quarterbacks.

I miss the days of going to college games on Saturdays. It is true, when I look back at those years of being a college co-ed, they were some of the best times of my life. My roommate and best friend, Lynne, and I tried to make as many games as possible.

At Purdue, we had a Saturday tradition the morning of game day called Breakfast Club. We would be up at a painstaking hour to line up to get into T.A. Tom’s, a local watering hole that was later torn down to make way for a parking garage.

Many rowdy mornings at the hands of beer-drinking college kids were had at T.A. Tom’s. There, the screwdrivers flowed like wine and pitchers of cheap beer were 25 cents. By the time the game was about to start, we had already been up dancing and celebrating for six hours.

Ah, to be young again.

There’s a saying at Purdue, thanks to another time-honored tradition called Harry’s Chocolate Shop, to “Go ugly early.” This slogan is emblazoned on the backs of Harry’s sweatshirts and is mumbled under the breath of many a Boiler. If you have been to Harry’s on game day or otherwise, you learn first-hand what “go ugly early” means.

It’s usually not pretty.

I’ll always remember my time at Purdue, including sitting in the fishbowl – the table in the front window of Harry’s that everyone walking by can see.

Wearing black and gold, I was always proud to be a fan in the stands. Sometimes I would see Purdue Pete, our mascot, and wave because I knew the guy behind the mask. I’m sure that breaks all kinds of mascot rules by my insinuating that a real person is behind the mask, but it’s true. There’s no way anyone could have a head that large anyway.

So I’m pretty sure I haven’t divulged any secrets.

I did date Purdue Pete, or at least one of the guys behind the masks, so it was always fun when he found me in the crowd. I have many jokes about that which I will have to reserve for late-night telling.

Lynne knows a couple.

Not only do I love watching collegiate football, especially in person, but I’m also a fan of the National Football League. My allegiance is to my hometown of Indianapolis, so of course I love the Colts and root for them.

This year, however, there’s a catch. My favorite NFL player is quarterback Peyton Manning. He was traded to the Denver Broncos, so I now find myself rooting for the blue and the orange. After nine years of living in Colorado, I would say it’s about time.

I am definitely ready for some football this year.

– “April in Glenwood” appears every Wednesday. April E. Clark is looking to win her third GSPI Football Picks title this season. Don’t call it a comeback. OK, maybe call it a comeback. She can be reached at

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