At last, Clark dethroned as football picks queen |

At last, Clark dethroned as football picks queen

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen

She engineered a worst-to-first run in 2008 and then followed it with another title in 2009. Glenwood’s favorite columnist picks football games like she lives her life – with an unrelenting flair for the dramatic.

She’s April E. Clark, and her two-year reign atop the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s football picks contest is officially over.

After blitzing the field for back-to-back titles, Clark is back where she started – in last place.

Perhaps she took the film “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” a bit too seriously.

Much like the movie’s lead character, first or last is all April seems to know. At least that’s all she has known in the four-year history of the GSPI picks. She finished last in 2007, first in ’08 and ’09 and now back where she belongs.

No more checkered flags for April. At last, I’ve overtaken she of the black-rimmed glasses. Finishing with a 98-57 record, first place is mine.

It’s my first title since 2007, but at least I avoided last place during my two-year drought. I took second in ’08 and fourth in ’09.

Although April appears to firmly subscribe Ricky Bobby’s first-or-last mantra, second place really isn’t so bad.

Just ask Collin Sc … Sh … Sz – I still can’t freaking spell his last name for the life of me. The Post Independent copy editor did an admirable job rebounding from a lackluster, seventh-place effort in 2009 to finish in a tie for second with the great Paul “Husband Head” Rice this season.

No worries, Husband Head. You still have Aaron Rodgers and your Green Bay Packers to root for in the NFL playoffs. You have my team – the 49ers – selecting Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick back in 2005 to thank for that, by the way.

Ron Milhorn, KMTS 99.1 FM’s golden-voiced prep sports play-by-play man and news director (Ted Williams has nothing on you, Milly), was next in the standings, finishing in a fourth-place tie with the rotating panel of Valley youngsters who compete in the Three Rivers Youth Football League.

By the way, Ron, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Not sure if you heard …

The Johns (GSPI reporters John Stroud and John Colson and Citizen Telegram editor John Gardner) were sixth, leaving last place for … April “Ricky Bobby” Clark.

If you’re not first, you’re last, April. First or last.

“Here are my guesses. Slicker than snot. kv”

That’s how Kay Vasilakis would begin her every GSPI football picks submission.

Those words, merely the tip of the iceberg that was Kay’s charming sense of humor, always brought a smile to my face.

We lost Kay to a heart attack back in October.

I had the pleasure of working alongside her for a few years here at the GSPI. I’ll never forget that sense of humor that so often brightened my day. And I’m sure it brightened the day of many, many others.

We miss you, Kay.

Contact Jeff Caspersen at 384-9123 or by e-mail at

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