Can April E. Clark start a new football picks streak? |

Can April E. Clark start a new football picks streak?

Jeff Caspersen
Jeff Caspersen

The streak is over.

At long last, April E. Clark’s football picking dynasty has crumbled and, for the first time since 2008, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent columnist is no longer defending champion of our newspaper’s football picks contest.

Yours truly derailed Clark’s bid for a three-peat in 2010, the contest’s fourth season. It’s time to see if great April E. can start a new streak. Or maybe someone new will rise up and take the crown. We’ll see.

Cruelly enough, another streak dear to Clark’s heart may soon come to a halt.

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The Indianapolis Colts have qualified for the NFL playoffs in each of the last nine seasons. With Peyton Manning ailing and in line to miss serious time, April’s Colts may not see the postseason in 2011.

Sorry, April. If it makes you feel any better, my San Francisco 49ers haven’t made the playoffs in any of the last eight seasons.

Enough jabs at April. Let me introduce you to this year’s field of prognosticators.

Much of last year’s field is returning.

Back are Post Independent copy editor Collin Szewczyk, KMTS radio personality Ron Milhorn (listen to him at 99.1 FM) and the rotating panel of Three Rivers Youth Football youngsters who take turns predicting outcomes week after week. Post Independent reporter John Stroud, who formerly collaborated with fellow reporters John Colson and John Gardner, is back as a solo act.

New to the crowd this year is a sure-to-be-entertaining “pet pick” feature.

Inspired by the late, great Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the winner of each of Germany’s seven soccer matches in the 2010 World Cup, we’ve decided to enlist the services of a pair of furry prognosticators. Wadsworth, my beloved cat, and Ranger, Szewczyk’s rambunctious dog, will team up for this one.

How, exactly, will they make their picks? For each game, they’ll be presented with two treat options. Each treat represents one of the teams involved in the game and whichever is consumed first indicates the animal’s prediction.

So, yeah, we’re not above a little hijinks and tomfoolery. Regardless, an entertaining season of football awaits.

Hopefully we don’t all lose to the animals.

Contact Jeff Caspersen at 384-9123 or

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