GSPI football picks: April in first place … yet again |

GSPI football picks: April in first place … yet again

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

It’s the burning question inquiring minds want to know.

Actually, only about two people asked.

For the inquisitive few wondering what I win as returning champion of the GSPI Football Picks, I can answer in two words. It’s not cash money. That would take all the fun out of it. Or Dairy Queen. I certainly wouldn’t turn away a Peanut Buster Parfait if it showed up at my front door.

Dilly Bar and Mr. Misty can stay, too.

It isn’t a Colts jersey, either. I’ve reached the maximum number of NFL fan gear items, so any more would probably take me into the excessive category.

In two words, bragging rights. That’s what I win, bragging rights. I’m also thinking I could be a big winner in Vegas. But then there’s that spread thing, which I don’t think I’ve necessarily mastered. But, with two years in a row (bragging) of winning this annual contest, I can at least say I know how to pick ’em.

And no, it’s not based on how hot the quarterback is.

That’s the thing about these picks. There are people out there who assume I have help picking the winners because I am a woman. The assumption is that my gender doesn’t know a lick about sports.

I’m living proof that is so far from the truth (bragging).

It’s a little-known fact – or is it, since I tell most people I meet? – I was the first female reporter on the Purdue Exponent sports desk. Back then, I covered Purdue football, writing feature stories on players, as well as tennis, lacrosse and other club sports.

I caught the sports-fan bug early, and quickly morphed into a scream-at-the-TV, jersey-wearing kind of sports aficionado. I even owned a Reggie Miller Pacers jersey back in the ’90s, way before I started in on this Colts-jersey obsession.

So far, 2010 is working out for me. My football team is still in the playoffs, and looking promising for a Super Bowl bid. My college basketball team is No. 15 in the country.

Two words: bragging rights.

To answer all those skeptics of my football picking prowess, I do not receive tips from the male faction. That includes our friend Jono, Llama.

I also do not consult Jono’s girlfriend, Liz, for insider information.

I actually complete the research involved with teams winning or losing. I look at the spread. I look at the favorites. I look at how hot the quarterbacks are. (Just making sure people are paying attention.)

I’d like to look at the spreads on all the games I picked, and see how I fared. But that would take some research. Maybe some of my competitors would like to look into it for me. Ron Milhorn? Paul Rice? Kay?

The beauty of this year’s contest is that I started off in last place after the first week. And I ultimately worked my way to the top (bragging). I either need to head to Vegas for a career in the books. Or maybe I’ll just make random predictions like Oscar winners and Miss America finalists. Then maybe people won’t think I’ve cheated. The real test for me is next year’s picks.

And how hot the quarterbacks are.

That’s not my secret. And I’m sticking to it.

April E. Clark uses a very technical scientific process of predicting football game winners, and she’s not telling what it is. She can be reached at

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