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April E. set to defend her crown

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

April E. Clark, Glenwood Springs Post Independent columnist extraordinaire and social media maven, dazzled us all with her football knowledge last fall, engineering a worst-to-first run in the GSPI’s yearly football picks feature.

Well, it’s time for the reigning champ to prove her 91-54 record from a year ago was no fluke. Or that the 76-78 record that netted her last place in 2007 was indeed a fluke.

Today marks the start of the PI’s heated football picks.

Prepare to see plenty of old faces and a few new ones as the feature enters its third year.

Back is the voice of Glenwood sports, Ron Milhorn. Milhorn always finishes near the top, taking second in 2007 and third in 2008.

Also returning is Kay Vasilakis, author of the PI’s weekly New Castle News column. And, of course, yours truly is returning as well.

Newbies include PI copy editor Collin Szewczyk and the infamous Paul Rice, better known as Husband Head to readers of Heidi Rice’s weekly “Fried Rice” column. The field better watch out for Husband Head, a fantasy football guru and noted Green Bay Packers fan.

A couple of intriguing rotating prognosticator slots also grace the panel.

The like-named PI reporting trio of John Colson, John Gardner and John Stroud will take turns predicting games.

Gardner didn’t exactly get the job done as a solo act last year, finishing ahead of only Vasilakis, who freely admits her picks are outright guesses. We’ll see if Stroud and Colson possess the football IQ to pick up Gardner’s slack.

Local Three Rivers Youth Football players will also have a chance to showcase their knowledge. A different player will get a turn every week.

So there you have it, this year’s bunch of fearless prognosticators. Be sure to check the sports sections on Fridays to see who’s out front.

And watch out, April E. We’re gunning for you.

Speaking of competition …

In a move that seemed shrewd just a week and a half ago, I accepted a bet from former PI colleague Joelle Milholm, who’s now working at a paper out in California.

It goes like this: If my San Francisco Giants beat out her Colorado Rockies in the National League wild-card race, she’ll have to wear Giants apparel of some sort for a day. On the flip side, I’ll have to don hideous Rockies purple for a day if Colorado comes out on top.

With the Rockies now leading the race by 4 1/2 games, I better start shopping for Rockies gear.

So if you see me wearing purple in early October, just know that I’m absolutely hating it.


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