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Football picks: The madness is soon coming to an end

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We’re nearing the end of a friendly competition here at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, our first annual staff (and guests) football picks contest. And what a ride it’s been.Aside from igniting a raging competitive fire in all parties involved – you should see Kara, Joelle and I in the office on Saturdays, highlighters in hand and going to town on our little grid printouts as results come in – the picks have been quite time-consuming on the organizational end.Wrangling a different high school coach and “star” picker every week has proven, well, frustrating. With the star picks, we’d aim high and hope for the best. Joelle and I have spent significant time thinking up possible prognosticators the past 13 weeks, making phone calls and firing out e-mails. The result: many unreturned phone calls and unanswered e-mails. What made it all worth it, though, were the times the work paid off.Like when snowboarder extraordinaire Gretchen Bleiler left us a light-hearted voicemail saying she knew absolutely nothing about football but would give it a go. Or when an e-mail to the Nuggets media relations staff asking for any player or coach yielded none other than superstar forward Carmelo Anthony. That’s who’ll close out the regular season portion of our competition, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.The struggles clearly paid off in a big way some weeks, but issues weren’t confined strictly to chasing down big names. There were the weeks when our prognosticators seemed to forget the concept of a deadline, when poor Joelle (deadline day’s my day off) would have to desperately dial up the week’s forgetful coach or star picker to secure their picks. That made the weeks we had everyone’s picks early a breeze. We do, after all, have to write stories and cover stuff on a daily basis.At last, it’s all coming to an end. We’ll miss the competition, but not the behind-the-scenes insanity.So allow me to explain how we’ll finish this thing. Since this is the last week of the college football season, this will be the last week of our picks as far as the regular season is concerned. In a couple weeks, we’ll run a special bowl edition of the picks. It’ll feature what we consider to be the top 11 bowl games, of course including ones of local intrigue. Since we rotated between five local football coaches during the course of the season, we’ll bring back the one with the best overall record (right now, Roaring Fork’s Mike Brinson is in the lead). We’ll also try to bring back the top star, which is X Games ski medalist Peter Olenick, heading into Week 13.I just hope I can hang on to my lead. Bragging rights are all too hard to come by.Contact Jeff Caspersen:

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