Striving for second place |

Striving for second place

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We read all the time in April E. Clark’s columns about a desire to reinvent herself.

I’m not sure how well that’s going in the rest of her life, but I do know she’s successfully overhauled her ability to predict football games.

After an atrocious showing in 2007, one that saw Clark go 76-77, she’s taken the 2008 version of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent football picks by storm.

In 13 weeks of forecasting outcomes, she’s never relinquished first place. There was a week I tied her, but that was about as short-lived as Joe Sakic’s Tuesday snow-blowing escapade.

At 85-45, Clark’s blown away her win output from last year with a week of bowl game predictions to go. (In case you’re wondering when you can grab Clark’s bowl picks and head to Vegas, they’ll be in next Thursday’s paper. We’re taking this week off.)

How does a turnaround like this happen? How does someone go from the football-picking cellar to somehow take on the prophetic prowess of Nostradamus.

I don’t get it. Were dart tosses, dice rolls and coin flips behind last year’s showing?

Is there a boyfriend behind it all? John Gardner, who, along with Kay Vasilakis, took Clark’s spot in the cellar, wondered this.

But I know Clark’s boyfriend and I’m pretty sure her football knowledge ” which I previously thought not to extend beyond the Colts or Purdue football ” is a tad more advanced than his.

Sorry, man.

It doesn’t matter how April morphed into such a football picks juggernaut, I suppose. We just have to give her props for the epic turnaround.

It is the year of the turnaround, after all. She’s just following the lead of the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

Whatever her secret, there’s no changing the fact Clark’s three-game lead in the picks will no doubt hold.

Second place isn’t so bad, right?

Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123

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