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Am I ready for some football?

September 17, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

When I was 5 or 6 years old, I?started collecting football cards. At the time, I didn't know if they would be worth anything. And it seemed like the only noteable card I had was a Fran Tarkington one where he was well past his prime. I didn't have that many, maybe 100 to 200. I'd even pretend to do offense line versus defensive line in my little own Pro Bowl of sorts.

But a few years ago, I?did a regrettable thing; I?tossed out the box of those football cards. I figured they were taking up space and they were pretty much "D-list"?players anyway - why keep them. Then I?realized that I?probably shouldn't have done that. I?mean, I started getting these cards back in 1977-1978. But alas, it's too late for them now.

But I?haven't gone out and bought new cards or anything. I'm lucky I've kept up with the NFL or any sport for that matter. And this is coming from someone who grew up in a household that watches Wisconsin sports. My grandmother and now my mother hardly miss listening to or watching a Milwaukee Brewers game. Then there's the screaming and yelling that goes on every Sunday during football season when the Green Bay Packers are on. Yes, I didn't really follow that legacy. You won't see me wearing a cheesehead or cursing out Brett Favre for leaving the Packers and playing with the Minnesota Vikings. I tend to take a neutral stance when it comes to sports, don't show any loyalty.

I honestly know very little about sports. Which surprises me as I won the NCAA basketball pool at work this past April. I?usually put in for two brackets. I?figure if one doesn't do so hot, there's a chance for the second one to do better. And it was the second one I filled out that won me the money. When I do the brackets, I look at the seeds, figure for a couple or so upsets and just plain hope for the best. Remember, I never watch college basketball. Unless I'm flipping through the channels.

So that brings us to the current NFL season. I?actually toyed with the idea of joining my cousins' fantasy football league. But I didn't think I'd have the time or energy to devote to it. Instead, my sports editor asked if I wanted to be one of the Independent football pickers. Guess I should've kept up on how teams have been faring these past few seasons. The first week of the regular season, I?relied on the odds favorites listed in the Star Tribune and how each team did in the pre-season. Despite the analysis, I?finished 10-6. It wasn't bad, but there's always room for improvement.

I?didn't analyze as much for this coming weekend of football games, wonder how I'll do? 3-13, here I?come!



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