Goshen News, Goshen, IN


February 4, 2013

THE SKINNY: Book closes on yet another fun football season

GOSHEN — With Sunday night’s Super Bowl, another football season is in the books.

And for die-hard football fans like myself, it’s on to the next season. Because any football fan worth his or her salt knows there are four seasons: The pre-season, the regular season, the postseason, and the offseason.

It was a great year for local high school football in the area, with the Concord Minutemen advancing all the way to semistate before losing to Mishawaka on a cold November night at Jake Field.

And of course, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s blowout loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game doesn’t take away from the amazing season the Irish had.

Notre Dame football is back, and that is always a good thing for college football in general. Look for the Irish to come back strong again in 2013.

They have the right guy in place in Brian Kelly, and after a brief flirtation with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly is back in the fold.

And while we’re talking about football, let’s reveal the winner of the Goshen News Pigskin Pick ‘Em contest, a fun little feature we added to our sports section this season, with a five-member staff panel and a guest picker each week.

The winner is sports reporter Greg Keim, who went 199-71 over the 270-game slate (a 73.7 percent clip).

Second place was a tie between photographer Sam Householder and the guest pickers, who went 192-78 (71.1 percent).

`Yours truly, your humble sports editor, ended up 191-79 (70.7 percent).

Fifth place went to managing editor Michael Wanbaugh, who was 187-83 (69.2 percent).

And coming in sixth and last was former municipal government reporter Amanda Gray, who was 186-84 (68.8 percent).

It was fun picking these games each week, and the back-and-forth over who was doing well and not so well each week provided grist for more than a little good-natured trash-talking here in the office.

All in good fun, and now Greg has earned bragging rights until next season.

But the rest of us will look to knock him off his perch then.

As the snow flies outside my office window, the dog days of August and another football season seem eons away.

But the calendar pages will turn, and in about six months we will be talking about another season on the gridiron!

Contact sports editor David Vantress at 533-2151, ext. 325 or by email at david.vantress@goshennews.com.


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