Hey, did anyone else watch the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, me neither. The Broncos were so dominant through the regular season, I just went ahead and penciled them in as champions. I’m sure the game went as planned. The ink on my new "Peyton is the Man!-ning" tattoo should by dry here shortly.

Hey, did anyone else watch the Super Bowl this year? Yeah, me neither. The Broncos were so dominant through the regular season, I just went ahead and penciled them in as champions. I’m sure the game went as planned. The ink on my new "Peyton is the Man!-ning" tattoo should by dry here shortly.


But before we shut the book on football, there’s one more pigskin-related holiday we die-hards can celebrate: National Signing Day! Yes, today is the day when college football fans get their first look at the team of tomorrow, as 17- and 18-year-olds pick a hat and sign on the dotted line. The best-of-the-best commit to Division I schools, proud recipients of a free "education" and five years of financial exploitation at the hands of the NCAA.


For all you fans of UT or A&M — heck, even Baylor these days — National Signing Day is truly a joyous occasion, as studs with inconceivable measurables and Jim-Thorpe-level athletic ability line up to ensure your school will remain perpetually in the title hunt. Let me fill you in, dear reader, on how the other half lives.


Since the University of Colorado’s football program entered a partially-self-inflicted tailspin in the early aughts, rooting for the team has been like rooting for the Washington Generals, with every other college football team playing the role of the Harlem Globetrotters. We fire head coaches, we still lose. We fire athletic directors, we still lose. We play teams that don’t even participate in Division I football, no matter, losses one and all.


National Signing Day for a fan of the Buffaloes is like watching the the beautiful people on "The Bachelor" pick and choose among themselves, whilst, in one’s own living room, concurrently entertaining romantic overtures from the Elephant Man. Even on that rare occasion when we do land a verbal pledge from a highly-sought-after player, he inevitably flips to a school that does things like "win football games," as the February deadline approaches.


So enjoy the revelry of NSD, Texas fans. As for me, I’ll be looking into which CU commitment was born without toes, which one suffers from debilitating Coulrophobia, and which of the litter chose a scholarship from the Buffs over an opportunity to be a back-up towel boy in Saskatoon.



Happy birthday Wednesday to Wanda Edwards, Kerwin Jones, DaShawn Raglin, Carolyn Parfait and Ola Faye DeHorney, all of Denison; Rachelle Thomas, Cecil Mask, Gladys Walford and Sawyer Nobles, all of Sherman; John Edward Pippard of Allen; Bob Garvin of Whitesboro; Nathaniel Montgomery and Melvin Miller, both of Luella; Norma Jean White of Howe; Drew Hodge of The Colony; and Adrianna Evans.


Happy anniversary Wednesday to Leon and Thelma Copeland of Sherman, 75 years; Durrall and Linda Rickerson of Sherman, 50 years.