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It's the most wonderful time of the year

Ahhh, football season. Seems like just yesterday I was lamenting the early departure of the New York Football Giants from the playoffs. Alas, like the Swallows of Capistrano, the NFL has returned on schedule.

Its the most wonderful time of the year.

With it comes the return of the News Enterprise NFL Picking Contest. Hard to believe Ive been doing this for eight seasons now. For those of you who may have been under a rock all that time, heres how it works:

Each week youll find a sheet listing every game. All you need to do is circle which team you think will win each game. I also ask that you predict a score for each game, but thats just to add to the fun. Ill keep a running tally on everyones performance and publish it here for all to see. With some 50 people participating the last several seasons, only one sheet per person is allowed. All entries must be received prior to kick-off of the first game each week and remember, the season officially kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6. You can fax them to 518-873-6360; mail them to PO Box 338, Elizabethtown, NY 12932; or e-mail tom@denpubs.com. If you choose the latter, be sure to include your name and phone number, and be clear about who youre choosing to win each game.

For those of you out of town, feel free to get a weekly schedule off the Internet or your local paper just make sure you get your picks in on time.

Troy Galusha of Olmstedville is our reigning champ, but this is going to be my year for sure. Ill give you my picks for Week 1 next week, but rest assured, Ill be picking Big Blue all the way, whether or not Strahan comes back!

Its been a long spring and summer, and Im definitely ready for some football!

GO BIG BLUE!!!

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