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There is a unique American tradition on fall afternoons and that is intercollegiate football. We now have this tradition back here in the Treasure Valley at the College of Idaho. The nationally ranked No. 15 Coyotes are playing their home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Returning 20 starters from last year this gridiron team is on a six game winning streak. These athletes are not as big as the NCAA big schools, but believe me they are fast, intelligent and just as tough as anybody on a football field.

With all of the craziness currently happening in our nation and this world, these exciting afternoon escapes are essential to our mental, spiritual and physical health. So I urge you grandpas, fathers and uncles to take the boys you love to these orchestrated exciting tests of manhood. (Maybe take your granddaughters too, as they will very much enjoy watching handsome young men play this rough and tumble sport). There are many local young men on the roster that you may have watched play in high schools across the valley.

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Incidentally the five home game season pass is only $50. There is adequate free parking close by, and the Caldwell Night Rodeo food court is open so you can feed these aspiring growing players. 

Like the old song goes, “This is it, make no mistake about it!” This squad very well could be in the NAIA play offs for the first time in over 50 years. Go Coyotes!

—Jeffrey Jensen, Caldwell

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