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John M. Hotchner

What are your thoughts on college football? Share them in March’s Caption Contest

February 26, 2018 12:00 PM

  • The cartoon caption contest stamp for March is this 1969 6¢ commemorative stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football. For the cartoon caption contest purposes, though, the coach and players can represent the sport from youth leagues to the pros. What do you think the coach or player is thinking or saying? There will be a prize for the best philatelic and best nonphilatelic lines. The rules to enter the contest are in the accompanying article. Entries must be received by March 23 for a chance to win a prize.

U.S. Stamp Notes — By John M. Hotchner

From 1969 when the 6¢ Intercollegiate Football stamp (Scott 1382) was issued until today, nearly 50 years later, football maintained its status as one of the most popular United States sports.

But of late, several problems have beset the sport, and it is not unfair to say that football’s apple cart has been tipped over, especially at the professional level.

The stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football competition, but for purposes of the March cartoon caption contest, it represents the sport from youth flag football up through the pros.

Of late, the actions of players, coaches and league management have been under a microscope with regard to issues such as traumatic brain injury, behavior on the field, and disciplinary actions resulting from felonious behavior.

So, I’d like you to put yourself under the coach’s hat, or the player’s helmet. What are they thinking of saying or thinking about the goings-on of the last few years and how it might affect the sport’s future? Or, in creating an entry, you can focus on stamp collecting, politics, the state of higher education, or whatever else occurs to you.

There will be two prizes given: one for the best philatelic line, and one for the best nonphilatelic line.

The important thing is to use your sense of humor, because entries with a humorous twist have the best chance of winning a prize.

Put your entry (or entries) on a postcard if possible and send it to me, John Hotchner, Cartoon Contest, Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041-0125, or email me.

If you send an email, it is essential that your include your postal mailing address.

For each winner, the prize will be the book Linn’s Stamp Identifier, published by Linn’s (a retail value of $12.99), or a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension).

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To be considered for the prizes, entries must reach me no later than March 23.

Why not enter now while you’re thinking about it?