Good morning, troops. It's Thursday, March 22.
Despite not being on an NFL roster since the start of the 2016 season, life is pretty good for Colton Underwood, the pride of Washington Community High School.
The one-time restaurateur and Olympic-athlete dater is ready to take another chance on love, this time with millions of people watching on television.
Underwood is to be a contestant on the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," a longstanding reality show that airs on ABC.
The former Illinois State University football player will be among dozens of eligible bachelors attempting to win the affections of the fair Becca Kufrin. She was heretofore best known as being jilted by Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the most-recent season of "The Bachelor," an ABC companion show.
Much like his father, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Luyendyk is a professional race-car driver. Will Kufrin be willing to take another chance on someone with a pro-athlete pedigree?
The 26-year-old Underwood played in the camps of the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders but announced his retirement last year. A shoulder injury proved too much to overcome.
The NFL farewell came at about the same time as the end of Underwood's relationship with Aly Raisman, the famed gymnast and multiple Olympic gold-medal winner. They became quite the item after Underwood's unconventional way of asking Raisman on a date following the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Raisman accompanied Underwood to Peoria on one of his visits regarding the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation, a charity he established to benefit people who have cystic fibrosis.
The new season of "The Bachelorette" begins May 28, aired locally on WHOI-TV (19). Kufrin could do much, much worse than to pick our man Colton.
We are writing this as the sun is rising, so the song heard on the way to work fits like a glove. It reminds us of this hilarious story Peoria blogger and man-about-town Marty Wombacher wrote about seeing Richie Havens perform in the 1980s in a local bar. (It's at the end of this piece.) No word if Havens performed for hours then, as he did at Woodstock.