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I grew up in the Boston area, so I grew up a New England Patriots fan. In my most formative years, Victor Kiam (of Remington electric razor fame) owned the team, and we had the worst stadium in the NFL, routine TV blackouts on game days, and a locker-room culture that was uglier than our usual 1-15 or 2-14 record. To give you a sense of how bad it got: Playing Kiam in a 1990 Saturday Night Live episode, Phil Hartman unveiled a new Remington razor called the "Lezbo."

Naturally, I hated the Broncos, a class organization that routinely shamed the Pats. But I may have hated them more last September, when they opened the NFL season to huge TV audiences — on the same night the Indy Music Awards Festival made its downtown debut.

The performers still rocked, and audiences still responded, but there was a real missed-opportunity vibe. With more than a dozen award-winning local performers in a central location on a beautiful night, more people should have been there.

Well, this year, we get to do it again, and better — with two outdoor stages, and under-21 entry into at least one of the participating clubs. Meanwhile, the NFL's opening night pits Green Bay against Seattle. And really, after the Super Bowl, do you care to see the Seahawks play?

Meet this year's IMA winners starting here. And don't forget to vote in our "other" big readers poll, the Best Of Colorado Springs; the ballot's on p. 35 of this week's issue, and online here. Voting for that one ends Sunday, Aug. 31.

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