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Scuttle leftovers, Dec. 22, 2012

December 21, 2012 - Burt Angeli
ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Norway’s Ed Weiland, pro and college basketball expert for HoopsAnalyst.com, regards Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker as one of the nation’s unheralded freshmen.

Dekker, notes Weiland, “plays in an offense that encourages balanced scoring and also suppresses stats with a slow pace. Upside has him this high. We’ll see where he goes with it.”

With Torii Hunter now assigned to right field, astute Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo wonders what the Detroit Tigers will do with Avisail Garcia.

“A lot of scouts love Avisail Garcia,” Caardo wrote. “Would be an interesting player to grab.”

Cafardo reports Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello is on the trading block ...

Mason Crosby’s kicking troubles may have helped the Packers against the Packers.

With Crosby in range for field goals on three occasions, Coach Mike McCarthy opted to go for six points rather than three.

Those touchdowns, rather than field goals, may have been the difference ...

From former UW-Madison athletic director and former Badgers star Pat Richter, speaking at the school’s winter commencement ceremony:

“(Late great Packers coach Vince Lombardi) has been misquoted as saying, ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.’ But what he really said was, ‘Winning isn’t everything, wanting to win is.’ There’s a tremendous difference.” ...

From the late Mary Ellen Root, waitress at Milwaukee’s Hotel Antlers coffee shop and winner of the 1955 Kellogg’s “Miss Good Morning” contest: “A man’s breakfast is important to him. If it’s cooked the right way and served right, his whole day is set.” ...

From Vinnie, neighbor of Giovanni Schirripa who allowed a zebra and pony to escape from his Staten Island petting zoo: “He’s an idiot, just a natural moron. He’s a menace to society and to himself.” ...

New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro is impressed with the acting range of Bruce McGill, who played Edwin M. Stanton in the new movie “Lincoln” and John Belushi’s wing-man D-Day in “Animal House” ...

There’s some concern in Las Vegas that the 10-day National Finals Rodeo will move to Jerry Jones’ 80,000-seat Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. NFR brings in more than 40,000 people and fills 22,500 Vegas hotel rooms.

By the way, Vegas’ NASCAR event draws more than 100,000 in March ...

Billy Taylor, now Dr. William Taylor, runs Get Back Up Inc., a subtance abuse treatment facility in downtown Detroit. For more on “Touchdown” Taylor, one of Michigan’s greatest running backs, check out Ron Kantowski’s story from Nov. 25 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal ...

Four of the nation’s 124 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches are not married. If I understand ESPN The Magazine’s story, thee of the four are divorced and Oregon’s Chip Kelly is the only one that has never married ...

 
 
 

 

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