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Scuttle leftovers, Saturday, April 13

April 12, 2013 - Burt Angeli
ScuttleBu(r)t ...

From Red Green: “I’m not getting smarter, but I am getting more secretive about my stupidity.”

From the late Boston radio talk show host Paul Benzquin: “I’m just delighted to be a local boy who made mediocre.” ...

JP Coppo, who guided De Pere past Kingsford this past season, was named the Green Bay Press-Gazette all-area coach of the year. The Voyageurs, under the second-year coach, finished second in the Fox River Classic Conference and suffered a triple overtime loss in the WIAA state sectional semifinals.

De Pere junior forward Will Reabe was a Press-Gazette first-team pick, posting 43 points (26 goals, 17 assists) for third best in the conference ...

Daily News remodeling uncovered a 1976 picture of future radio hall of famer Mike Caruso and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John. Tommy doesn’t look too excited in the photo ...

Iron Mountain’s Tommy Izzo, asked if he’s interested in coaching the U.S. Olympic basketball team: “I would like to be Olympic waterboy. I'd like to be anything involved with it. That's been one of my dreams. … That would be the ultimate honor."

My favorite TVC actress? Too tough to call between 5-foot-11 Jessica Paré from AMC’s “Mad Men” and Keri Russell from FX’s “The Americans.” ...

Mighty nice of Stephenson High School to honor Rich Sunila during the final regular season home basketball game with Menominee. Sunila has been a Stephenson manager, scorekeeper and announcer for 53 years.

Still a mystery how Rich’s jacket wound up in the trees near Ronberg Field after a Norway-Stephenson football game ...

From Brad Rock of Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, on watching the energetic Southern University band in the NCAA tourney game with Gonzaga: “It’s hard not to respect a band whose conductor wears a T-shirt that says, “War time!” on the back.” ...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “has won only one postseason game since he was a junior at Burlington High in Wisconsin — his college team was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs three years in a row.” ...

Central Michigan University’s Austin Keel played high school basketball in Winter Park, Fla., with Austin Rivers and Brett Comer. Rivers played at Duke before going to the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. Comer is part of that Florida Gulf Coast crew shocking the college basketball world ...

Central Michigan University football: Sophomore Alex Niznak (Ithaca) and junior Cody Kater (Montague), two quarterbacks who helped sink Iron Mountain in state playoff games, are in contention to start next season. There’s three others in the picture ... Kingsford assistant and former Lakeland College star Mark Novara meets one quarterbacking requirement of CMU head coach Dan Enos. “They’ll have to be able to sit in the pocket and throw the football when it’s time,” said Enos, who coached Novara at Lakeland ... Gino Guidugli, who threw for over 1,300 yards quarterbacking Bob Landsee’s Milwaukee arena football team in 2011, will coach Central Michigan University’s running backs.

From NBC's Jimmy Fallon, on bracket-busting Florida Gulf Coast University: "Even the University of Phoenix Online was like, 'Who?' " ...

From a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal obituary: “Timothy Wayne ‘Tim’ Hopkins, 54, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Dale Earnhardt ...” ...

USA Today’s list of the 20 best athlete-owned restaurants had Brett Favre’s Steakhouse in Green Bay at No. 13 and the 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield, owned by Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun, at No. 20 ...

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Greg Pearson, on the return of infielder Yuni Betancourt: “Welcome back, Yuniesky Betancourt. We’ve missed that .271 OBP (on base percentage).” ...

From Greg Cote, Miami Herald, on the U.S. going 0 for 3 in World Baseball Classics: "Wait. Didn't we invent baseball? This would be like the NFL losing the Super Bowl to the Netherlands." ...

From Steve Serby, New York Post, on the Michigan State-Duke tournament clash: “America will be treated to a clash of the titans, one living legend (Coach K) and the man they call Mr. March (Tom Izzo), piloting two storied programs that have set a standard of sustained excellence the late John Wooden would have applauded.” ...

Chuck Fairbanks, 79, Ishpeming High School head football coach from 1955 to 1957, died recently after a battle with brain cancer.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe noted that “most defensive coaches aren’t mentioned much when it comes to inventing schemes — usually it’s the offensive coaches who get all the publicity — but the 3-4, two-gap scheme developed by Fairbanks and defensive line coach/coordinator Hank Bullough with the Patriots from 1973-78 still resonates.”

Fairbanks was once the Patriots head coach. Bullough, a Michigan State line standout, also coached the Green Bay Packer defense for a season and spoke at a North Dickinson athletic banquet ...

From Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe baseball expert: “The Brewers have the most foreign players (14), representing seven countries ... The Brewers and Marlins employed the most rookies (eight) on their Opening Day rosters. ...

The Orphans from Centralia, Ill., won USA Today’s mascot and nickname contest. Name of the Centralia cheering section? The Orfanage!

Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times also liked the runner-up Carbon Dinos of Price, Utah ...

From Brad Dickson, Omaha World Herald: “We got down to the Final Four. I’m referring to the four remaining NCAA tournament viewers who aren’t sick of that weird AT&T guy asking questions of the kids in a circle.” ...

D. Leo Monahan, 86, covered Bruins hockey for Boston newspapers over six decades. Monahan, who died recently, told his daughter “to always remember who you work for.”

“It wasn’t for the team, it wasn’t for the players, and it wasn’t for the coaches. You worked for the people who bought the paper.”

She also told the Boston Globe “the highest compliment you could give him was that he was a good newspaperman. He never wanted to be called a journalist by any means. That was too fancy a name. He said if you were called that, people would think you were putting on the dog.” ...

From Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times, on the Cubbies: “A team that lost 101 games last season will be better this year but still likely finish last in the National League Central. Fans are being told to be patient again, as if 104 years with no championships weren’t patience enough.”

No wonder Michigan basketball coach John Beilein is a winner. He grew up in Burt, a small community near Niagara Falls, NY ...

From David Letterman’s “Top Ten” things you don’t want to see from your baseball team: "Opening-day giveaway is a letter of apology from the general manager." ...

China's Wocheng Ye, on qualifying for a European Tour golf event at age 12: "I've dreamed of this since I was a boy." ...

From Brad Dickson, Omaha World Herald: “A Florida man has built a ‘bomb-proof man cave.’ This is when you know your husband is too into sports. He's taking steps to ensure that Armageddon doesn't prevent him from seeing the end of the Steelers-Browns game.” ...

Michigan, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, shows 40-1 odds of winning college football’s national championship.

“The Wolverines schedule sets up pretty well,” wrote Bruce Feldman of CBSports.com, noting Notre Dame plays at Ann Arbor. “Their toughest road is at Michigan State and they have two weeks to get ready for the Buckeyes.” ...

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press “that major league hitters need at least 1,000 at-bats, and maybe 1,500, before they find out what kind of hitter they're going to be.” ...

Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard who shot the lights out in the NCAA Final Four at Atlanta, received only one other scholarship offer — Appalachian State ...

 
 
 

 

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