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ScuttleBu(r)t leftovers, June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013 - Burt Angeli
ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Marquette’s 6-foot-6 Mark Pap, 2013 Great Northern Conference Player of the Year and U.P. “Dream Team” basketball pick, will study business at the University of Michigan ...

From Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne News Sentinel: “The University of Kentucky football coaches offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old seventh-grade cornerback last week. Presumably, they were impressed by his keen interest in quantum physics.” ...

From the late country singer Slim Whitman: “I don’t think you’ve ever heard anything bad about me, and I’d like to keep it that way. I’d like my son to remember me as a good dad. I’d like the people to remember me as having a good voice and a clean suit.’’ ...

Late great local golfer Bobby Pedo would have laughed at those “While We’re Young” commercials seeking faster play. Bobby refused to play in golf tournaments because his playing partners couldn’t keep up with him ...

From Adam Schein of XMSirius Radio and NFL.com: “ Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy form — without question, in my opinion — the best quarterback/coach tandem in the game today.” Rodgers and McCarthy own a 57-29 career record ...

From University of Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez, who prefers a fast-paced game: “I don't know how much fun it is to watch a huddle. That's the biggest waste of time in football.” ...

Regan Smith, with Bark River’s Greg Ives serving as crew chief, leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series by a big margin.

Smith chalked up his second win at Michigan last week.

“We dug ourselves a hole (in qualifying),” Ives said. “But we knew the car was fast and we never got flustered.” ...

Sporting News Pro Football Yearbook predicts Seattle will beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship and Denver in the Super Bowl ...

Wausaukee grad and former basketball coach Douglas Polomis has been named middle school-high school principal at Coleman.

Polomis coached boys basketball at Crivitz and girls basketball at Marinette ...

Ontonagon’s John Gravier, blowing a whistle for 40 years, plans to reduce his officiating schedule.

The football, basketball and track ref winters in Arizona. The former sheriff of Ontonagon County has one regret — not keeping a diary of his many special games, funny incidents and unusual trips ...

From RJ Bell of Pregame.com: “Among the last 25 Heisman winners, only one quarterback has won an NFL playoff game: Tim Tebow.” ...

Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald: “The U.S. Open at Merion is a difficult course. Picture the Amazon rain forest, only with more rough.”

Baseball bits from Bill Chuck of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Norichika Aoki of the Brewers has 35 hits against lefties, the most in the majors ... Prince Fielder has drawn 37 walks against lefties, the most in the AL ... The ERA of Brewers lefties is 2.25, the best in the majors.

Another reason just to stay at home and watch the games on television is the NFL’s new policy regarding bags allowed in stadiums. Only bags that are clear (see-through) plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches; one-gallon clear (see-through) plastic freezer bag; small clutch bags, not to exceed 7 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches may be brought into the stadium.

“Safety is the No. 1 reason behind the new rules, although this should make it tougher for fans to sneak food and alcohol into stadiums,” wrote Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “The irony — the Patriots, like many teams, sell a purse on their official online team store that is now prohibited inside the stadium.” ...

From Mike Lupica, New York Daily News: “Serena Williams now being called the greatest women’s tennis player of all time is going to come as news to Martina Navratilova, and especially Steffi Graf, who at the present time still has won six more majors than Serena has.” ...

Some Virginia communities have banned chaining “backyard dogs.”

Noted comedian Wanda Sykes: “Dogs ask for so little yet give us so much. The very least that we can do for them is to pass a law that protects them from the cruelty of being chained their entire lives.” ...

The father of former Michigan Tech linebacker Justin Armstrong has been given the task of rebuilding Las Vegas Rancho High School football.

Tyrone Armstrong is Rancho’s new head football coach. Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal profiled the efforts of Susan T. Spencer, daughter of late Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose, to raise funds for the football program. Tyrone Armstrong’s contacts in the NFL Foundation helped organize a free skills clinic.

Armstrong was a backup guard at Oklahoma under Barry Switzer. The Rancho world history teacher, according to Kantowski, received his degree from the University of Michigan at Flint.

Justin Armstrong recently completed a stellar career at Michigan Tech, earning 2012 All-GLIAC honors. Armstrong is finishing up his bachelor's degree in sports and fitness management and plans to graduate in December ...

 
 

 

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