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Scuttle leftovers, Sept. 21, 2013

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

Michigan State, future home for Forest Park’s Lexi Gussert, ranks 16th in Sporting News College Basketball’s preseason women’s poll.

Defense and rebounding are keys to the Spartans ...

Looks like Cedar Grove forgot about the 34-32 loss to Kingsford.

The Rockets ripped Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Christian 78-22 in the next game ...

Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA, when asked about his job security after his yacht's woeful start in the America's Cup: "You can be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next, mate." ...

For some reason, Marion Catholic (Ill.) High School’s Tyler Ulis picked Kentucky over Michigan State and Iowa. He’s a 5-foot-9 point guard ...

Couple things to look for in the Michigan State and Michigan college football games.

Mike Huguenin of NFL Draft 365 likes the match-up between Spartans sophomore defensive end Shilique Coleman (6-4, 250) and Fighting Irish tackle Zack Martin (6-4, 308). That one starts at 2:30 p.m. (NBC).

Michigan would be best advised to block UConn junior inside linebacker Yawin Smallwood (6-4, 237), who averages 15 tackles per game. Kick-off is 7 p.m. (ABC) ...

From Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe baseball expert: “Most industry sources believe the Dodgers won't be interested in free agent Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, but keep your eyes on the Angels and Tigers ... Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is ‘likely going to be someone's third baseman’ next season” ...

From Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe: “Why are they the Buffalo ‘Bills’? Because "Billy' is slang for a male bison.” ...

From Tim Staudt, Lansing State Journal: “In Michigan State's last Rose Bowl year, 1987, the Spartans opened with USC, Florida State and Notre Dame. When do you think we'll see that September lineup again?” ...

From the conservation group Sierra Club, listing the best spots in the nation for fall color: “Turns out there's a whole lot more to Michigan than Detroit. The Upper Peninsula — you know, that confusing part of Michigan that always looks like it should be a separate state — features some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the country. More than 7 million acres of forest with over 100 species of trees cover the U.P., which is surrounded by three Great Lakes. Despite making up for 29 percent of Michigan's area, only 3 percent of the state's population resides there, making the region as remote as it is beautiful. If you're looking for an excursion, try hiking through the Porcupine Mountains State Park, located on the shores of Lake Superior.”

Washington kicker John Potter, represented by Iron Mountain’s John Perla of Perla Sports Management, scored his first NFL points in Sunday’s game with Green Bay. Potter, from Western Michigan University, kicked two extra-points along with two kick-off touchbacks.

“We couldn’t be more proud,”Perla, an NFL certified agent, said on Facebook. Potter was recently added to the NFL team’s roster ...

From Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, on the two men arrested for trying to pilfer some Wrigley Field ivy: “In keeping with Cubs tradition, the steal was unsuccessful.” ...

Paula Pasche, Detroit Lions beat writer for the Oakland Press, figures a 9-7 record for her team. She thinks the Lions may fall a game short of making the playoffs.

The granddaughter of the late Olaf and Helen (McMahon) Burklund of Felch-Hardwood has the Lions splitting with their division foes including a crucial season-ender at Minnesota ...

Do you want your daughters to grow up to be “girly-girls?”

Hilary Levey Friedman, author of “Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture,” states assertive girls — those playing a sport like soccer — can wind up running a company one day.

“Many parents think being cutthroat and aggressive sets girls on a particular path, perhaps to the corner office as a company executive,” Friedman wrote. “... as many parents know that being ladylike will not cut it in certain corner-office professions.”

For a better understanding of the subject, go to “The Atlantic” Web site and the story “Soccer Isn’t for Girly-Girls? How Parents Pick the Sports Their Daughters Play.” ...

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