Mariucci says Packers’ Rodgers like Warriors’ Curry

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NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci compares Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Steph Curry.

“Aaron reminds me of Steph Curry,” Iron Mountain native Mariucci said on the Rich Eisen Show, heard locally on WMIQ. “When he’s in a zone look out. Aaron Rodgers is Steph Curry. When he’s slinging in there it’s amazing.”

Curry frequently gets in a “can’t miss” shooting groove for the NBA team. The red-hot Rodgers has quarterbacked the Packers to the NFC Divisional Playoffs, where the Cowboys are 4.5-point favorites …

Law enforcement scanner traffic during Tuesday’s blizzard: “This must be what Houghton feels like.”

Bill Carollo, Big Ten coordinator of football officials, fielded questions for three hours from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.

“There are only two things that are perfect,” says Carollo, son of the late Iron Mountain High School graduate Aldo Carollo. “Your mother and your maker. We’re human. We make mistakes.”

Big Ten football officials view an average of 179.8 plays per game.

“The toughest job on the field belongs to the quarterback,” Carollo tells coaches. “The second-toughest — the officials.”

The classy Carollo, a frequent and welcome guest at the Izzo Mariucci Classic events, was a former college quarterback at UW-Milwaukee …

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: “Frenchman Robert Marchand set a world record for 105-year-olds by riding a bike 14 miles in one hour. And set another age-group mark for consecutive miles with a turn signal blinking.”

Laura Hillenbrand notes a connection to horse-racing greats California Chrome and Seabiscuit.

“California Chrome is the Seabiscuit of our era,” Hillenbrand, author of “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” told the LA Times. “They share unfashionable breeding and low-dollar backgrounds, imperfect confirmation, an unlikely cast of characters around them, advent in difficult times in American history and, most of all, ferocious combative will. Knock them around, and they keep coming back. And the world is rapt.”

Chrome, owned by Perry Martin, son of the late Catherine (Sandona) and Charles Martin of Iron Mountain, has one more race this month before retirement.

I once had the honor of interviewing Laura Hillenbrand, who, like many others, remarked how distinguished my voice sounded  …

From CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist, 76, retiring as the voice of SEC football after 16 seasons: “I could not be more grateful for what has been an amazing career.”