ScuttleBu(r)t: Packer coach takes boat ride to Legion post


ScuttleBu(r)t …

Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy surprised folks at Menominee American Legion Post 146 on Independence Day.

McCarthy and a friend boated over from Egg Harbor to Menominee, and stopped at the Legion post for a cup of coffee.

“He was very pleasant,” Post 146 custodian Herold Hendon told the EagleHerald. “Very outgoing when it came to taking pictures. We offered donuts but he didn’t want donuts.”

Added Post 146 Commander Steve Fifarek, “We’re hoping that he’ll come back for a fish fry.”

When WisSportsNet polled football coaches on the strangest excuse for a player missing a game or practice, one reported “being bit by a pig at the fair.”

Iron Mountain’s Randy Awrey, now coaching high school football in North Carolina, rummaged through a box at home and found his old NMU helmet.

“Man, what I wouldn’t give to just play in one more game,” Awrey said on social media. “For those of you who get to play ball this fall, appreciate every moment cause when your hour glass runs out of time you can’t flip it over and start again.”

One of the better “tweets” last season came from a Kingsford senior after the playoff loss to Menominee: “I’ll have to pay to get into Flivver Field next year.”

From comedy writer Brad Dickson: “I’m pretty sure when the dust settles Urban Meyer will get off with a lighter punishment than the coach in California who was caught using a plastic straw.”

Niagara’s Bret St. Arnauld, new head coach at Mount Horeb/Barneveld, likes the fact that his Vikings will be going up against Badger North Conference teams with veteran coaches.

“I had the experience of being around coaches that have been a part of the game for a long amount of time,” Bret, son of longtime coaches Dan and Carol St. Arnauld, told Big 1070 radio. “You have a respect for the game because of those guys. They’re the ones who paved the way for young guys like me. I admire a lot of those coaches that have been doing it longer than I’ve been alive.”

Bret was also surely referring to Jimmy Hoogland, a highly-regarded defensive coordinator who worked with his dad for many years.

“You appreciate everything they have done and the foundation that they have laid for people like me,” he said.

The Vikings and defending state champion Waunakee meet in the third week of the season …

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: “Jim Brandstatter, the Detroit Lions’ color commentator during the team’s 1-9 playoff showing the past 31 seasons, has been sacked by the team.

“Well, now that they’ve fixed that problem … on to the Super Bowl!”

Thanks to editorial assistant Chris Tomassucci, Detroit Lions pocket schedules are available at The Daily News. …