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Packers equipment manager reveals one way to deal with Bears

September 7, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Gordon "Red" Batty, Green Bay Packers equipment manager since 1994, visited Stephenson recently to talk to the Eagles high school football team.

Batty, according to Tom (Richie) Kaeser of The EagleHerald, says there are 65 different styles of face masks, $40,000 worth of shoulder pads that are custom made for each player, 400 pairs of pants, $30,000 worth of gloves and 800 footballs.

The Packers don't miss a trick. If the Bears are wearing black jerseys, the Packers are putting on black gloves.

"That way you can get your hands on them without being noticed as much," Batty said.

By the way, the Packers and 24 other NFL teams have their uniforms made in Berlin, Wis. ...

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., 53, is the career leader in Professional Bowling Association titles with 47 and a seven-time PBA Player of the Year Award winner. He's also the six-time world champion in horseshoes.

"If you want anything thrown underhand," Williams said, "I'm pretty good at it." ...

I pity those Bay Conference boys basketball teams facing the defense of new Denmark coach Tony Calo.

Calo, a Kingsford grad, plans to use the 2-2-1 press once crafted by Flivver coach Roger LeDuc ...

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 274), a strong Heisman Trophy candidate despite playing defensive end, got his start in a tough North Carolina youth football league.

"This ain't tag, now," Bobby Carroll, Clowney's high school coach, told Greg Bishop of the New York Times. "These kids will knock the taste out of your mouth at the age of 5. These kids hit."

Clowney as an eight-month-old baby? "He wore a cape in place of a diaper," Bishop wrote ...

Menominee's Jacob Pedersen (6-4, 248) will be an NFL sixth-round draft pick, Dane Bulger of projects at this stage of the season.

Pedersen, a senior at Wisconsin, is the No. 5 tight end in the country according to Frank Cooney's The Sports Xchange.

Mike Huguenin of says Pedersen "seems a lock" to be drafted.

"Pedersen is a good route runner with soft hands, and as with all Badgers tight ends, he is a solid blocker," Huguenin wrote ...

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