A busy Bill Carollo took a break this week from his Big Ten Conference duties to tour area golf courses.
Bill, along with his buddy Hugh Miller from Chicaugon Lake and Bradenton, Fla., challenged Pine Grove Country Club and George Young Recreational Complex. We chatted off the record in the Pine Grove dining room but the Big Ten football officiating coordinator did meet recently with Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette.
"I underestimated the amount of work, and I underestimated how much work needs to be done to get better," said Carollo, entering his sixth season with Big Ten. "I'm not the smartest guy, but I learned a lot from the NFL about trying to be the best you can be."
Carollo, son of the late Aldo Carollo (1938 Iron Mountain High School grad), was asked about the Big Ten coaches.
"They are professional," he told Asmussen. "They know the game. They want to win. I get that. We don't want to make mistakes. We do make mistakes. We're all human. When we kick off, sometimes the personalities come out."
Carollo, a former National Football League official with Super Bowl experience, oversees other college football conferences. Miller helps out Carollo with the Big Ten.
We may see Bill and Hugh again next summer. When Bill mentioned his past experience playing bocce, I suggested he return for the 2015 Dickinson Area Bocce Association's 2014 "Chi Chi" Pozza U.P. Open Championship.
The Cavalieri gang better be ready if Bill follows through by competing next year ...
Mother of Boston area Little Leaguer dreading a long baseball game: "I love my son dearly, but I have to say that watching a second-grade Little League game may very well be the Tenth Circle of Hell."
Hurley, Wis., with the Great Western Conference losing teams, added Iron Mountain to its 2014 football schedule.
"We're excited to play Iron Mountain," said Hurley Coach Scott Erickson, who had 36 players working this summer with the UW-Eau Claire coaching staff. "It'll be a stern test and a good way to go into the playoffs."
Forest Park is another Hurley foe. Not sure if the Midgets are trying to intimidate the Trojans and Mountaineers, but they've been working out this summer with sledgehammers
Jerry Bugni, a L'Anse High School coach for more than 45 years, retired from junior varsity football this year.
Bugni, a standout athlete at Wakefield High School, engineered the development of L'Anse's new football field ...
New York Times in describing bocce: "The rules are complicated enough to keep the game interesting, but the skill is simple enough to require no athletic ability. As a bonus, it is a traditional Italian game, commonly played with one hand while the other holds an espresso or a glass of wine." ...