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Scuttle leftovers, Feb. 2, 2013

February 1, 2013 - Burt Angeli
ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Pete Frecchio, who passed away last weekend, certainly made his mark on area media.

The WMIQ programming wizard brought in sports talk radio, with even a couple "Papa Joe" Chevalier promotions.

During his stay with The Daily News, Pete's story on a police stand-off ranks with one of the best to appear on these pages …

From Boston Globe hockey writer Kevin Paul Dupont, on the league labor strife: “Both sides were wrong. Both sides badly hobbled the industry and their images. They’ve made a habit of doing that for a very long time. Can their leaders (Gary Bettman with the owners and Donald Fehr with the players) finally take their heads out of their equipment bags and develop a true mutually beneficial relationship? Based on history, there is no reason to think so. They have decades worth of collective failures and mistrust to guide them, and saddest of all, they perpetually allow all that to happen.” ...

From NBA and college basketball star Bill Walton, on legendary coach John Wooden: "He wrote (a maxim) for me on the day I graduated. 'To Bill Walton: It's the things you learn after you know it all that counts."'

Walton calls Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “the best player I played against and by far.” ... From Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: “Remember when Steve Mariucci gave away a 49ers game because of his friendship with a rival coach (according to Terrell Owens)? It must be comforting to the 49ers now to have a coach who doesn't like other coaches — . except his brother.” ...

Kansas’ Bill Self, explaining to Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis what makes a great coach: “We try to get easy baskets, and we try not to give 'em up. That's been our whole philosophy ever since I started. That goes for transition, angles on the post, loose ball/rebound type plays. I'd say our biggest strength is we probably get 'em to play hard and unselfishly.” ...

The International Skiing Federation (FIS), according to the Deseret News, recently determined that longer skis were needed to improve safety. The added length turned out to be perfect for Ted Ligety, a four-time World Cup giant slalom winner this season.

"Myself and 98 percent of World Cup athletes were pretty mad about it," Ligety said. "I still believe it's a poor decision, just because they think it's safer — based on three days of testing of athletes who are outside the top 100, with no skier or racer input — and there was no recourse to say, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa!' But after thinking about it, I thought it might help me."

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who worked with Iron River’s Jan Quarless at Wake Forest, wouldn’t mind another shot running an NFL team.

"At some point in time, if the Lord wills it, I'd love to be able to do it again," said Caldwell, forme Indianapolis Colts head coach. "But it may not happen. Everybody in our profession is looking for an opportunity to run their own program, and I'm no different than anybody else in that regard."

Another win by Jim Harbaugh pushes the 49ers coach past Iron Mountain’s Steve Mariucci for most wins by an NFL coach through two seasons. Harbaugh and Mariucci, tied at 27, trail Barry Switzer, 28 (Cowboys, 1994-95) and George Seifert, 32 (49ers, 1989-90) ...

ESPN's Dan Dakich, the best college basketballll analyst out there, wouldn't be surprised to see Tommy Izzo's Michigan State Spartans among the NCAA's elite eight, possibly "Final Four," at tournament time.

Dakich thought a bad call late in the Indiana game Sunday hurt the Spartans …

Heather Nabozny, 42, head groundskeeper for the Detroit Tigers, also assists the National Football League with the the Super Bowl game site and practice fields. She's been helping out the NFL for 10 years …

CBS wanted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for its Super Bowl coverage. When Rodgers turned down CBS (he wasn't happy with a "60 Minutes" profile) for a guest analyst spot, the network went with Packers linebacker Clay Matthews …

Germantown's girls basketball team plays an up-tempo offense, looking to shoot within 12 seconds of its possessions and changing the lineup every minute.

The Milwaukee area school sports a winning record ..

Greg Jennings may be out of Green Bay.

The free agent wide receiver who wants big bucks in a new contract has put his De Pere home on the market for $525,000. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Jennings has resided there since 2006, his first year with the team ..

Rented "Trouble With The Curve" and a weak script nearly overcomes a great cast (Clint Eastwood, John Goodman, Amy Adams) and cute story about an aging baseball scout …

From Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The fake-to-third, throw-to-first move is now a balk in major league baseball. "It's about time," said Gary Lee Cavagnaro, who played Englebert in "The Bad News Bears" in 1976 and is believed to be the only baserunner in modern baseball history to have been picked off that way.” ...

Don’t forget Puppy Bowl IX kicks off at 2 p.m. (Central time) Sunday on Animal Planet.

In addition to the football-playing pooches, there’s going to be hedgehog cheerleaders, blimp-piloting hamsters, a kitten halftime show and the new ultra slow-motion "Cute Cam." ...

From Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: “President Obama has expressed concern over the increasing health risks of football and said he would have reservations about letting his son play football, if he had a son.

“This might be the smoking gun that proves Obama isn't really an American. But I'll leave that matter in the hands of solid All-American vigilantes like Donald Trump.” ...

From Boston Globe baseball expert Nick Cafardo, on Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello: “You just get the feeling that, sometime before or during spring training, Porcello will be moved. The Diamondbacks appear to be out of the running after Kevin Towers obtained Randall Delgado from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal. The Tigers want to upgrade their defense at shortstop and perhaps add a quality reliever. Porcello, while only 23, hasn’t shown upward trends, and that has made him expendable.” ...

Another reason why the best seat in the house is in your house: Washington Redskins are hiking FedEx Field parking fees to $40 ...

Can’t blame Tommy Izzo for once entertaining NBA thoughts after reading a Detroit News story on one hectic day in the Michigan State coach’s life. Little time to sleep or eat properly with his grueling schedule ...

 
 

 

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