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Flivver foes play major roles in bowl games

January 5, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Former Homestead (Wis.) High School star Ben Gardner, who made six tackles (4 solo) for Stanford in the Rose Bowl, likely faced Kingsford back in 2008 and 2009.

Wisconsin didn't offer the all-state defensive end a scholarship, so Gardner headed off to Stanford.

"I wanted to go to a place where I felt I was wanted," Gardner told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stanford last won the Rose Bowl in 1972 when Norway's John Ralston coached the team to a 13-12 upset of Michigan.

Another Flivver foe stood out in a bowl game as senior quarterback Brendon Kay sparked Cincinnati past Duke 48-34.

Kay (6-4, 233), who led Marine City past Kingsford in the 2007 state semifinals, set a Belk Bowl record with four touchdown passes.

A controversial touchdown catch foiled the Flivvers in that 2007 playoff game at Gaylord. Although pooh-poohed by one expert, I expected big things from Kay at the Division 1 level ...

Las Vegas "Sports Authority" Mel McKinney, former right-hand man to the late Ralph Calcaterra, loves Alabama in the national championship football game with Notre Dame.

"'Roll Tide,' and they will all night long," predicts Mel, rarely wrong in major pro and collegiate title games ...

BOOK MARKS ... Shaq never read Jim Lee's "Fifteen Feet for Free," a book certain to improve anybody's basketball free throw accuracy. The former Syracuse University marksman offers great advice in his book ...

Should have mentioned in my recent Gordy Lund story that he grew up on Wilson St. in Kingsford Heights.

Lund is the only Major League Baseball player to have been born in Iron Mountain. He played for the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Pilots in the late 1960s.

Now residing in the Chicago area, I enjoyed immensely my one-hour phone chat. As his friends warned me, Gordy didn't brag about his baseball accomplishments ...

From Brad Dickson, Omaha World Herald: "In 2016, Nebraska is going to play a game against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. Imagine taking the same hallowed field where Sayers romped, Butkus sacked, McMahon passed and Cutler whined? ...



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