Mike Alstott walked out of the home locker room at Raymond James Stadium, not knowing whether he’ll return as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowl fullback arguably the biggest fan favorite in team history has three years left on his contract, but Saturday’s 17-10 playoff loss to Washington may well have been his last game for the Bucs. “It’s a decision that’s on me,” said Alstott, who restructured his contract before this season and is scheduled to earn $2 million in 2006. “I’ll talk to my family, my wife and everybody else.” According to one NFL personnel director, McCarthy is a strong candidate for the Packers’ position despite hardly ever being mentioned in media circles. The Packers are the only team that has requested permission from the 49ers to interview McCarthy, but other teams have sent out feelers, according to another NFL source. McCarthy’s agent, Gary O’Hagan, said Sunday that McCarthy had a “terrific” interview with Thompson, but he said he didn’t know where his client stood on Thompson’s list. He said one thing he was sure of was that McCarthy had left an impression with those still in the organization during his year as quarterbacks coach under Ray Rhodes in 1999. “That’s important,” O’Hagan said. “He has a relationship with people there who know what he’s capable of.” Thompson was personnel director under former general manager Ron Wolf during McCarthy’s season in Green Bay and undoubtedly remembered Wolf’s respect for McCarthy’s ability. McCarthy also worked with personnel analyst John Schneider and the late Mark Hatley, the team’s former vice president of football operations, in Kansas City before coming to the Packers. From News Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Alstott missed most of 2003 with a career-threatening neck injury and returned in 2004 to rush for 230 yards and two TDs, and catch 29 passes for 202 yards. He had four carries for 15 yards and gained 7 yards on his only reception during the loss to the Redskins. “I’ve had the best time this year. Going through two frustrating seasons, first in 2003, with the neck and then last year trying to regroup and get to my normal self,” Alstott said. “I felt I played well this year and did some good things. It was back to the old style again. … We’ll discuss it between me and my family and figure out what is best.” :PACKERS Of all the candidates being considered for the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy has flown lowest beneath the radar. But for those who think he’s a courtesy interview based on his ties to the organization, his credentials should be considered. McCarthy, 42, became the fourth National Football League assistant coach to interview with general manager Ted Thompson, spending almost the entire day at Packers headquarters Sunday after arriving in Green Bay late Saturday afternoon. He is one of three offensive coordinators Thompson has on his shopping list and the only one to have worked in the Packers’ organization. The 10-year pro turned 32 last month, and his role has diminished in recent seasons because of injuries and coach Jon Gruden’s preference to use him as a more traditional fullback who blocks and carries the ball mostly in short-yardage situations. The team’s career touchdown leader (68) and second-leading all-time rusher (4,917 yards) gained 80 yards on 34 attempts and scored six of his seven TDs on the ground this season solid numbers considering the emergence of rookie Carnell “Cadillac” Williams as a featured back capable of handling a heavy workload.
The night was cool and the dragonflies plentiful. The golden light at the end of the day cast a beautiful glow on the honey-brown black-masked Cedar Waxwings perched in the branches nearby.But the beauty of the evening was captured in the stunning sunset over Four Mile Lake in Chelsea, Michigan last night.The yellow of the sky, dramatic gray and white contrasting clouds, and dark outlined trees were a mirror reflection in the water. With the last rays of sunlight streaming through the clouds, it was next to impossible to tell where water ended and land and sky started. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Lake Erie Metro Park SunsetImagine a wedge(group) of Trumpeter Swans flying over in their V formation in this colorful southeastern Michigan sky at dusk. That’s the shot I missed as I quickly let go of my binoculars to try to focus my camera on the swiftly flying birds overhead. Nonetheless, last Friday’s sunset over…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Point Pelee National ParkThough the official start of fall is a few days away, the color changes of the marsh plants, and the warm glow of the setting sun made it feel like fall as I peered over the marsh boardwalk last night at Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada. The southernmost…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Rainbow Over James Scott Memorial FountainFor someone who’s rarely had her camera with her when she sees a rainbow, I’ve had remarkable luck this year photographing rainbows. And this past week topped it off when I discovered what was at the end of the rainbow at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When I left…In “Michigan”
Griesbach pours in 24 points for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — Sammy Griesbach scored 24 points, and Macie Frueh added 13 as the Stratford girls basketball team rolled past Greenwood 61-42 in a nonconference game Thursday at Greenwood High School.The Tigers led 26-18 at halftime and built on their lead from there as they improve to 13-4. Greenwood drops to 2-12.Andie Zuelke added 10 points for Stratford, eight coming in the second half.Stratford is at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 61, Indians 42Stratford 26 35 – 61Greenwood 18 24 – 42STRATFORD (61): Savannah Schillinger 2 3-4 8, Taya Nett 2 0-0 4, Sammy Griesbach 11 2-3 24, Macie Frueh 5 2-4 13, Olivia Burrows 0 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 0 0-2 0, Kaylee Hollatz 1 0-0 2, Andie Zuelke 4 2-2 10. FG: 25. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 2 (Frueh 1, Schillinger 1). Rebounds: 25 (Schillinger 7, Griesbach 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Zuelke. Record: 13-4.GREENWOOD (42): Kassidy Lamovec 2 2-3 6, Kaylee Meyer 2 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Fleischmann 0 0-0 0, Kelly Nielsen 2 3-7 7, Renee Hendrich 1 0-0 2, Kristyn Nigon 1 4-4 6, Ashley Walker 2 0-0 4, Lexi Hinker 1 0-0 2, Kaylee Learman 3 3-4 11. FG: 14. FT: 12-18. 3-pointers: none. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-12.
Rockets drop to 5-6 in Cloverbelt EastBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — Gilman held Spencer to 27 percent shooting and defeated the Rockets 58-39 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Friday night at Gilman High School.Gilman (5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East) led 31-20 at halftime and outscored Spencer by eight in the second half to win by double digits.The Rockets (7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East) made just 14 of 47 shots from the field and were outrebounded 40-23 in the loss.Liz Endreas scored 11 points to lead Spencer.Spencer hosts Rib Lake in a nonconference game Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 58, Rockets 39Spencer 20 19 – 39Gilman 31 27 – 58SPENCER (39): Liz Endreas 4-12 3-4 11, Lexi Baehr 1-11 5-6 8, Kaily Northup 3-6 0-0 7, Sabrina Vircks 2-6 0-0 4, Jessica Becker 2-3 0-1 4, Courtney Buss 1-3 0-0 3, Shaelee Neitzel 1-3 0-0 2, Mckenna Brecht 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Claire Drews 0-1 0-0 0, M. Burt 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 14-47. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: 3-9 (Buss 1-2, Baehr 1-3, Northup 1-3, Burt 0-1). Rebounds: 23. Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East.GILMAN (58): Kayla Chause 5-7 2-2 13, Cooper Sherfield 6-10 0-0 12, Grace Grunseth 4-8 2-6 11, Evelyn Fryza 3-7 2-3 8, Taylor Hendricks 3-10 2-3 8, Camryn Skabroud 2-5 0-0 4, Amanda Wisocky 1-1 0-0 2, Lydia Syryczuk 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Baker 01 0-0 0. FG: 24-49. FT: 8-14. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Chause 1-1, Grunseth 1-2, Fryza 0-1, Hendricks 0-3, Skabroud 0-3). Rebounds: 40 (Sherfield 15). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East.
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