ScuttleBu(r)t

ScuttleBu(r)t …

When Nevada’s William Hill sports books posted their initial Kentucky Derby lines in November, one could have wagered on California Chrome at 200-to-1. He’s now at 5-2.

Iron Mountain’s Catherine (Sandona) Martin has settled on a beautiful hat for today’s race. Her son, Perry Martin, is co-owner of the Derby favorite.

“Catherine will be the belle of the ball,” reported her friend Mary Carlson.

California Chrome is an “amazing horse to ride.” jockey Victor Espinoza said. “I let him do his own thing. He likes it.”

Ran into Catherine’s brother, Iron Mountain and NMU football great Al Sandona, at the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame banquet. He’s fired up for the Derby as well …

From Brad Dickson, Omaha.com: “A 400-pound cake that didn’t turn out right had to be scuttled before Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. You’ll have to forgive the Cubs if they’re a little rusty on how to pull off big celebrations.” …

Is Iron Mountain’s Tommy Izzo leaving Michigan State for the NBA? Doesn’t sound like it.

“If I was leaving, I wouldn’t be recruiting (high school players for Michigan State),” Izzo told USA Today this week.

By the way, Tommy has high hopes for Denzel Valentine, believing the junior guard “will become a star, I really do.” …

James Lofton, part of the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour that made surprise stops at Norway High School and the VA Medical Center, will appear Friday at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL draft.

The Hall of Fame receiver is among the 32 NFL former players who will announce second-round draft picks …

Ron Winter, a Michigan State professor, has retired from the ranks of National Football League referee. He’s been an NFL official since 1995.

As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe noted, Winter “is most known for not throwing a flag for pass interference on a field goal attempt at the end of the 49ers-Giants playioff game in 2002.”

That one helped Steve Mariucci’s 49ers advance …