Last week we learned that- amongst others- Pacman Jones, Jerry West and Cheryl David are all former students at West Virginia. So which of Iowa State's 220,000 living alumni have experienced at least their 15 minutes of fame?
-Parviz Davoodi. Well, the CIA is definitely reading Spit Blood now that I've posted a picture of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on here. So why is Davoodi, who earned a Ph. D. in Economics at Iowa State in 1981, seen sitting next to him? Because he was his vice president from 2005 to 2009. Count me amongst those who think we should do all we can to make sure the Cyclones aren't able to develop nuclear weapons.
-Troy Davis. Perhaps the most famous Iowa State football player, Davis owns just about every rushing record in school history- and many in NCAA history. He was the first ever NCAA Division I-A running back to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, in 1995 and 1996. He was an All-American and Heisman finalist both years, finishing a narrow second to Danny Wuerffel in 1996 when he as also the Big 12 Player of the Year. He played three seasons with the New Orleans Saints before playing seven seasons with three different CFL teams.
-Tom Whitney. The Iowa native, who earned three degrees at ISU between 1961 and 1964, is famous for having invented the pocket calculator. Unless you're really handy with a slide-rule, he undoubtedly made math homework easier for you. Sadly, he's no longer with us, so we can't ask him how long it took for him to figure out that the number 5,318,008 turned upside down looks like the word "BOOBIES".
-Lee Ten-hui. If you're interested in a political career overseas, an advanced Economics degree from Iowa State is apparently a good springboard. Ten-hui, who earned a master's in Agricultural Economics at ISU in 1953, was the president of Taiwan from 1988 to 2000 after having served the four previous years as vice president.
-Sage Rosenfels. Did you know that this guy is still in the league? I'm sure the Texans fans out there would rather forget the time that Rosenfels fumbled the ball twice and threw and interception- all in the last 3:54 of the fourth quarter- as the Texans blew a 27-10 lead and lost to the Colts back in 2008. Since then he's had a stint with the Giants, the Dolphins and two with the Vikings, his current employer. Before his mediocre but no doubt very lucrative NFL career, Rosenfels was the starter at Iowa State in 1999 and 2000. As a senior, he lead the Cyclones to their first-ever bowl victory, over Pittsburgh in the 2000 Insight.com Bowl.
-Mallory Snyder. The former Iowa State soccer player gave up her scholarship when she was offered a spot on The Real World: Paris in 2003. After that, she became a model and appeared in the 2005 and 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
-Charlie Partridge. The co-defensive coordinator at Wisconsin earned a master's degree in Education at ISU in 2002 while serving as a graduate assistant for the Cyclone football program. He was the special teams coordinator for the Badgers in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Missed field goals and botched onside kicks....OUCH!
If it weren't for TCU's 4-3 comeback win over Oklahoma on Tuesday, my sports week would be completely in the crapper. Since the defending NBA champs appear to be near the end of their reign, I putting most of my eggs in the Horned Frog basket as they host New Mexico this weekend in a series that may very well end up determining the Mountain West regular season champion.
The Lobos come to Fort Worth sporting a 12-3 conference record, one game better than the Frogs' 11-4. Both teams still have six games remaining on their conference slate, but each has a 5-1 record against the teams they still have to play- meaning that the Frogs need to take this weekend's series to give themselves a decent shot at winning a 7th consecutive regular-season MWC title.
It was New Mexico's 2-1 series win in Albuquerque in late March that constitutes the difference between these two teams in the standings. In that series, the Lobos- who bat .318 as a team for the season- were even more dangerous at the plate, producing 25 runs on 41 hits (a .363 average for the weekend). Andrew Mitchell (4 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings) and Stefan Crichton (4 runs on 5 hits in 2⅓ innings) each had one of their worst starts of the season. They will need to rebound this weekend.