Saturday, September 29, 2012

LSU vs. Towson

LSU is playing Towson tonight, so I thought it would be fun to compare the two schools. I began by preparing to write about each school's football program, but then I thought it would be more fun to compare alumni.

Which school has the better alumni?

Most people in Baton Rouge, including moi, originally asked when we heard we were playing Towson, "Where the hell is Towson?" It turns out that Towson University is located in the unincorporated area of Towson, which is a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. So basically, it's the Prairieville of Baltimore.

According to Wikipedia (which means I'm copying all the rest of this verbatim from Wikipedia), Towson was originally founded as a school for teachers. Since then it's expanded to be a school with 8 colleges and over 20,000 students. Forbes included Towson University in its 2009 list of the top 100 public colleges and universities in the United States. Towson is one of the largest public universities in Maryland, and still produces the most teachers of any university in the state.

OK, so now that we know more about Towson, let's talk about it's alumni.

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, went to Towson.

OK! Towson wins! Nobody can beat Elmo. I mean, it's not even close.

Well, wait, I did too much research to end on that note. So other notable Towson alumni, especially to people in South Louisiana, are Jermon Bushrod (Saints player) and Joe Vitt (Interim head coach of the Saints). Johnny Unitas served as the school's athletic program's community liaison. So now we know that their football program is capable of producing quality players.

OK, so what about LSU alumni?

Well, there's me, of course. Maybe LSU gets negative points for that one. My wife and most of my family went to LSU.

There's also:
  • Better Than Ezra (band)
  • Dwayne Bowe (probably on your Fantasy Football team)
  • Brian Wilson (probably on your Fantasy Baseball team)
  • Shaquille O'Neal (probably was on your Fantasy Basketball team ten years ago)
  • David Toms (do they have Fantasy Golf teams?)
  • Jimmie Davis (former LA governor, also wrote "You Are My Sunshine")
  • Bobby Tanory, accomplished blogger and lounger

So there you go. LSU has many more notable sports stars than Towson, and also leads in areas of politics, academia, and entertainment.

But nobody beats Elmo. Advantage: Towson.

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