Everyone in the Northwest, the CougCenter authors and yours truly included, have gone Seahawks crazy in the lead up to the Super Bowl. No matter which team you root for, though, one thing we can all share lament over is the lack of Cougar alumni on either roster.
In fact, this is the seventh straight Super Bowl without a Cougar. Who do you think the last Cougar to appear in the Super Bowl was?
(Since it's not Monday and I'm not Mark, I'll just go ahead and give you the answer... But I'll pause and hit enter a couple of times in case you want to guess.)
All the way back in 2007 at Super Bowl XLI, Jason David appeared with the Indianapolis Colts in their victory over the Chicago Bears. Before him Robbie Tobeck and Marcus Trufant both appeared for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL the last time they appeared in the NFL's championship game.
This was inspired by a great piece from Jason Krump on WSUCougars.com. Krump took us all the way back to 1934 and told us about Mel Hein and the NFL's championship
WSU Athletic Hall of Fame member Mel Hein (C, 1928-30), a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame, played on the 1934 and 1938 NFL Champion New York Giants teams. Both seasons were noteworthy in NFL history. The 1934 NFL Championship game is known as the Sneakers Game and in 1938 Hein earned NFL MVP honors as center for the Giants. Hein is the only offensive lineman to win the NFL MVP award. He was featured on the program cover for the '38 championship game.
A Center! As a fat kid with no athletic ability playing center because I was protected and no one could see how bad I was, that was my dream.
Krump goes on to talk about everyone from Mark Rypien to Kieth Lincoln with added pictures and video. It's a good look at history and well worth a read.
DaVonte Lacy News
Lacy trying to return for UW - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Jan. 28, 2014
From Pullman – With a home game against the Huskies, Beasley Coliseum should finally fill up on Saturday. The Cougars are hoping that extra energy in the gym can give them a boost against their rivals. But not nearly as big a boost as the return of leading scorer DaVonte Lacy...
Washington State's DaVonte Lacy hopes to play against Washington | Husky Men's Basketball | Seattle Times
During Tuesday's Pac-12 men's basketball teleconference, Washington State coach Ken Bone said there's a chance DaVonte Lacy, the team's leading scorer who has missed the past six games with a rib injury, will return Saturday to play Washington. The Cougars (8-12, 1-7 Pac-12) have desperately missed their star junior guard from Tacoma's Curtis High.
Cougars Trip to USC For Friday Tilt On Pac-12 Networks - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU faces USC Friday at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
Cougar Indoor/Multis Meet Next for T&F - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougar Indoor/Multis meets will be held Fri., Jan. 31 & Sat., Feb. 1 at the Washington State Indoor Facility.