Yesterday while I was driving I heard an interview with Cal Tech’s basketball coach, Dr. Oliver Eslinger. The school in Pasadena is more known for its academic accolades, and is possibly the best school in the country for computers and engineering. Even Einstien back in the 20’s and 30’s spent extended periods of time there. Anyways, if you thought the Cavs 26 game losing streak was bad, Cal Tech’s 46-45 win on Tuesday ended a 310 game losing streak within their confrence that dated back to 1985. Simply amazing that anyone could rack up that many losses even at the Division III level. I get it, they don’t have sports scholarships, and 98% of people don’t even have the resume to get in to the school so that limits the pool of athletes you can get on the team. They have a 100% graduation rate on the team, so basically hoops isn’t on the applying students radar.
A cool story the coach told in the interview on the radio was about their best player. While we wonder which players are declaring for the NBA draft, Cal Tech’s players are being recruited by big time companies, and doing some meaningful things in the world. Ryan Elmquist, a senior, who is their best scorer and rebounder has already signed a contract to be an engineer for Google when he is done with school this spring. Another thing I found funny in the interview was that they get heckled for being smart like people in the stands yell go back to studying and stuff like that. Anyways, I thought this was a classic story that you wouldn’t hear outside of the Southern California area.
By and I were chatting when I was writing this, and we came up with a little mock draft for the brainiacs getting picked by companies.
By: Makes me think, are all the players on the team scrawny little lab geeks who’ve never played sports in their life. It’s funny too because it’s like “with the #1 pick in the hella smart draft, Google selects Ryan Elmquist”
Chappy: yeah I could picture that draft! Facebook is now on the clock. I bet they pick the guy with that huge pocket protector!