Sigma Chi’s Donald Wraps up Historic Double
Luke Donald (Sigma Chi from Northwestern) has become the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles in the same year. After taking five weeks off from golf due to the death of his father and birth of his second child, he returned to play in the European Tour's Dubai World Championship and placed third with a four-round 272 total. Donald's earnings in Dubai put him more than $1.34 million ahead of second place finisher Rory McIlroy on the final European Tour money list.
Delt Randy Bullock Wins Lou Groza Award
At the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Lake Buena Vista, FL, Texas A&M's Randy Bullock, a member of Delta Tau Delta, was named winner of the Lou Groza Award as the top collegiate placekicker in 2011. The award's namesake was a member of Alpha Tau Omega at Ohio State before a lengthy pro career and ultimate election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bullock led the NCAA in field goals with a 2.08 per game average on 25 of 29 attempts, scored 127 points in 2011 and became the school career scoring leader with 349 points. The Fred Biletnikoff Award for the nation's top pass catcher was presented by Biletnikoff himself, a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame after becoming a member of Lambda Chi Alpha at Florida State. Also presenting an award was College Football Hall of Fame member and NFL great Calvin Hill, a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale. Taking part in some interviews during the two hour TV coverage was longtime ESPN analyst Lee Corso, a member of Alpha Tau Omega at Florida State.
KA’s Tim McCarver Chosen for Hall of Fame’s Broadcasting Wing
Longtime TV analyst Tim McCarver, a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Memphis State, was selected by a 20-person panel for enshrinement next July in the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The 21-year major league catcher has called baseball on NBC, ABC and CBS before joining Fox Sports. His work has defined World Series TV analysis and he broadcast his 22nd Fall Classic in 2011.
National Football Foundation Dinner Celebrates Numerous Greeks
At the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on Tuesday night, the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner honored the best and brightest undergraduates and prominent alumni from NIC member fraternities. NFF Board Member and noted philanthropist T. Boone Pickens (Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Oklahoma State) provided the welcome address and Dr. Archie Roberts (Alpha Chi Rho at Columbia), a pioneering heart surgeon, accepted the NFF Distinguished American Award. The 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class was also honored and included wide receiver Carlos Alvarez (Alpha Tau Omega at Florida), fullback Bill Enyeart (Phi Gamma Delta at Oregon State), running back Eddie George (Kappa Alpha Psi at Ohio State), quarterback Sandy Stephens (Alpha Phi Alpha at Minnesota) and linebackerDarryl Talley (Kappa Alpha Psi at West Virginia). Quarterback Patrick Witt (Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale) was presented as a member of the 2011 class of NFF National Scholar-Athletes. Ted Ruta (Sigma Phi Epsilon at Florida State) was the recipient of the NFF's Outstanding Football Official Award.
Theta Chi’s Steven Spielberg is on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly
One of Hollywood's top filmmakers, Steven Spielberg, a member of Theta Chi at Cal State-Long Beach, is on the cover of the December 9th issue of Entertainment Weekly. The creator of such epic films as E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, andRaiders of the Lost Ark, is profiled in a 10-page interview which touches on two new films The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse and other highlights of his 27-year career.
Ron Santo of Lambda Chi Alpha is chosen for Baseball’s Hall of Fame
Longtime Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who was initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha at Illinois State, has been selected by the Golden Era Committee for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A nine-time All-Star who hit 342 home runs and won five Gold Gloves, he will become the 12th third baseman to go into the HOF. Santo, who passed away December 3rd of 2010, will be posthumously inducted in Cooperstown, NY next July 22nd.
Sigma Chi’s Valentine Back as a Big League Manager
Bobby Valentine, a member of Sigma Chi at the University of Southern California, will be back in the dugout this spring as manager of the Boston Red Sox. A former manager of the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, he has since spent seven seasons managing in Japan and the last two years as an ESPN analyst.