Playbook ponders: What is a Stony Brook?

Stony Brook University catapulted itself onto the national sports scene Sunday night.

The Seawolves baseball team stunned LSU in the NCAA super regionals to earn the program’s first College World Series berth. So while the vanquished Tigers will have to comfort themselves with memories of LSU’s 15 CWS appearances and six national championships, the America East Conference champs are headed to Omaha.

So this leaves us with just one question: What is a Stony Brook?

ESPN Playbook investigates:

  • Stony Brook is located on Long Island, about 60 miles east of New York City, and has an enrollment of approximately 24,000.

  • The Stony Brook athletic Hall of Fame boasts 46 inductees, including Joe Nathan and Rollie Massimino. Nathan pitched the Seawolves to a conference title in 1995 and currently serves as closer for the Texas Rangers, after 11 seasons with the Giants and Twins. Massimino coached the Seawolves men’s basketball team from 1969-71 before going on to make a name for himself at UNLV and Cleveland State. Oh yeah, he also won a national championship at Villanova.

  • The school enjoys a proud tradition of discovery and research. It invented the virtual colonoscopy and discovered the remains of a giant ancient frog in Madagascar. Awesome.

  • Stony Brook boasts a school of journalism among its 67 majors and 77 minors. We didn’t know journalism schools still existed. Hooray for journalism!

  • Stony Brook alumni include talk show hosts Joy Behar and Laura Schlessinger and Alia Sabur, who became the world’s youngest college professor at age 18 in 2007.

There you have it, dear readers. Feel free to consider yourselves a whole lot smarter than you were 60 seconds ago.