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Once upon a time the Stanford-Oregon game was prime real estate in the television world, almost always landing in the coveted 5:00 PM Pacific time slot on ABC or even a Thursday night prime time broadcast on ESPN. Things have changed. The game that seemed to decide the Pac-12 North... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Go Mighty Card
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The Oregon Ducks were once the gold standard in the Pac-12 -- the West Coast's best hope for a national championship and the only program west of the SEC, aside from USC, that could realistically promote a player for the Heisman Trophy. But after master builder Chip Kelly left for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Go Mighty Card
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For at least the past three or four games I've found myself watching the game within the game. No matter the score, I pay careful attention to the offense, and each time they cross midfield there's a small part of me that's disappointed. Any touchdown from Bryce Love will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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What if it never ends? What if Stanford's winning streak over UCLA stretches through the end of this decade and into the next? What if one day fifty years from now, in attempting to persuade a nation to take on a daunting challenge, a President of the United States asks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been three years since Stanford and Arizona State last met on the field, and although that 26-10 ASU win was rather forgettable for the Cardinal and a statement game for the Sun Devils, the two teams went in opposite directions in the seasons that followed. Stanford concluded the 2014... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Do you remember Kevin? He was introduced in this space last year during the week leading up to the UCLA game. Kevin was born on October 18th of 2008 on the afternoon of UCLA's last win over Stanford. He'll turn nine in a few weeks, and while he's seen three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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LOS ANGELES (GMC) -- You've seen this game before, so often that the formula has become expected. Two teams appear to be evenly matched as they trade scores in the early going, but even before the half is over, one team begins to assert itself. In the second half, that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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I'm just going to go ahead and say it, although I know it will cause some to turn away from this site forever. There is no more important opponent on the Stanford schedule than the USC Trojans. Big Game and the rivalry with Cal will always be special in its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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During the days leading up to Stanford's season opener on Sunday afternoon in Sydney, Australia (Saturday night stateside), head coach David Shaw said that his primary goal was for the team to look prepared. Even though it was August 27th, he didn't want it to look like they were playing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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In 24 hours the speculation will finally end and we'll have something tangible to discuss regarding Stanford Football. For now, however, we're left to look at all the tea leaves we can in our attempts to discern what we might see on the field. The first depth chart of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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When Stanford beat USC in 2007 in The Biggest Upset Ever, it was amazing, but that win came with no guarantee of prolonged success. I've always argued that the single game that announced Stanford Football had turned the corner was the thrashing of USC two years later in 2009. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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If there is one difference between Stanford Football Now1 and Stanford Football Then2, it is in the overall physicality of the program. When Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw arrived on campus in 2007, they inherited a program with talented players but a lack of internal and external belief. Harbaugh and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been an interesting road that Harrison Phillips has followed. He could end this season as a member of the All-Pac-12 team, but that destination didn't always seem likely. He had a difficult time getting national notice as a high school football player in Nebraska, as most programs assume the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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When last we saw Keller Chryst he was lying on the turf in El Paso after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Stanford's Sun Bowl win over North Carolina. Common sense and all initial reports indicated a torn ACL, an injury that would keep Chryst out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The three most well-known wide receivers from this current Golden Age of Stanford football are all currently in the NFL. Two of them have Super Bowl rings and have been to the NFL Pro Bowl, and the third appears on his way to those same heights. But of course, none... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The tight end is football's rhinoceros. As you look across the college football landscape, littered as it is with high-octane five-receiver sets, any sighting of a tight end is rare, like spotting a white rhino while on safari in the Serengeti. Perhaps instead of hailing Stanford as #TightEndU, maybe the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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If you've been paying attention to Stanford football over the past several years (and obviously you have), you know the story of the Tunnel Workers Union. While Chris Marinelli was toiling at right tackle for the Cardinal in that seminal season of 2009, his father Jim, a member of Tunnel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Imagine it's your job to take the stage after Miles Davis finishes his set. Perhaps you're walking to the lectern after Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers a speech. Maybe your slot at open mic night comes directly after Maya Angelou. What would it be like to follow genius, to perform... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
If you've been reading this site for a while, you know that each winter after the season ends I ask my readers to think about how much value they've gained from reading my work here over the course of the previous year. It's like any other pledge drive, I suppose,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Sumner High School|Sumner, WA Athlete|5'11"|185 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#10 Athlete Key Offers: Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Washington Profile: Connor Wedington was a long time Washington commit who seemed destined to stay home and play for the Huskies until something happened late in the process that called everything... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: St. Paul's Episcopal School -- Mobile, AL Defensive End|6'4"|252 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#7 Defensive End Key Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, USC Profile: Henry Aaron, Satchel Paige, Willie McCovey, and Ozzie Smith were all born in Mobile, Alabama, which already... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Oaks Christian School -- Westlake Village, CA Tight End|6'6"|220 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#2 Tight End Key Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: To be honest, it's getting a little embarrassing. Year after year, it seems, Stanford sends one or two tight ends off the NFL... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Davis High School -- Davis, CA Offensive Tackle|6'4"|235 pounds Rivals Rank: Three stars|#20 Tight End Key Offers: Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington Profile: I don't have the time or the inclination to do the research, but I can't imagine that any school aside from Stanford would sign two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Northridge High School|Millville, UT Outside Linebacker|6'2"|225 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#25 Outside Linebacker Key Offers: BYU, Colorado, Utah, Washington State Profile: Every year it seems like the Cardinal coaching staff sneaks into Utah and comes away with one or two of the state's best high school players, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Mater Dei High School -- Santa Ana, CA Wide Receiver|6'2"|188 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#21 Wide Receiver Key Offers: Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: When you consider that Osiris St. Brown has an older brother named Equanimeous (currently Notre Dame's top receiver) and a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card