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Junior Ben Yurosek needs a new nickname. His Stanford teammates started calling him The Future a couple years ago, but that became passé in 2021 as Yurosek led the Cardinal in receiving yardage while catching 42 passes for 653 yards and three touchdowns. It was an eye-opening debut for a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Billie Holiday Artist: Billie Holiday (with Ray Ellis and His Orchestra) Released: MGM Records, 1959 Quite simply, there's no one like Billie Holiday. This isn't her finest work, but it's important because it's her last work; she died four months after these songs were recorded. If you were to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Stanford held an early 10-7 lead over Oregon in the fifth game of the season when Tanner McKee completed a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Brycen Tremayne for a 1st down. Big plays like this were no longer a surprise to Stanford fans who were familiar with Tremayne's story at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Go Mighty Card
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At the very least, there is clarity. It is clear who the feature back in the Stanford offense will be, but more on him later. We cannot discuss the future of the Stanford running game without first looking to the past -- the recent past as well as memories which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at Go Mighty Card
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Any conference media day is designed to announce the upcoming football season with optimism and excitement. New coaches are introduced, narratives are imagined, and aspiring young stars meet the media a month before fans will see them on the field. Reporters fill notebooks with quotes about quarterback battles, jaded coaches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Go Mighty Card
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Record: Jazz Goes to College Artist: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Released: Columbia Records, 1954 The Dave Brubeck Quartet doesn't have the broader name recognition of Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but in his day, Brubeck was was seen as one of the most influential jazz musicians of his era. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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Record: Not Now, I'll Tell You When Artist: Count Basie & His Orchestra Released: Roulette Records, 1960 I wish I had the musical expertise to better describe this record. Any casual jazz fan knows Count Basie and the Count Basie Orchestra. I'd put myself in that group, certainly. I pulled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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My father died half a century ago in the summer of 1969, and five months later I was born. I've always wondered how you can miss someone you've never met, but I've missed him my whole life. This isn't to say that I've suffered. When I was three years old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2022 at Sunday Morning Vinyl
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This week's departure of UCLA and USC from the conference and rivalries to which they've been tied for almost a century proves that tradition no longer matters in college football. With that in mind, I've come up with a simple (actually complicated) solution that will solve six problems all at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2022 at Go Mighty Card
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The first time my phone buzzed on Thursday afternoon with news of the possible departures of UCLA and USC from the Pac-12, it seemed like maybe it could be avoided. Fifteen minutes later it was reported as definite, and by the time this post goes live the Big Ten presidents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at Go Mighty Card
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Prior to today's game against Notre Dame, Stanford will be honoring 23 players -- seniors, fifth-year players, and sixth-year players who could be pulling on the Cardinal and White for the final time. Some of these players will move on to the NFL, some may seek out graduate transfer opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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Back in the early days of this blog, when Stanford football was a fixture not only atop the conference standings but also in the national polls, Big Game was honestly an afterthought. All of the pageantry and tradition was nice, and I loved watching the players hoist the Axe in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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When Stanford football travels north to Corvallis to play Oregon State, the games always seem to be close and dramatic, so I'm always surprised when I notice the long winning streak the Cardinal owns against the Beavers. It's grown to eleven games at this point, and Oregon State remains the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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With the Cardinal sitting at 3-4 coming out of a much needed bye week, it seems like as good a time as any to look at the season through a broader lens. Where is this team, and where is this program? The success that David Shaw enjoyed in the early... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
After the stunning win over Oregon the week before, the Cardinal entered this road game against Arizona State with nothing but roses and possibilities ahead of them. They controlled their destiny in the Pac-12 North, and it would only take six more conference wins to clinch a trip to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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It's gotten to the point where we should know better. We might've thought that the third-ranked Oregon Ducks, a team that had opened the season with a statement win over Ohio State in one of the cathedrals of college football, would stomp their way through the afternoon on their way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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The historical rivalry with Cal draws on a century of history, evokes memories of miracles and mayhem, and awards an Axe to the winner each year. The annual game against USC gives the Cardinal a chance to measure itself against one of college football's marquis brands in a contest that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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It was, without question, the most preposterous game of the David Shaw Era. Playing UCLA in an empty Rose Bowl was strange enough, but the ebb and flow of that final game of the 2020 season defied all logic. After thoroughly dominating the first half, the Cardinal fell apart in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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When you look at the score from Stanford's comfortable 41-23 win over Vanderbilt, their sixth win in an unprecedented stretch of seven straight road games, it's easy to forget that it wasn't always comfortable. In fact, there were moments when it was downright uncomfortable. There were no signs of this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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When defensive coordinator Derek Mason left Stanford following the 2013 season to take over the head job at Vanderbilt University, it seemed like a good decision. The team had reached its greatest heights in program history as James Franklin led them to consecutive nine-win seasons before leaping from his stepping... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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LOS ANGELES (GMC) -- The pandemic has been hard. I don't want to trivialize the deep emotional losses suffered by millions around the world who mourn the deaths of loved ones, nor the immeasurable economic impact that will likely be felt for years to come, but there is a spectrum... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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It isn't an accident that it's taken several days for the recap of Stanford's opening week loss to Kansas State to show up here. I needed time to digest it. To ruminate. To contemplate. To investigate. Try not to hate. All of that. Had I opened my laptop and pounded... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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The last time we saw the Stanford Cardinal on a football field, they had just completed one of the most unlikely comebacks you've ever seen. The Cardinal's improbable 48-47 double overtime victory over UCLA did more than just cap an equally improbable 4-2 season, it potentially altered the direction of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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David Shaw is comfortable. And why shouldn't he be? By any measurement his tenure as head football coach at Stanford has been the most impressive in school history. His teams have won three Pac-12 championships and two Rose Bowls, he's been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year a record four... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2021 at Go Mighty Card
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Pac-12 Meda Day changes from year to year, probably a reflection of the fact that the conference is always in search of an identity. This is not the "football is god" SEC, not the blue collar Big Ten, not the fast and loose Big 12. Early editions of this event... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at Go Mighty Card