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I started this site a little more than eight years ago, and two years after that I had the idea to put out my hand. Instead of looking for advertising money (which wasn't really an option) or asking for financial donations, I asked for books. When I started this blog... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
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There is an old coaching adage: Make your last game, your best game. There is another old coaching adage: Just win, baby! Guess which one applies to Stanford's victory over Pitt in the 2018 Sun Bowl. Minor league bowl games are typically difficult to predict, because so many variables can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
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If it feels familiar for the Cardinal to be preparing for the Sun Bowl minus one of the best players in program history, it's because the same thing happened two years ago when a healthy Christian McCaffrey incited a firestorm of controversy when he decided to stay home from El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: James Bowie High School|Kyle, TX Wide Receiver|6'3"|215 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#19 Wide Receiver Key Offers: Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas Profile: You cannot watch tape of Elijah Higgins without thinking of current Stanford wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The first four plays of his highlight... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Crandall High School|Crandall, TX Center|6'4"|305 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#2 Center Key Offers: LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Princeton, Texas, Texas A&M, USC Profile: Branson Bragg is not your typical blue chip recruit. Yes, if you walked past him in the mall you'd peg him as a football player, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Bishop O'Down|Oakland, CA Running Back|5'10"|200 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#6 Running Back Key Offers: Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Princeton, UCLA, Washington Profile: With Washington and Stanford the two finalists for his services, the recruitment of Austin Jones must have been interesting, to say the least. Jones's head coach... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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The day will come when the streak will end, but that day is not yet here. For much of the season these new UCLA Bruins had looked like the worst team in the conference, and there was a time when they looked at risk of entering this final game of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Two years ago I introduced you to an imaginary boy named Kevin who was born on October 18th, 2008. Kevin is ten years old now, and although he's likely experienced a lot of things in his imaginary lifetime -- sleepovers and Fortnite and Little League baseball -- he's never seen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been so long since the last time Stanford lost to Cal that some of the details, quite honestly, have blurred in my memory. I listened to the beginning of that game on a radio stream as I sat on the sidelines of my daughter's basketball practice, and I even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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It was nice, for a change, to have a relaxing win. It was nice to watch Bryce Love look healthy for the first time in weeks. It was nice to see the offense look as unstoppable as we had hoped it would be this season. In short, it was nice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
With losses in four of the last five games, things are looking more dire for the Cardinal than in recent years. This is a program which has achieved a consistent level of success that can't be matched by too many schools, regardless of what the naysayers might naysay about it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
Suddenly, the Cardinal has arrived at the fulcrum of the teeter totter. A win over Washington on Saturday evening would move Stanford to 6-3 and, believe it or not, keep them at least partially alive in the race for Pac-12 North championship. A loss would drop them to the second... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
Sometimes it seems like the schedule is written by a screenwriter with a flair for the dramatic. Ten days after the Cardinal escaped Tempe with a road win that satisfied some in the fan base but mortified others due to David Shaw's conservative tendencies (see my earlier piece for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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No football coach in America is immune to criticism. When things are going bad, you can't hide behind an Axe or a Rose Bowl trophy -- or even a national championship -- so it should come as no surprise that David Shaw, the winningest coach in Stanford history, has had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Heading into Thursday night's game against Arizona State in Tempe, the Stanford Cardinal found itself in waters that, while not exactly uncharted, were still a bit unfamiliar. It felt as if the season were at stake. After consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Utah, and with games against Washington State... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
Only three weeks ago the Cardinal was riding high after the comeback win over Oregon, and fans had designs on a playoff run. A road win over Notre Dame would vault Stanford into the top five, and the relatively soft Pac-12 would provide little resistance as the Cardinal would cruise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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To say that Stanford has dominated the series with Notre Dame since the ascension of Andrew Luck in 2009 would be an understatement. The Cardinal has won seven of the nine games since 2009, and both of the losses could easily have been victories. In fact, any Stanford fan --... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Where do you even begin with a game like this? The temptation is to start with the glory of the second half, but that wouldn't be right. You have to see the darkness to appreciate the brilliance of the morning sun. As brilliant as the the last two quarters were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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College football scheduling can be a tricky thing, mainly because you can never get it right. We love to excoriate schools like Alabama and Oregon for stacking their schedules with Directional State and Hostess U, but we've also seen firsthand what happens when you agree to play a Big Ten... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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Aside from the obvious -- turning the program around ten years ago -- the most significant and lasting impact Jim Harbaugh has had on Stanford football can still be felt whenever the Cardinal faces the USC Trojans. The matchup hardly mattered before Harbaugh arrived, but it didn't take long for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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And here we are. In many ways, it seems like the college football season doesn't begin until Stanford plays USC, and so it is this season. Sure, last week's game was important, and it's always nice to get that first win and the confidence that comes with it, but San... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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If you had missed Friday night's game against San Diego State and clicked on the TV in the middle of a talking head recap and heard something like "...226 yards and three touchdowns," you wouldn't have been surprised at all. You would've nodded your head confidently and said, "That's just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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But this I conceived was to be the least of my misfortunes: for as human creatures are observed to be more cruel in proportion to their bulk, what could I expect but to be a morsel in the mouth of the first among these enormous barbarians that should happen to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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I'm not sure how you want to label Bob Dylan. Is he a folk singer? A poet? A rockstar? Any way you categorize him, he is undeniably an American icon, as his recent Nobel Prize in Literature will attest. What's interesting about Dylan, however, is that some of his greatest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
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If you are of my generation and you know a Stanford fan from a younger generation, sit this person down and tell a story. Don't begin with "once upon a time," because then your story surely won't be believed; it will be dismissed as a fairy tale or the product... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Go Mighty Card