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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Most of the elite college football programs in America have clear identities which often include ties to a particular position on the field, even if these associations sometimes have more to do with our collective memory than recent history. USC, for example, will always be Tailback U, no matter how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Go Mighty Card
David Shaw began his postgame news conference by reminding us where this team had been. "I can't say it enough. To sit there at 1-2 where we were at the beginning of the season, and fight all the way back to the Pac-12 championship game and fight really hard against... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
As the Cardinal readies to take the field on Thursday night against Texas Christian University in the Alamo Bowl, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at Stanford's run of nine consecutive bowl seasons, the longest such streak in school history. Jim Harbaugh was at the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
Ninety-one years ago John Coltrane was born in the small town of Hamlet, North Carolina. When his talent as a musician became apparent, he joined a band led by own of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Miles Davis. After a few years of that collaboration, Coltrane formed a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
Here we are again, back in the Pac-12 Championship Game and back against a familiar opponent, the USC Trojans. The Cardinal is undefeated in three appearances in this title game, surviving a last-second field goal to squeak past UCLA in 2012, crushing Arizona State in 2013, and riding Christian McCaffrey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
It's been ten years since the last time Notre Dame beat the Cardinal in Stanford Stadium. Since that 24-17 win in 2007, the Irish have taken four fruitless trips to Palo Alto, and though the games have all been memorable for one reason or another, they've all ended in victory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Go Mighty Card