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The CARDboard / Re: WBB: Stanford 66 Arizona State 56
« Last post by Boston Card on Today at 03:20:42 pm »
All it takes is one special player, plus a strong supporting cast.  For many years we had the "one" and sometimes two on the team:

Powell
Wiggins
Appel
Nneka
Chiney

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The CARDboard / Re: The heights of Stanford joy
« Last post by ColoradoTree on Today at 03:16:05 pm »
If it's allowed, I'd like to count the streak to end the 2012 season altogether, Hogan coming in against CU, the tough win at home against OSU to keep it alive, the upset of UO to take the lead in the division, and the back-to-back defeats of UCLA to get into and then win the CCG.  It seemed like a ridiculous idea at the start of the CU game, but after it was more and more possible.

I'll allow it.  I was at that CU game, assumed we'd win easily, and was getting frustrated at Nunes's inability to get the offense moving against a pretty lackluster defense.  And then Kevin Hogan came in and I thought, "hey, maybe we have something here."  Did we ever. 

The 2016 Rose Bowl is a special one, though all the personal delight I was experiencing was tempered a bit because I was in the stands next to my wife (an Iowa grad).  For one, I love my wife and it felt weird to exult while she was becoming more and more miserable.  More than that, though, as the game went on, I was told in no uncertain terms that the greater the beatdown, the larger and more expensive the jewelry I would need to buy to make up for it. 
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The CARDboard / Re: The heights of Stanford joy
« Last post by Boston Card on Today at 03:13:13 pm »
I'll add another one.  Ukropina's kick to beat Votre Dame at home in 2015.  I was sitting behind the end zone with some family friends who were casual fans (at halftime they had a segment in support of special needs children so our friends, who have a child in the program got to walk on field and welcome the team back after halftime, an experience which was wonderful for them).  The game was obviously close, and when Votre Dame scored with 30 seconds left to take the lead, I for some reason was not especially concerned.  Neither, apparently, was Ukropina, who calmly drained the 46 yard field goal with time expiring for the win.  And there was much rejoicing.

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The CARDboard / Re: The Depths of Stanford Misery
« Last post by 81alum on Today at 03:12:22 pm »
So many. The Bama MBB loss for sure
I was at the WBB loss to Texas A&M.  I still can't get over it.  81 nailed that one.

Al Harrington later of Hawaii 5-0 missing 2 XPs to knock us out of Rose Bowl contention in 1957.

Not beating Under Stanford Control (again) in track in 1967?    Rain so meet moved to Foothill with their all weather track. Given the long delay 2 athletes go to a bridge tournament in Santa Rosa and don't get back in time.  We barely lose never to beat Under Stanford Control (again) again
Of course the last time we beat SJS in track 1971 I got married and missed it

But 1965.  Ralston is bring us back from a depth worst than  Walt Harris and we are in LA to play Under Stanford Control (again).  No score after 3 and Mike Garrett takes over and we lose 14-0.  But the worst part was all the Under Stanford Control (again) fans telling us what a great game Stanford played and I wanted so much to say F u.  😀

Oh Bob, you are quite the yarn spinner, but we all know you can't possibly be old enough to have been at a 1957 game :)  Seriously, were you in grade school?
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The CARDboard / Re: Chryst?
« Last post by OutsiderFan on Today at 03:00:59 pm »
At a time in our country's history when they are under assault, we need to encourage as much sharing of facts and critical discussion on as many topics as possible, including the status of Keller Chryst's knee!
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The CARDboard / Re: Chryst?
« Last post by Yvonne on Today at 02:27:22 pm »
I remember a discussion of whether it hurt the team, but no definitive decision not to discuss it.
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The CARDboard / Re: The heights of Stanford joy
« Last post by Hulk01 on Today at 01:32:16 pm »
I've an unusual choice here--my second one.

My Number One is Plunkett et al. dethroning what some called the best college football team ever, the
70 Buckeyes: Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon on defense, Rex Kern and John Brockington on the offense--four famous players at that time.  Wnen Plunk hit my fellow Oregonian Bob Moore on the deep ball late, I nearly shattered our windows with my shrieking.

I wouldn't describe my reaction to Oregon 2013 as "joyous," but the game might have been the most deeply satisfying.  For three quarters, we dominated--holding  the vaunted Duck offense scoreless.  My pretty well-known dislike of the Ducks certainly helps explain this nominee.

The Iowa Rose Bowl and Virginia Tech Orange Bowl probably top my "deeply satisfying" list.  Stanford dominated, particularly on offense, in of exceedingly large proportions games. 

And one more add: 1971 Under Stanford Control (again).  Ralston sent John Winesberry out in the Under Stanford Control (again) I and ran Student Body Right and Left at those guys all night--and dominated.  It was more than a nice win; it was an inspired mind f--k.
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The CARDboard / Re: The heights of Stanford joy
« Last post by Embo on Today at 01:08:57 pm »
Interestingly, I had been thinking for months about starting a thread about the best games in the new Stanford Stadium.   In just 11 seasons, we've had the pleasure of storming the field multiple times.  So if you were to ask me which was the greatest, I would have to say .....

2013 Football vs. Oregon.

Think about this.  The game had been circled on the calendar for a year.  ESPN selected this for a Thursday night special due to the national implications.  And there was certainly no disappointment on ESPN's part when the game arrived - Oregon was ranked #3, Stanford #5.  There was no other competition on any channel.  And the people paying attention weren't just in Tallahasse, Tuscaloosa, Columbus,Clemson, or Norman - it was the whole friggin' country.

Here's a quick anecdote.  We frequently stay in Mendocino for weekends.  The neighbors to the cottage we rent are a couple who are full time residents.  He's a fisherman, she's a nurses aide.  They have no connection to either Oregon, Stanford, or the Bay Area.  But they got tickets for this game a long time in advance - because they knew it would be a big deal and wanted to witness it.

I was euphoric after the game.  My daughter texted me, "On the field?"  and I replied, "Not yet!"  I was in the photo where Shayne Skov was being interviewed postgame.   The nation was in awe of how Stanford dismantled Oregon both on offense and defense.  Every time it was replayed on ESPN or the PAC-12 network, I'd watch it in its entirety - and just exalt over Reese Davis's final call:  "And for one night - at this bastion of academia - college football rules!"
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The CARDboard / Re: The Depths of Stanford Misery
« Last post by fullmetal on Today at 01:00:39 pm »
Embo, that was very, very touching.   Thank you for sharing that.
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The CARDboard / Re: The Depths of Stanford Misery
« Last post by Spiny_Norman on Today at 12:55:46 pm »
Okay, time to add my worst Stanford sporting moments.  I will add, though, that with time, and with the recent successes (c'mon, Orange, Fiesta, Rose, Rose and Rose are pretty, pretty good..), the wounds hurt much less than before.

Please pay attention to the details here, which will make you understand.  Now go back to November 1980.  The Big Game, held on real grass (last time ever) in Memorial Stadium.  The setup leading into the game:

- Stanford is 6-4.  A bowl game (back then, there were few) in the name of Peach is a lock with a Stanford win.
- C.al is 2-8.  Their coach, Roger ("Later") Theder, is a lock to be fired if/when he loses Big Game.
- Stanford is led by one John Elway.  Say no more
- C.al lost their starting QB, Rich Campbell (who would be drafted by the Packers) to a broken leg vs. S.C.  Their starter would be Torchio, a walk on with essentially no experience at all.
- Stanford has other offensive starts - Ken Margerum, All American.  Darrin Nelson.  Ken Naber, who hit them from 50+
- C.al has a putrid offense.  No rusher has had a 100 yard game all season.

Of course, what happened?  This was the first sign that Paul Wiggin (great guy) just was not able to bring out the best.   C.al got the kickoff, happened to spring a 70+ run, and scored in like 3 plays.  A Stanford fumble inside the 10, and halftime was 21-7.  Stanford fought back to tie it at 21 all, but another fumble inside the five led to another TD.  Game ended 28-23, the most shocking upset in Big Game history.  It was inexcusable, although there was one X-factor.  Nelson had an ankle injury two weeks before, and it was hoped the bye would help him return.  He wasn't ready to go, carrying the ball only twice for 3 yards.

So you remember the details leading up to that 1980 game?  Now skip ahead to 1986.  The odds against C.al are even more extreme:

- Stanford is 7-2.  A bowl game is not just a likelihood, it's already done:  Gator Bowl.
- C.al is 1-9.  Their coach, Joe Kapp, isn't a lock to be fired.  He's already been fired, allowed to finish the year.
- Stanford is led by offensive stars.  John Paye.  Brad Muster.  WR Jeff James
- C.al lost their starting freshman QB Troy Taylor a week before to injury.  Their QB would be Kevin Brown, a walk on with very little experience.

Couldn't happen again, could it?  Oh yes it did.  17-11 for C.al.  Again, the greatest upset in Big Game history.   They carried Kapp on their shoulders.  I remember sitting in the stands, so embarrassed, so disappointed, so angry that the team had put such a flat product on the field.  And after doing so in 1980.  Had I been on the field, I probably would have been screaming at the players at my frustrations.  (Then again, good thing I wasn't....)
There was an X-factor, like there was in 1980 - we didn't know how severe the shoulder injury was to Paye.

I was there in Berkeley in 1980. And in 1986. (and of course in 1982) Thank you so much for bringing up such painful subjects. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.
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