On the fence of the Stanford football practice field hangs a banner that reads, “You are either getting better or you are getting worse; you never stay the same.” The Stanford Daily will live by that mantra this volume, even if most of our staffers can’t throw a football that remotely resembles a spiral.
Nothing beats a close, down-to-the-wire Super Bowl. Not the NBA Finals, not the World Series and not the BCS National Championship Game (or now, the College Football Playoff) — at least, when your favorite team is not involved. The World Cup is much more popular worldwide, but at least in the United States, the Super Bowl currently reigns.
“Immortality is nontransferable.” John Updike wrote these words in 1960 to commemorate Ted Williams’ last game, and true to form, nearly 60 years later Boston still mourns its irreplaceable loss. Itself immortal, Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is probably the single greatest piece of sports literature ever written, and similarly to the Fenway faithful, we at the sports desk are forever looking up at it.
The Daily is proud to announce its upcoming book, “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football,” by Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher.
Devastation. If you’re a Celtics or Suns fan, that’s probably the best word to describe what happened last week. As you watched your beloved stars announce their decisions to join teams that you’ve no doubt grown to hate with a violent passion, all you could do was shake your head in disbelief.