On the field, Stanford and Michigan State are two remarkably similar teams in their philosophies and playing style. But when you look at the storylines of their separate journeys to the 100th Rose Bowl Game, a stark contrast becomes evident.
It was déjà vu for the Stanford players on Friday morning as they returned to the LA Downtown Hotel for the start of the Rose Bowl media sessions. If it wasn’t for the presence of offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren — who became the first coach in college football history to wear a pair of Google glasses while addressing the media — and senior running back Tyler Gaffney, you might’ve thought it was the 2012 Rose Bowl.
Last Thursday, having gorged myself on a hearty (turkey-free, since I’m a vegetarian) meal, I collapsed onto my motorized reclining couch at home and started sinking into a gastronomic coma. With drooping eyelids while trying desperately to stay open to watch the snooze-fest that was the Raiders playing the Cowboys at JerryWorld, my time awake was going to be quite short.
Both of Stanford’s basketball teams recently bolstered their coaching staffs with notable and experienced names, as the men’s and women’s squads hired Tim O’Toole and Tempie Brown, respectively, as assistant coaches going into next season.
I do not like Notre Dame for many, many reasons, but I hope that Manti Te’o comes out today for his press conference and stares at the sea of reporters, all salivating over a chance to tear Notre Dame’s fallen star to shreds, and tells them to shove it.
Woo! We just won a big game over a top-X team. Everyone’s talking about us, and we’re all the way up to No. Y in the polls! If we win out and ABC happens, we’ll go to the Z Bowl. Go us! After last week, how could we possibly be challenged by a team like Q? They’re nowhere near as good as the team we just beat!