Some call it “The Miracle at Maples”; others, simply “The Shot.” But when Nick Robinson ’04 M.A. ’05 sunk a 35-foot runner as time expired to give No. 2 Stanford an 80-77 win against No. 12 Arizona — sending Musburger and Vitale into hysterics, the Sixth Man Club onto the Maples Pavilion hardwood and the Cardinal to a 20-0 record — there were, in truth, no words to describe what had just happened. Ten years to the day after Robinson’s iconic shot, that has changed.
There are some games where records just don’t matter. Tournament seeding, March Madness implications, momentum swings—you name it, but none of it matters. These are rivalry games, and when the Stanford Cardinal rolls into Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears, all bets are off.
As a superfan of the double, double toil and trouble that Stanford’s Pac-12 opponents get themselves into, few things have pleased me more in life than the Trojan turmoil of 2006 and the to-be-resolved Oregon “oops!” of 2011. But there’s nothing like the good ‘ol Cal chuckle: that warm, giggly feeling I get in my heart when I find out that the Golden Bears have done something else wrong.
I started watching the Warriors nearly nine years ago, mainly because there was nothing else on TV to watch. Those were the good old days, with superstars like Troy Murphy, Adonal Foyle and Mike Dunleavy putting up great numbers and managing to lose nearly all of their games. Now, as I watch this current Warriors team thrive in the face of adversity, I can’t help but consider the preceding history and think of the unlikelihood of it all.
Reeling from a 1-3 start to conference play, Stanford men’s basketball enters Saturday’s rivalry game against California trying to remain relevant in the Pac-12.
Former Stanford forward Peter Sauer died Sunday night after a recreational basketball game in White Plains, N.Y. when the 35-year-old collapsed suddenly on a concrete court.