We didn’t grow up idolizing Susan Richard Nelson. We didn’t check the newspaper to see what DeMaurice Smith was up to every day. We didn’t have posters of Billy Hunter on our bedroom walls. And we didn’t see Roger Goodell or David Stern in a single segment of Top-10 Plays.
I discovered a new sport last week: cycling.
I’m not going to lie and say I’d never heard of the Tour de France before, but it’s never been a focus of mine until now. On top of facing a bit of a gap in my schedule with the new soccer season in Europe still a month away and U.S. college sports mostly winding down for the summer, I’d been disheartened by the continual failure of British teams or athletes in general (compare, for example, the success of Spanish tennis players to their homegrown counterparts at Wimbledon). Still, cycling managed to catch my attention, at least for a few days.
The Cardinal has 16 players in the pros–a figure that places it in the bottom half of the conference. But this is about to change.
A mix of 2011 and 2010 Stanford football alumni will take part in the Cardinal’s pro timing day on March 17. The athletes will take part in drills in front of numerous NFL coaches and scouts; last year, 30 of the league’s 32 teams were in attendance.
Although I like the NFL, I have to concede that I’m really rooting for neither side to prevail, but rather to see the lockout happen. An NFL lockout would be an untold boon for college football, dramatically increasing TV viewership as disaffected fans would flock from the pros to the NCAA.
Instead, it’s about that lone outsider: Stanford’s own Jim Plunkett