Stanford has struggled with home field advantage all season, empty seats staring down as one of the nation’s top teams has marched to a third-straight double-figure winning season. But even the most die-hard fans out there started as fair-weather ones, and right now the forecast is looking pretty sunny for the future at Stanford.
For the first time in eight years, I sat on the sunny side of Stanford Stadium on Saturday. Far from the noise and youthful enthusiasm of the Red Zone, I was doing my bit for the greater cause of Cardinal football; I was introducing my parents to college football.
As a Stanford student, it’s pretty hard to complain very much. I go to a top-notch school that gives me a scholarship, access to great professors and facilities and doesn’t make me wait by the computer at 12:01 to pray I can get into maybe my third- or fourth-choice classes—unless it’s spring quarter wine tasting.
If you’re an undergrad, you probably already know that the Kappa Sigma fraternity got its house back; if you’re a grad student, you might not care. Either way, you might be wondering why I feel I can justify writing about this in my sports column. Prior to the Fiesta Bowl, I would have agreed
Whatever excuse I can muster, though, karma paid me back for showing weakness—nine Red Zone points or not, something went wrong when I showed up for the Big Game. As I scanned my ID card to enter the stadium, I discovered I hadn’t been allocated a ticket
Last week I took aim at the lack of raucous support at Stanford Stadium and particularly at the Axe Committee, but I’m starting to wonder if my accusations were a bit misplaced. So now it’s time to fry bigger fish—the Department of Athletics