I was eleven years old, chocolate ice cream smeared across the edges of my mouth, sitting inches away from the TV screen and making all kinds of crazy deals with God. “I promise to do all of my homework…I’ll clean my room…I’ll do everything my mom says,” I pleaded. “Just let Tiger win.”
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.
November 7 has come and gone, and so has the euphoria of Stanford’s monumental win against Oregon on that Thursday night. In its place at Tuesday’s weekly press conference was an overwhelming sense of mental fatigue from the long grind of Pac-12 conference play. Nevertheless, the Cardinal remains focused on preparing for its clash at the Coliseum with USC this Saturday.
Thursday marked the opening day of the 95th PGA Championship. With Tiger Woods’ game — or at least his iron game — approaching its previously dominant level, I was one of many who couldn’t wait to see how he’d do at the very tough Oak Hill Country Club.
I was never much of a golf fan growing up, but whenever the Masters rolled around, I always knew to keep an eye out for Tiger Woods. Even though Tiger had turned pro after only two years at Stanford, that was enough of a connection to the best golfer in the world to ensure my undying bandwagon fandom.
Mariah Stackhouse set a course record with a round of 61 (-10 under par), including an astonishing 26 on the front nine, en route to winning the Peg Barnard Invitational.