At first glance, the contortion of the body and the tangle of legs associated with the flip throw-in seems gimmicky, a gymnast’s plaything dragged onto the soccer field. In the right hands, however, this maneuver, designed to launch the ball over huge distances into opposing penalty boxes, can be deadly.
Survive and advance. As a preseason top-five team, the goal is that simple. Barring the nearly unprecedented scenario of three BCS conference teams all going undefeated, the Stanford Cardinal needs only to win every game to go to the BCS National Championship; style points won’t matter.
Stanford Athletics announced on Tuesday that football season tickets had completely sold out for the first time in school history as expectations and excitement for the defending Rose Bowl champions has steadily mounted with fall practices rapidly approaching.
The No. 8 Stanford men’s golf team shot a combined 15-over-par 365 in Tuesday’s third round, falling one place to fifth in the team standings. Sophomore Patrick Rodgers, the second highest ranked golfer in the conference, failed to break par for the second consecutive day and is now sitting alone at 10th in the individual race.
With the departure of last year’s two top players, men’s tennis sophomore John Morrissey had big shoes to fill this season, leading a relatively young team against some of the toughest competition in the nation.