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Michael Spelfogel
Michael Spelfogel is a staff writer in the sports section at The Stanford Daily. He can be contacted at mspel 'at'

Spelfogel: Is Stanford the best of the West?

Saturday night, Stanford provided as much entertainment as the rabbit that broke loose on the field midway through the first quarter (Cue the Bryce Love to rabbit comparisons). To date, the rampant rabbit video has racked up tens of thousands of views on social media, while Love is finally favored to win the Heisman by Las Vegas oddsmakers.

Spelfogel: No more #Pac12AfterDark

Oct. 11, 2014: The first widespread use of #Pac12AfterDark occurs on Twitter in reference to USC’s upset of then-No. 10 Arizona, in a game that kicked off at 7:30 p.m. From that day forward, the hashtag has been used hundreds of thousands of times across Twitter. And like the term’s use in 140 character messages, it has also come to symbolize the conference's push for later and later starting games. Thus far this season, six of seven of Stanford’s games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. or later, like the Cardinal’s post-7 p.m. start at Utah this past weekend.

Spelfogel: Cardinal need Heisman Love

It was sometime late Saturday afternoon, well after Stanford had solidified its 34-24 victory over Arizona State, that the mundanity of the game truly set in. The Cardinal, at times, had excited and dazzled its spectators in quick bursts of action, but the warm, sun-filled September day was reminiscent of many past Cardinal performances. Adequate…

Spelfogel: KJ must play!

Darkness. With 3:58 remaining in the most pivotal moments of the game, darkness. Stanford’s collapse last week against San Diego State, not much unlike the failure of the stadium’s light and electric system was due to human error. Error in play call, error in execution, and a bit of bad luck. But through last week’s loss, and very clearly juxtaposed against this week’s win, a key differentiator stood out from the rest. That is the man in the Quarterback position.

Spelfogel: Stanford football only a ‘regional’ powerhouse

Remembering that Stanford had defeated USC in three consecutive matchups, and that night two Decembers ago where Christian McCaffrey ran rampant through the SC secondary, almost made me forget that this Cardinal team was part of a different reality. Yet reality crept back quickly in the 2nd half of Saturday’s game, resulting in a 42-24 drubbing at the hands of our Southern California rivals.

Women’s softball faces five-game weekend

Stanford softball (7-3) brings a two-game winning streak into the Mary Nutter Classic today in Cathedral City California. The competition, which brings top softball programs from around the country together, will be played out in quick succession, with Stanford playing five games in just three days.

Men’s basketball overcomes slow start to defeat Beavers

Stanford men’s basketball (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) shrugged off a slow start in Corvallis Thursday night to defeat the Oregon State Beavers (4-15, 0-6) 62-46. Despite holding just a two-point lead at halftime, the Cardinal commanded the second half, outscoring their opponent 35 to 21. Junior forward Mike Humphrey scored 21 points to continue his solid Pac-12 play.

Spelfogel: Stanford’s bowl outlook

Have you set your winter travel plans yet? Pinkish Pasadena? No way, not two years in a row! Shiny San Diego? Sounds nice… Steamy San Antonio? So hot! Sun-kissed Santa Clara? Too Close! El Paso!?!? What??? Good thing you don’t have any holiday plans yet, because Stanford football’s holiday locale is just as up in…

Spelfogel: Stanford football gains bowl eligibility, but postseason outlook remains murky

Finally, bowl eligibility! It took until November, but the Cardinal will be returning to the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. Stanford looked underwhelming at times in its victory over the Oregon State Beavers, and the performance raised more questions than answers at the quarterback position. However, the defense was superb, intercepting the ball twice and…

Spelfogel: Fighting for a seat at the bowl

Stanford looked rejuvenated in its 34-10 win at Arizona. The biggest storyline of the game was David Shaw’s decision to start Keller Chryst at quarterback instead of the struggling Ryan Burns. While the call definitely paid off with a win, Chryst did not look very convincing for several stretches of the game, missing a few…

Spelfogel: The new Big Game

Last week at halftime, the Stanford band parodied the Cal Bears by insisting that Stanford was looking for a more commensurate opponent for its biggest rivalry game. The “Big Games” of old have lost their luster in recent years, with many lopsided results and meaningless games. The band searched through Pac-12 opponents: UCLA too far, USC too Greek,…

Spelfogel: Not all hope is lost for potential Playoff run

Do not despair, Cardinal fans. You probably have looked at the first College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings and scratched your head, wondered how those dang Irish are six spots in front of Stanford despite being ranked lower in last week’s AP poll, wondered why Utah is so close on our heels and maybe even cried a…
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