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Nicholas Radoff
Nic Radoff '15 is now officially from Oakland and is a proud to be a history major and a Latin-American studies minor. Nic was a staff writer for women's soccer and follows football extensively, whether his editors let him write about it or not. He is a proud member of the men's club lacrosse team and invites you all to come watch most Saturdays, even though you might not see him on the field much. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking with his husky Artoo, lamenting his A's and maintaining that things get better with age.

Radoff: I tell you my story, because I can

I was not supposed to be here. A few years ago, I never thought I would be able to finish my degree at Stanford. I owed the University thousands of dollars, I had been in and out of the hospital and I felt like the word “unlucky” had gone from applicable to euphemistic. So please,…

Radoff: A brief history of FIFA’s corruption

After 30 years of alleged corruption, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association has finally been brought to justice. At approximately 6 a.m. local time, Swiss law enforcement officials arrived at one of Zurich’s premiere hotels to arrest FIFA officials meeting in advance of the election of FIFA’s president, scheduled for Friday — an election, that…

Radoff: On the death of Hero Ball and the new NBA

In 2003, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Since then, 12 years have gone by, and much has changed. From Bush to Obama, from depleted ozone layers to global warming, from Blockbuster to Netflix. Basketball, too, has been picked up by the winds of change. Still, it’s hard to picture…

Radoff: Will the Patriots survive?

As Tom Brady’s career comes to a close, he faces a referendum of sorts. The talk around football is that his legacy has been forever soiled by a damning report that states that he was directly responsible for the illegally low pressure of the footballs used over the course of the playoffs en route to…

What’s in store for Stanford’s remaining NFL prospects?

With the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft completed, all Stanford draft prospects remain on the board with the exception of offensive tackle Andrus Peat (drafted at No. 13 overall by the New Orleans Saints). Columnist Nicholas Radoff examined the chances that Alex Carter, Henry Anderson, James Vaughters, Ty Montgomery, Jordan Richard, AJ Tarpley…

Reactions to Day 1 of the NFL Draft

With the first day of 2015 NFL draft in the books, columnist Nic Radoff took a look at what transpired yesterday and what it means for the remaining Stanford prospects. Draft reaction: David Shaw looked on from the NFL Network booth as star tackle Andrus Peat went 13th overall to the New Orleans Saints. Peat…

Radoff: Revitalizing Stanford sports fans

I touched on this a bit last week, but after some feedback, I thought I’d take a closer look at Stanford’s athletics attendance, some of the reasons behind those attendance levels and ways to try to address those issues. Once upon a time, Stanford Stadium’s attendance was truly a joke. Those days of completely empty…

Radoff: Why Stanford football will be fine

“The reports of Stanford football’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” If Mark Twain were still around, he totally would have been a devout Cardinal football fan, just as I’m sure he never would have tired of re-appropriating a now-cliched quote. As long as I’m being delusional, he would have spent his time mercilessly bashing the…

2015 looks good for Stanford football

After the Spring Game, it seemed appropriate to take a look at the upcoming season and where Stanford stood in each phase of the game. Here’s a look at what the offense, defense and special teams might look like for 2015. I’ll also be taking a peek at the schedule for next year as well.…

Lacrosse blows by St. Mary’s in preparation for USC

Senior Emily Newstrom scored four goals during Stanford lacrosse’s 22-2 rout of St. Mary’s in the East Bay on Sunday. Megan Zummo of St. Mary’s scored the lone two goals for the Gaels as Stanford improved to 9-5 and 5-0 in conference play, while St. Mary’s fell to 0-12 overall. In all, 15 Stanford players recorded…

Football Q&A: Duane Akina, Solomon Thomas, Terrence Alexander, Daniel Marx

In advance of Saturday’s Spring Game, The Daily’s Nicholas Radoff had the chance to sit down with defensive backs coach Duane Akina, rising sophomore defensive end Solomon Thomas, rising sophomore cornerback Terrence Alexander and rising sophomore fullback Daniel Marx to talk about the team’s progress during spring practices. The Stanford Daily (TSD): You have a…

Radoff: Who to look for at Spring Game

Spring Game is next Saturday and you should all go. The current forecast for Saturday is 65 degrees and sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain. So take the chance to tailgate in spring, and go out and see what next year’s team is going to be like. Last year, we got a chance to…

Radoff: The NFL has failed its fans

I don’t just love football; I see it as an art form. It is the art of the plebes. It creates a sense of extraordinary unity and local pride that is almost impossible to find anywhere else. But the organization itself, the NFL, is anything but extraordinary. The NFL has failed its players. It has…

Radoff: An NBA season to remember

Last year I wrote that, hopefully, the NBA Playoffs would be as wide open as they had ever been and that there was a chance that we might not see a Spurs-Heat rematch. I was very wrong. As long as I am admitting to mistakes, Jameis Winston made me look like quite the fool when…

Radoff: It takes bravery to face the farcical NFL Combine

The NFL combine is a strange creature indeed. First, the very fact that it merits televising is a phenomenon in and of itself. It has all the spectacle of Olympic qualifiers and all of the excitement of having a reality TV show composed entirely of commentary over a bunch of cameras at a gym. The…

Three women’s soccer seniors taken in NWSL draft

On Friday, the National Women’s Soccer League held a four round, 36-player draft. The NWSL, which will enter its third year of play on April 10, had representatives of its nine teams converge in Philadelphia after months of scouting. The league already features several distinguished Stanford alumni, including Christen Press, Rachel Quon, Kelley O’Hara, Cami Levin…

Women’s soccer season ends in semis of College Cup

The Stanford women’s soccer team trailed 1-0 late in the second half against Florida State in the semi-finals of the College Cup. Chioma Ubogagu cut down the left side of the box after a great ball by Taylor Uhl to open her up. One on one with the keeper, Ubogagu froze Florida State’s goalie with…

Women’s soccer advances to College Cup

After two straight games decided on penalties, why not just one more? This time though, it was not a foul in the box that produced the winning goal. Instead, in a thrilling match against the Florida Gators, the Stanford women’s soccer team won after penalties 2-2 (2 OT, 4-3 PKs) to become one of the…

Women’s soccer blazes into NCAA Quarterfinals

With wins over No. 24 Arkansas on Friday and No. 10 Washington on Sunday, the No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer team continues its journey to its first NCAA title since 2011. The Cardinal now advance to the round of eight and will have their final home game of the year on Friday at Cagan Stadium…

A conversation with Christian McCaffrey and Austin Hooper

At the end of Tuesday’s practice, The Stanford Daily’s Nicholas Radoff spoke with freshman running back Christian McCaffrey and sophomore tight end Austin Hooper about Saturday’s Big Game. *** The Stanford Daily (TSD): Both your parents were athletes here, so do you have any expectations or memories of the Big Game? Christian McCaffrey (CM): It’s very clear…
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