Sam Fisher
Sam Fisher is the managing editor of sports for The Stanford Daily's Vol. 244. Sam also does play-by-play for KZSU's coverage of Stanford football, Stanford baseball and Stanford women's basketball. In 2013, Sam co-authored "Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football," with Joseph Beyda and George Chen.

Fisher: The true power of the Stanford fan

I never thought this moment would come — for three reasons. I never thought I would be a writer, once I started at The Daily I certainly didn’t think I’d be writing a goodbye column and, after I somehow caved on the first two, I promised myself that my goodbye column wouldn’t be as gushy…

Pete Hansen replaces Kotulski as inside linebackers coach

Stanford hired San Francisco 49ers defensive assistant Pete Hansen as inside linebackers coach Monday morning. Hansen will replace David Kotulski, who left the Cardinal last week to become Derek Mason’s defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. Hansen joined the 49ers shortly after head coach Jim Harbaugh left Stanford to become head coach of the 49ers. Hansen had…

Halpin, Galli lead the way as Stanford sweeps weekend duals

Stanford wrestling continued one of the best seasons in its history with two big wins over the weekend. On Friday night the Cardinal (13-4) dominated Simpson University on Senior Night, winning 35-7 at the Ford Center. Stanford followed up that win with a 33-8 blowout road win at San Francisco State. The Cardinal’s 13 dual-meet…

Vaculik, Modi lead Cardinal squads to victory

It was a good weekend for Cardinal gymnastics, with both the men’s and women’s teams putting on a show in front of the home crowd. On Saturday, the No. 3 men’s squad took down No. 4 Cal for the second time in as many weeks. Then, on Sunday, the No. 12 women’s team picked up a comeback win in a tri-meet with Arizona and Sacramento State.

Fisher: Sherman redefines traditional sports boundaries

“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.” Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ‘10 wrote these words in response to his now-famous postgame interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship game Sunday. I’ve been fixated on them, more than the interview itself, ever since.

Top 10: Stanford sports interviewees in 2013

There are many great people involved with Stanford Athletics, and The Daily Sports Staff interacts with a large percentage of them. In honor of the top-10 issue, the following is a list of The Daily Sports Staff’s top 10 favorite people to interview.

Modi’s spectacular debut powers Stanford past Cal

Stanford men’s gymnastics opened its season in the best possible way for a Cardinal athletic team: beating Cal in Berkeley. The Cardinal, powered by the remarkable debut of freshman Akash Modi and five individual victories in the six events, beat the Bears in their home gym for the second consecutive season. As a team, the…

Fisher: No stopping the National Football League

With the constant grind of the college football season, I rarely have time to watch many NFL games. But now that Stanford’s football season is over, I’ve gone back to the ways of my youth, and I have been rewarded greatly. I’ve never been a believer in sports conspiracy theories – besides ones involving NBA…

Cardinal water polo primed for another NCAA title run

Two hundred and forty two days ago, Stanford women’s water polo, the two-time defending national champions dubbed by many as the best college water polo team ever before the 2013 season, came as close as it could possibly have come to an NCAA title without grasping it, falling 10-9 in quadruple overtime to archrival USC.

Montgomery earns “The Jet” award for best kickoff returner

Stanford junior wide receiver and kick returner Ty Montgomery was awarded “The Jet” return specialist award Tuesday. The award is voted on by college football writers and broadcasters and is named after 1972 Heisman trophy winner Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers. Montgomery will officially receive the award at a ceremony on Thursday, April 10, in Omaha, Neb.

Rice, Vaculik power gymnastics squad to victory in season opener

The No. 9 Stanford women’s gymnastics team started off its 2014 season with a bang, taking first place at the five-team NorCal Meet in Sacramento on Sunday. Stanford edged out No. 22 Cal, the only other ranked team in the meet, 194.825 to 194.650, with Sacramento State, UC-Davis and San Jose State trailing from third…

Fisher: Answering the tough Rose Bowl questions

For the first time since Nov. 12, 2011, Stanford football was beaten by a better team. On Jan. 1, 2014, the Spartans, playing without their two-time captain and defensive leader Max Bullough, were better than the Cardinal — and more physical too. The 100th Rose Bowl Game was remarkably different than Stanford’s previous five losses.…

Conor McFadden’s next adventure begins as his playing career ends

Senior center Conor McFadden, a former walk-on from Sunfish Lake, Minn., will be in uniform for the last time as a member of the Cardinal when he takes the field on Jan. 1 for the 100th Rose Bowl Game. A day later, McFadden heads home to Minnesota to begin a very different challenge in his first full-time job: working for his father Mike McFadden’s senate campaign.

Meet the Spartans: Front seven

The following is the second of five installments of The Stanford Daily’s “Meet the Spartans” series, which will give an in-depth look at Michigan State leading into the 100th Rose Bowl Game between No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford on Jan. 1. Today’s piece will focus on the Spartans’ front seven. Come back to for the next four days for looks at the Spartans’ run offense, pass offense and special teams.

Mike Sanford hired as Boise State offensive coordinator

Stanford quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Mike Sanford, who also serves as the Cardinal's recruiting coordinator, has been hired by Boise State to be the Broncos' next offensive coordinator, in a move originally reported by Football Scoop. Sanford is expected to coach the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 against Michigan State, according to Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.

Fisher: Saturday’s win sits right at the top

When I left the field at Autzen Stadium after Stanford’s 17-14 win against Oregon just under 13 months ago, I didn’t think that any Cardinal victory could ever again make me feel as happy as I was at that moment. Saturday night in Tempe, Kevin Hogan, Shayne Skov, Tyler Gaffney and everyone else in the…

Pac-12 Championship Game predictions

No. 7 Stanford (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) at No. 11 Arizona State (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) Sam: Stanford 24, Arizona State 20 Stanford is better than Arizona State, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If this game were played at Stanford Stadium, I would pick the Cardinal to win big. Stanford matches up very well against…

Fisher: Time to prove your worth

The Pac-12 Championship Game is rapidly approaching, and what an important game it is to the Cardinal. With a win, Stanford’s loss at USC — one of the most painful losses in recent memory — is forgiven and forgotten. With a loss, Stanford’s 2013-14 football season is officially a disappointment and borderline disaster. Who would…
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