Tom Taylor

Taylor: Soccer has a place in American sports

On Sunday, June 30, the San Jose Earthquakes welcomed the Los Angeles Galaxy to Stanford Stadium in another California Clásico rivalry game. A year ago I was lucky enough to watch the same contest from the media box high above the field. The stadium looked packed, you could even hear the cheering throughout from the heavens, and the Quakes edged an eventful 4-3 contest to seal a home win. I had never seen Stanford Stadium that full or that loud; I was impressed.

Taylor: Fearing a Stanford football letdown

I have to admit it’s been a good week. I also have to hold up my hands and be honest that sports hasn’t really been on my radar for the last few days, so I hope you’ll forgive me for straying a little bit from the subject. On Friday I faced one of the hardest…

Taylor: Remembering David Beckham and his attitude

Just a week after Sir Alex Ferguson retired from his job as manager of Manchester United, David Beckham has also finally hung up his boots. On Saturday Beckham played his last home match for Paris Saint-Germain, the club he joined less than four months ago. After walking off to a standing ovation, it’s likely he’ll…

Taylor: Patience is key to sporting success

Will they never learn? Sunday saw the retirement of perhaps the greatest-ever soccer manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. It is impossible not to respect the phenomenal achievements that the departing boss of Manchester United had in his 26 years in charge, whether or not you hate him for that success. He bullied referees and players around…

Taylor: Is football the future of sports?

Is football the future of sports? In the wake of this year’s NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers took a gamble on an athlete with absolutely zero football experience. Lawrence Okoye, an Olympic discus thrower, was signed as a free agent and reportedly will play defense on a three-year deal. Every April hundreds of college…

Taylor: Something for soccer fans to chew on

A little over a week ago, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was caught on camera biting an opponent. While most agreed with the punishment handed out for this offense, those closest to him, his club and his manager did not. They are wrong, of course.

American football just does it better

It’s that time of year when I can escape this no longer. The college football season is long past—even Spring Game can’t make that not true—and the end of the Madness was sealed two weeks back. With American pro sports failing to really capture this fan’s hopes and dreams, and—in spite of a half-hearted attempt…

Taylor: Persevering through the Boston Marathon tragedy

I wrote this week’s column a day early, sent it into my editors and then, free of any important distractions, sat down to work on my thesis on Monday. But then it happened. I’m sure you all know this by now, but yesterday, several explosions tore through one of the world’s oldest and biggest sports…

Beyond Title IX

Julie Foudy '93 was just one year old when the groundbreaking Title IX equality law, passed in the summer of 1972, kick-started a revolution in women’s college sports by enforcing a balance between the funding of men’s and women’s programs. Looking back from the clarity of our position 40 years later, the impact of Title IX is obvious and striking. Over the past two weeks, The Daily has told the story of Title IX and women’s sports at Stanford, from the program’s history to the experiences of both players and coaches. But what is next?

Taylor: The land of the free, the forefront of women’s sports

Sometimes it’s hard to see prejudice or lack of access to opportunity quite so clearly when it’s not really personal. I’m white, I’m male, I’m middle class, and I grew up in a comfortable part of a first-world country. The struggles that I’ve faced have been unfortunate and tough, but none were predicated on my…

Taylor: Falling in love with sand volleyball

About this time last year I got exciting confirmation that I was going to be volunteering in the Olympic News Service at the 2012 London Olympics. Cryptically, I was due to work as a Flash Quote Reporter at the BV competition–it took me a while to figure out that meant Beach Volleyball and even longer…

Women’s basketball faces Georgia in Regional Semifinal

This evening in Spokane, Wash., the Stanford women's basketball will face Georgia in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Joining them in the Evergreen State, both the Pac-12 Conference and SEC will be doubly represented, with California and LSU due to face off on the same hardwood two-and-a-half hours later.

Stanford cruises into Sweet Sixteen

With a 73-40 victory over Michigan at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, the Stanford women's basketball team booked its place in the Spokane Regionals next weekend. Senior Joslyn Tinkle hit a career-best five three-pointer in her final game at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford overcomes Tulsa to head into second round

The Stanford women's basketball team recovered from a difficult start to defeat Tulsa 72-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Maples Pavilion on Sunday. It will now face Michigan in the second round on Tuesday evening after the Wolverines defeated Villanova 60-52.

Dawkins given one more chance

After a disappointing season, Stanford men's basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins will be back next year, but athletics director Bernard Muir stressed his high expectations for the season to come: an NCAA berth.

Taylor: You have got to see her play

Last week a fellow columnist wrote about struggling to find time to support all of the different athletics teams this university has to offer, and I get it. Even the athletes get it; they’re students too, they realize the pressures we’re all under, and as much as they would love to have you out there…

Zimmermann adjusts to life in the front row

Fans of the Stanford men’s basketball team may have spotted a couple of all-too-familiar faces in the student section this year. Towering above most of the rest of the Sixth Man Club, two of last year’s NIT-winning stars, Andrew Zimmermann ‘12 and Jack Trotter ‘12, have been not-so-quietly making their presence felt. Intrigued by the…

Taylor: Searching for inspiration

It’s crunch time, the final few minutes of winter quarter, the seconds ticking steadily by, the scoreboard burning painfully bright with a simple message: I’m down, maybe—hopefully—not by much, and I’m certainly not feeling on top of this situation.

Women’s basketball clinches Pac-12 title

The Stanford women's basketball team finished off another successful regular season on Saturday, defeating Washington State 72-50 and winning its 13th-straight conference title. Cross-Bay rival California then defeated Washington 73-60 to ensure that the Card must share the title this season.

Taylor: Cardinal sinners, repent!

It seems like blasphemy to even ask this question, the sort of uneducated heresy more likely to be uttered by a student from that university across the Bay, but: Is Stanford evil?
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