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Winston Shi
Winston Shi was the Managing Editor of Opinions for Volume 245 (February-June 2014). He also served as an opinions and sports columnist, a senior staff writer, and a member of the Editorial Board. A native of Thousand Oaks, California (the one place on the planet with better weather than Stanford), he graduated from Stanford in June 2016 with bachelor's and master's degrees in history. He is currently attending law school, where he preaches the greatness of Stanford football to anybody who will listen, and other people who won't.

And the fair land

It’s time for me to march on towards my own new horizon. But we are only able to boldly reach for the future because we first came of age in a fair land.

The art of getting to 45 percent

Is DC gridlock going away? Not a chance. Both parties agree that politics is about getting to 51 percent, but their goals are so different they can’t even agree on what the midpoint actually is.

On Gabriel Knight and what anti-Semitism really means

What ASSU Senator Knight described as “a very valid discussion” are words that have launched pogroms and genocides, destroyed communities for generations and stained the human conscience. Do I think that Mr. Knight intends to recreate the Holocaust? No. Do I think Mr. Knight is responsible for the words he says? Absolutely. It is profoundly unbecoming of an ASSU senator, who is supposed to represent people like you and me, to help perpetuate this myth. Is this really what we want our home to be? A place where it’s OK to make anti-Semitic arguments?

Stanford fundraising: Eternally feeding the beast

[Edit, 2/23/16: And Phil Knight donates $400 million as the centerpiece of the $750 million Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Excellent timing. A more excellent gift.]   So Stanford just raised $1.6 billion. That amount of money is so large that it’s actually difficult to even comprehend. It is, by far, the biggest one-year fundraising haul in…

Shi: Hot takes from around the country

One of the best parts about the college football offseason (sigh) is that you get to talk about all sorts of different things. (Well, when I mean “best,” I mean “something that doesn’t make me outright want to cry.) And one of the best parts about talking about different things is that it’s simply a…

Shi: Stanford football: The show must go on

I’m Winston Shi, and I’m your standard hypercompetitive Stanford student. I care about winning. I cared about winning at sports, regardless of whether I was starting or warming the bench. I care about getting good grades and proving myself at a great school. I care about whether my bags reach the baggage claim at the…

Instant Replay: The outside zone, Stanford’s bread and butter 2.0

I’m pretty sure that my four years at Stanford have been the greatest four years in the history of Stanford football. Three Rose Bowls. Three conference championships. And the most satisfying game I’ve ever witnessed as a Stanford football fan: a game where the Cardinal drove No. 6-ranked, 12-1 Iowa into the dirt and kept…

Instant Replay: Packaged plays and the Tao of no-calls

For the last two years or so, the new hot tactical philosophy across all levels of football has been the run-pass option, better known as the “packaged play.” Cal runs packaged plays constantly, and they did just ring up 495 yards of offense on Stanford’s defense last Saturday in Stanford’s glorious Big Game victory, so it’s only appropriate that we discuss RPO packages today. It’s also only appropriate that we discuss why the RPO is so controversial, because, well…cough, cough, Cal.

Instant replay: Post-wheel-curl burns Stanford defense

The Oregon loss was not fun. Okay. I think we’ve established that the Oregon loss was not fun. But Instant Replay goes on, win or lose. Look, if my favorite ever non-Stanford player, Matt freakin’ Barkley, can release a video breaking down film three days after he lost to Stanford for the fourth straight time,…

Shi: Oregon, Stanford and ‘The Fear’

Repeat after me: Oregon is not toast. That’s right. Oregon is not toast. Yes, Oregon is 6-3, and even if the Ducks win out, a three-loss season would be their worst regular season performance since Chip Kelly took over. Yes, they lost 62-20 to Utah in Autzen Stadium. Yes, I laughed my guts out watching…

Instant replay: In praise of versatility

After an oh-so-close escape in the driving rain at Washington State, it’s good to see Stanford back on track. In case you live under a rock (sorry, yes, this column was delayed this week), Stanford beat the daylights out of Colorado on Sunday. The score was 42-10, and after a touchdown on the opening drive,…

Yes, it’s boots on the ground in Syria

Yes. America is sending military forces to Syria. It may only be 50 troops, but it still deepens America’s presence in the region. And instead of questioning what impact these forces will have or whether they should be there in the first place, the controversy seems to be mainly about whether President Obama broke a promise. Something seems off here.

Instant replay: How to win an ugly game

[Correction: Kevin Hogan’s two big runs were not both read-option Power plays. One of them was in fact a traditional Power read; the other looked like it was a QB Power, where McCaffrey went wide for a potential toss or screen pass, and Kevin Hogan read the safety to see whether to keep or run.…

Shi: Winning out won’t guarantee Stanford a playoff spot

As I write, some of the most important Republicans in the country are debating about how the GOP can help secure the future of this country. They’re debating the big economic questions. Meanwhile, I’m writing about college football. While I care about getting people jobs and making these jobs better, like many of these candidates…
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