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Ziperski: Team owners matter

When fans try to pinpoint the reasons behind a team’s success or failure, they most often look to players or coaches. The New England Patriots have been dominant for nearly two decades because of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have soared to the top of the league because of Sean McVay’s play-calling brilliance and Patrick Mahomes’ phenomenal play. Conversely, a team like the Raiders has struggled for so long because they’ve lacked star power both on the field and on the sideline (yes, even Jon Gruden).

Ziperski: I feel bad for Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have dominated the NFL news cycle these past few days following their close defeat to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams, a loss for which much of the blame lies at the feet of Stanford alum Ty Montgomery. Zach Naidu wrote a good column yesterday here in The Daily discussing the outrage amongst the sports pundits directed at Montgomery: I’d suggest giving it a read if you hadn’t already.

Naidu: The mistreatment of Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery, former wide receiver for the Stanford Cardinal and member of the Stanford class of 2015, made a crucial mistake last Sunday.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game, the undefeated Los Angeles Rams kicked a field goal to take a 29-27 lead over Montgomery and the Green Bay Packers. On the ensuing kickoff, Montgomery fielded the ball just inside the Packers end zone and returned it to the 21-yard line only to fumble and give the Rams possession.

Stanford in the NFL: Superstars shine bright

The NFL season is once again in full swing, and the mania of the first two weeks has been thoroughly interesting, to say the least. Rivalries are sharpening, teams are looking to cement themselves among the league’s elite, and every single player on every roster is looking to show that they can contribute. Amongst the players suiting up every Sunday are 29 former Cardinal, now putting their skills on display in the NFL. Here’s what some of them have been up to the past two weeks!

Stanford in the NFL: Divisional round playoffs

Stanford alumni were on full display both on and off the field in last weekend’s NFL divisional playoff round, specifically in the NFC where Cardinal wide receivers led their respective offenses both in the air and on the ground. In the wake of the games this weekend, however, former Cardinal and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was part of some ongoing controversy off the field with the NFL stirred by head coach Pete Carroll.