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Ziperski: Writing about sports is fun, even when you’re dead wrong!

I joined the Daily in the fall of 2016 as a freshman, originally slated to write a bi-weekly column for the Opinions section. Given the political environment at the time, I thought I’d steer clear of election commentary and focus on what I loved talking about most: sports. It seemed a natural choice for me; growing up, my friends and I spent many more hours than we could ever possibly count debating the ins and outs of the various sports leagues, bouncing hot takes off of each other and waiting to see which silly predictions might come true. And upon coming to college, I figured it was time to take the opportunity to actually publish some of my thoughts.

Ziperski: Stanford reunion in Indianapolis

At the beginning of the 2017 college football season, a few media outlets—Fox Sports in particular—published pieces suggesting that Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh might leave Ann Arbor and head to Indianapolis to replace the Colts’ Chuck Pagano. Skeptical at first, I’ve become more optimistic as the Colts have struggled. Though Pagano’s battle against cancer several years ago inspired many, he hasn’t performed as a head coach since, and it seems almost certain that he’ll be gone after the 2017 season. Once he’s gone, the Colts will need somebody who’s proven that they can step in and turn teams around. Josh McDaniels of the Patriots has been floated as one possibility, and although he’s a capable play-caller and offensive coordinator, his one stint as a head coach in Denver was a disappointment. Beyond McDaniels, there’s unlikely to be a whole lot of available coaching talent at the professional level. Maybe it’s time to dip into the ranks of the NCAA.

Spelfogel: Stanford football only a ‘regional’ powerhouse

Remembering that Stanford had defeated USC in three consecutive matchups, and that night two Decembers ago where Christian McCaffrey ran rampant through the SC secondary, almost made me forget that this Cardinal team was part of a different reality. Yet reality crept back quickly in the 2nd half of Saturday’s game, resulting in a 42-24 drubbing at the hands of our Southern California rivals.

Football preview: Defensive line

This is the seventh of a 12-part preview of the 2016 football season. Part 1 focused on the running backs and fullbacks. Part 2 featured a roundtable on the offense. Part 3 focused on the tight ends and receivers. Part 4 focused on the offensive line. Part 5 focused on the quarterback. Part 6 featured a roundtable on the defense. In a…

Lakshman: Top 10 Stanford football games of the past four years, Part III

If you have been following my attempt to document my favorite Stanford football games of the last four years (and thanks for reading!), you probably noticed that one particular opponent has remained conspicuously absent thus far. In this final installment of the three-part series, I’ll try to remedy this gaping, duck-shaped hole in the top-10 list by focusing on two of the most remarkable games in the program’s history.

Miller: Olympic model the way forward for college sports

There has been a flurry of activity in the world of college sports since the men’s basketball finale, including massive media rights deals announced by the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference, the provisional elimination of the hotly-contested practice of holding “satellite camps” (a.k.a. the Jim Harbaugh Rule) and the discovery that NCAA President Mark Emmert, despite his $1.8M salary, still…