- Sep 16, 2019
“A very pleasant good evening to you.” With those words, John Ralston would begin any speech, press conference, or appearance before a...
- Aug 26, 2019
Good Luck; The Cost of Winning...and Selecting
One of the best players in the National Football League hung up his cleats on Saturday, when Stanford great and Indianapolis Colts’...
- Jan 28, 2019
The Cradle of Super Bowl Quarterbacks; Pac-12 Exits Levi’s; Hall of Fame Musings
This Sunday’s Super Bowl matches two quarterbacks from the Bay Area—the Patriots’ Tom Brady, from San Mateo and Serra High School, and...
- Jan 21, 2019
Overtime Rules, Officiating Blunders Taint Two Great Games; Turk Passes; Bama Defections; A-Rod Citi
Yesterday's NFC and AFC championship games were both games for the ages, with great play after great play, clutch third down conversions,...
- Apr 2, 2018
The Trouble with SC
I’ve never been a big fan of the University of Southern California. It probably stems from my days as an undergraduate at Stanford. USC...
- Feb 2, 2018
Worthy of the Hall
The story is very familiar by now. He grew up in a home in San Jose where his mother was blind, his father was legally blind, and his...
- Dec 11, 2017
Football’s One-and-Done, Curry’s Ankle, Stanford Sports Icons
The contrast was striking. College football's perpetual man in motion, Oregon coach Willie Taggart, blew town after one year in Eugene,...
- Nov 20, 2017
Big Game Notes, Baker’s Meltdown, Tax Changes, Mora Out, LaVar vs. Donald
To those of us in the Bay Area, the tradition of the Big Game is second to none, because Stanford and Cal really do have...