Alright Now!!


Okay, the 2007 college football season is officially in the Twilight Zone. Tonight, Stanford, my alma mater and a school whose football team likely possesses the most lopsided ratio of brains to football skills of any team on the planet, beat arch rival and No. 2 (or No. 1) ranked USC 24-23 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The victory snapped the Trojans’ 35-game winning streak at home, dating back to 2001 when, yes, the Cardinal last beat the Trojans. Stanford was a 40-point underdog. Yeah, forty. ( Unbelievable.


There were myriad subplots to this name – not the least of which was the bit of trash-talking by Stanford rookie coach Jim Harbaugh, which began almost before the new Cardinal coach had gotten a key to his new office. He told reporters he’d herd that USC coach Pete Carroll would leave following the 2007 season. (Carroll denied it saying Harbaugh had not checked with him about career moves.” ) Then at media day, Harbaugh said with a sarcastic tone: “There is no question in my mind that USC is the best team in the country and may be the best team in the history of college football.”

Harbaugh didn’t back down from his comments in the days leading up to the contest that was to be no-contest. But in a sly twist he also said: “We bow to no man. We bow to no program here at Stanford University.”

Coach arm-wrestling makes for good copy. But this is real: The Cardinal’s starting QB was out of the game after suffering a seizure last Sunday while watching former teammate – and now Buffalo Bills rookie QB p- Trent Edwards beat the New York Jets. (I am not making this up.) That left starting duties to sophomore Tavita Pritchard. The last time Pritchard started a game he was in high-school. In college, he’d thrown a total of four passes.


Tonight, his numbers (11-for-30, 147 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) weren’t particularly impressive. But this was: Trailing 23-16, the Cardinal had fourth and-ten on the USC 10-yard-line with :50 left. Pritchard had just throw two successive incomplete passes and. At the snap he back-peddled to avoid a USC assault, lofted the ball towards the left corner of the end zone and hit WR Mark Bradford (whose father passed away last week) for the game-winner. Add the extra point, and you had the biggest upset in Pac-10 football history. Some even called it the biggest upset in college football history. Unbelievable.

PhotoMark Bradford

Lest you wonder whether Pritchard was just an out-of-nowhere wonder, consider this: His uncle, and the man who tutored him as a child for hours at a time? Jack (“The Throwin’ Samoan”) Thompson, the former All-America QB at Washington State. Ya gotta love it, especially during this wacky season

The only downside of this is that if Florida upsets LSU tonight, Cal could be No. 1. Ugh.

Photo The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Nephew Tavita (top) and Uncle Jack


5 thoughts on “Alright Now!!

  1. blueollie says:

    There must have been something in the Los Angeles area water. Another underdog (22 points) beat UCLA; of course it helps that the Bruins had to play a walk on at quarterback and turned the ball over 7 times.

    The Stanford-ND game ought to be very interesting. Perhaps the rules of football can be amended to required that the teams have to solve a differential equation or two after each first down?

  2. […] A Stanford graduate crows about Stanford’s upset of No. 1 USC. […]

  3. kevin says:

    I think every non-USC fan was glad to see Stanford knock off the Trojans. The parity in college football, and maybe especially in the Pac-10, is amazing to me. It’s completely possible to imagine a three-way tie between USC, Cal, and Oregon for the championship, and maybe even a four-way tie if Arizona State stays hot.

  4. But you know that my Cal Bears will still take the Farm to the woodshed.

  5. 생활지혜 says:

    딸국질은 횡경막의 경련에 의해서 일어 나는 것으로 쇼크를

    준다거나 잠시 호흡을 멈추면 낫는다.

    하지만 경우에 따라정신적 부담감으로 빨리 멎지 않을 때가 있다.

    멈추게 하는제일 좋은 방법은 심호흡을 한 뒤 견딜 수 있는데까지

    숨을 쉬지 않는 것이다.

    또는 숨을 멈춘채 찬물을 조금씩 마셔도효과가 있다.

    그래도 가라 앉지 않으면 조용히 숨을 내쉬면

    서 아랫배를 들이밀거나 때때로 배에 힘을 가득 준 뒤 호흡

    을 멈추는 복식호흡도 좋다.


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