Stanford Rides McCaffrey to Pac-12 Championship, Rose Bowl

December 5, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard What’s that sweet smell? That’s right, you’re smelling roses.  Christian McCaffrey literally did everything — running, throwing, and catching a touchdown while breaking Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record, carrying Stanford to a 41-22 victory over USC in the Pac-12 title game that will send them to Pasadena, and McCaffrey to New York. His 461 all-purpose yards had the crowd chanting “Heis-man! Heis-man!” after the…


The Quiet Brilliance of Kevin Hogan

November 29, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard STANFORD, Calif. — Right after winning one of the biggest games of his life, the ever even-keeled Kevin Hogan didn’t let the moment get to him. The sea of Stanford students had made the field a sea of Cardinal, but it didn’t even seem to let his emotions affect him after his last game at Stanford Stadium. When his head coach David Shaw spoke with him…


McCaffrey, Stanford Run Past Bears to Take Axe

November 22, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Thanks to Christian McCaffrey, the Axe is staying on the Farm. Again. McCaffrey tore up a weak Cal defense on Saturday with a 49-yard touchdown reception and a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown, helping Stanford win 35-22 over rival Cal and keep the Stanford Axe with its namesake for the sixth straight year. Oh yeah, not to mention that they clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship…


Stanford’s Not-So-Inconceivable Path to the Playoff

November 21, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard For those of you who wrote off Stanford’s playoff hopes after their heartbreaking loss against Oregon on Saturday (myself included): it’s not over yet! And I’m not just being a homer. As the highest ranked two-loss team, the committee really values Stanford. It’s hard to blame them: the loss against Northwestern is a distant memory, and they had several chances to put away Oregon. That’s…


Hogan, Stanford Drop the Ball, Fall to Ducks

November 14, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Oh, Stanford.  Just when you think they’re on the cusp of brilliance, they break our hearts and lay an egg. Or maybe the Ducks laid it for them.  Even though it seemed like they were always on offense, Stanford made too many miscues when it mattered most, gave up too many plays, and couldn’t finish drives in a heart-wrenching 38-36 upset loss to the unranked Oregon…


McCaffrey Does It All As Stanford Rolls Past Buffaloes

November 7, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard You’ve been given the power to pick between two running backs to start your college football program: Christian McCaffrey and Ralphie, Colorado’s living, breathing buffalo. After Saturday, the choice has become harder than you might think. The Buffalo might have the *slight* size advantage and would be a little harder to bring down. But given Ralphie’s lack of opposable thumbs and rocket arm, I think…


McCaffrey’s Record-Setting Night Helps Stanford Dismantle #18 UCLA

October 15, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard If you didn’t think Stanford was back on the national radar yet, you now have no choice but to concede it — the Cardinal is back. Christian McCaffrey’s record-setting night put him on the early short list of invitees to New York, Francis Owusu made the catch of the year, and the defense stifled Josh Rosen’s Bruins in an utterly dominant 55-36 win over #18 UCLA. McCaffrey…


Giants Make Us Cry — And It’s Not Because They Lost

October 4, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Oh, your odd year Giants. So frustrating, aren’t they? In what was a microcosm of their entire season, the Giants dropped their season finale against the Colorado Rockies, blowing a big lead and losing a big arm in a 7-3 loss. Sure, Jeremy Affeldt wasn’t injured on Sunday like every other Giant, but he made us all shed tears upon tears with an emotional pre-game…


Stanford Cruises Past Injury-Ravaged Arizona

October 3, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Arizona Wildcats were declawed on Saturday, missing key pieces like linebacker Scooby Wright and quarterback Anu Solomon. With the Wildcats vulnerable, the 18th-ranked Cardinal didn’t miss their chance, thoroughly dispatching the overmatched Wildcats in a 55-17 victory. Stanford only punted once, and didn’t come until 11:41 left in the fourth quarter with Keller Chryst at the helm, scoring on every other drive. The nation’s…


A Eulogy: Celebrating the Life of the 2015 San Francisco Giants

September 29, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard REST IN PEACE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS April 6, 2015 — September 29, 2015. CAUSE OF DEATH: CLAYTON KERSHAW The 2015 Giants lived a very good, and unexpectedly long life. They will be remembered for a lot of reasons, including their pitchers that could rake, their brilliant acquisition of Casey McGehee, which opened the door for a budding star to man third base, and nearly every…