A Letter to Goose Gossage From The Nerds

March 11, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Dear Mr. Gossage, On behalf of the nerd community, I agree with you —  baseball needs to get its bleeping act together. And it starts with us. We’ve turned the game into a “freaking joke” because we’re running it. Most of us haven’t even played anything close to “rotisserie baseball at Harvard,” so of course we don’t know bleep about bleep. After we got our degrees…

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How Christian McCaffrey’s Biggest Supporters Lost Him the Heisman

January 29, 2016

By Ben Leonard It’s a sunny day in Pasadena, right out of a postcard. Behind the Rose Bowl, the cragged, rocky San Gabriel mountains loom, the backdrop to Christian McCaffrey’s stage. It’s not one he particularly enjoys — the quiet sophomore meekly smiles when the roar of Stanford fans sends him off the field and into the locker room before the game. He keeps his head and electric blue eyes…

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Rose Bowl Caps “What Could Have Been” Season For McCaffrey, Cardinal

January 2, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard You know who Christian McCaffrey is now, Iowa? Also to you, Cole Fisher. Want to take this back? Iowa LB Cole Fisher also says he doesn’t expect Stanford’s offensive line or @IamJoshG to be all that much better than what he’s seen. — Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) December 28, 2015 With its dominant 45-16 win the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, McCaffrey and Stanford showed the nation…

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Christian McCaffrey Was Robbed

December 12, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard We all kind of knew it was coming, but there was nothing we could do to stop it. Christian McCaffrey had his Heisman trophy stolen right from his hands. The culprit (surprise, surprise): the almighty SEC. Numbers-wise, he arguably had the best season in college football history — breaking the legendary Barry Sanders’ all-purpose yards record — but it just wasn’t enough to prevent him…

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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…

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New Era in New Orleans?

October 11, 2015

By: Ethan Labouisse With Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints fall to 1-4, and the uncertainty about the future of Tom Benson’s club grows. Bleacher Report’s NFL Insider Jason Cole reports that the face of the franchise, Drew Brees, is now unlikely to receive another contract with the Saints after its expiration in 2016 because of the rotator cuff injury he suffered against the Buccaneers. Sean Payton,…

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THE SLIDE – A Full Overview

October 11, 2015

The Play. The Catch. For years, incredible sports moments have been immortalized, becoming fantastical memories passed down from father to son. Who could forget when Willie Mays made that incredible grab in the bowels of the Polo Grounds to keep the Indians from claiming the lead all those years ago? Or when the Cal Bears decided to play rough with the Stanford Band? Clearly, only the most incredible moments in sports history…

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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…

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Matchups that Will Make or Break Niners vs. Cardinals

September 25, 2015

By: Ethan Labouisse This Sunday at 1:05 P.M. Pacific, our (1-1) San Francisco 49ers face off against a division rival in the (2-0) Arizona Cardinals. These two teams are coming off polar opposite performances, as the 49ers were decimated by the Steelers 43-18, while the Cardinals destroyed the Bears 48-23. Nonetheless, this should be an exciting and physical matchup, as the Cardinals look to continue their dominance while the 49ers attempt to bounce back. This matchup will…

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