Posts Tagged ‘ncaa’

Our Athletes Are Better Than Yours

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Our athletes have won more Director’s Cups than any other school in the nation.  There, I said it.  Article done, right?  But I feel like that’s a cop-out – everyone knows we have the number one athletics program in NCAA Division I.  What’s actually newsworthy, what actually matters, is that our athletes are quantitatively and qualitatively the best in the nation.  Here’s why.

For Andrew Luck, luck's got nothing to do with it.

Our athletes are held to a higher academic standard than those at other schools.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said it best: “We’re looking not for student athletes but scholar-athletes. No other school can carry this banner.”

Take Andrew Luck, for example.  Our star quarterback, who by all fair comparisons was robbed of the Heisman Trophy, was his high school valedictorian and is majoring in architectural design.  There’s no doubt, as Fox Sports put it, that Andrew “has the smarts to go with the impeccable athletic skills.”  Indeed, according to teammate Doug Baldwin, “The only thing Andrew can’t do very well is sing.”  Luck‘s likely to be the #1 NFL draft pick and, according to the Mercury News, “it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”  Our beloved scholar-athlete seems like a pretty stark contrast to this year’s Heisman winner Cam Newton and the NCAA controversy surrounding his dubious recruitment.

Yeah, our athletes cure diseases. No big deal.

Our athletes are changing the world.

Chemical engineer Jake Vandermeer is a busy guy.  A United States Presidential Scholar and former principal cellist for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Jake walked on to our #1 men’s volleyball team last year.  Just this September, Jake joined the team at the White House celebration of the 2009-10 NCAA championship teams.  But what really makes Jake stand out is how he’s radically improving the lives of others.  This summer he helped develop a potential cure for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease – a crippling disease that affects about 1,200 children a year.  That’s really something to cheer about.

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Duck Hunt

Friday, October 1st, 2010

We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. — Sam HoustonOregon Duck Hunt

Tomorrow’s match against the Oregon Ducks is, undoubtedly, the biggest game in the four years I’ve been on the Farm. Sure, there’ve been Big Games and electrifying USC showdowns. But when the match’s original 8 PM PST kickoff get’s pushed back three hours so that the Atlantic seabord can watch in primetime, on the same day that Texas takes on Oklahoma and Florida squares off against Alabama, we’re talking something huge. Oh, and both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Here’s the roundup of gameday chatter from this past week:

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Women’s Tennis Wins National Title

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Stanford Women’s Tennis has won the NCAA national championship, bringing Stanford its second national title of the year. Women’s Tennis triumphed today over Florida 4-3 in Athens, GA, amidst windy weather and an initial scoring deficit. The tight competition came down to a final match between Mallory Burdette of Stanford and Merrit Boonstra of Florida, which Burdette won in a three-set thriller that included four match points. Stanford came into the finals ranked eighth in the nation, while Florida was ranked third. A full matchplay summary is available here. Congratulations to Stanford Women’s Tennis!