I almost feel like this post isn’t even worth writing, but because of lack of material (and of creativity), I feel compelled to express my feelings that the Big Game just isn’t that Big.
There are multiple reasons for this, and yes I’ve been spoiled by the success the team has had under the Tedford era. But the biggest reason is that Stanford has sucked since my sophomore year of 2002. Actually, I’m not even sure they sucked then, but it was so long ago and I know we beat them so I don’t want to bother checking the score - and it’s not looking good for them anytime soon. The only player that I’ve ever heard of on their team is Trent Edwards, and I figure he’s already suffered his typical year-ending injury by now, since I always hear about how great he is at the beginning of the college football season, and by the middle of the year, that tune changes to talking about how great he is when healthy. Which I’m sure means he’s not. This year I haven’t heard anything about him at all. Is he dead? Who knows? Who cares?
So basically, I’m just writing an evil mirror bizarro version of this article right here, five years later. But can you see any reason in the near future that this is going to change? Tedford seems entrenched, DeSean will be back next year, the (not so) Immortal Trent Edwards will be on IR, and Stanford is Stanford. A rivalry isn’t born out of proximity, it’s born out of playing meaningful games that inspire hatred. I haven’t hated Stanford since I puked all over their fieldhouse of a stadium in 2001 during my first and only hangover. They’ll be lucky to be within 20 points of us this Saturday.
Of course, I’m sure my saying this all just means they’re going to beat us into the ground this Saturday and inspire Marshawn to pack up for the NFL. (Double reverse jinx!)