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Stanford men's volleyball remind me why I'm a sports fan

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Stanford and Hawaii volleyball just concluded a two-night series. I don't even know what I can say about it anymore. These guys played with hunger, with passion, with heart, with determination. It was thrilling. It made my heart soar. It brought me to tears. It really did, because it so does remind me why I'm a volleyball fan, and a fan of sports in general. I know everybody in America is geared up for that football game in a few hours, but I hope you always remember that sports don't have to mean millionaires squabbling with billionaires. That raw love of the game is still something that exists, and that it is a fiercely beautiful thing to behold. Whatever your chosen sport or sports, I hope you have the moments like I had tonight. Moments that make you not only want to heap praise upon your sporting heroes, but to thank them. To thank them for giving so much, for everything they do. I can count on my fingers the number of times I've ever felt the way I do after this match, and last night's, and it is truly one of the best feelings in the world. If anyone ever questions why I'm a sports fan...it's nights like this that are the answer. This is why sports are worth it.

The Secrets Behind Stanford's Emergence as a Football Powerhouse - Forbes

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Given Stanford’s recent success on the field during Pac-12, outside conference and bowl game play, it’s hard to believe that in the last decade, the Stanford football program has had only four winning seasons. In fact, each of those winning seasons has come in the last four years. How then, has Stanford reached this level of success in such a short period of time?

Stanford men's volleyball defeats George Mason to go to 2-0 early in the season

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Very entertaining match. Mason were a little bit in over their heads, but still this one counts for a bit more than last night's win over Grand Canyon or next Friday's match with Division III UC Santa Cruz. Conference play begins for the Cardinal next Saturday against Pacific, who also beat Mason this weekend (the Patriots are 0-2 on the season). This is an exciting team, but whether they have enough to get past UC Irvine or BYU, the big conference heavyweights, to make it to the NCAA tournament remains to be seen.

Pep Hamilton and the DC to Stanford recruiting pipeline

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Interesting article about Stanford assistant coach Pep Hamilton, and his ties to DC netting Hogan.

Stanford’s & Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl Week In LA (Videos & Photos)

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A look at Stanford’s and Wisconsin’s bases of operation, during Rose Bowl week in LA. Includes team hotels, practice sites and original up close video of Coach David Shaw and the entire Stanford program exiting their custom charter buses, shortly before the beginning of practice. Also includes original video of Barry Alvarez and Russell Wilson form last season’s Rose Bowl lead up.

NCAA Women's Volleyball Bracket Challenge

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Here's a cool opportunity for any women's volleyball fans -- or anyone who likes to fill out brackets to potentially win free stuff, actually. Northwestern Mutual is sponsoring a Bracket Contest for the 2012 Women's Volleyball Championships, which start Friday. You could win a $500 gift card to the NCAA Shop, which you could then use to purchase six of these. The deadline to enter is Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Stanford, which earned the No. 2 overall seed, hosts Jackson State on Friday at 8 p.m..

Allen Twins Commit to Stanford

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Centennial (Las Vegas) High School twins Marcus and Malcolm Allen (no relation to yours truly) verbally committed to Stanford this weekend. Marcus, a shooting guard, and Malcolm, a point guard, are both rated as three-star recruits by Rivals. Their mother was a gymnast at Stanford.

Rice MOB Channels the LSJUMB

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The Rice MOB (Marching Owl Band) took some shots at USC during halftime of last night's loss to UCLA.

Herbie Awards

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Stepfan Taylor, Chase Thomas, Zach Ertz and Shayne Skov are all represented in the 12th edition of Kirk Herbstreit's Herbie Awards.

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