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Reflecting on everything from Shannon Turley to Stanford band

NCAA Football: Southern California at Stanford Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I took a sabbatical from writing. But even during my absence, a number of thoughts swam through my head. Here are a few:

  1. If you’re not watching the extraordinary resurgence of Stanford softball, you’re missing out. In 2016, Stanford went 0-24. From 2014-2016, Stanford won only seven conference games. Stanford hasn’t made the regional round since 2013. Now in 2019, Stanford is playing phenomenally. Stanford has the opportunity to end the regionals drought. I can’t wait to see them play next weekend against UCLA, one of the best teams in the country. Win or lose, Stanford has one of the best stories of 2019.
  2. Some may wonder why I haven’t been on the baseball beat as of late. I won’t lie; I am protesting until further notice. Losing twice as a national seed at home in the regionals was rough. There is something special blooming with this team, but as the great Michael Corleone once said, “it’s not personal, it’s strictly business.” Get to at least the Super Regionals and we’ll talk.
  3. Football is still four months away, but thankfully, my season ticket money is in. Did I really need to have it this early? I’ve been going to games since I was 7 and I know that during this run, I could walk up on game day and sit almost anywhere. Perhaps Stanford should offer a perk for paying so early. Maybe let us call plays in the second half?!
  4. Jake Bailey is a New England Patriot. Wish he was a 49er, but the fact that the Patriots traded up to get him is exceedingly well deserved. He could easily be the best Stanford player in the Draft.
  5. Could we get Steve Frost to return as band announcer? I love the band, but it just had a different vibe when you get that Frost voice screaming: “AAANNNDDDD NOOOOWWWW.”
  6. If David Shaw was a Game of Thrones character, who would he be?
  7. Shannon Turley was let go, reportedly after a complaint from a former player. Hard to know exactly what this means, but it’s tough in today’s society to appropriately challenge players.
  8. I am very outspoken when it comes to Stanford (and everything else, too!). If you want to sound off in the comments section, I am game.