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Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 9-4 Stanford

January 12, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Jan. 12, 2019 I viewed the 2018 Sun Bowl at a Stanford alumni watch party in Lower Manhattan. Afterward, I played for a few hours at Modern Pinball NYC. • The Bad Yikes, yikes, yikes — Stanford’s offense struggled against Pitt, and mightily. In my game writeup, I detailed the unit’s […]

Stanford sends out 2018 with cringe-inducing 14-13 victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl

January 11, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Jan. 11, 2019 The Stanford football team closed out its 2018 season with an ugly 14-13 New Year’s Eve victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl. It was the Cardinal’s closest contest of the season, with the team putting up its lowest point total of the year after a 17-3 […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 8-4 Stanford

December 5, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Dec. 5, 2018 As has been the case a number of times in recent years, last weekend I attended the Big Game watch party that was jointly hosted by the local Stanford and Cal alumni groups. This time it was held at Woody’s, a sports bar in Cary that I’d […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 7-4 Stanford

November 27, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 27, 2018 I watched the Cardinal take on UCLA last Saturday by myself at James Joyce Pub. The game was well in hand except, um, for all the times that it wasn’t. • The Bad Stanford’s second-half defense against the Bruins left something to be desired. UCLA piled up 336 […]

Stanford wins wacky shootout in Pasadena, 49-42, despite a wild late rally by UCLA

November 26, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 26, 2018 K.J. Costello threw for five touchdowns, three to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, to lead a battered Stanford football team past a feisty UCLA squad in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. The 49-42 win moved the Cardinal to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in league ahead of their rescheduled contest at […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 6-4 Stanford

November 14, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 14, 2018 I watched football by myself at James Joyce last Saturday and found myself quite gratified by the Cardinal’s performance. Truth be told, I was also a bit relieved by the win. • The Bad Through 10 games, Stanford’s total defense has been rather alarming. The Cardinal is allowing […]

Stanford pounds Beavers, 48-17, on senior night

November 13, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 13, 2018 Granted, Stanford’s opponent on Saturday night was just Oregon State. The Beavers have the worst conference record in the Pac-12 at 1-6, and are tied with UCLA for the worst overall record in the league at 2-8. (The Bruins are 2-5 in league.) On the other hand, […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 5-4 Stanford

November 10, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 10, 2018 Last Saturday, I went to a friend’s house to watch the Stanford-Washington football game. We were both extremely discouraged by the Cardinal’s abysmal first-half ineptitude, particularly in the first quarter. Neither of us suggested turning off the game. I did not take a long walk after the […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 5-3 Stanford

November 3, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 3, 2018 Because Stanford’s game against Washington State was broadcast on the Pac-12 Network, I went to James Joyce to watch. After the Cardinal’s loss, I wandered the streets for nearly 45 minutes.

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 5-2 Stanford

October 26, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Oct. 26, 2018 After having lunch with a friend in Northern Virginia, I wrapped up an eight-day trip by driving back to Durham on Thursday, Oct. 18. Since it was late in the afternoon when I arrived and I wanted to get in some exercise, after hurriedly unloading my car […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-2 Stanford

October 14, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Oct. 14, 2018 I spent the weekend of the Utah-Stanford football clash participating in a two-day Scrabble tournament in Wilmington, N.C. (More on that in future posts!) Come kickoff time, I was prowling Wilmington’s downtown entertainment district, seeking a good place to watch the game. I wound up at a […]

Utah humbles Stanford, 40-21

October 13, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Oct. 13, 2018 Stanford played its worst game of 2018 last Saturday in a 40-19 home loss to the Utah Utes. Although the Cardinal’s 38-17 road loss at Notre Dame the previous weekend was by a larger margin, the team’s second defeat may have been more demoralizing. For one thing, […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-1 Stanford

October 6, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Oct. 6, 2018 Last Saturday’s football-watching took place in Durham with my pal Jim, but at Tyler’s Taproom rather than at our usual spot. I may have been thinking of Stanford’s 2010 visit to Notre Dame, a game that the Cardinal won as I watched in that establishment. At any […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-0 Stanford

September 29, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 29, 2018 I watched last Saturday’s 38-31 come-from-behind overtime victory at Oregon at my usual Durham spot, accompanied by my buddy Jim. Things looked very grim at first… and then they didn’t… and then they did again… and then they didn’t. It was an astonishing spectacle. • The Bad Things […]

Unlikely, improbable, AMAZING! Stanford rallies from 17 down for a 38-31 overtime road win at Oregon

September 28, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 28, 2018 The Nerd Nation Comeback T-shirt that went on sale this week encapsulates the roller-coaster ride that was Stanford football’s improbable rally at Oregon Saturday evening. The Ducks moved the ball easily early on, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions and adding a field goal on their […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 3-0 Stanford

September 21, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 21, 2018 Thankfully for those in the Research Triangle, Hurricane Florence had its strongest effects elsewhere in the Carolinas. I wound up listening to the first half of the UC Davis–Stanford game on the Internet on a rainy (but not spectacularly so) Saturday afternoon before driving to James Joyce […]

Stanford beats Aggies, 30-10, despite an uneven performance

September 20, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 20, 2018 Stanford moved to 3-0 on the young football season with a 30-10 victory over UC Davis on Saturday afternoon. But the victory, which closed out a three-game home stand, was not without its blemishes. The teams began the game by exchanging punts. Things began to get interesting […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 2-0 Stanford

September 15, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 15, 2018 After playing some free poker in the afternoon, I drove to my favorite Stanford-sports viewing spot in Durham. It proved to be a very enjoyable evening, even though I didn’t work in a long postgame walk. • The Bad Stanford committed seven penalties for 50 yards against the […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-0 Stanford

September 7, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 7, 2018 I started the 2018 Stanford football season the exact same place where I ended the 2017 campaign: At a particular joint near my childhood home. For convenience’s sake, I’ve decided to dub this spot Ye Olde Pub/Club. The “Club” part is because the establishment seems to turn […]

Aerial attack shines for Stanford in 31-10 season-opening victory over San Diego State

September 5, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Sept. 5, 2018 The Stanford football team gave off some mixed signals as it got its 2018 campaign under way Friday evening. After the Cardinal elected to receive the ball, junior quarterback K.J. Costello and friends trotted out to start their first official possession of the year at the home […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 9-5 Stanford

January 6, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Jan. 6, 2018 When time came to view the Alamo Bowl, I returned to the joint near my childhood home where I watched Stanford squeak past Oregon State in a perilous Thursday-night road game in October and where I saw the Cardinal claim a 30-22 home upset over Washington in […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 9-4 Stanford

December 6, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Dec. 6, 2017 I had a good time watching the Pac-12 football championship game. I just wish the outcome had been different… • The Bad  Stanford’s strongest defensive group is probably its secondary. Going into last week’s game, the Cardinal ranked fifth in the league in passing defense, allowing 220 yards […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 9-3 Stanford

November 29, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 29, 2017 After Stanford was thoroughly routed in Seattle last fall, I took a meandering walk around the Durham Bulls baseball stadium. I covered more than two miles over the course of nearly 40 minutes. I was rather perturbed, and I needed to calm myself down. After Stanford took […]

Fourth-quarter turnovers doom Irish in Stanford’s regular-season finale

November 28, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 28, 2017 Stanford scored three touchdowns in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to take control of a game against visiting Notre Dame on Saturday evening. The Cardinal football team pounced on a pair of Fighting Irish turnovers to convert a 20-17 deficit at the start of the […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 8-3 Stanford

November 24, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Nov. 24, 2017 For the third year running, I watched Big Game at a joint event held by area Stanford and Cal alumni groups. For the second straight year, the watch party was at a sports bar in (the same) recently developed commercial center in an area that some five […]