DURHAM, N.C. –
- It’s awesome to be here and see Stanford football in person again. This year’s tree is a light green, a clear evergreen. Count me as a big fan, I hated the red leaves, hated the maple trees. Just be the iconic evergreen tree – our mascot doesn’t need a pro combat uniform too. 83 degrees, partly cloudy and windless, should be good practice for the trip to Arizona and beyond.
- Caught Jon Wilner, Jim Young and Kevin Gemmell, our permanent ESPN blogger for the season, among others in the press box. Only a select few teams this season get permanent bloggers, e.g. Stanford and Notre Dame. Good news for ESPN is those two programs should have 17 wins between them at the end of the season. Bad news for Notre Dame is that I have Stanford running the table.
- Heard Todd Husak interviewed on the Duke radio network while driving on down I-85. “It will go to him… [long pause, clearly an afterthought] most likely.” Bet you can guess the athlete and the award. Husak also called Andrew Luck a physical specimen, analogizing him to a baseball player who isn’t just the team MVP, but also is the best athlete on the field.
- With the Pac-12’s showing early this college football season, Stanford should be favored every game here on out. A potential Pac-12 title game also looks a lot less scary – who in that Pac-12 South less USC really scares you?
- ”Eye of the Tiger” to pump out the crowd? Really Duke? That’s not cliché at all. Was “We Will Rock You” taken? Oh, and here comes “Start Me Up.” “Zombie Nation” is coming in the second half. What’s wrong with a band?
- Here come the teams running out with American flags for 9/11.
- An advertisement for pulled pork, Bojangles is a sponsor and Stanford will receive a postgame meal of ChickFilA. Oh, how I miss you, South. Bojangles, for those not in the know, is the new cult favorite now that ChickFilA has gone national. Good thing Stanford isn’t going to serve that postgame, otherwise half our team would be transferring to the ACC.
- Stanford’s probably got a little over two sections, maybe 800 folks. Duke’s got this puppy 60 percent full.