Bootleg Audio: "The Ultimate Upset"
October 6, 2007. A day that will live in infamy for the Trojans and in "famy" for the Stanford Cardinal! Stanford 24, #1 U$C 23. First-time starter Tavita Pritchard, a sophomore quarterback who had thrown all of three passes in his college career, connects with senior Mark Bradford, who had suffered a family tragedy a week earlier, for a game-winning touchdown in the final minute to provide the long-suffering and oh-so-deserving Stanford Cardinal with the most amazingly unlikely victory in the 115-year history of the football program. Somewhere the late Howard Cosell was yelling "Down Go Trojans! Down Go Trojans!"
In an unprecedented showing, a couple thousand delirious fans gathered in spontaneous celebration outside Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus late Saturday night to welcome their improbable conquering heroes back from what many are calling the most stunning upset in college football history. The 41-point underdog Cardinal football team had just gone on the road, walked the walk, and shown that they have the collective bite to match their brash young coach's bark. Hot damn! The man was right! "At Stanford University, WE BOW TO NO PROGRAM!"
The "Har Boys" returned home from their shocking, program-salvaging upset of #1-ranked USC to an outlandish outpouring of love and appreciation from the Stanford community. Not since the WWI Armistice in 1918 has a spontaneous block party of this magnitude erupted on the Farm! Part pep rally, part hip hop dance party, a DJ spinning vinyl, the crowd launching into "GO/STANFORD!" and Brazilian soccer cheers, students jingling car keys, buses being mobbed, cell phone cameras snapping away, Los Lopez in the house! It was freakin' nuts! The curbside of Campus Drive was lined at least fifty people deep! Athletes from numerous varsity sports turned out in droves to show their love to the men of the moment ("men of the year" is more like it!) For sure representin' were Stanford women's hoops and women's volleyball (there were certainly others, but what did you expect me to be noticing, dudes' wrestling?) The startlingly large crowd of hard-partying Cardinal fans disturbed the peace in fairly orderly fashion until well past 2AM Sunday morning. It made the 1998 Final Four welcoming party look like a picnic in comparison. A lot of pent-up frustration was released on this memorable night as Stanford Football brought pigskin pride back to Palo Alto. Note: After a brief midnight negotiation with my wife, I had to agree to handle my nine-day-old son Logan's 3:00AM bottle-feeding all on my own this morning in order to get a hall pass to make it to this historic "pre-homecoming" homecoming! No way was I missing this!
Might add that it was very encouraging to see University Provost John Etchemendy showing up and joining in the celebration. Say what you like about the university administration, but that is what you want to see from your Provost! Good show! Now let's hope took a look at the student celebration and realized how important the role of big-time athletics can be to a world-class academic institution.
The Roar of the Post-Game Rally (nothing but crowd noise) -
"Emeritus" attempts to report from the bedlam -
A fired-up Coach Harbaugh addresses the post-game rally -
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