Getting to Know Stanford, and Orange Bowl Thoughts

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The Orange Bowl is a little under three weeks away, and it’s time to
start talking about Stanford. This is a true east coast vs. west coast battle,
and neither fanbase knows a whole lot about the opposing school. Today we’ll
give you a little background information on the Cardinal, as well as some Orange
Bowl thoughts.

Later this month, we’ll provide more specific coverage of Stanford, such as
players, coaches and their season at a glance. For now, we’ll give you the basic
introduction to the 11-1 team from the Pac-10.

Stanford Facts

  • Official Name: Leland Stanford Junior University
  • Founded: 1891
  • More postgraduates (8,441) than undergraduates (6,878).
  • “Cardinal” refers to the color, not the bird. (Thus, their mascot
    is a big, green tree.)
  • Like Virginia Tech, there are steam tunnels underneath campus that can be
  • National Championships: 1 (1926)
  • Conference titles: 12
  • Postseason record: 9-11-1
  • Heisman winners: 1 (Jim Plunkett, 1970)

The Stanford Band

If you’re planning on heading south to Miami for the Orange Bowl, make sure
you take your thick skin with you if you run into the Stanford band. This is the
west coast version of the UVA Pep Band, which was banned from all Hoo sporting
events back in 2003.

The Stanford band is cut from the same cloth. They aren’t a marching band
(scramble band or scatter band are the official terms), and they spend their
halftime shows finding ways to make fun of whatever team they are playing. For
example, the UVA Pep Band finally crossed the line by having a West Virginia
inbred Family Feud skit at the Continental Tire Bowl. The Stanford band has been
in trouble in the past for what they’ve done at BYU and Notre Dame, and they
were actually banned from the Notre Dame campus at one point. In fact, they were
even suspended from their own home games back in 2006.

It’s not a big deal, but if you’ve forgotten what it was like to play UVA
when they had a pep band, you will get a refresher at the Orange Bowl. And of
course, this version of UVA