The Stanford players and coaches have been saying all the right things all week long -- last year's game in South Bend has no relevance to Saturday's game against Notre Dame -- but I doubt that you'll be able to find a fan who shares that feeling.
You remember how things went. Stanford had a three-point lead late in the fourth quarter before two highly questionable flags flew in favor of the Irish -- one for unnecessary roughness, the other for pass interference -- and aided an Irish drive which ended in a game-tying field goal. After Notre Dame scored a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor appeared to match that score -- twice! -- but the officials didn't agree. Lest you think this is sour grapes, remember that virtually everyone in the sports world, except those wearing Blue and Gold, believed that Taylor should have been awarded at least one of those touchdowns. Now, that doesn't mean Stanford would've won the game, it only means they would've had an opportunity to kick an extra point to tie the game and extend overtime. Even so, the loss was bitter at the time, and the ensuing thirteen months haven't done much to alleviate the feeling of injustice.