When Christian McCaffrey settles under the opening kickoff from Kansas State on September 2nd (and likely returns it for a touchdown), it will mark the beginning of my seventh season writing about Stanford football in this small corner of the internet. I've never pretended to be an insider or a journalist (well, that's not really true; I do pretend sometimes), but I've enjoyed every minute of these past five and a half years.
I've recapped seventy games, including three Rose Bowls, a Fiesta, and an Orange, and I've been fortunate enough to interview Coach Shaw several times, as well as a handful of current and former players. In short, I've gotten much more out of this than I ever could've expected when I recapped my first game, a win over Notre Dame back in October of 2010.
The added bonus of all this has been the benefit the site has brought to my classroom, specifically the struggling seventh-grade readers that I teach every year. Three years ago I was desperately in search of a book that we could read together, something that would hold their interest and show them that reading a book can actually be fun. I thought of The Hunger Games, and I asked if my readers would help out. In only a few hours an entire class set had been donated, and some readers who had missed my call to action suggested I add more books to the list -- and thus was born the GMC January Book Drive.