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SPORTS/3
HOMECOMING
Ducks flock to Farm
INTERMISSION/INSERT
IN HEAVEN
Ram’s Head’s“City of Angels”
Tomorrow 
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Recycle Me
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
DEPUTY EDITOR
Campus has erupted over the past 36 hours in afirestorm of commentary on the actions and subsequentcriticisms-turned-attacks on ASSU Vice President andExecutive candidate Stewart MacGregor-Dennis ’13.Following news Wednesday that MacGregor-Dennisspent over $2,000 on various online services, includingscraping student email addresses from MyGroups andhiring a social media manager to earn him Facebooklikes and Twitter followers, criticism of MacGregor-Dennis began to circulate on Facebook and over email.Students reacted in protest Thursday when the criti-cisms shifted to attacks against MacGregor-Dennis.The most controversial writing regarding MacGre-gor-Dennis came in the form of an anonymous, widelycirculated email sent late Wednesday night from a per-son identifying as Senator Palpatine, the name of the“Star Wars” antagonist that has been used in recentASSU elections as a non-partisan, write-in candidate forthe Undergraduate Senate.The long, scathing email began by criticizing Mac-Gregor-Dennis, quoting articles and opinion piecesfrom The Daily and Stanford Review. As the email pro-gressed, it descended into a vitriolic attack on the per-sonal character and mental health of MacGregor-Den-nis, calling him mentally unstable and unfit to run forASSU Executive by quoting, without attribution, ananonymous comment on The Daily website.Another widely distributed email sent Thursdaymorning from an anonymous account (justice@stan-ford.edu) claimed to know Palpatine’s identity throughmeans requiring access to Stanford computing reservedfor student resident computer consultants (RCCs). TheDaily could not confirm this claim.According to an RCC, an administrator sent an emailto the campus RCC list asking Justice to step forward,and administrators later reported to RCCs that Justicehas come forward.Campus administrators expressed disappointmentregarding the email attacks, which likely violate the Fun-damental Standard.“I’m writing to the student community regarding therecent distribution of unsolicited bulk emails and cam-pus blogs regarding current ASSU election candidates,”said Nanci Howe, director of Student Activities andLeadership, in an email to The Daily. “Hurtful claimsthat may not be true diminish all of us and suppressopen, respectful and honest dialogue. As a responsibleand caring community, we embrace vigorous debatewhile respecting our individual members. The recentcommunications are contrary to these values.”Howe confirmed that the University has opened aninvestigation of the anonymous emails.Criticism of MacGregor-Dennis took several formsin addition to the campus-wide emails.MemeChu, the Stanford meme group on Facebook,
Campus-wide email signifies negative turn in ASSU election
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FRIDAY Volume 241
 April 13, 2012Issue 38
Anonymous emailsspark controversy
LOCAL
PA, EPA show concern for school suspension rates
By ILEANA NAJARRO
STAFF WRITER
Palo Alto High School and East Palo AltoAcademy suspension rates are significantlylower than the national average, which, ac-cording to recent data from the Departmentof Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR)disproportionately affects male students anddisenfranchised minority groups.Though local rates are low, Stanford edu-cation experts and local public school offi-cials responded with concern for the societalimplications that the nationally high ratesbring and offered alternatives on how tobring the rates down.The OCR released a report last monthshowing that approximately 1 in 3 youngAfrican American males in the U.S. are likelyto be suspended and/or expelled more thanonce in their middle school and high schoolcareers. African American and Hispanic stu-dents are also more likely to be restrained orsecluded, the report says.In the Palo Alto Unified School District,which has an enrollment of 11,570 studentsaccording to the Department of Education,30 students received in-school suspensionsduring last school year, while 210 receivedout-of-school suspensions and five were ex-pelled. Of these students, 50 percent of sus-pension cases and 100 percent of expulsioncases were white students. The remainder of suspensions were split almost evenly betweenAfrican Americans, Hispanics and AsianAmericans and Pacific Islanders.Claude Goldenberg, a professor in theSchool of Education, wrote in an email to TheDaily that the concerning rates are indicators
STUDENT LIFE
Oprah Winfrey surprises students
By KURT CHIRBAS
MANAGING EDITOR
Members of Stanford’sproduction of “The Color Pur-ple, the Musical” received textmessages and phone calls fromthe play’s director, BrandonJackson ’13, early Thursday af-ternoon. Jackson told them hewas convening an emergencymeeting at 4:00 p.m. to discussthe future of the show, and hisinvolvement with the produc-tion.“A lot of them were nerv-ous,” Jackson said. “But I hadto throw something out thereto get them to come.”According to Jackson,many members of the cast andcrew missed classes and leftwork earlier so they could at-tend the meeting at the BlackCommunity Services Center(BCSC). After everyone ar-rived, Jackson along withJan Marie Barker-Alexander,assistant dean of students andBCSC director — told thecrowd that they had importantnews about the status of theshow.But instead of any newsbeing announced, media giantand philanthropist OprahWinfrey walked through thedoor.“No one believed that shewas standing in the room,”Jackson said. “Once people re-alized, everyone started cheer-ing and clapping and hugging,and were really over-whelmed.”“She was just as magneticas she was on TV,” wrote Kel-sei Wharton ’12, a cast mem-ber who was present at themeeting, in an email to TheDaily. “It was truly amazing tosee how she captured every-one’s attention and command-ed our respect.”The reveal, however, was-n’t a complete shock, Whartonsaid. He had heard earlier inthe morning that Winfrey hadtoured the co-op Xanadu.Combined with the fact thatWinfrey had starred as Sofia inthe 1985 film version of “TheColor Purple,” Wharton said,“It made sense that we would
 
 Media giant brought two high school students from Leadership Academy for Girls to tour campus
STUDENT LIFE
SSQL hailssuccessfultrans week
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A touch of Cambodian culture
 ALISA ROYER/The Stanford Daily
The Stanford Khmer Association hosted a performance of Cambodianclassical dance by the Khmer Arts Academy of Long Beach, Calif.Students witnessed the interactive show Tuesday evening in Toyon Hall.
 Education experts address data on national student discipline trends
Courtesy of Rameerah Anderson/Blackstage
Students chronicled sightings of Oprah Winfrey around campusThursday through Facebook updates. Winfrey was touring theFarm with students from her Leadership Academy for Girls.
Transgender AwarenessWeek sees large turnout
By KRISTIAN DAVIS BAILEY 
DESK EDITOR
Campus participation in Stan-ford’s 2012 Transgender Aware-ness Week has far exceeded ex-pectations, according to membersof Stanford Students for QueerLiberation (SSQL), which was theprimary organizer of the event.“We were expecting maybe sixor seven people to show up,” saidLeanna Keyes ’14, an SSQL mem-ber who helped plan the week, of Monday’s first event. “But when Igot there, 60 or 70 people werethere at the same time — stand-ing room only. We were way overcapacity. It was amazing.”Alok Vaid-Menon ’13, a mem-ber of the SSQL steering commit-tee for the event, who has nowparticipated in three TransgenderAwareness Weeks, said that thisyear “had bigger turnout thanwe’ve ever seen.”“Every event has been consis-tently attended,” he said.The Feminist Studies andComparative Studies in Race andEthnicity programs were alsoheavily involved in planning theweek’s events. In total, more thanfifteen University and student or-ganizations sponsored the event,including the Clayman Institutefor Gender Research and anASSU Executive Action Grant.
Contextualizing the week
According to Vaid-Menon, thisyear’s theme “Beyond Binaries,”was designed to address topicsthat are not usually covered inmainstream conversations, suchas the binaries between sexualityand asexuality, as well asmonogamy and polyamory.“We tend to perceive the worldas ‘There’s only man and onlywoman, there’s only gay people,there’s straight people,’” Vaid-Menon said. “We wanted peoplenot just to learn about trans issues,but also to think critically about
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their own identities and the waythat our own culture perpetuatesthese binaries without allowingmore complex narratives.”Vaid-Menon said that SSQL’sdecision to hold the week duringspring quarter, as opposed to win-ter quarter like last year, was lo-gistical.“We didn’t want to jam pack itinto all the other events goingon,” Vaid-Menon said. “We want-ed to do it at the beginning of thequarter, so people could learnfrom these issues and be inspired,and actually act on them. So wehope that people who were affect-ed by the events this week willfeel galvanized.”Sibel Sayiner ’15 said that inher first year helping organize theevent, she thought SSQL suc-ceeded in identifying diverse top-ics that were attractive to the stu-dent body.“Planning went relatively welland smoothly,” Sayiner said. “Wehad a few hijinks about exactlywhich issues we wanted to ad-dress and how best to presentthose issues so that a general pub-lic would engage with them andfind them interesting and there-fore be motivated to attendevents.”“We thought pretty criticallyabout that,” Sayiner added.Sayiner said that while she ex-pected focus on ASSU electionsto dominate campus attentionthis week, attendance also sur-passed her expectations.
Looking forward
SSQL does not have any addi-tional trans issues events comingup, but Vaid-Menon stressed thatthe concerns of the transgendercommunity are a high priority forthe group.“It’s always important to es-tablish that SSQL takes trans or-ganizing and trans issues as cen-tral to our organization,” Vaid-Menon said. “We define ourselvesagainst mainstream LGBT or-ganizations that have trans issueson the side.”Keyes commented that shedoesn’t think conversations aboutrtrans issues are happening muchon campus.“I don’t think that there is a lotof campus dialogue at the mo-ment,” she said. “But I don’t thinkthat people are necessarily goingto express their full range of opin-ions when a transgender person isaround — that doesn’t necessari-ly mean that things are bad.”Keyes noted that there has notbeen a hot button issue aroundtrans rights — such as last year’sROTC debates and protests which may account for the de-creased general attention.In terms of improving dia-logue, Keyes said that more activestudent interest and participationin panels like Safe and OpenSpaces at Stanford (SOSAS)could be beneficial.“SOSAS makes a concertedeffort to make sure that a wide va-riety of voices are represented oncampus — particularly trans voic-es,” Keyes said. “The dialoguethat comes out of those panels isincredibly important to makingsure that everyone feels safe andis informed at Stanford.”Keyes added that peer healtheducators (PHEs) providing in-centives for attending SOSASpanels and students doing person-al outreach to friends would like-ly improve awareness.SOSAS panel attendance cur-rently “does not always meet ex-pectations,” Keyes said.Vaid-Menon noted that hehopes students who are interestedwill come to SSQL meetings,adding that there is no require-ment of literacy in queer issues.He also commented that stu-dents tend to view this week, andothers sponsored by the LGBTcommunity, as for members of thequeer community only. He said hewanted to challenge this notion.“The way this week and othersget constructed are as being justfor the LGBT community, but wehave events to allow people to re-flect on their own identities them-selves,” he said. “We want to em-phasize that we all have gendersand we all have sexualities.”
Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at kbailey@stanford.edu
 AWARENESS
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 ALISA ROYER/The Stanford Daily
Transgender activist scholars Eric Stanley and Dean Spade discussed “Toward a Critical Transgender Move-ment” Thursday evening as part of Transgender Awareness Week. This year’s events had high turnout.
posted an infographic mockingMacGregor-Dennis’ Facebookcover photo and his social mediafollowing, as well as applying a“scumbag Steve” hat to the candi-date. The post garnered almost 200likes.Ralph Nguyen, one of thefounders of MemeChu, did not re-spond for comment.“Static,” a blog started last fallquarter that describes itself as asite for Stanford activists to meetand talk, posted a poem titled “TheWhite Man’s Dirty Work” decry-ing MacGregor-Dennis’ outsourc-ing of work to people of color, es-pecially women in developingcountries. The final line of thepoem, which was co-written byHolly Fetter ’13 and Aracely Mon-dragon ’13, reads “Your slave I willno longer be.”It remains to be seen what ef-fect the shift in campus atmos-phere will have on election results.Polls close Friday at 11:59 p.m. andelection results will be announcedat 5 p.m. on Saturday. Voters mayedit their ballots until polls close.“They have negatively impact-ed the election,” said ElectionsCommissioner Adam Adler ’12 of the anonymous emails. “I’ve re-ceived emails from people who arebasically turned off from votingbecause of those things.”Adler said he believes the “in-tegrity of the election” has notbeen compromised, but the stu-dent body may look less favor-ably on the election process dueto the Palpatine email.“People don’t like it,” he said,referring to the situation as awhole and the use of the SenatorPalpatine gimmick for partisanpurposes.Robbie Zimbroff ’12 andWilliam Wagstaff ’12, MacGre-gor-Dennis’ main competitors forASSU Executive, released avideo commenting upon the at-tacks.“A lot of what we’ve been see-ing, to us, goes beyond this scopeof this election,” said Zimbroff inthe video posted on Facebookearly Thursday morning. “For thenext few days, and for the rest of the race, we just ask people to berespectful, and to treat people like[they] want to be treated.MacGregor-Dennis declinedto comment for this article.
Contact Brendan O’Byrne abobyrne@stanford.edu.
PALPATINE
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Green it! Clean it!
 ALISA ROYER/The Stanford Daily
 Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures addressed an audience in the KnightManagment Center Thursday afternoon as part of the 2012 BerkeleyStanford Cleantech Conference.
 
By JACK BLANCHAT
MANAGING EDITOR
In its final performance before the 2012 sea-son, the Stanford football team takes to the fieldat San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium onSaturday in its annual Cardinal-White SpringGame.While the season is still six months away, theStanford coaches are hoping that Saturday’s in-trasquad contest will help settle several criticalposition battles before fall training camp, andprovide some continuity for the Cardinal head-ing into the 2012 season.Naturally, all eyes are on the quarterbackcompetition, where redshirt junior Josh Nunesand sophomore Brett Nottingham haveemerged as the leaders to take over AndrewLuck’s job. The two quarterbacks will split snapswith the first team offense on Saturday, whilefreshmen Kevin Hogan and Evan Crower willwork with the second team offense. Both Not-tingham and Nunes have impressed so far in thetwo spring sessions not only with their physicalskills, but also with their ability to use audiblesto command the offense in a fashion similar toLuck.Behind Nunes and Nottingham, several run-ning backs will also have a chance to fight theirway into the starting lineup for next season, par-ticularly sophomore Ricky Seale and freshmanKelsey Young. With sophomore Anthony Wilk-erson injured and junior Tyler Gaffney takinghis talents to the baseball field for the durationof spring, Seale has carried the ball well enoughto be the likely successor to Jeremy Stewart asthe final piece of the four-back rotation that ledthe Cardinal to two consecutive BCS bowls.Meanwhile, Young has also carried the ball andworked out of the backfield as a receiver as well,making him a versatile option for the Cardinaloffense to exploit, especially with a lack of depthat wide receiver.Perhaps the most unclear position group thisspring is the offensive line, which could remainin flux until the beginning of the 2012 season.While juniors Kevin Danser and Khalil Wilkeshave been battling for the right guard spot andsophomore Cole Underwood has squared off with redshirt freshman Brendon Austin for theall-important left tackle role, any leaders thatmight emerge from this spring could be overtak-en by one of several players among the nation’sbest recruiting class of offensive linemen.On the outside, Stanford will be searching fora starter across from freshman Ty Montgomery,who has been participating in the second sessionof spring practice while recovering from a handinjury suffered during the first session of spring.Young will square off with Drew Terrell andJamal-Rashad Patterson, who have been playingwith the first team offense all spring.On the other side of the ball, the Cardinal de-fense will be looking for starters along the de-fensive line and in the backfield, and will onceagain be without injured star linebacker ShayneSkov, who is still recovering from a knee injury
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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Seniorshope toend strong
MEN’S TENNIS
Cardinal prepares to take on Bruins, Trojans
By GEORGE CHEN
DESK EDITOR
On the heels of a rained-out Tuesdaymatch against San Francisco, the No. 11Stanford men’s tennis team now faces a pairof marquee matchups as it heads into one of toughest and most important weekends of the season.The Cardinal (14-5, 4-0 Pac-12) is taking aroad trip down to Los Angeles to face No. 6UCLA (18-2, 4-0) on Friday and No. 1 USC(23-0, 4-0) the next day. These pivotal match-es mark the final stretch of the regular sea-son as the inaugural Pac-12 Championship isless than two weeks away.The last time Stanford met the twoSouthern California foes in early February,the Cardinal was swept by USC, 7-0, andthen fell to UCLA, 6-1. The team was play-ing without star player Bradley Klahn inboth of the losses, crippling both the singlesand doubles lineups. The blowouts luckilydid not count towards the team’s conferencerecord, but losing on home court certainlyfueled Cardinal in trying to redeem itself.Since losing those two matches, Stanfordhas rebounded by winning critical gamesagainst tough opponents. A few weeks afterthe lopsided losses, the Cardinal defeatedthen-No. 6 Kentucky and then-No. 7 Baylorat the National Team Indoor Champi-onships in February. Stanford then followedup the impressive showing with a dominant6-1 win over then-No. 13 Cal.But even with Klahn back on Stanford’sroster, winning any of the two upcomingmatches will be no easy task for the Cardi-nal. UCLA has three singles players who areranked in the national top 120, with seniorNick Meister leading the Bruins at No. 32. Asfor doubles play, the duo of Meister andsophomore Adrien Puget are ranked in thetop 50.USC will most likely prove to be eventougher to beat as the Trojans have been
By DANIEL LUPIN
STAFF WRITER
The emotions promise to runhigh in Maples Pavilion this week-end, as the seniors on the Stanfordmen’s volleyball team will play theirfinal two matches at home and havea chance to end their storied careersin style.The fifth-ranked Cardinal (18-6,15-5 MPSF) will take on the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-17, 5-15) on Friday night before squaringoff against No. 3 UCLA (21-6, 15-5)on Saturday in a match that hasmajor conference tournamentseeding ramifications. In addition toSaturday being Senior Night, a trib-ute will be held for UCLA headcoach Al Scales, who is coaching thefinal regular season match of his ca-reer after 50 years at the helm of theBruin program.The winningest senior class inStanford history, with a careerrecord of 82-32, will hope to sendoff its seven members with a propertribute and a win against the rivalBruins on Saturday. UCLA comesinto Maples Pavilion on the heels of a disappointing and controversialloss to BYU, one that knockedthem out of control of the race forthe top seed in the upcomingMountain Pacific Sports Federa-tion (MPSF) tournament. The Bru-ins appeared to have won thematch, but that decision was over-turned after officials reviewed the
By JOSEPH BEYDA 
DESK EDITOR
It’s been almost a month sincethe No. 6 Stanford baseball teamhosted a weekend series, but withNo. 16 Oregon coming to town fora three-game set at Sunken Dia-mond, the squad is playing someof its best baseball at just the righttime, riding a three-game winstreak into tonight’s opener.That said, the Ducks have wonsix of their last seven and are freshoff an impressive series winagainst No. 17 UCLA.Having played just two of itslast nine contests on the Farm, theCardinal (21-7, 4-5 Pac-12) will fi-nally have a chance to improve onits 14-2 home record with sevenstraight matchups at Sunken Dia-mond against Oregon (21-9, 8-4),San Jose State and No. 21 ArizonaState. Those previous home winswere fueled by Stanford’s high-powered offense, which cooled off somewhat during spring break buthas come back with three biggames in a row: an 8-6 win overWashington, a 19-6 victory overCal and an 8-3 win over Pacific.Leading the charge has beensophomore first baseman BrianRagira, who is currently riding a13-game hit streak and is one of two Stanford starters hittingabove .300.“I think I’ve been a little moreconsistent early on this year than Iwas last year,” said Ragira, whowas named the 2011 Pac-12 Fresh-man of the Year with his .329, 46-RBI performance a year ago. “Ifeel pretty good about it.”Ragira’s not the only Cardinalinfielder with a hot bat, with juniorcatcher Eric Smith hitting .366 andthird baseman Stephen Piscottytotaling 34 RBI so far this season.That type of hitting has been com-ing early in games, as Stanford has jumped out to at least a three-runlead through three innings in itsthree consecutive wins.According to Ragira, gettingon the board right away is going tobe important this weekend, as theCardinal by and large failed to doso in its series loss to the Ducks inEugene a year ago.“I think just scoring early andplaying good defense [are going tobe key],” he said. “Our pitching isgoing to be good with Mark andMooney.”Oregon is going to be hard-pressed to score runs against Stan-ford’s two stellar junior starters,righthander Mark Appel and left-hander Brett Mooneyham. By nomeans one of the best-hittingteams in the conference, theDucks had a team batting averageof just .261 as of Monday, a markthat doesn’t even crack the top 200nationally.But questions have emergedsurrounding the Cardinal’s Sun-day starter, a position that couldbe earned by either freshmanJohn Hochstatter or sophomoreA.J. Vanegas. Hochstatter im-pressed with an early-season 3-0record, but has dropped threestraight decisions and yielded thestarting spot to his fellow rightylast weekend against Washington.Vanegas pitched well for hisfirst win of the season against theHuskies, giving up just one earnedrun in his six innings of work andgiving Stanford head coach MarkMarquess all the more reason togive him another look.The Ducks will send out a pairof righties to open the series insenior Alex Keudel and freshmanJake Reed. The duo has combinedfor a 2.26 ERA and a 7-5 record,and Oregon has won the first twogames in all of their last three se-ries with Keudel and Reed on themound.To counter those hurlers theCardinal will need the same top-to-bottom offensive productionthat it has been getting recently,even with Marquess makingminor shifts to the batting orderand at designated hitter over thelast few weeks.“It’s good that we’ve got all thismomentum going into that series,”said junior shortstop KennyDiekroeger, who had two doublesand a solo homer in the squad’s 8-3 win over Pacific on Wednesday.“Hopefully we can keep it.”Tonight’s opener is scheduledfor 5:30 p.m. but with rain a possi-bility nothing is for certain, as thePacific game was postponed a dayto account for the weather.Saturday’s game begins at 1p.m., with the Sunday finale set fornoon.
Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@stanford.edu.
The NHLplayoffs attheir finest
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Sophomore first baseman Brian Ragira (above) is currently riding a 13-game hit streak as the No. 6 Stanford baseball squad is ready for athree-game homestand series against No. 16 Oregon starting tonight.
CARD READY TO HOST DUCKS
JosephBeyda
 
SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily
Senior running back Tyler Gaffney (above) will notbe playing in the annual Cardinal-White SpringGame on Saturday as he will be using his talents onthe baseball field for the rest of the spring season.
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t’s April, which means the startof that magical time of the yearwhen success is indicated bygrowing a long beard, deathknells come in the sound of airhorns and widespread repetitive-stress injuries are induced by minia-ture towels: It’s the NHL playoffs.And even though hockey may beless appreciated than football, bas-ketball and baseball by the nationalmedia, the Stanley Cup playoffs are aspectacle unlike any other in Ameri-can professional sports: so grueling, soexciting, so stressful that there’s reallyno good excuse to not tune in.They call the Stanley Cup thehardest trophy to win in professionalsports, and not without reason.You’ve got to be lucky in a game cen-tered around a tiny, awkwardlyshaped disk sliding across a sheet of ice, where a fluky bounce or two canbe the difference. You’ve got to behealthy in a game that can leave ros-ters with breaks and sprains from topto bottom by the end of the season.You’ve got to be consistent in a gameso low-scoring that a few seconds of mental error by one player can de-cide 60 minutes of action.And you’ve got to do it 16 times.Two months of near perfection. Abad week and you’re out; a goodweek and you’re not quite out yet.History speaks to just how muchparity there is hockey. Since the cur-rent playoff format was instituted in1994, nine No. 8 seeds (out of 34) haveupset a No. 1 seed in the first round; bycontrast, only four No. 8 seeds in theNBA have won a series since theplayoffs expanded to 16 teams in1984, and two of those upsets were inmore volatile five-game series.Only four seven-game series in
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have beenwon by a team that came back from a3-0 deficit. Three of them were inhockey.Anyone can win any game, any se-ries, any year against anyone else,which makes for some pretty good sto-rylines. The playoff opener onWednesday was between two inter-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers andPittsburgh Penguins, each of whichmade it to the Stanley Cup final in re-cent years but came in as just a middleseed. No matter; the Penguins jumpedout to a 3-0 first period advantage ontheir home ice but saw that leaderased, with the Flyers tying things upin the final eight minutes of regulationand winning in overtime, 4-3.Playoff overtime exemplifieseverything that makes hockey sounique. Everything is magnified andnothing is certain. There’s no bottomof the 10th if you give up a run, nofive-minute period to make up for anearly three-pointer, no field-goal-on-first-possession rule to bail you out if you lose the coin toss. Sudden deathmeans sudden death, and that’s whatit often comes down to.In a thrilling first-round series be-tween the one-seed San Jose Sharksand the eight-seed Colorado Ava-lanche two years ago, the Sharks were30 seconds away from going behind2-0 in the series, an embarrassment onhome ice for one of the league’s topteams. But a late tally off a reboundforced overtime, and a power-playgoal by San Jose sent the series to Col-orado knotted up at one game apiece.Just two days later, the two teamsfound themselves in a scoreless gamethrough 60 minutes and headed toovertime yet again. Sharks defense-man Dan Boyle proceeded to makethe biggest mistake of his prestigiouscareer, backhanding the puck into hisown net from a bad angle to giveaway the game — and the chance at aseries lead.Two days later, Boyle got some re-demption by scoring San Jose’s onlyregulation goal just a minute intoGame 4. The score was tied at the endof regulation for a third straight con-test but this time the Sharks came upwith the sudden-death goal, and a se-ries that could’ve easily been sweptby the Avalanche was tied at 2-2.It all changes that quickly, andwe’ve got two full months of twistsand turns ahead.Most people seem to be picking theNew York Rangers to win the StanleyCup for the first time since 1994, butthere are still 15 other teams that trulyhave a chance at winning it all. No otherAmerican sports league lays so muchon the line come playoff time.So if you’re going to give hockey atry, now’s the perfect time. With everyseries televised nationally this year,there’s always going to be a game on.Sit back and relax. You’re in for awild ride.
 Joseph Beyda hopes that his beloved seventh-seed San Jose Sharks will fi-nally pull through this year. Send him your playoff predictions at jbeyda@stanford.edu.
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