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November 21, 2006

After experiencing preseason workouts during my freshman year at Stanford, I never thought I would live to see the year 2006. But here it is, and it's more exciting than ever.

At the start of the season everyone seems to be labeling this year as 'The' year. I started to think about what makes any year 'The' year? I know the general public thinks it's 'The' year because our team returns a lot of players, is extremely deep and talented and is coached by a legend. And I always like to think before games, 'we've got Brooke and they don't.'

But I think it means much more than that. This year is 'The' year because, in addition to great talent and coaching, we've got this unique energy that transforms into exceptional basketball.

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Midterms are finally over for me, which buys me about three and a half more weeks until I start stressing out about finals again. I'm majoring in Communication, my minor is in African-American studies and this quarter I'm taking two Comm. classes and also American Sign Language as my foreign language.

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I know everyone is excited about the class of '10' (is it '0-10' or just '10', or maybe class of 'X'?). So I'll say a little something about each of our freshmen:

  • JJ ('Jumper') Hones has the unfortunate luxury of being my next door neighbor in the locker room, but she's great and puts up with my constant jokes and teasing of her emailing capabilities.
  • Getting to know Jayne Appel has been amazing. I honestly don't think I've ever had a conversation with her this year without laughing.
  • What sticks out most in my mind about Michelle ('Boosties') Harrison is how driven and motivated she is. She is always the last to leave the gym; in fact, I'm positive that the janitor at Maples goes home before she does.
  • And then there is Mel. I used to ask Tara, 'Where did you find this girl?' and she would reply, 'We had to look real hard for Mel!'
    Melanie ('Dymes/Moneymaker') Murphy keeps us all laughing and makes basketball so much fun all the time. But her accent kind of throws us all off. For example, she'll say 'TYAH-Ruh' instead of 'Tar-Uh'. Good times.
    They are all so excited to be a part of the Stanford tradition, as is everyone else associated with the program. Stanford is a real special place and we all are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.

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    There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Cleveland, Ohio- site of the 2007 NCAA Final Four. Until that day arrives, I know the coaches, players and fans are doing everything they can to make this year 'The' year.

    Candice Wiggins
    GO CARD!

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