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Thorndike internship encourages historical research — Justin Muchnick ’16 looks into wrestling’s beginnings at Andover

Wrestling has been a huge part of Justin Muchnick ’16’s life at PA. The senior from Newport Beach, Calif., is a four-year starter and two-time captain for Big Blue, so his interest was piqued one day last year when he asked his coach about the early history of wrestling at Andover.

“We on the team know a lot about the program’s recent history, but the early days of PA wrestling were shrouded in some mystery,” said Muchnick, who was chosen as the 2015-16 Thorndike Intern. Combining his love of wrestling and his Thorndike Internship led Muchnick to discover famed grappler and heavyweight captain Howard Malcolm Baldridge, Class of 1914, the subject of his Thorndike paper.

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Newport Teen Pens Guide for Life After Graduation

Encouraging teenagers to think about their future may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of a new book by Newport native and fellow teen, Justin Muchnick.
Muchnick, 17, a Harbor Day School graduate and current senior at Phillips Academy Andover boarding school in Boston, wrote “Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning,” to help students explore their options after high school, including furthering their education and training, getting a job, or entering the military.

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12 Solutions to Common Boarding School Problems

by Justin Muchnick
Most problems in boarding school can be solved pretty easily. Chances are you are not the only one who has encountered one, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from an adult or older student on campus. And follow these helpful suggestions if all else fails.

Super tired? Not enough sleep? Try power-napping for 30 minutes (just enough time to get some REM sleep so you will feel refreshed) when you can. Or, sleep in (obviously) on the weekends ,and take a nap to make up for lost zzzzzs.
Stain on your clothing? Spilled something in the dining hall? Keep stain wipes or laundry pre-spray in your dorm room to treat the stain before it sets in. Then, once it is washed, it usually comes out!
Stomach ache? Keep a small “first aid” kit with saltine crackers, a few cans or small bottles of ginger ale, and antacid tablets to treat yourself before having to head to the health center.

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Justin’s View of First Loss

by Justin Muchnick

A slow move in day or a slow moving offense. Those were Saturday’s challenges

The start of the school year at Phillips Academy Andover has arrived, bringing with it an atmosphere of frantic preparation for the upcoming term. Students shuttled boxes, bookshelves, and clothes into their dorm room in a race against the clock to unpack before the first day of classes.

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Andover student awards scholarship to new McCallie boarding student

Incoming freshman Bob Moore from Louisville earns $1,000 from author of The Boarding School Survival Guide.

Bob Moore is still a couple of weeks away from beginning his McCallie School experience, but the incoming freshman from Louisville, Ky., is already earning scholarship money for himself and recognition for his new school.

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Former Harbor Day Student Announces Boarding School Scholarship Winners

Two future boarding school freshman from the South will receive $1,000 scholarships courtesy of a Harbor Day School graduate and author of “The Boarding School Survival Guide,” according to a news release.

Justin Muchnick announced the scholarship in June and said he received applications from as far away as Egypt, Iran, Canada and throughout the United States.

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Harbor Day Alum Offering 2-$1000 Scholarships

If you’re heading to boarding school this fall, there are two $1,000 scholarships available to help cover tuition costs, courtesy of a Harbor Day School graduate, author and Phillips Academy Andover student.

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Peterson’s Author Offers Boarding School Scholarships

PR Web March 06, 2015 Third-year Phillips Academy Andover high school student and author of “The Boarding School Survival Guide” (Peterson’s 2014) Justin Muchnick is seeking submissions to award two $1,000 scholarships that are available to current or future boarding school students.   Read the Full Press... read more

AdmissionsQuest’s “Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014”

This is quite an honor for The Boarding School Survival Guide. Justin Muchnick’s interview is #5 of the top 10! From AdmissionsQuest.com: We poured over the numbers to rank our top content over the course of 2014 — from videos to blog posts. Here’s the countdown. AdmissionsQuest’s “Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014:”   Read the... read more

Muchnick’s Take: Stanford Closes With Win

Justin Muchnick / Stanford.Scout.com January 2, 2015 As a relatively young Stanford football fan, I have been fortunate enough to experience consistently incredible seasons from the Cardinal. Blessed – or perhaps spoiled – by four consecutive BCS bowl berths and back-to-back Pac-12 championships…   Read the Full... read more

The Boarding School Survival Guide, Andover Magazine, Fall 2014 issue

The Boarding School Survival Guide by Justin Ross Muchnick ’16 Peterson’s “Rich in anecdote, firsthand perspective, and practical details, this book will ease the way for any student considering (or enrolled in) boarding school. Author Muchnick, a current PA upper, has tapped peers from numerous schools to contribute chapters on topics ranging from admissions to roommates to food to finals. The breadth of the contributors’ experiences creates an accurate, useful guide to surviving and thriving at a residential school.” Scroll to page 55 for actual... read more

Boarding School Advice For New Students

Justin Muchnick / blog.boardingschools.com October 14, 2014 Build relationships with teachers. They are there to not just teach but also support you on your boarding school journey. At boarding school teachers are also your house counselors, advisors, coaches, and extracurricular adult leaders. Spend time getting to know them outside of the classroom. It’s not hard at all to build relationships with these supportive adults. Eat well. The dining hall’s waffle makers, ice cream machines, and great desserts can be tempting. Since your mom is not there to tell you to eat your vegetables, it’s your responsibility to maintain a balanced diet with protein, fruits, veggies and other healthy choices.   Read the Full... read more

Is boarding school right for you?

Suzanne Shaffer / teenlife.com Sept. 20, 2014 Justin Muchnick, the author of The Boarding School Survival Guide, encourages teens to consider boarding school during high school. Justin has experienced boarding school first hand and recognizes the value of a boarding school education. In a recent interview for TeenLife, Justin explains why he is an avid supporter of a boarding school education. 1. Why did you consider a boarding school? I was introduced to the idea of boarding school by my 7th grade English teacher, Mr. Rogers. (I talk about him in greater detail in my book’s introduction.) He promoted classroom discussion instead of lecturing at the front of the class. He had the students direct the flow of the class while he moderated. As a former writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy, he made me want to look into boarding schools.   Read the Full... read more

Boarding School Bound Interview with Justin Muchnick, author of The Boarding School Survival Guide

Taming The High Cost of College September 15, 2014 We’re taking the college planning process and backing it up about four years in today’s podcast as we talk with young author and student at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. It’s a boarding school – one of about 300 across the country – that Justin Muchnick sought out as a grade school student.   Read the Full Article /... read more

10 Things to Know About Boarding School

Justin Muchnick / Ten to Twenty Parenting September 2, 2014 Top Ten Tips You Should Know Before Your Teen Leaves For Boarding School Justin Muchnick, two-time author and a third year student at Phillips Academy Andover, shares with Ten to Twenty readers his tips for parents whose teens are leaving for boarding school. (Many of his ideas apply to families getting ready to leave for college, too!) At Andover, Justin volunteers as a campus tour guide and receives an abundance of inquiries from parents and teens alike, so he tried to distill many of his responses to frequently asked questions below. He hopes that these tips as well as the contents of his new book The Boarding School Survival Guide will help many teens and parents navigate this transition into a whole new world. So here are some words of advice from a teen to parents of teens.   Read the Full... read more

Student Voice: Facing My History

Justin Muchnick / LA Network / FacingHistory.org August 28, 2014 I gaze at the spartan brown door of apartment number 264, not quite knowing what to expect behind it. I am a year away from my Bar Mitzvah – the day that I become a man within my Jewish community. And though this important rite of passage still seems somewhat far off to my twelve-year-old self, it is the reason that I am standing in the hallway of Heritage Pointe, a Jewish retirement home in Southern California.   Read the Full... read more

Student Voice: Chronicling the Life of a Holocaust Survivor

Justin Muchnick / LA Network / FacingHistory.org August 8, 2014 This month we have a special treat: Student Justin Muchnick shares his summer project chronicling the life of a Holocaust survivor. All of us who have had the privilege of meeting a survivor in person know the powerful impact of that experience. Justin’s evolving relationship with survivor Ziggy Silbert has spanned several years, and we look forward to hearing and publishing more of his thoughts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we share this introduction and invite you to share below a lesson you learned from hearing a survivor speak.   Read the Full... read more

Newport Teen Publishes Second Book

By Gail Martin / Kosher Orange County August 4, 2014 When Justin Muchnick was in the seventh-grade, he had a teacher who had gone to Exeter, a boarding school on the east coast. Muchnick decided that he wanted to “go to a place where it was cool to be smart, where I could get immersive learning, where I could have intellectual discussions around the dinner table,” he said. His parents initially resisted the idea of his going to boarding school, but eventually realized it was “the right path for me to pursue academically,” he said.   Read the Full... read more

The Boarding School Survival Guide: A Resource Written by students for students – An interview with Justin Muchnick

usaboardingschools.org “As an international student, you might be unfamiliar with boarding schools in the US. What’s the admission process? What to bring to a boarding school? How to manage your life independently? To untangle the puzzle, Justin Muchnick came up with just the right resource you need. The Phillips Academy sophomore reflected on his own experience and turned to his friends/ classmates for theirs, and authored The Boarding School Survival Guide — “it is the only book of its kind written by students for students”, as Justin put it. Usaboardingschool.org is honored to interview this talented boarding school student and get ahold of some of his insights.”   Read the Full Interview... read more

Muchnick Makes the Cut as A Writer – Former Harbor Day School student, a wrestler and captain of his team, pens second book.

By David Carrillo Penaloza / Daily Pilot July 19, 2014 At 16, you can say Justin Muchnick is an accomplished writer and wrestler. Muchnick, a former Harbor Day School student, has two books published and he’s one of the top wrestlers at his high school. He has a new book out titled “The Boarding School Survival Guide” and he has new title on his wrestling team. Muchnick is a straight-A student at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts, and for the first time he got a C. He’s awfully proud of this C. The C is for captain of his wrestling team.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com June 09, 2014 Preserving the Beauty of the Beautiful Game: A Case Against Goal-Line Technology July, 1966. Overtime in the World Cup Final. England’s Geoff Hurst controls a cross, turns past a German defender, and fires a shot. The ball ricochets off the bottom of the crossbar and back into the field of play. After a moment’s hesitation and a brief conference with his linesman, the referee signals for a goal. English players victoriously prance about the field while the Germans hang their heads in disbelief, but, to this day, aficionados of soccer history still debate whether the ball fully crossed the goal-line.   Read the Full... read more

Accepted to Boarding School? Now Read This

Corona Del Mar Today June 5, 2014 “A former Corona del Mar student has written a new book about boarding school, sharing tips and advice from what he’s learned in two years at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. I didn’t know anything about the world of boarding school until a teacher at my grade school, Harbor Day School, introduced me to the idea,” Justin Muchnick said. “I did a lot of research on my own, and eventually convinced my parents that boarding school, where it’s ‘cool to be smart,’ was the right choice for me.”   Read the Full... read more

Author Interview: Local Teen Discusses Boarding School Book

By Sara Hall / Newport Beach Independent June 2, 2014 A local teen has some survival tips for students interested attending boarding school. Justin Muchnick, 16, a Harbor Day School graduate and current sophomore at Phillips Academy Andover boarding school in Boston, wrote “The Boarding School Survival Guide” to give students and parents a helping hand navigating the world of boarding school. Last year, Muchnick co-authored “Straight-A Study Skills” with his mother, Cindy, a Stanford University graduate and former college admission counselor and educational consultant. The Newport Beach native draws on his personal experience for the book, which is written in a “fun, easy-to-read manner.”   Read the Full... read more

Under Cover: Young Newporter Pens “Boarding School Survival Guide”

By Edie Crabtree / Newport Beach Independent May 30, 2014 All month long, you have been hearing me sing the praises of family reading. So, by now, we can probably just accept as gospel truth the notion that, to re-tool an old adage, the family that reads together, stays together. Have you ever considered, however, what else might come to the family that reads together? Well, if becoming a better reader leads to becoming a better writer, it would seem to follow then, that the family that reads together might also be the family that writes and publishes books together.   Read the Full... read more

Andover Student Publishes Book on Boarding School Experience

C.C. / Andover Patch.com May 27, 2014 Exciting news. California teen and current Phillips Academy Andover student Justin Muchnick’s second book, The Boarding School Survival Guide, comes out on June 10, 2014. And he just turned 16 years old! (He conceived of the book idea at age 14, found a respected educational publisher, Peterson’s, researched, solicited submissions, edited, and wrote the project at 15, and now it will be in store and on line. His first book was Straight-A Study Skills). Bennett Sherr, Andover freshman, also has a chapter published in the book.   Read the Full... read more

The Boarding School Survival Guide: A Conversation With Justin Muchnick

Brian Fisher / AdmissionsQuest.com May 23, 2014 Editors note: After working through the boarding school admission process, Phillips Academy sophomore Justin Muchnick thought students like him — students unfamiliar with boarding school who want to go to one- needed a new resource. Muchnick’s not an expert. So, he turned to students and their experiences. For The Boarding School Survival Guide, he gathered experiences from current and recent boarding school graduates. Their stories are organized around themed chapters.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com January 3, 2014 Justin Muchnick, The Bootleg’s youngest contributor, was befuddled by Stanford’s playcalling during its 24-20 Rose Bowl loss to Michigan State. He believes that the Cardinal’s fatal issues were actually a recurring theme throughout the team’s three losses this season. Here’s his take on the problem and how the team should fix it. In the car with my family on the way to the 100th Rose Bowl Game, I hoped for a day chock full of Cardinal happiness. Visions of Gaffney’s hard-fought rushing touchdowns, Montgomery’s big-play receptions, and Skov’s perfectly-timed blitzes danced through my mind. However, when I trudged back to the car hours later, I realized that the most positive aspect of the day had been the pre-game Alumni Tailgate.   Read the Full... read more

Peterson’s Newest Author Justin Muchnick Helps Students Survive Boarding School: Unique tell-all is written for students, by students

PRWeb.com December 12, 2013 Attending boarding school is a serious commitment, so it’s important for students to understand the emotional, financial, and academic challenges that come with it. Peterson’s newest and youngest author, Justin Muchnick, explains everything students need to consider in The Boarding School Survival Guide. What makes The Boarding School Survival Guide unique is that its author, Muchnick, is a boarding school student currently in his second year at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. When Muchnick was in 7th grade, he decided he wanted to go to boarding school but didn’t know where to start because it was hard to find first-hand stories from students.   Read the Full Press... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com November 25, 2013 Justin Muchnick, The Bootleg’s youngest writer, checks back in from boarding school on the East Coast. He’s tracked Stanford late into the night throughout this entire season, and he has some thoughts on the Cardinal’s recent Big Game victory. About this time last year, I was lamenting my restricted ability to follow Stanford football at my East Coast boarding school. But returning to Andover as a sophomore, I have learned how to fully fit the Cardinal back into my life.   Read the Full... read more

Muchnick Compiles Stories Into “Boarding School Survival Guide”

by Sam Cohen / The Phillipian September 20, 2013 Without ever having set foot on campus, Christy Lam ’17 decided to journey from her hometown of Hong Kong to the snowy winters of Andover, Massachusetts. The Andover website became one of her most frequently-checked pages, and Lam turned to books—“Looking for Lost” by John Green and “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger—for guidance. Although the books and website provided reassuring insight, looking back, Lam said she would have wanted something more specific, a book written for a boarding school audience to answer all the little questions, offer honest advice and share experiences. Next year’s incoming class of new boarding school students will have a resource to turn to thanks to Justin Muchnick ’16, whose book titled “The Boarding School Survival Guide” will be published in June.   Read the Full... read more

Teen Pens Book on Boarding School

By Ryah Cooley / Orange County Register July 10, 2013 Reprinted By SSATB / admission.org March 24, 2014 “Justin Muchnick is spending most of his summer writing and editing a book; it’s his second book and he’s only 15 years old. No, it’s not a science fiction thriller or a murder mystery. It’s a primer on choosing and navigating boarding school. When he was in the seventh-grade, Muchnick wanted to go to boarding school, but he didn’t know where to start because there was so little information. That’s where his new book comes in.”   Read the Full Article at OC Register    Read the Full Article at SSATB  ... read more

Student Author Seeks Contributors for Boarding School Book

Nisha Guitierrez-Jaime / Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar Patch.com June 26, 2013 Most students spend their summer relaxing, but a 15-year-old from Newport Beach is busy writing a book about his experiences at boarding school and compiling advice from other students. Justin Muchnick, who recently completed his freshman year at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, is in the beginning stages of writing his most recent book, The Boarding School Survival Guide. Muchnick said he noticed there wasn’t much information available about the selection and application process for boarding schools when he started researching schools.   Read the Full... read more

5 Questions With … authors Cindy and Justin Muchnick

By Deepa Bharath / Orange County Register March 28, 2013 Cindy Muchnick and her 14-year-old son Justin say they enjoyed working together on their first book, “Straight-A Study Skills.” Justin – a graduate of Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar and freshman at Phillips Academy Andover in Boston – is no stranger to straight A’s. And Cindy Muchnick is just as familiar with writing: This is her seventh book. In an interview with The Current, mother and son share their experiences from writing the book.   Read the Full... read more

Mother, son team up for study skills book

By Steve Virgen / Daily Pilot March 27, 2014 Justin Muchnick likes to challenge himself to get good grades. At age 14 and away at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts he needs to live up to the challenge. Muchnick, a straight-A student, is a scholar-athlete. He went through the Corona del Mar Sharks Wrestling Club and is now a freshman varsity wrestler for PAA in the 132-pound weight class. Away from the mat, he has also wrestled with time management and test preparation. When he saw his mother, Cynthia, writing a book about studying skills it made sense for him to offer his own tips, and make some edits.   Read the Full... read more

Mother/Son Authors Release Study Guide Book

Corona Del Mar Today March 24, 2013 A mother-son relationship turned into a book-writing partnership when a Harbor Day School graduate and his mother co-authored a study skills book that was released earlier this year. Cindy Muchnick and her son, Justin, 14, will be signing copies of “Straight-A Study Skills: 180 Essential Strategies to Ace Your Exams, Boost Your Grades, And Achieve Lasting Academic Success” at noon on March 30 at the Barnes & Noble Metro Point.     Read the Full... read more

Mother/Son Team up to Make The Grade

By Sara Hall / Newport Beach Independent March 21, 2013 A local mother and son have put their heads together and co-authored a new book about study skills. Cindy Muchnick, Stanford University graduate and former college admission counselor and educational consultant, and her 14-year-old son, Justin, a Harbor Day School graduate who now attends Phillips Academy Andover boarding school in Boston, released their first book together in January. The book, “Straight-A Study Skills,” details more than 200 essential strategies to help students ace exams and boost their grades. Read the Full... read more

Newport Mom and Son Co-Author Education Book

Nisha Gutierrez-Jamie / Newport Beach – Corona Del Mar Patch.com March 14, 2013 When Newport Beach mom Cindy Muchnick was approached to write a book about study skills for students, she knew her teenage son would be the perfect co-author. “Justin told me my last book needed some improvements,” said Muchnick, a mother of four and the author of eight books. “So I knew he would be great for this one.”   Read the Full... read more

Under Cover: Book Reveals Secrets of Straight A Students

Edie Crabtree / Newport Beach Independent January 19, 2013 If you are the parent of a high school student, you probably know that finals are just around the corner. Most likely, your student falls into one of two categories: the über-responsible self-starter who willingly studies for each test and quiz and simply needs a quick review, or the procrastinator who – while just as intelligent as student number one – adheres to the motto, “why study today for what you can cram for tomorrow.”   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com January 02, 2013 It’s a great time to be a Stanford fan. Though I’ve been blessed to grow up in an era of Cardinal success, all longtime supporters of Stanford have experienced firsthand the darker, pre-Jim Harbaugh days. However, despite our recent advances under Harbaugh and now David Shaw, the Grandaddy of Them All had proven elusive. After a 13-year hiatus from the Rose Bowl and without a Rose Bowl victory since 1972, and given Oregon’s recent Pac-10/12 Championship three-peat, it seemed somewhat farfetched for Stanford to get a chance to smell the roses. Until now.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com November 25, 2012 Last time I sat in the Stanford section of the Rose Bowl, it was to watch a 35-0 trouncing of UCLA — a win that could have easily been attributed to the once-in-a-generation combination of Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh. However, two years later, David Shaw and a very new Stanford football team proved that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Though Kevin Hogan may not be the second coming of Luck, his efficient performance of 160 passing yards, no interceptions, and one touchdown shows that he certainly is the serviceable quarterback that the Cardinal needs.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com November 20, 2012 When I arrived in Massachusetts this September to start ninth grade at a New England boarding school, I was excited to chart a new path in my educational career. I must admit, however, I had a few reservations: Would I be able to handle the academic rigor? Would I transition smoothly into a new social environment? … And, most importantly, would it be possible to support Stanford football as passionately as I had from my home in southern California?   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com January 06, 2012 Our pal Justin Muchnick personally experienced the painful final moment in Arizona at the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. With a chance to reflect on the oh-so-sublime blend of anticipation, excitement, shock, and disappointment, our young scribe is somehow able to focus on what we can learn about the ebbs and flows of pigskin passion during our time on the planet. The fact that a team with a 1-11 record has, just five seasons later, become a nationally-recognized powerhouse with back-to-back BCS Bowl appearances astounds me. Even though Oklahoma State ended up with the three-point victory that we deserved, the Stanford Cardinal put in an extremely valiant effort and played aggressive, hard-nosed, old-school football that stands unrivaled in a college football environment dominated by fast-paced, flashy offenses.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick  / The Bootleg / Scout.com November 03, 2011 In just a few seasons, our man Justin Muchnick has already experienced a lifetime of exciting college football. He has little memory of the dark years, so it’s fun to view the rising Cardinal through his eyes. You have to appreciate the sheer audacity of a bright, 13-year-old super-fan willing to take to task the offensive play-calling of an 8-0 team scoring 49.5 points per game! Kid is money! Third and four. Score tied at 27-27. Just over three minutes to play. Andrew Luck takes the snap, looks for a receiver, and . . . interception? That’s how I saw it, from the small but mighty Stanford rooting section at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Perched in Row 70, I squinted as I watched our National Championship dreams crumbling before my eyes. The game had seen a sudden outbreak of Stanford three-and-outs, errant kickoffs from a backup kicker, and a barrage of uncharacteristic penalties. Now, to my dismay, it appeared as if it would end up representing an infamous night in Cardinal history. Then, a glimpse of hope.   Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com January 12, 2011 The Bootleg is pleased to make available on a world-wide exclusive basis the remarkable contents of a personal support letter young Justin Muchnick reportedly handed to Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck on 1-02-11 at the Fontainebleu donut shop. In this instant classic pièce de corréspondence, our man Justin crafts his compelling case as to why #12 should remain at Stanford for one more year. Dear Andrew, Normally, when a college football phenom is the main contender for the number one NFL draft pick and a multimillion dollar signing bonus, it seems as though the obvious choice is to enter the draft, not stay at college for one more year. But for you, a true student-athlete, your choice is much less obvious than most think. Not only are you a great quarterback, you are a great quarterback at one of the most prestigious universities in the country that happens to be ranked number four in the BCS poll. Staying at Stanford for one more year would benefit you much more than some might realize. … Read the Full... read more


Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com January 10, 2011 The Bootleg is excited to mark the jarring journalistic debut of junior sportswriter Justin Muchnick, a pigskin-passionate Stanford sports fan who made a memorable boys’ trip to Miami with his Cardinal-crazed family and has agreed to share his exciting experience with us all. We hope to see “much” more from our main man “J-Much”! A Seventh Grader’s Perspective on the Orange Bowl Experience Since my arrival at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach on January 1, 2011, the Stanford football team had seemed exceedingly calm and relaxed. Matt Masifilo could be found in the lobby sitting on a couch and “people-watching,” Andrew Luck was spotted buying a cupcake from a pastry shop in the hotel, and Shayne Skov raised some eyebrows of hotel staff due to his striking Mohawk hairstyle. My brothers and I meticulously tracked down every wide receiver, tight end, running back, special team member, and tunnel worker that we possibly could, making friends with people such as Drew Terrell’s mom and Sione Fua’s dad (who is, unbelievably, bigger than Sione himself!). It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, either. The sheer size of the hotel made even Fua (and his dad, too) seem small.   Read the Full... read more