Some have made fun of me when I explain that, yes, I even root for Stanford sometimes. But I have my well-reasoned reasons. Today is one of those times. If Stanford beats fifth-ranked Gonzaga on the road, the whole Pac-10 will benefit and Cal in particular, since the Bears just beat the Cardinal at Haas Pavilion on Thursday. So, by rooting for Stanford, I'm really rooting for the Bears. Understand?