When Karl Gigstad arrived at StanfordUniversity 31/2 years ago as a Piedmont High School graduate, Stanford had reached one major bowl in 38 years.
When his little sister, Elise, got to OSU earlier this year, the Cowboys hadn’t been in a major bowl since the 1945 season.
So naturally, in the Fiesta Bowl next week is Karl’s Cardinal and Elise’s Cowboys.
Which made for an interesting Christmas in the Gigstad household.
“It’s a lot of trash talk for sure,” Karl said. “I made sure to give her a nice Stanford shirt for Christmas so she could wear it on Jan. 2.”
Fat chance of that. Elise distributed Cowboy gear to her family, and she’s got the bonus of her parents being OSU season ticket holders. “It’s been really fun,” Elise said.
Karl said he also is recruiting family members to root for the Stanford side of this game. “I think I’ve got my brother sold on it,” he said. “That’s me and him rooting against the little sister. Unfortunately, I think she’s got both my parents on her side. They got season tickets this year. She gets all the special treatment since she stayed in state. I’ll just have to console ‘em afterwards, I guess.”
Neither Gigstad will be at the game, though Karl did make it toMiamifor the Stanford-Virginia Tech Orange Bowl last season. “That was really cool,” he said. “Traveling two years in a row didn’t work out.
“I can’t believe how lucky I am. When I decided to go to Stanford, that was not part of the equation, to have a good football team. That’s definitely a perk.”
Karl was an OU fan growing up. So two years ago, what happens? The Sooners play Stanford in the Sun Bowl.
“I never thought when I was going to be going out to Stanford, I would be rooting against Oklahomaand Oklahoma State. The fact that Stanford is getting to play both those teams, it’s really exciting.”
Trash talk aside, Karl remains an OU and OSU fan. “I like those Cowboys a lot,” he said. “I’ve been rooting for ‘em all season, so it’s kind of sad that they have to lose.”
“I love my Oklahoma teams. After this year, I’m going to be back in Oklahoma City to start a business. At that point, I’ll be rooting for ‘em. Right now, it’s Stanford all the way.”
Karl is a senior majoring in human biology. Elise is a freshman majoring in animal science with a pre-vet option.
She was at Boone Pickens Stadium for OSU’s 44-10 rout of OU on Dec. 3. But Elsie didn’t storm the field.
“I was too high up,” she said. “And I was with an OU friend of mine who came to visit, so I didn’t think it would be nice to leave her up there.”