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Yahoo Guys Absent from Regular Courtside Hoops Seats

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It could be that some of you don't know The Station's full involvement in daily journalism. In addition to covering storage, the data center, virtualization and other swell topics for eWEEK, we have had a fun side job since the Reagan Administration covering NCAA hoops for The Associated Press. Most of the time, this means helping report on Stanford men's and/or women's basketball, but it also means coverage of Pac-10 Conference and NCAA tournament games when they come through the Bay Area each March.

We bring this topic up because Maples Pavilion, home arena for the Cardinal, is also home to many influential people in the IT world. Regular courtside visitors to the men's games, for example, include Netscape, Loudcloud and Ning founder Marc Andreesen, venture capitalist Tim Draper, and Yahoo founders David Filo and Jerry Yang -- to name just a few.

The Los Angeles Lakers may have Jack Nicholson and the Hollywood crowd down at Staples Center, but Top-10 ranked Stanford draws the IT folks to Maples.

In any case, Yang and Filo weren't seen in their prime half-court seats this weekend during the Cardinal's victories over Oregon and Oregon State. Thus, a conclusion might be made that they are really, really busy turning down that Microsoft takeover bid, which they are expected to announce tomorrow.

Well, the deal was never a slam dunk to begin with. Forty-four point six billion? Chicken feed. Ballmer is going to have to pony up more than that.

(BTW Jerry and David: Stanford won both games, and now is 20-3. C ya next time.)

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 15 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...