1.Stanford is grieving over the tragic death of former wing Peter Sauer, who died at the age of 35 after collapsing in a pickup game Sunday night, falling and hitting his head. Sauer leaves his wife and three children. All of the sport should pause and reflect on someone who was the ultimate student-athlete in the NCAA’s purest form. Sauer was an extension of then coach Mike Montgomery. He was the consummate, hard-working Cardinal, who paired terrifically with Mark Madsen, Kris Weems, Arthur Lee & Co. Stanford doesn’t make the 1998 Final Four if it weren’t for Sauer’s leadership and ability to make shots and do all the little things to help a team win.
2.The outpouring of love and admiration from Sauer’s former teammates like Madsen and Ryan Mendez shouldn’t come as a surprise. Sauer was beloved because he was a true teammate and loved being a Stanford alumnus in the years that followed. He showed up in his new hometown of New York to support the NIT champion Cardinal last April. Sauer’s death had former competitors tweeting, like Purdue’s Brian Cardinal, about how crushed they were with his passing. The respect that Sauer had from opponents was real. He was also a joy to cover while working in California in the late ‘90s, always ready to deliver honest, genuine answers.
3.Tributes have been plenty on Twitter and Mendez tweeted out a video montage about his former teammate. Sauer stayed close to the game, despite working in finance. He offered up these predictions in March prior to the NCAA tournament. Here is a tribute on the Stanford website. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Amanda, his three daughters and his extended family.