Maisel: Stanford family lifts kicker's spirits

After Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 35-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and a 43-yarder in overtime that allowed Oklahoma State to win 41-38, he reacted in a way that any teammate who felt as if he let down his teammates would react.

Williamson sobbed in a corner of the Cardinal locker room.

No one in the Cardinal locker room pointed a finger at Williamson. His teammates shielded him from the media after the game. They patted him on the butt, tapped him on the helmet, hugged him and encouraged him. They emailed and texted and called. The Internet and Twitter cornered the market on vitriol. Williamson didn't have to draw from those poisoned wells.