We are on the the Final
Four Five in our elimination tournament of best wins of the Rocky Long era. Countless dozens of votes (OK, four dozen) flooded in during the first round, giving us a higher turnout than most A.S. elections. We ended up with three blowouts and a tie! Check out the results here.
As a result of the deadlock, we will now have a three-way cage match between Scared Money Don’t Make No Money and the 2015 and 2016 MWC Championship Games.
In the other semifinal, you most now decide what’s cooler: beating Boise on The Blue or beating Cal at the Q?
As I mentioned last time, this is pointless as hell, but who doesn’t love to waste time by arguing about meaningless nonsense? I’ve built an entire blogging persona predicated on that, in fact!
The second round starts … now.
BOISE STATE PART I (1) vs. TAKE THAT, OSKI (4)
BOISE STATE PART I
Nov. 3, 2012
Argument for: It was Boise State’s second year in the MWC and they were already strutting around like they owned the place. And with TCU, BYU and Utah gone, it was hard to argue. Nobody beat them on their Otter Pop stain of a field, particularly not a California team in the cold. But the Aztecs did, and because of it they eventually secured their first ever MWC title (in a gross three-way with Fresno State and Boise, but still). Colin Lockett set the tone by running back the opening kickoff, which at the time was a super rare thing that we thought never, ever happens.
Argument against: Adam Muema highlights always get me a little bummed.
Results: Beat Bearcat Beatdown in First Round.
TAKE THAT, OSKI
Sept. 10, 2016
Argument for: The Aztecs beat Cal 45-40 at home in front of a huge crowd as D.J. Pumphrey went berserk for 281 yards. Damontae Kazee’s interception to stave off the Aztec-ian gag is an indelible moment. The game also featured a housed kickoff and a pick six. My god, this game.
Argument against: Cal ended up being not so great. Plus, we were all thinking dream season and Cotton Bowl after this victory. The Aztecs are, last I checked, not in the Cotton Bowl.
Results: Beat Boise State Part II in First Round.
2015 MWC TITLE GAME (2) vs. 2016 MWC TITLE GAME (3) vs. SCARED MONEY DON’T MAKE NO MONEY (6)
2015 MWC TITLE GAME
Dec. 5, 2015
Argument for: The Aztecs had never before played in a conference championship game, let alone hosted one. They even rolled out a damn stage to present the trophy in front of the SDSU faithful. That’s big time! Also, this was an excellent game; a back-and-forth thriller full of memorable plays and decided by a late clutch field goal by Donny Hageman. It may be hard to remember now, during the reign of Lord J. Baron II, but there was a time when losing big games on missed field goals was kind of our thing.
Argument against: The crowd at the Q barely eclipsed 20,000, making it feel like something less than a big game (though the fans that were there were very much into it). Also, Air Force ain’t exactly Boise. Also, the reward was the Hawai’i Bowl (see above).
Results: Beat Hillman Breaks the Curse in First Round
2016 MWC TITLE GAME
Dec. 3, 2016
Argument for: It was fucking awesome. Read our recap.
Argument against: I gave 2015 a slight nod over this one because that title game was a first for us. Also, the dashed Cotton Bowl dreams and the two shitburger losses that preceded Saturday’s contest might have dampened the enthusiasm.
Results: TIED Scared Money Don’t Make No Money in First Round
SCARED MONEY DON’T MAKE NO MONEY
Oct. 20, 2012
Argument for: If you’re an Aztec Football hipster, this game is your jam – your Bleach to everyone else’s Nevermind. At the time, the Aztecs were seemingly going nowhere and when starting quarterback Ryan Katz left the contest with a season-ending injury, things looked grim. But Adam Dingwell led a remarkable comeback, spurring SDSU’s eventual title run. Bonus point for Rocky’s big balls, going for two in overtime. Even more bonus points for Dingwell’s hilarious postgame interview.
Argument against: It was a midseason MWC game against Nevada, so seeding it any higher would have been kinda sad.
Results: TIED 2016 MWC Title Game in First Round