What: San Diego State Aztecs at Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
When: Saturday, October 28 at 8:15 p.m.
Line: Aztecs -9.5
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
I, too, have visited Aloha Stadium on a Saturday, with a singular goal and high stakes. In the parking lot, they have a swap meet that puts even the best day at Kobey’s to shame. Faced with consecutive defeats, I took to the Aloha Stadium turf (parking lot) in a last-ditch effort to get myself on track. I was determined to find that throwback Rainbows cap that had eluded me, that I was told by many locals “did not exist.” After a treacherous journey through junk jewelry, coconut stands and die-cut decals depicting Stormtroopers with traditional Polynesian tattoos, I found my cap. It was hot as shit. Rocky Long would have loved it. My point is that I intro all of these previews with loosely-related nonsense, and today is no different. The Aztecs are just like me, as you can see. They’re looking for their Rainbows throwback ca-shut up, David.
Why should we be scared of them?
The ‘bows (I can call them that because we’re friends) are coming off of a bye week, so they’ve had an extra week to rest up and gameplan for a team suddenly looking like it desperately needs a week off. Long trip, etc. etc.
Hawai’i is not a great team, and the Aztecs should handle them. And as we now know, that is enough reason to be scared of them.
Do they have anyone worth watching?
Senior RB Diocemy Saint Juste has put up Penny-ian numbers this season. He’s the number 2 rusher in the Mountain West this season, and it’s … kind of close – 1094 yards, 6 yards per carry, 6 TDs as compared to 1115/6.2/10. The last two opponents beat the Aztecs with their running games, and with the loss of leading (and No. 2 MWC) receiver John Ursura to a torn ACL one wouldn’t be out of line to expect Hawai’i to lean a little heavier on the run.
Why should we hate them?
Their local swap meet is better. Fuck. Hating Hawai’i feels like hating the Padres. Who cares? Why would you want to waste your time with that?
Do they have any famous alumni we can make fun of?
In last year’s preview, we targeted Michael Savage. Political discourse in this country somehow got even worse in the last year, and it’s thanks to dudes like him that we’re where we’re at today…but let’s not go there again. Please?
How about Colt Brennan? Current head coach Nick Rolovich? Timmy Chang? If you’re looking to break NCAA records and/or eventually play quarterback in the Arena Football League, head to the University of Hawai’i. You can add “L.A. KISS alumnus” to your resume. *ignores San Diego State’s quarterback history*
Will we beat them?
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” – Nietzschke/Rocky Long