Today it was Aztec Athletics’ turn to show off the design of the SDSU football stadium, and they were definitely not screwing around. The university put together a big to-do down on the field at SDCCU Stadium with huge printed renderings, a video presentation on a screen that was probably only a few inches smaller than the SDCCU jumbotron and athletic director J.D. Wicker striding around the stage in a black fleece like he was introducing a new smart phone with no headphone jack.
Well folks, the Aztecs football team did not finish the season as the champions of the Mountain West West Division, and they will not be the champions of the Mountain West Conference. There is no easy, obvious roadmap laid out showing us where, exactly, the Aztecs are likely to end up this bowl season. That allows us the opportunity to create more content help YOU (and us) parse through the bullshit.
Or add more bullshit to the pile.
We’ll be rating the games on a scale of 1-5 disillusioned, staring-into-the-middle-distance Rocky Longs. Being that Rocky doesn’t care about the damn bowl games, 5 is bad and 1 is good.
For most of this year, FS Investors has had one monumental advantage over San Diego State University in its effort to whip up support for its Mission Valley stadium and development project. It had its shit together. It had a plan, a vision and some pretty pictures to sell.
SDSU, caught flat-footed when negotiations went sideways (feel free to assign blame as your bias dictates), had what amounted to an IOU scribbled on a placemat from Denny’s Den.
That finally changed today.
Goodbye SDSU West renderings, hello SDSU Mission Valley Campus renderings:
Today we unveiled "SDSU Mission Valley," a detailed vision and plan for 166 acres of land on the Mission Valley site.
It would be premature to call Wednesday’s rollout a turning point in the never-ending Battle For Mission Valley that will consume us all. But at the very least, the two combatants will now fight on equal footing as they lob incendiary hashtags and accusations at one another for the next several horrible and annoying months.
You can go through all the details yourself, but here are some of what I think are the key points.
The San Diego State men’s basketball team led for roughly 12 minutes of the second half Sunday night against Washington State, and by as many as 9 points. It was an impressive feat considering star forward Malik Pope injured his ankle in the opening minutes of the game and didn’t play at all after halftime.
Nevertheless, late in the second half I was getting ready to write about another gutsy, gritty victory. Glory be to this amazing win spurred by senior Trey Kell, who OH MY GOD HE JUST ROLLED HIS ANKLE, TOO WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.
Kell’s injury was the turning point in a late collapse that saw SDSU lose 93-86 to the sharpshooting Cougars in a game that has presented an early season crisis for the Aztecs on a couple of fronts.
With the Chargers gone and Mission Valley up for grabs, it seems everybody is suddenly *keenly* interested in San Diego State’s football attendance. Trouble is, that number has always been kind of tough to pin down. The official count is a tickets-distributed figure, and that often doesn’t jibe with the butts in seats. THE HATERZ on the other hand have it on good authority that literally zero people have ever attended an Aztecs football game. We’re here to find the truth, people.
November 24, 2017: SDSU vs. New Mexico. The Black Friday Heat Wave Game. Read the recap.
Before I dive into the SDSU men’s basketball team’s win over THE ESS-EEE-CEE on Friday, I must offer an official mea culpa. It was fewer than two weeks ago that the Aztecs played a half of basketball in Tempe so heinous that I kind of had a nuclear meltdown in the game recap. I thankfully stopped short of calling this a lost season, but I sure didn’t imply that it wasn’t.
Since then, SDSU has handily beaten three really bad teams, which could easily be dismissed as irrelevant on account of those teams being really bad and stuff. But this — a gutsy 75-68 win over a possibly pretty respectable Georgia Bulldogs squad in the Wooden Legacy Tournament semifinals — was something else.
So ignore the idiot blogger boy. The Aztecs (5-1) might actually be good this year, friends.
There was something of a surreal feel to this afternoon’s San Diego State football game. Maybe it’s that we’re not used to seeing the Aztecs play in broad daylight in their home blacks. Maybe it was the stagnant midafternoon sizzle of this stupid late November heat wave. Maybe it was the smallish turnout for a Black Friday game with nothing really on the line.
It was probably all of those things, actually.
In sum, they created the college football version of a Thanksgiving food coma. Consider it a mildly uncomfortable, lethargic yet unmistakably pleasant end to what has been a delightful feast of a regular season.
SDSU, aided by a pretty bad New Mexico team, made sure of the pleasant outcome, as the Aztecs handled the Lobos 35-10 on the strength of another monster Rashaad Penny performance and a nearly flawless defensive performance.
Since I’m not some dipshit Doak Walker Award voter, let me begin by giving Penny his due.
The San Diego State Aztecs easily beat Sacramento State 89-52 in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament produced by ESPN, who in their sadistic post-capitalist wisdom deemed that this game should tip off at 1:05 a.m. Eastern/10:05 p.m. Pacific on Thanksgiving night.