Game Recap: SDSU, Max Montana get back on track against Aggies

What the San Diego State men’s basketball team desperately needed after the ugliness in Laramie earlier this week was a cakewalk. Well, on Saturday night at Viejas Arena, dessert was served.

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Is that not a scoreboard?

Yes that is a scoreboard.

And is that not a 79?

Yes that is a 79?

And is that not a 59?

Yes that is a 59.

And is that not the winning team?

Yes that is the winning team.

And is this not a gimmicky way to fill space in a post about an SDSU win that really wasn’t all that interesting?

Yes that is a wait … hang on … what?

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Game Recap: Aztecs faceplant in Laramie

The San Diego State men’s basketball team held a three-point lead heading into halftime on Wednesday night in Wyoming. Not great, but what we’d seen early on looked pretty encouraging. The Aztecs had survived a barrage of early 3s and were dominating the glass.  If things kept going like they were going, it was easy to see how this could turn into a blowout in the second half.

And … well … it did turn into a blowout. I was technically not wrong, folks!

Holy hell.

SDSU followed its epic Gonzaga win and opened Mountain West Conference play by slipping on fresh road apple and falling face-first into a cow patty. Or as they call it in Laramie, Wyo., “enjoying the local nightlife.”

SDSU lost 82-69 to the Cowboys, thanks to some insanely-hot shooting by the new top-vote getter on our Most Despised Player list (more on him later). Another culprit was the 7,200-foot elevation that made the Aztecs look like they were playing defense and rebounding while wearing a diving bell at the bottom of the sea.

Say, see if you can spot where things started to go wrong. Look closely now, it’s subtle.

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Armed Forces Bowl Recap: Penny’s epic swan song wasted in stupid loss to Army

San Diego State football has given its fans so much these past seven seasons; things that we never dared imagine a decade ago. Seven bowl appearances. Four wins vs. Pac-12 teams, including three in a row. Appearances in the rankings and the expectation that the Aztecs should be nationally respectable every single year.

Saturday, San Diego State football decided to give some stuff away. The Armed Forces Bowl. A potential Top-25 ranking. A storybook ending to Rashaad Penny’s incredible Aztecs career.

IT WAS NOT PARTICULARLY ENJOYABLE.

Fuckin’ ay, DJ. Fuckin’. Ay.

Army beat the Aztecs 42-35, the final score owing to some final play silliness. But really it was a two-point conversion capping off a 5-minute drive that gave the Black Knights the 1-point winning margin. It was a methodical, excruciating, seemingly inevitable go-ahead TD march.

One that never should have been allowed to occur.

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Game Recap: Aztecs stun No. 12 Gonzaga, you, me, everyone else

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The court storming was denied, with extreme prejudice.

As the final tenth of a second ticked off in the San Diego State men’s basketball team’s 72-70 upset of No. 12 Gonzaga on Thursday night at Viejas, a couple dozen scruffy students made a run at a handful of Elite Security’s finest. The wave was repulsed, with one particularly rambunctious student getting hauled away into the tunnel by the enraged off-brand Pinkertons.

It was honestly kind of a shame. If ever there was a game that deserved a court storming — a sweet release of two and a half years of unrealized expectations and general malaise — this was it.

The Aztecs didn’t beat just any ranked opponent. This was Mark Few’s mid-major blue blood, a reloaded squad that returned two key starters off a team that was 7 points shy of the National Damn Championship just a few months ago. This is easily SDSU’s most significant regular season win since Kansas at Phog Allen in 2014. And unlike that time, I don’t think any of us really saw it coming.

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Revisiting each of Rashaad Penny’s 48 career touchdowns

Rashaad Penny has scored 48 touchdowns in his San Diego State football career, which seems like a lot even without any context.

Now consider he scored zero as a freshman, when he rarely saw the field.

Then he was a third-string running back behind two 1,000-yard rushers as a sophomore.

Then he was a backup to a 2,000-yard rusher as a junior.

Forty eight damn touchdowns.

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The “how” is that Rashaad Penny is a touchdown-scoring freak who rains destruction and misery upon all who stand in his way. He has shown the ability to wreck fools in every way imaginable.

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A Bowl Season Rooting Guide for Aztec fans

Guns up or whatever.

So the football regular season didn’t go the way we expected. For better and for worse.

The San Diego State football team started the year 6-0, including wins against pretty good ASU and NIU and an upset of a Stanford team that went on to win the Pac-12 North.

Then what happened?

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On Marshall Faulk

One of the most disturbing things the #metoo movement has uncovered in the past several weeks — besides all those disgusting creepers, that is — is the way we’re often prone to selective outrage based on our tribal affiliations. Scroll through Politics Twitter (note: do not scroll through Politics Twitter) and you’ll see people doing the mental gymnastics necessary to develop seemingly conflicting takes depending on the party of the accused — all in the name of their side “winning.”

Sports fandom is equally fertile ground for this kind of tortured thinking. We wrap up our identities in the exploits of people we think we know, but don’t really know, leading otherwise reasonable people to excuse and openly cheer for deeply flawed people accused of all manner of terrible misdeeds.

We’re not going to do that here.

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National media rightfully honors Penny, unjustly dirties Rocky

With the Armed Forces Bowl still nearly two weeks away, San Diego State football got some national publicity today on a couple of fronts. Half of it was even good!

We start with Rashaad Penny. Fresh off a fifth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting, the nation’s top yardage-accumulator actually received a non-snub* from the Associated Press.

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