10 reasons to be excited about the 2019 SDSU football season

It’s that man again.

Another San Diego State Aztecs football season kicks off this Saturday against an FCS team that is … probably quite a bit better than we wish it was! Weber State’s pesky competence is sure to provide some pregame nerves to unsettle our stomachs — even before they endure their typical pregame tailgate onslaught of Fireball and processed cheese food. Drink kombucha now, friends. It’s going to be ugly.

To prepare your SOUL for the start of a new campaign, our staff spent about 20 minutes plopping ideas into Twitter DMs painstakingly compiled this list of the Top 10 reasons to be excited for the upcoming season. Behold!

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Happy new renderings day! Here’s what we learned

Aztecs football once again rolled up the rusty steel shutters to San Diego’s crumbling brutalist sports-tomb on Saturday afternoon, offering fans a chance to watch a Juwan Washington-less scrimmage and purchase phased out merchandise at a discount before it winds up on a TJ Maxx clearance rack next week. This year’s Fan Fest, however, also provided something exciting — a look into the (hopefully) not-too-distant future, when we all lavishly bask in the spoils of a victorious Battle For Mission Valley.

Fancy new renderings adorned the View level escalator near Gate E, providing fans the opportunity to filter past and look upon them in wonder, as though they were the Dead Sea Scrolls or the preserved body of V. I. Lenin. Here, comrades, have a look:

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Ah yeah, that’s the stuff.

The new watercolors, which replace the blah Populous renderings from Measure G, are by architect Gensler.  You might remember them from such previous Mission Valley renderings as SoccerCity’s proposed stadium. Kudos to Gensler for playing all sides and generally improving on the original vision considerably.

But what did we learn from these purty pictures, you ask?

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A programming note

A few weeks ago, blog co-editor lemonverbena and I were huddled in the soon-to-be-less-expansive STADIUM parking lot drinking beers and debating who would write the game recap following another 7:30 p.m. football start. It could have been the Hawai’i game, or maybe the UNLV game. Hell, who really remembers. All I recall is that it was dark and too cold for the thin hoodie I was wearing.

Neither of us volunteered for recap duty particularly quickly, and with good reason. The game would end around 11 p.m., meaning we’d get to our respective homes around 11:30, meaning we’d probably have a draft ready to post around 2 a.m., meaning holy shit someone’s Sunday was going to be in tired shambles. This was one particular moment but much of the past couple years of blogging has gone like this.

A realization finally set in that was time to rethink our endless cycle of game previews and recaps.

Our ultimate conclusion was that we’d see football season through to its — as it turns out, horrific — finish, then go on blogging hiatus for a bit while we recharged and figured out a way to make the project feel lively again. The timing worked out for other reasons. One of us is starting a new business venture; the other is spending much of the next two months traveling.

Let’s be clear: Neither of us are going away. I mean, what kind of asshole would blog about your favorite team for multiple years and then completely ghost you without warning? We’ll still be around on Aztecs Twitter, passing along clumsily photoshopped images and noting the various locales that are not, in fact, states. Much — if not all — of our audience dwells on that micro-blogging hellsite anyway. If you’re someone who follows the accounts but never clicks on the actual posts, you probably won’t notice a difference. And if you don’t follow us, well, what the fuck.

Both of us extend big thanks and humble gratitude to AttemptedChem (David), EgosAndDespair/Advisory Columnist (also David, but different), and to Jodes, who became too busy having a life and running a different site to keep posting here but will always be a K30er in our hearts. Seriously, thanks to each of you for the quality content and support, the laughs and tears, the cold comforts and warm misgivings.

Most of all, a hearty THANK YOU to the loyal blog readers of Kabeer Thirty. From the outset this has been a self-funded passion project we wanted to share with San Diego State fans, of whom we feel kinship as an overlooked and neglected band of cynics tucked into the best corner of our unsettled country, and scattered around it. This would be a pointless exercise without your feedback, support, appreciation and/or aggrieved rebukes.

These many moons later, please know that the blog isn’t going dark. We’ll be back soon-ish, just not at the same pace or format. Expect less day-to-day grind and more the stuff we actually like doing; i.e. absurdist humor, bad logo roasting and big-picture taeks.

We’ll see you soon. Promise.

*This promise is not legally binding.

Frisco Bowl Recap: I’m not mad, I’m actually laughing

San Diego State football entered 2018 on the heels of one of the best stretches in program history, ripping off 32 wins in three seasons. The 2018 season just ended with probably the lowest ebb of the Rocky Long era — a rain-soaked 27-0 loss to Ohio University in the Frisco Bowl in which the suspension-depleted Aztecs didn’t look particularly interested to be there.

If only, friend. If only.

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On Jalen McDaniels

I was expecting to recap a San Diego State men’s basketball game tonight.

This is not a recap of a San Diego State men’s basketball game.

A few hours before the Aztecs were slated to tip off against Cal State Dominguez Hills, we learned of a two civil suits (one already filed, another apparently on its way) against sophomore star Jalen McDaniels, alleging that while in high school he filmed and shared sex videos without the knowledge or consent of the women involved.

There are times like this where I realize the limitations of having a blog where we like to crack jokes and take things a little less than seriously. Grappling with real world societal problems I’m not so good at, and I’m sort of at a loss for a nuanced take right now beyond, “This is some fucked up shit.”

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Aztecs are Frisco Bowl bound! Here’s everything you need to know about whatever that is.

A nightmarish November was not enough to keep the San Diego State football Aztecs from going bowling for a ninth straight season. SDSU has accepted an invitation to the Frisco Bowl, where it will square off with the Ohio University Bobcats at 5 p.m. Pacific on December 19.

This bowl bid really wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars, so you probably have some questions, such as “What is a Frisco Bowl?” and “Is this a good or bad thing?” and “There’s an Ohio University now?” Well let me, the Frisco Bowl understander, provide answers to your many ignorant queries.

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Game Recap: Luxuriously attired SDSU drops the hammer on one of the country’s worst teams

Men’s basketball’s new NET rankings, the long-awaited replacement for RPI, had a bit of a bumpy launch this week with a bizarre Top 10 and math nerds saying very unkind things about the formula. After watching the telecast of tonight’s action at Viejas Arena, I’ll give the new rankings system this: Jackson State at 349 seems … about right.

San Diego State, which debuted at 96 in NET after losing by 30 to Iowa State in Maui last week, regrouped to crush the Tigers 87-44 in a performance as pretty as the Aztecs’ turquoise Native American Heritage Month unis. Or nearly as pretty, anyway.

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Game Preview: Hawai’i at Aztecs

What: Football game
Who: Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors at San Diego State Aztecs
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: ESPNU
Line: SDSU -17.5

The Stakes
At first glance, this appears to be a meaningless play-out-the-string game before a meaningless lower-tier bowl game. Turns out, the full picture is even more depressing! With a likely overflow of bowl-eligible teams and the Mountain West possibly having seven eligible teams for its five (mostly lousy) bowl tie-ins, SDSU likely needs to win its eighth game to be sure of bring invited to a meaningless lower-tier bowl game. You’ve got to work for that trip to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, kids!

If they lose? The Aztecs might need a few things to break their way for the season to not end in ignominious fashion. In short: DEATH TO ALL 5-WIN TEAMS.

Also, maybe don’t lose.

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