Game Recap: Aztecs lose to UC Stinkin’ Berkeley

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It all came down to one final shot — an off-balance prayer that had the entire city of San Diego on the edge of its collective seat. The attempt was true, rattling home and sending the raucous crowd at Viejas Arena into hysterics.

Unreal.

Red Panda had done it.

Five bowls, flipped onto her head from atop a god damn unicycle.

Savor the moment, SDSU men’s basketball fans. Because Red Panda’s halftime show Saturday was the closest thing to national relevance that we’ll get to experience for the rest of the regular season.

The Aztecs suffered a last-second 63-62 home loss to a brutally bad Cal team, essentially changing the font on their NCAA tournament resume to Comic Sans.

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They couldn’t even let us have this (remix)

Editor’s note: Why write an entirely new post about a legit SDSU Heisman candidate getting snubbed for a trip to New York when a perfectly good template already exists?

We now go live to the announcement of the 2016 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists!

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Here’s the thing.

I think we had all resigned ourselves by now to the fact that D.J. Pumphrey  Rashaad Penny was not going to win the Heisman Trophy. Despite the monster numbers, the assault on the all-time rushing mark leading FBS in rushing and all-purpose yardage and the bigass banner hanging on the west end of campus OK maybe there should have been a banner, #Pumphrey4Heisman #Penny4Heisman was always a bit of a Potemkin village. We all saw what happened to Marshall and D.J.

But I think we held out hope that D.J. Rashaad could at least make it to New York — to get a free chicken dinner, a memory to last a lifetime and a nice photo op for both him and San Diego State University.

Wellllll, guess what? The Lords of College Football couldn’t even let us have that.

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Game Recap: Fresh-faced freshman propels Aztecs to blowout of Bradley

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Freshman hoops players come in many forms.

There are the guys who step in on Day 1 looking like grown-ass men, able to easily get a role as an extra in the kind of pro basketball movie that stars either a Wayans brother, a golden retriever or both. Matt Mitchell or Tim Shelton circa 2007 are great examples of this.

Then there are the guys who would definitely get their IDs thoroughly scrutinized were they ever to attempt to buy a pack of smokes. Even after a redshirt season, wiry 6-10 forward Jalen McDaniels definitely falls into this category.

Every time I see McDaniels on the court, I’m struck with the strangely maternal urge to go home and bake him a pie. Eat, eat, Jalen – you’re skin and bones!

(Note: I will not actually do this. Not only should Jalen not accept homemade pastries from strange bearded men, it’s also the kind of NCAA infraction that would get a mid-major program the death penalty.)

Yet McDaniels is starting to show signs that his game is more mature than his physique might lead you to believe. In a couple of productive performances at the Wooden Legacy last weekend, McDaniels looked like a useful reserve. In the Aztecs’ 75-52 home win over Bradley Sunday afternoon, he looked like a weapon.

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Aztecs get shipped off to military school despite 10-2 season

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A few hours ago, we were all getting righteously excited about a bowl game named after CAFO chickens that’s played in a boondoggle stadium in the Bay Area’s most boring suburb. I suppose when you are San Diego State University of the Mountain West Conference, even those modest dreams are too much to ask for.

Oh, also a bowl game in a soccer stadium against SMU is also too much to ask for.

And a game in Birmingham, Alabama in the only FBS stadium crumbling more rapidly than the Aztecs’ venerable home.

After an entire morning and early afternoon of confusion and frustration and FLAILING RAGE that probably ruined your Sunday as much as it did mine and my family’s, SDSU was finally handed a consolation landing spot in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas against Army. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The game will be on ESPN, which is important to know because you are definitely not going to attend.

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SDSU unveils watercolors, price tag for proposed football stadium

Yesterday’s rollout of the proposed San Diego State Mission Valley Campus was only day one of Capital One Renderings Week!

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.

Take it away, J.D.!

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Happy Renderings Day! SDSU unveils plans for Mission Valley Campus, football stadium, obelisk (?)

Watercolor rendering of proposed campus expansion in local verdant floodplain.

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:

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.

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Game Recap: Aztecs fall, roll ankles in Wooden Legacy final

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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.

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Attendance Truth: Black Friday heat wave edition

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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.

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November 24, 2017: SDSU vs. New Mexico. The Black Friday Heat Wave Game. Read the recap.

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