Our favorite men’s college basketball team played a match against fellow Mountain West title-hopefuls Boise State tonight. As a 29-year-old unmarried white male, I will express my feelings on the subject the only way I know how: Simpsons references.
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?
There are essentially two generations of San Diego State sports fans. There are those who remember watching Marshall Faulk play, and those who came after.
(OK I guess there is a third group who remembers cheering on the San Diego Normal School Wampus Cats, but they’re also pushing 100 and hopefully doing something better than reading this blog.)
My point is, if you’re part of the post-Faulk era, like I am, odds are you fell in love with the Aztecs the same way I did: the men’s basketball team.
It sucks to lose.
It sucks to lose and blow a chance at an undefeated season.
It sucks to lose when the community appears to be finally getting excited about a team at a crucial point in the program’s history.
It sucks to lose to a rival after your team spent all week chirping about how this game was personal and clearly more important than any other opponent.
It really sucks when a universally-beloved super fan passes away and the last time he saw the scoreboard it showed his team on the short end of a 31-14 drubbing.
And it sucks we were denied the #PotatoTears we so long for.
But here we are. This week sucked. But the rest of the year is far from lost.
It’s been four days since our beloved Aztecs took down Stanford, giving the SDSU football program arguably their biggest win ever and at least one dude two broken ankles.
But it’s time to move on to Air Force.
[rewatches entire final drive again]
Can’t dwell on the past anymore.
[sends nine more tweets about the environment Saturday night]
We need to focus on the goal ahead of us.
[delivers flowers to Kameron Kelly’s mom]
Ok screw it let’s talk about it some more. Specifically, let’s talk about one of the most underappreciated players on the team: the fucking quarterback.
Not to distract from the Mission Valley Greyscale outbreak happening up on Montezuma Mesa at the moment, but assuming our entire roster isn’t quarantined for the next four months, the San Diego State football team does have a season of football to play.
Now, cliche coach speak platitudes will tell you that the most important game of the year is the next one on the schedule. And that’s a good message to keep 20-year-old players focused without looking too far ahead. But I’m not a coach. (For good reason. “No one expects a fake punt on 3rd down!”) So I get to look ahead as much as I want.
Here are the OFFICIAL POWER RANKINGS of the SDSU’s most anticipated/exciting/important games of 2017:
Taking a break from lifting entire cars over his head and breaking Batman’s spine, fan-favorite point guard of the 2011 Sweet 16 team DJ Gay has been named head basketball coach at Chula Vista’s Victory Christian Academy.
As a women’s studies major at SDSU who played professionally in Europe, Coach Gay will be a great mentor for these young men in both their basketball careers and growth as members of society. He may or may not also force feed them Creatine shakes and spend an unreasonable amount of time on deadlifts. He’s a large man, is what I’m getting at.