SoccerCity loses at city council, as expected

It was a fait accompli but Monday’s vote made it official: the SoccerCity stadium, condos, offices, hotel and river park proposal for Mission Valley will not appear on a special election ballot in 2017. In the wake of their votes last week, the San Diego City Council could only choose to directly adopt the SoccerCity initiative or place it on the November 2018 general election ballot.

After hours of interminable public comments pro and con, council member Scott Sherman aimed scathing accusations from the dais at labor, special interests and San Diego State itself. But with his fellow Republican council member Lorie Zapf having decided her attendance was not required, and with council president Cole having clearly signaled her opposition, Sherman waved the white flag and motioned for SoccerCity to get a citywide vote in November 2018.

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Breaking: San Diego city council votes down special election

In a foreshadowed party-line vote, the San Diego city council today voted 5-4 against holding a special election in November 2017. The vote killed the mayor’s proposed measure to fund a convention center expansion and appears to end SoccerCity’s hopes of being approved this year.

More on this shortly.

City Council kills funding for a special election — for the moment

In a dramatic turn of shifting political winds, the San Diego City Council voted to eliminate $5 million earmarked for a special election on SoccerCity and a convention center expansion.

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Aztecs football drops 2017 hype video

The new San Diego State football hype vid went live today. It’s a 30 second spot with a season ticket sell at the end, an event of minor significance to be sure. What may prove more indelible: this image of Christian Chapman dropping back to pass from the shorebreak at what looks like Scripps pier.

Chapman visualizes a pass rush of frolicking coeds

One city. One football team, future home field TBD. Get hype.

SDSU names Sally Roush interim president, all past sins banished and forgotten

Pretty big news from the mesa today; or should we say, from Long Beach about the mesa:

California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush as interim president of San Diego State University (SDSU). Roush will begin in her position on July 1, 2017, and serve in that capacity until a new president, selected by the CSU Board of Trustees, arrives in early summer 2018.

Wow! Boom. There she is, the first woman president, interim or otherwise, in the 120 years of San Diego State being a college-university educating place. This is significant not just for the historic first the hire represents. For our degraded sportsball interests, the hope is this hire can provide stability and credibility as the school tries to gain a foothold in its losing struggle for Mission Valley. Continue reading “SDSU names Sally Roush interim president, all past sins banished and forgotten”

Killing in the Name (of a local radio appearance)

Kind of an odd or arguably fortuitous confluence of events last night: The Associated Students council at San Diego State voted on a resolution to retire the Aztecs nickname, and just minutes after the resolution was voted down, I was on local sports radio trying to speak coherently about that and other things (stadium).

Oh, lord. If I’d known this photo of Monty Montezuma the Aztec Warrior was going to accompany the show link I would’ve been like, “Never mind, get rid of it. The nickname is colonialism.”

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Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a six seed

Things were bad

The San Diego State men’s basketball team, forced to suit up for the play-in round of the Mountain West tournament for the first time ever, overcame a horrific first half to beat the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 62-52 in overtime. It was a really exciting game in a “this shouldn’t be remotely this stressful” kind of way. It was a game that affirmed the old adage: Never question the heart of a six seed.

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Aztecs MBB finishes disappointing regular season with dispiriting loss

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(from last Wednesday’s recap)

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Aztecs win ugly, look much better in alternate realities

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Science, religion and philosophy contemplate the nature of our universe. Whether dogmatic or pragmatic, wherever you the reader fall on the spectrum of What is reality and Why are we here, we can objectively agree on this: The San Diego State men’s basketball team shot 28.8 percent in a Division I game and still won by 13 points, beating Air Force 51-38 at Viejas Arena. It is settled fact that the Falcons have lost 22 straight conference road games. Continue reading “Aztecs win ugly, look much better in alternate realities”

San Diego State men beat Utah State men at basketball, are genetically superior

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via Broadway.com

You guessed it, comrades: student-athletes from San Diego State University played another intercollegiate basketball game, this one a 66-62 road win over Utah State. It bore little or no relation to national security, treason, компромат or any number of other potential looming crises. After all, there’s 351 Division I men’s basketball programs in this country and SDSU is but one of them! Really puts things in perspective when you step back and look at the big picture.

It’s a tired and well-worn cliché to say that one game is a microcosm. But. This game showcased inherent traits of the 2016-17 Aztecs in a nutshell: an athletic, highly talented team that can play lockdown defense and run anyone in their conference out of the building, and also an underachieving team that easily loses its way and can blow a lead of any size. And do it all with key contributors out with injuries.

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