The 2016 Las Vegas Bowl was an emotional game to watch as an Aztecs fan. It was a coronation of sorts — a convincing bowl victory against a hyped opponent — but it was more than that. It was also the day when Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA rushing mark. In the wake of the record breaking run, the ABC cameras captured a shot of D.J., on the bench, sharing a moment with super fan Tom Ables*.
*This shot is at 1:34:50 in this video if you’re in the mood for a cry.
Sitting on Lemonverbena’s couch that afternoon, I damn near lost it.
Just as I nearly have several times tonight, reading the obits and tributes marking the passing of Tom Ables at age 91.
Continue reading “Tom Ables, 1926-2017”
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.
A pretty important one at that!
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:
Continue reading “The most anticipated SDSU football games of 2017, ranked”
San Diego State opens fall camp today, and the stakes have truly never been higher.
Hey! Stop making that wanking motion, this is a family blog*!
OK, I’ll admit it. I rolled my eyes a little while writing that opening sentence, so I won’t blame if you if you did the same while reading it. In fact, I feel like I’ve written something approaching that level of hyperbole every single August that I’ve blogged about this team.
Continue reading “Welcome to the most important SDSU football season of our lifetimes. No pressure, fellas!”
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.”
Continue reading “Killing in the Name (of a local radio appearance)”
If you’re a fan of the San Diego State Aztecs, you probably don’t want to read this post.
As a fan of the San Diego State Aztecs, I don’t look forward to writing this post.
But after watching the first two games of the World Series in Cleveland – all against the wrenching backdrop of news coverage of indigenous people taking part in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline – the mascot issue is staring us in the face right now.
(takes deep breath)
I’ll proceed with caution here, I promise.
Continue reading “We don’t want to talk about this, but we should probably talk about this”
As I mentioned in my last entry, San Diego State athletics’ incredible climb to prominence over the past eight-ish years has given rise to an
insufferable eclectic group of entitled passionate jackasses fans. But not all SDSU supporters fit the same mold.
Here are the six types of Aztecs to watch out for:
Continue reading “The six fans you are sure to meet on the Aztecs bandwagon”