Pope provides needed glimmer of hope as Aztecs plow Aggies


It’s been a rough couple of days to be a San Diego sports fan, as the community continues to sift through the rubble left behind by its departed NFL franchise. Aztec Nation and Chargers Nation were never perfectly overlapping circles, mind you, (disclosure: I didn’t grow up here and never gave a Spanos’s ass about the franchise) but plenty of people cared a lot about both.

Indeed, it was easy to get that impression about the majority of the 8,000 or so fans that mostly filled Viejas Arena on Saturday night for the first major sporting event in San Diego A.C. The fact that this game fell while SDSU’s non-local students were away on winter break made this a more local crowd than most. And, indeed, the arena seemed pretty somber early on.

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Aztecs appear well positioned no matter how Chargers drama shakes out (UPDATED)


Check this out: Qualcomm Stadium is awful and decrepit.

Okay, there are great memories that go along with the place. Aztecs fans have had the pleasure of watching Kabeer (and Akbar) Gbaja-Biamila, Marshall Faulk, Donnel Pumphrey Jr., La’Roi Glover, Kassim Osgood, Ryan Lindley, Kirk Morrison, Darnay Scott, and in their D-I infancy, Brian Sipe and early Air Coryell. Jack Murphy/Qualcomm saw two World Series, two All-Star Games and the entirety of Tony Gwynn’s career. San Diego hosted the Super Bowl there in 1988, 1998 and 2003, plus 39 Holiday Bowls, and um, 12 Poinsettias.

And most of all, Junior Seau, LT, Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow and the rest of the Chargers. That was before the Spanos heir allowed his family franchise to decay similarly to the building they’ve called home for its entire 49-year history.

Whether we like it or not, San Diego State’s football home of the future is uncertain and tied to the Chargers’ fate. But we can be pretty certain of two possible outcomes.

Actually, both seem pretty good. Let’s wade through it.

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