A little less than two months ago, a buddy and I went to a bar in North Park to watch the Aztecs-Boise State hoops game. We were the only two people in the establishment who gave a shit, to be sure, and I got a big eye roll from the bartender when I asked her to change one of the nine TVs showing NFL Network highlights onto ESPNU or whatever jerkwater channel the game was on. Then SDSU proceeded to suffer probably their most brutal, listless, depressing loss in a season of stanky-ass losses.
As you can imagine, I spent that night feeling kind of crappy about my choice of hobbies and my priorities in general.
Right now I’m writing this blog post in the middle of the night (thanks, 8:30 start) one day removed from an international flight and with a long day at work and a 9:30 p.m. game time (fucking hell) looming tomorrow. And you know what? At the moment, I’m good with it.
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”
Here are a few things you could have been watching at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night instead of the San Diego State men’s basketball team’s 63-55 home loss to Fresno State.
ABC: The Goldbergs
“So Swayze It’s Crazy”
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.
This definitely does not seem like a television show that traffics in cheap stereotypes, no sir. Let’s see, what else?
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.
The Aztecs men’s basketball team took a trip to Taco Bell on Saturday night and it went about as well as you might expect. It started out pretty tasty, but ended up with us all doubled over in pain and weeping on the toilet.
Look, I know. I’m sorry.
I should really feel worse about going with the hackneyed LOL TACO BELL ARENA joke as my lede, but I just don’t. Sure it’s lazy and cheap and unimaginative, but did this game – does this team – really deserve any more effort than that?
An oft-cited truism holds that “cellar door” is the most beautiful phrase in the English language. “Cellar dweller” on the other hand, while a pleasant rhyme, is an altogether depressing concept.
With this 72-69 loss to Nevada-Reno, the San Diego State men’s basketballing Aztecs are presently dwelling in the cellar. They are 0-2 in conference play, 8-6 overall and winless on the road. At this rate they’ll need to win in the play-in round of the conference tournament to even get into the tournament proper.
These things aren’t supposed to happen to this program. Remember the Sweet Sixteens? Blue-chip recruiting classes, running Cali, bullying the Mountain West? That image is fading. If you bump into Coach Fisher on campus, maybe ask if he’s handing out free tickets. (Don’t do that.)
“A game we needed desperately.” – Steve Fisher in postgame radio interview.
San Diego State men’s basketball is a marquee program that missed the NCAA tournament last season. Bad losses to Arkansas-Little Rock, Grand Canyon and the windblown debacle at Petco put early black marks on that team’s résumé. They won the Mountain West regular season title but lost to Fresno in the conference tournament final. The NCAA selection committee, in their infinite wisdom, decided the MWC was a one-bid conference and SDSU was relegated to the NIT.
Beating Cal at the new NBA arena in downtown Sacramento was an important step in avoiding such a fate this season. Writers back East won’t have waited up for a game that tipped after 8 p.m. Pacific, but they’ll see the 77-65 scoreline over a decent Pac-12 team. For those of us who did watch it, in their first run at full strength, these Aztecs look pretty dang good.
If the University of San Diego is our little sister, that makes San Diego Christian … what? Our totally-not-fake Canadian girlfriend?
That kind of works, actually. Let’s go with it.
Well, consider this the perfect time to conjure up our Canadian sweetheart. After the hobbled-as-hell Aztecs men’s hoops team was dumped on its ass by Gonzaga on Monday night, turning the page by playing an imaginary basketball team from an imaginary college was just what the love doctor ordered.
No, really, guys! I’ve got a hot date with the San Diego Christian Hawks tonight! That is a totally real team that definitely exists!