The Stakes San Diego State looks to extend its 3-game Pac-12 winning streak and jump from receiving zero votes in the polls to probably being ranked this time next week. Is this a particularly likely outcome? Welllllll.
Look, don’t worry too much about that.
A road loss to the No. 13 Cardinal wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Aztecs — it probably wouldn’t even disqualify them from the New Year’s Six conversation. As the Aztecs learned last year, big Power 5 wins don’t matter so much when you stumble in conference. I’ll take a West Division title over another Stanford upset, if I have to choose.
With the Chargers gone and Mission Valley up for grabs, it seems everybody is suddenly *keenly* interested in San Diego State’s football attendance. Trouble is, that number has always been kind of tough to pin down. The official count is a tickets-distributed figure, and that often doesn’t jibe with the butts in seats. THE HATERZ on the other hand have it on good authority that literally zero people have ever attended an Aztecs football game. We’re here to find the truth, people.
September 16, 2017: SDSU vs. Stanford University. The Blackout. Read the recap.
It had been about 15 minutes since the final gun, since the jubilant mass of students and young(ish) alumni awkwardly hopped the railings from Plaza into the Field Level seats to execute the first STADIUM football field storming since … ever? Maybe ever. Who knows.
A few thousand of us were still milling about in a state of euphoria as an unfamiliar disembodied voice came on the PA and told us, in the most sterile and diplomatic way possible, to get the fuck out. The powers that be expedited this order by herding us through the tunnel in the east end zone.
As we trudged up the crumbling concrete ramp, under hundreds of shoes and work boots dangling from a wire above (who knew?) a student let out his pent-up exuberance with a guttural roar. The hundreds herded into the tunnel immediately took the hint and turned the cramped rat hole into a cacophony of sound.
It was spontaneous. It was beautiful. It was like nothing I had ever seen at a San Diego State football game. I’m willing to bet we’ll never see anything quite like it again.
What: Stanford Cardinal vs. San Diego State Aztecs When: Saturday, September 16, 7:30 p.m. TV: CBS Sports Network Line: Stanford -9.5
Stansbury, the Harvard of the west! North, south, east, or west, there is only one HAAAAAAAR-VARD. All Jessie Spano wanted to do was go to Stansbury, and she totally pooched the SAT. Zack then hired bad actor James, a waiter at The Max, to play a representative from Harvard. The man is meant to stand out as a bad actor on Saved By The Bell, so you know how that goes. And Stansbury totally bought it! Also, they offered Slater a car to go there! That’s a rules violation! Tells you what kind of school we’re dealing with here!
A good one with a good football team standing in the way of San Diego State becoming the latest Group Of Five darling.
I tell people that I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is technically true but not the whole truth. If I was being completely honest I would say I grew up in Silicon Valley. I’m generally not completely honest, lest people get the wrong idea about me.
My hometown of Santa Clara is not gorgeous San Francisco or dynamic Oakland or even pretty livable Albany or San Rafael. It’s basically one big empty commercial office park parking lot next to a Coco’s next to a Jamba Juice next to about 2,000 consecutive blocks of garage-front postwar houses ranging in color from off yellow to off tan, each listed at $1.25 million in a buyer’s market.
Another personal fact I tend to keep on the DL: The very first collegiate sporting event I ever attended was a Stanford Cardinal football game. This one to be exact.
This is the time of year where I typically crank out an easy post attempting to define success for the upcoming football season.
But it’s not as easy as it used to be.
As the bar gets keeps getting raised higher for the San Diego State football program, this exercise gets tougher. Back in 2011 when I started blogging, it was essentially, “Please stay decent and don’t go back to losing 70-7 to New Mexico.” Last August, in the wake of SDSU’s first outright conference title since 1986, it was a little more complicated.