Yup, it was a great day to be in San Diego. As opposed to all of those other days, when its also great to be in San Diego.
Mark it down, Sunday 05 January 2014 was one of the best days in San Diego sports history. That may be a sad statement but being sad doesn’t make it not true. A Chargers road playoff win immediately follow by the San Diego State Men’s Basketball team going on the road to Lawrence, KS and picking up one of the biggest win in the program’s 93 year history. Has to be the biggest day in this town sports-wise since either the Chargers making it to the Super Bowl in ’94 or the Padres clinching the National League in ’98. Oh ya and while we were watching the rest of the country freeze their balls off it was 70° outside of my front door. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
The day did end on a sad note as we found out that WWII and Korean War Veteran, long time Padres broadcaster and overall terrific human Jerry Coleman died at the age of 89. We should all absolutely take a moment and salute this great American who squeezed more out of life than many of us could ever dream of. Jerry Coleman loved life and San Diego and I’m sure he would want us to enjoy what was a great day in America’s Finest City.
Lets walk through this day chronologically:
Chargers 27 Bengals 10
In the only contest of Wildcard Weekend to be decided by more than one score the Chargers went into the Queen City and not only easily covered the +7 spread but also won going away. Too bad nobody saw that coming.
-This game was fairly ugly and marred by penalties and reviews but Andy “The Ginger Rifle” Dalton took ugly to the next level.
-All the credit in the world to the Bolts for capitalizing on those mistakes. It’s exactly the kind of thing that championship-caliber teams do.
-Losing Hardwick on the opening drive disjointed the offense and it seemed fairly apparent that Phillip had zero faith in his pass protection early and kept quickly getting to his checkdown backs.
-Luckily enough for the Chargers they actually made a prudent offseason move and signed Little Danny Woodhead away from the Patriots. He may be the best non-rookie FA signing in team history.
-He’s exactly what this (and every offense) needs: a spark plug that can keep and offense churning when things arent coming easy, a sneaky red zone option, a 3rd down back with a nose for the sticks.
-Even with all that it seemed like Mike McCoy forgot that he was allowed to throw the ball. They finished the 1st half with only 1 reception by a WR and zero for Antonio Gates. That probably isnt going to work again next week,
-This team actually made the proper adjustments at halftime, as opposed to whatever it was that Norv and Marty did at halftime of playoff games (played Hungry Hungry Hippos?) and came out throwing the ball with some success.
-The Ginger Rifle and the Bengals came out throwing in the 2nd half as well, fortunately he was also finding plenty of open Chargers to throw to.
-The Chargers actually looked well coached and head into Denver knowing that they’re the only team to defeat Peyton Manning in Mile High this year.
Aztecs 61 Jayhawks 57
San Diego State, where when you lose at least you’re still in San Diego. And when you win you get to be in San D-fucking-eggo!
Without even having to change the channel after the Chargers purchased their tickets to Denver the Aztecs began one of the biggest regular season wins in program history. SDSU came out of the gates confident and quickly staked themselves to a lead they would never relinquish. This was the first time Kansas has lost a non-conference home game since 2006 and is a huge win for San Diego State. A few notes from the game:
-Make no mistake about it San Diego State came out and beat Kansas and the number back bear that out:
-Thats not luck when you hold Andrew Wiggins to 14 points on 4-14 shooting and Kansas as a team to 17-57 on the floor. No, thats not luck. That is just plain good old fashioned team defense
-The most encouraging of these numbers is the 12-18 on FT’s. Bad shooting from the charity stripe has long been a weak spot on Fisher’s Aztecs and that kind of thing kills in March.
-Also very encouraging was SDSU’s 51-39 rebounding advantage. The Aztec’s have had an awfully hard time trying to replace Kawhi Leonard’s production in the paint (for good reason) since he left for the NBA but it seems this year they have something of a solution in the form of Tulane transfer Josh Davis. Davis’ game is like that of a poor man’s Leonard and I do not mean that as an insult in any way
-These are the kinds of wins that help out in the recruiting battle, although with a Top 10 Incoming Recruiting Class for 2014 it’s not like Fisher and his staff really needed the help
– At the 11min mark SDSU had the ball and a 38-31 lead and all I could think was “thank god Jamaal Franklin isn’t here anymore”. And its true. Sad, but true. Franklin probably would have blown that game.
-This team came in and, most importantly remained calm, cool and collected the entire game. Coach Fish used his time outs prudently when he could see his team begining to look a little frantic on the offensive end.
-Even when Fogg Allen Field House turned into the most hostile crowd any Aztecs had seen since Cortez landed on the Gulf Coast they stayed under control
-Their composure and ability to perform in the moment in the face an angry mob was never more evident than at the 3:50 mark of the second half up 2 Xavier Thames snaked his way to the rack, kissed the ball off of the glass to the trailing Skylar Spencer. A beautifully executed play to silence a raucous crowd
-Xavier Thames is finally healthy and is a certified Prime Time Player. He elevates his game when it matters most and can create his own offense when the Aztecs get stagnant. In other words the perfect kind of player for March success.
-This may be the best team of the Fisher Era and I do not say that lightly. This incarnation of the Aztecs can rebound (Davis, O’Brien, Shepherd), has a true scorer that can create their own offense (Thames), some very solid options off a deep bench (Polee, Shrigley, Johnston, Quinn), they shoot free throws better than any past team and now we know they are battle tested and fearless.
-This team could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament and if they can keep playing this way through the MWC schedule could be looking at 2 or possibly a 1 seed come Selection Sunday
-That was the last of the non-con schedule for this season so its all Mountain West all the time until we get to the NCAA Tournament.
-Next game is this Wednesday at home vs MWC foe Boise State coming off of an NCAA Tourney appearance last year. Game tips at 8:05pm PST at Viejas Arena on campus at SDSU. 1st home game back after the winter break so you know The Show should be rocking.
it’s harder than you might think to find pictures of girls wearing SDSU gear since they spend so much of their time wearing not clothes. you’ll just have to trust me that these are (or were) SDSU girls. Have I mentioned how much I love this city?