Rather than yammering on and on like I’m wont to do, I decided to recap the first six games of the season in pictures.
Well, I guess this post is done. Suppose I should just slap some tags on it and hit post …
Or I can yammer for a bit. Fuck it, let’s do that.
Here’s the good, the bad and the Brady from the first half that was:
Best moment: Ronnie Hillman going apeshit on Washington State
Ronnie’s 59-yarder (2:10 in the video) in particular. To see a huge crowd at Qualcomm erupt with the knowledge that the Aztecs were actually — finally! — going to beat a Pac 12 team was the best thing I’ve ever seen as an Aztecs fan. Keep in mind, this transcendent moment came in a September home victory over Wazzu. Try not to dwell on that fact, actually.
Worst moment: Ryan Lindley’s third interception against TCU
Just demoralizing. The Aztecs had battled back from 20-0 to pull within a score and got the ball with a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. I remember staying to myself, “Holy shit, the tide has turned. They’re actually going to come back and win this thi … OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE RYAN WHO ARE YOU THROWING TO?? GREAT, NOW I’M YELLING AND MY DOG IS SCARED! HAPPY NOW, RYAN?? WHAT DID MY POOR LITTLE DOG EVER DO TO YOU, DAMMIT??
Biggest surprise: Beating Air Force on the road
When I first saw the Aztecs’ schedule and saw that they had to play at Air Force a mere four days after playing TCU, I immediately penciled that game in as a loss. That taught me two valuable lessons: 1) Don’t underestimate SDSU and 2) graphite is not good for computer monitors. Next time, I’m going to remember to print that shit out first.
Biggest disappointment: The Michigan game
It’s really tough to beat your old coach when you shart yourself immediately after running out of the tunnel. It’s not so much that they lost this game, it’s how they lost. With the exception of a brief second half cocktease, this was a fiasco from start to finish. Plus I got a terrible sunburn and almost choked on a flavorless $9 slice of Papa John’s pizza as Denard Robinson broke off his 15th huge run of the first half.
Offensive MVP: Ronnie Hillman duh
Yeah, he had critical fumbles in the two losses, but he also went straight up beastmode in the two biggest wins. Also, on the road trip to Colorado Springs, he cured two lepers on the way to the airport. You didn’t hear about this because he’s also extremely humble.
Defensive MVP: Jerome Long
He has anchored a line hit hard by attrition, providing steady play and consistent leadership. And for you glass-full types, it can now be said that 2/3 of the Aztecs’ Longs in the past decade have not been miserable failures. So there’s that.
Best coaching move: Whatever Rocky Long does at halftime
I’m not sure what that is, mind you, all I know is that SDSU has outscored opponents 467-3 in the second half of games this year. It’s true look it up! Maybe he breaks down what went wrong in the half and makes brilliant adjustments. Maybe he just scrawls “PLAY BETTER” on the blackboard in multi-colored chalk. Whatever it is, keep it up.
Worst coaching move: Holding up placards with pictures of the former staff during the Michigan game
Look behind you, Rock. Do you see a fake brick wall? No? This isn’t the Improv and you’re not Carrot Top. Leave the props at home, please.
Verdict: An unqualified success
They have the same record as last season while facing a markedly tougher early-season schedule. Only a delusional fanboy (read: Jhonka) would have assumed they would have fewer than two losses at this point. I had them going 3-3, for the record.
Second-half outlook: Five wins, one loss
None of the games should be particularly close. Which probably means all of them will be.