The corpse isn’t even cold, and it seems like everyone is just itching to turn the page on the dearly departed 2011-12 Aztecs basketball season. The U-T, for instance, just published the earliest season preview in the history of sports journalism. Remind me to check tomorrow’s paper for a preview of the Aztecs’ first exhibition game against PLNU.
Of course, in all honesty, I can’t really blame anyone for looking ahead. After all, why would you want to dwell on a season that just concluded with an NCAA first-round loss when you can think about games on aircraft carriers and rosters so deep that Steve Fisher will be able to do hockey-style line changes every five minutes.
Our future is going to be …
But hang on a sec. I mean, doesn’t this season deserve more than that? Shouldn’t we put the dearly departed in the ground before we start hitting on the widow?
Well, allow this to serve as a proper eulogy:
We are here today to remember the 2011-12 basketball season. It was a good season, loved by those who knew it best.
We’ll never forget the story lines:
- Jamaal Franklin being better at basketball than you
- Tim Shelton being better at life than you
- A small, undermanned team surprising us by winning a ton of games with smoke and mirrors and testicular virility
We’ll never forget the cool moments:
And the cooler moments:
And the coolest moments:
And the HOLYCRAPAWESOME moments:
Yes, it was an undeniably cool season. And it shall be missed. Good night, sweet prince.
Well, that’s the funeral, folks. We’ll be sitting shivah at the Friar’s Club at 7 and again at 10. You must be over 18 for the 10 o’clock — it gets a little blue.
I don’t know about you, but I feel better. I needed that closure.
On the note of cool seasons, here is how I rank each of Fisher’s 13 years at SDSU:
- 2010-11: Big ups, to DJ Gay. Shouts. Kawhi. Spurs all day.
- 2001-02: You’ll always remember your first time, no matter how brief, clumsy, and humiliating the experience.
- 2011-12: Best. Rebuilding year. Ever.
- 2005-06: Noobs have no idea how talented that team was.
- 2009-10: The baby steps of a beast.
- 2000-01: A .500 finish never felt so good.
- 2008-09: The next person to say a deep NIT run is better than one-and-done in the NCAAs is getting doused with Zuma piss.
- 2002-03: Remember when we thought that first “postseason” win was kind of a big deal?
- 2006-07: Suck it, Missouri State.
- 2007-08: This season … happened? I have no memory of it whatsoever.
- 2004-05: You could see a winning team if you squinted.
- 2003-04: A bridge year to nowhere.
- 1999-2000: LOL us.
Third place. Not too shabby.
So maybe there won’t be a collector DVD to go with this season. Perhaps (hopefully) it will get lost in our memories as SDSU hangs more banners and logs deeper and deeper runs over the next few seasons.
But there will be plenty of time to obsess over that stuff later. For now, just put on your best suit, prepare some kind words, and try to keep from thinking about that big inheritance we’re all expecting.
A cool season has died. Show some respect, dammit!