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Take Me To THE SHOW

It is no secret I love my Aztecs.  When I was a student at San Diego State, school pride was average at best.  At that time, amongst my friends, I was one of the more dedicated SDSU student fans as I worked for the  Alumni Association, wrote for The Daily Aztec and read the news on KCR. Though in retrospect, donning an SDSU hoodie now and then, and partipating in extra curriculars didn’t hold a candle to what SDSU now knows as THE SHOW.

THE SHOW is SDSU’s most dedicated and loyal student section that garners attention from national news and is feared by Aztec rivals alike.

These days, the entire city of San Diego has Aztec Fever. As it should as one in seven San Diegans with a college degree attended SDSU.  We have a #6 ranked men’s basketball team and a bowl-winning football team. And more importantly, we are a rising hot bed of academic excellence in California.

Regardless of 401K contributions, stock investments or the like, my husband and I are convinced that in 2010 our best investment (if for nothing more than for pure psychological pleasure) was our 2010-2011 SDSU Men’s Basketball season tickets.

Every game we attend is a priceless experience.  In fact, I can say with full conviction that the game v. UNLV this past Wednesday night was hands-down the most rockin’ I’ve ever seen that arena.  (And I’ve been to Aerosmith, Prince and Marilyn Manson concerts, not to mention graduation, there).  The minute I left, I wanted to do it all over again.

Why?  Well, the team ROCKS. The fans are die-hard.  But really … THE SHOW!

We have THE BEST student section, THE SHOW,  in the nation.  It has been spawning for at least the last six-to-ten years, but this year, as SDSU men’s basketball team is set to reign in all its glory, THE SHOW has come into its own and then some.  They make the stadium, the game and the viewing experience complete.  Team aside, opponents hardly have a chance in the face of this raucous and amazingly executed fan base.

If you havnen’t seen THE SHOW, I encourage you to buck up and buy some tickets to any SDSU men’s bball game you can find. If they are sold out for the season, then check out their 10 commandments to get a feel for just how fun they are:

Long ago, on the top of Mt. Montezuma, the Aztec God of Basketball gave 10 commandments to His followers. He named his minions The Show, and He told them if they lived by these 10 rules, a legacy of epic fandom would be birthed. Interestingly enough, the God of Aztec Basketball is not as demanding as some other Aztec Gods you might have heard about. The best thing about The Show is its freedom to be unique, wild and original. These are more like guidelines.

Do you want to be in The Show?!? Just follow The Show’s 10 Commandments:

10.) Thou shalt love the Aztecs and sit in the student section. If you do this, you’re in The Show, whether or not you know it yet.

9.) Thou shalt wear two types of attire to games: red and black, or whatever the heck you want. “Show” clothing is designed to be as funny, ludicrous and intimidating as possible. Costumes, outfits, and any accessories you can dream up are definitely encouraged.

8.) Thou shalt stand in your seats whenever the game is being played.

7.) Thou shalt cheer as loud as you can. There are many cheers and chants in The Show so try to yell in unity.

6.) Thou shalt not use excessive profanity or throw things on the court. The Show has always been clever enough to overcome these obstacles.

5.) Thou shalt know your team and your opponent, to have greater love and hate for both. (And verbal ammunition.)

4.) Thou shalt show up early if you want to be close to the action.

3.) Thou shalt wave the giant heads during free throws. You can even ask for your favorite face, or make your own.

2.) Thou shalt take pride in the home court advantage. Our goal, in the end, is to do whatever we can as fans, to atmospherically and psychologically help the Aztecs get a victory at every home game. We encourage, inspire and energize the team, and you have an impact, and the players and coaches can feel it.

1.) Thou shalt love everyone in The Show. The Show is already well known as one of the craziest, loudest and most fun student sections in college basketball. That’s why the final rule is just do your part to make The Show world famous for having the most insane, rowdy and epic fans college basketball has ever seen.

The Show 10 Commandments Source: The Union-Tribune

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Fantasy Football … One More Try

There are two schools of thought when you try and fail:

1. practice makes perfect; try, try again; patience is a virtue; OR

2. the definition of insanity is making the same mistake twice.

I’m not sure which camp I fall into in this particular situation, but for some reason every year I play fantasy football and each year I fail.

It started three or four years ago when some friends (mostly females) said they didn’t know much about fantasy football, but wanted to join a league. 

Being the over-planning type A that I am, I volunteered to set up a league and have filled the role of commissioner ever since.

When we first started, we deemed ourselves the NFL (Novice Fantasy Leaguers) since we were all rookies to the “sport.”  Since then, most of the participants have improved far beyond novice level … except me.

The best I ever did was 9th place, but most years I come in dead last. 

So why do I do it?  I LOVE to plan, program and coordinate.  But do I like football? Meh …

Most years I don’t even know who is on my fantasy team.  I swear my vision is not conducive to televised sports.  Thank God I have a husband who can tell me when to cheer for my players when they do something well.

All this said … if you have any (really easy) tips or tricks to at least put me in second-to-last place this year, your suggestions would be welcomed!

And so it begins all over again … we’re drafting at the end of August and regular season starts September 9. Go Wild Wiener Dogs (that’s my team name)!

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Linz Turns 30 in Vegas

L to R: Me and Linz

She actually turned 30 about three weeks ago, but her birthday celebration was this weekend in Vegas.  Lindsay is one of my favorite people in the world.  I met her my freshman year at San Diego State in the dorms.  It turns out we grew up in neighboring home towns.  We quickly became friends and stayed friends ever since.

In college we took many memorable road trips to Vegas, and some of my favorite memories in that city have Lindsay in them.

Lindsay is the kind of friend you can always count on.  She is supportive, caring, generous and fun. I was lucky to have her as a bridesmaid in my wedding and even though she lives in LA now, she came down to almost every single one of my fund raising events when I was walking the Breast Cancer 3 Day.

When she invited me to her birthday weekend in Las Vegas, it was a no-brainer!  I got to Vegas on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. and left Sunday at 3:30.  It was a short trip, but it was big on fun! We spent much of the day at the pool and then rallied at night to go to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, where we used to go in every time we went to Vegas in college (Linz has VIP hook-ups there).

As long as I have a say, Lindsay will always be my friend.  It was so great to see her and have fun in one of our favorite cities in America – VEGAS!

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Vegas

This was a cool picture I took from the foot bridge that connects the MGM Grand and the New York New York hotels. I’ll write more about the little adventure later.

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Dog Day in Del Mar

It was a windy day, but we had fun regardless

Today we decided to get out of the house with the dogs, so we headed to Del Mar dog beach to enjoy the beautiful day. This was our first time at the dog beach in Del Mar and we really enjoyed it.

It is smaller than the dog beach in Coronado, where we usually take the boys, but it is equally as clean and just as much fun.

After the boys ran around and made friends with beagles, great danes, labradors and other wiener dogs, we got back in the car and headed up to Del Mar village for lunch.  We ate on the patio of the dog-friendly Americana Cafe.  More on that in the next post.

Dexter's Deli Bakery Case

After that, we took the boys to Dexter’s Deli so Gary (my oldest dog son) could pick out his birthday cake for his party next month.  They had so many delicious-looking goodies to chose from. While all of the cakes are made for dogs, the owner told me that humans can eat them if they remove the dog bones from the top.  Carrot cake with peanut butter frosting sounds good to me.

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Four Types of Potluckers

My friends Kim and Tati, who deem themselves serious potluckers like me, sent this article.  It is hilarious and so true.  Enjoy!

PotluckHow to Throw a Successful and Unique Office Potluck
Add a few twists to the standard office potluck lunch or dinner and see the participation grow!

For anyone who has been tasked with having to organize a company potluck, you know that good participation is key. The more organization and planning you do upfront, the better turnout you’ll have. In my company, we have found throughout the years that we have potluck participants from four categories:

  1. The “Chef”
  2. The “Sure I’ll Sign Up”
  3. The “Potluck?! Today!?!”
  4. The “Potluck? Where?”

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Source: Associated Content from Yahoo!

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Get Your Groupon

Since most of you are Internet savvy enough to be reading blogs, you likely already know about the Groupon phenomenon.  In fact, you may have even told me about it. 

However, if you are not in the know, you should be. Check it out here.   It offers great savings. 

How It Works

  1. Each day we feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

(Source: Groupon)

Today I got Scott two rounds of golf for $28.  That is a steal.  Happy savings!

Note: I should add, that even if you’re not in San Diego, they likely have one for your city.  You can search on the site.

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