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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.
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.
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
We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.
Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.
Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.
But being clairvoyant doesn’t always come with all the glory that one would think; Paul is now receiving death threats.
Having accurately predicted that Germany would beat Argentina in the quarter-finals, Paul faced the wrath of angry Argentinian supporters who have blamed the octopus for their World Cup exit and expressed a desire to eat him in an act of vengeance.
But Paul’s keeper Oliver Walenciak remains confident that the octopus will continue performing his remarkable act for years to come from the safety of his tank in Oberhausen as opposed to the dinner table.
He said: “There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.”
Paul is able to make his predictions courtesy of Walenciak and his staff who place two containers filled with mussels and a flag to represent each football nation into his tank.
The container selected by the hungry octopus is assumed to be the predicted winner and so far Paul has a 100 per cent success rate for all five of Germany’s fixtures during World Cup 2010, including their 1-0 defeat to Serbia.
“It started two years ago at the European Championships when Paul became the oracle for all of Germany’s games and we thought he could do it for the World finals as well,” said Walenciak.
Full story here.
Paul the octopus oracle predicts Germany loss to Spain in semifinals – On Tuesday, Paul the Octopus, the “oracle” that has predicted correctly the outcome of every Germany match-up so far in the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, has prognosticated a loss for them against Spain in the upcoming semifinal match. The AP has released a video of Paul making his prediction.
It’s not news the Germans want to hear, but their oracle octopus has predicted every match correctly so far for the German soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.
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.
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)!
I’m not gonna sugar coat this … I’m a typical American pretty uninterested in soccer. Scott, on the other hand, is very excited about the World Cup. Every morning it is on TV in our house and frankly, it just annoys me.
I am not annoyed because Scott is watching it, but because the entire time it sounds like the game is being ambushed by an over-sized swarm of bees. What is that noise? I come to find out that it is the Vuvuzela.
A vuvuzela is a 2 foot plastic horn that emits a 127 decibel monotone buzzing sound. It is most commonly used at soccer games in South Africa, hence the prevalence of the noise at the 2010 World Cup.
Well, today I am happy to announce that I am not the only one annoyed by this “buzz.” According to this article on Mashable.com, the vuvuzela is capturing the attention of the chatterboxes on the internet … and not in a good way.
Read the full story here: