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AZTECS…Explain this one for me. How does San Diego State basketball go from an epic ambush of nationally ranked-unbeaten Colorado State, to a pitiful home court loss to Boise State. The stats were staggering…28%-shooting from the floor…(4-19) on three point shots…6-minutes without a basket to start the game….5-minutes no baskets end of first half…Nearly 10-minutes without a basket in the second half and 19-straight possessions without a basket during the game. Luckily there are still alot of games to be played in the Mountain West Conference schedule, and they took it out on UNLV with a 25-point pounding, but asking how a quality team like this could play so bad in losing at home? Brought back flashbacks of the Fred Trenkle-Jim Brandenburg era.
AZTECS…Don’t know what is taking so long for Virginia Tech QB-Braxton Burmeister to decide if he is transferring to SDSU. He opted out of the Hokies before their bowl game, so he has had nearly 7weeks to survey the field. Burmeister originally committed to Arizona, wound up at Oregon, then transferred to Virginia Tech. Sure acts like a Soldier of Fortune to me. If you want to be an Aztec then become an Aztec now.
CHARGERS..I find it hard to believe, with all the lawyers he has around him, that Dean Spanos would illegally try to change the structure of the Spanos Foundation Charity he co-chairs out of Stockton with his family. Embroiled in a bad family feud with his sisters, Dea and Alexis, sued already for financial problems the foundation has, now sued by two nephews charging he diverted money intended for the foundation to his personal accounts. Sounds far-fetched to me, and no specifics have come out yet about the latest lawsuit.
RAMS-CHARGERS…Battle for LA continues, but the Rams are still playing, the Chargers are sitting home watching games on TV. The Rams won the TV battle in the ratings game in the home market, getting (10.5) rating in LA; the Bolts had an improved (8.5) this year for the full schedule of games..
CITY LAWSUIT…Mike Aguirre, the former City Attorney says he is filing suit against Spanos and the NFL,charging they violated the franchise transfer bylaws. He says there are many similarities to the St-Louis lawsuit, that netted that city 790M in damages in the Rams move after 2016. Both cities put together plans for new stadiums and had a financing package that included local, city, county money plus contributions from the NFL-G3-Fund and from the teams owners. But one difference. At the last minute, Spanos put a plan on the ballot for a Tailgate Park Stadium, competing against the Qualcomm sight plan It was voted down. Stan Kroenke never went to the negotiating table, and never had a plan for St Louis to consider. Spanos created one at the last minute, that had no prayer of passing, but I bet he hides behind that shield, that he tried but failed. San Diego should have had dialogue with St Louis about a co-suit but never took that step.
PADRES…Gave 1.7M to 16-year old pitcher Jarlin Susana and 1.3M to Cuban shortstop Yendry Rojas, also 16. Enormous package to players five years away. The cost of doing business in the international field. Six years ago the Friars gave 11M to pitcher Adrian Morejon and 7M to outfielder Jorge Ona. Neither has had an impact five years later.
GULLS…A very tough season for the AHL team. They are without Coach Joel Bouchard, in his 2nd week of Covid isolation. They shutdown their facilities for 5-days after an outbreak hit 20-players, coaches and staff. They have been riddled by call ups by the parent Anaheim Ducks, whose NHL roster was riddled by Covid tests. And they cannot score goals. They have half a schedule to play but at (13-15-2) on the season and alot of road games still to be played, how do they get to the top four in the Pacific Division standings? Their first substandard season after all the years of excellence in the AHL.
Random thoughts about topics on the table..heading ito a Tuesday.