Posted by David Oates 9 months ago

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Amidst the debacle of the Chargers’ slithering off to a city that doesn’t even want them, many in America's Finest City missed one small news item this week. San Diego State University’s football team landed in the final Top 25 Associated Press Poll for the 2016 season. 

That’s right. We have a top tier football team. What’s more, the Aztecs have always been a better brand for San Diego to embrace. Now we have the opportunity to fully do so.

There are several reasons why this is so. For starters, San Diego State has a ton of alumni still living in the area; several hundred thousand it’s estimated. That’s far more than the 50,000-plus season ticket holders the Chargers had.  Second, the football team is…wait for it…real good! They’ve been to seven straight bowl games and have a cumulative record of 54-26 (.675) since Rocky Long became the head coach six seasons ago. The team has also enjoyed stability in the program’s leadership and will do so for at least the next five years.

Compare those stats to the now departed NFL team. The Chargers have gone to the playoffs only once in the last seven seasons with a combined record of 64-64 over the same period. What’s more, fans have had to endure the onslaught of bullying threats by the Spanos Family over the past 15 years about moving the team. San Diego State, on the other hand, has been espousing its program as an asset for all of the area’s residents; not just Aztec Alumni.

So as the sadness and anger from the Charger’s departure wane, I submit we can look at this event as an opportunity to not mourn the loss of the NFL team, but instead celebrate the reality that our regional football brand has never been stronger and more desirable. To those who proudly wore the powder blue, I would submit that you will look even better in red and black.

Go Aztecs!

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