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When it comes to Aztec QB Ryan Lindley, it’s hard to ignore his numbers in 2010.
- 3,554 passing yards
- 26 TDs
- 2nd all-time in SDSU history in completions, attempts and yards
- 8 wins and a bowl game berth, but more importantly..
- 1 phenomenal beard
The Disheveled Amish? Neck Beard 2.0? The Harry & The Hendersons? Whatever you want to call it, 2010 was an amazing year for Lindley and his beard. We look forward to his senior season — with a productive off-season and continued growth, he’s on pace to rewrite the record books and establish himself as having one of the greatest beards of all time.
When it comes to football, however, it’s a little tougher to have the same impact in a +70k seat, sparsely populated, open air-stadium — especially when being heard is such a crucial aspect of what we do — but that doesn’t mean we haven’t tried. Attentive fans will remember our oversized Bombaye banner being waved near the endzone, or recall Shownana running a lap around the entire stadium and ending up with about two dozen kids joining him during the jaunt. However, it soon became apparent that it’d be wise to just do what we do best — tailgate and be loud football fans.
We couldn’t just settle with only doing that, though. A number of Show members are actually a part of the football staff, standing on the sidelines at every game — home and away. Another member has run a custom trading card station to drum up student excitement for the team and season. In addition, we’ve been involved by assisting the Aztec Football Legacy organization by offering up t-shirt designs to help promote their group, which is what this whole post is all about.
Possibly one of the most popular designs in terms of demand, the Legacy’s “Sons of Montezuma” shirt was a bit prophetic in nature, proclaiming that the Aztecs will win again. And last time I checked, they are doing just that, doing their part to make this one of the most exciting years to be an Aztec in recent memory.
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That pretty much sums up Jerome Habel and what he added to the Aztecs during his brief stint as a player. Sure, he may have had some off the court issues, but his windmill dunks, posturing, staring, high-stepping, pointing, and calling of shots instantly made him a fan favorite of The Show. Of course, all of that stuff may have affected his tendency to get back on D right away, but we still loved him anyways.
During his time at SDSU, the Aztecs were a talented — yet demure — team. Lo Wade and Abukar were like silent assassins, Richie Williams and Kyle Spain were just coming into their own, and Brandon Heath was quite modest for the skill set he possessed. And then there was Habel, a player with the ability to electrify the crowd, one monster dunk at a time.
Whatever he was, he was our homeboy (as well as Wade’s, who dropped a “Habel is my homeboy” reference during one post-game press conference).
Over the years, The Show has provided thousands of students and fans with free t-shirts, however it all began with one — the original Aztec Bombaye tee. Inspired by the chant heard in Zaire when Mohammad Ali fought George Foreman (Ali Bombaye, which loosely means “Kill ‘em Ali”), the phrase entered into The Show vocabulary during an SDSU football when an African exchange student started shouting “Aztecs Bombaye!” to rally the troops on the field. The weird thing was, every time the student chanted Bombaye, things started going the Aztecs way. A 3rd down stop here. A turnover recovery there. All of a sudden, the magic of Bombaye was realized by The Show.
Soon after, the Aztec Bombaye chant was introduced at basketball games, and it curiously had the same effect. When chanted during defensive stands, good things usually happened to the Aztecs. Not wanting to use up all of the magic of Bombaye, it was reserved for dire situations when stop were needed to preserve the lead or stop a run — and more often than not, it worked.
As a result, the phrase Aztec Bombaye became a thing of legend within The Show, and resulted in the t-shirt design you see here. Although it’s use has faded over the years, never under-estimate the power of Bombaye.