When I appeared on last week’s VOSD Radio with Andy Keatts and Scott Lewis, I made the case that our beloved hometown San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team and my beloved hometown Seattle Seahawks have a lot in common. The Seahawks, as you may be aware, recently won a tackle football game that set off much catharsis and jubilation for our I-5 brethren city two states northward.
So with the caveat that there may be no literal, direct connection between the SDSU amateur hoops program and the Seattle NFL club, here are a few of the similarities — coincidental, metaphysical or otherwise — that can be drawn between the two.
1. Both teams are led by well-known head coaches in the latter stage of their careers.
Steve Fisher and Pete Carroll may be birds of a different feather, but they certainly have flown in comparable directions. Fisher, 68, came to Montezuma Mesa in 1999 after serving as an assistant with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, which followed a storied yet checkered career at the University of Michigan. As head coach in Ann Arbor from 1989-1997, Fisher coached the Wolverines to a national championship, then two subsequent title game appearances with the “Fab Five” freshman class led by Chris Webber. Fisher would later be fired in the midst of a scandal involving Webber and a wealthy booster.