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B5Erik 10-17-17 01:55 AM

A Great Sports Fan Passes

San Diego State has lost its No. 1 fan.

Tom Ables attended nearly 800 SDSU football games and more than 1,000 SDSU basketball games over seven decades. He literally wrote the book on SDSU football, "Go Aztecs!" chronicling the team’s most memorable games through the years and highlighting the Aztecs’ best players and coaches.
Tom Ables, who served in the Navy during WWII, enrolled at San Diego State in 1946, and only missed two Aztec football games from that point until about 2016 (both games missed in the early 1950's, one due to health reasons, the other due to travel difficulty - and the 2016 game he missed was only missed because he was pretty sick and at 90 years old going out in 10 degree weather in Laramie, Wyoming wasn't a good idea).

Ultimately, Ables attended 788 Aztec football games, and well over 1,000 basketball games. He was a regular fixture on the sidelines - even at age 90! He traveled with the team, and he was a loved and respected figure in the community not just for being a, "Super fan," but because he was a genuinely good person - a special human being. No one ever had a bad word to say about Tom Ables because he never gave anyone cause.

I actually got to see him on a regular basis over the last few years as he sat behind me for Aztec basketball games (his family and mine are both season ticket holders). He always had a smile on his face, and he was willing to talk to anyone at any time. He was the opposite of the grumpy old man - he was the happy, friendly, outgoing old man that everyone loved!

The fans loved him, the players loved him, and the community loved him.

And now he's gone. He will be missed. There will never be another like him.

Bill Needle 10-17-17 02:11 AM

Re: A Great Sports Fan Passes
Nice tribute. Stories like this are part of why I love sports.

Deadman31 10-17-17 06:21 AM

Re: A Great Sports Fan Passes
Looks like he won't be ABLE to attend anymore games.

PhantomStranger 10-17-17 01:30 PM

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It's a nice story. Both sports radically changed over his life and I wonder how he viewed the differences in eras.

B5Erik 10-17-17 03:24 PM

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Decker 10-17-17 03:38 PM

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Cool story. :up:

B5Erik 10-17-17 03:45 PM

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