The Chargers should win decidedly. That being said, I know my chargers too well and I realize that there is a definite possibility of losing in ugly fashion. This is why we fired Marty and hired Norv. I want to be wrong about Norv and I want to be happy about San Diego’s post-season for at least one round this year… Is that too much to ask?
NOTE: The game will be televised live on KFMB Channel 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Where do I begin with this?
You’d have to be a total moron to think that the NFL would blackout a home-playoff game in the hosting city… hence the extension until 1:30PM today. I dare the NFL to Blackout a playoff game! Most likely, they would start a riot and severely impact future ticket sales for one the NFL’s most exciting teams. The negatives always outweigh the positives in not televising good football and even the corporate goons at the NFL front office know this.
Games = Marketing & Advertising = $$$$$
If you blackout a game, then you can’t charge as much for the marketing & advertising. The NFL is not in the business of producing football games to get less than full value for their market so they try to scare us(the fans) in to shouldering their ticket quota, so they can charge millions more for ad time.
This morning, the NFL was threatening to blackout our home-playoff game because there were 350 tickets that still needed to be sold. Let’s assume every ticket was $150(Overestimate).
$150 x 350(tickets) = $52,500
DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY WOULD BLACKOUT A GAME FOR $52,500?
PLEASE! They get $50K as a down payment for one of the 500 crappy commercials that air during the game. That amount of money is chump-change to the NFL, but they get to charge the advertisers a LOT more for their crappy commercials when the game is sold out. So for the extra $52,500 that San Diegans coughed up, the NFL gets to market a “Sold Out” game to advertisers and make millions more than they would’ve otherwise.
If the NFL had enforced the BLACKOUT, they would’ve lost far more than $52,500 for 350 measly tickets. So the next time you hear about a Chargers – Blackout, just remember that it is not in their best interest to do so and corporate America will always do what is best for their bottom line! We’re not 1-14 anymore and this is not a regular season game against one of the leagues worst teams.
CHARGERS RE-SIGN THE BEST EVALUATOR OF TALENT IN THE NFL
AJ Smith might not be thought of as the nicest guy in football but he sure knows how to put together a roster. Every time I see this guy he looks pissed off. Which gives our team even more street cred. He also has awesome fashion sense. He can usually be seen rocking the “white collar dress shirt look” with the French cuffs.
Here are some of his more notable accomplishments:
He signed UNDRAFTED free agents Antonio Gates, Kris Dielman and Kassim Osgood
who all have made trips to the Pro Bowl.
He drafted Antonio Cromartie, Nick Hardwick, Marcus McNeill, Shaun Phillips.
He pulled off the Eli manning deal that landed the Bolts Rivers, Merriman and Kaeding,
Most recently he pulled off the Chambers deal that may have saved our season.
Probably the best thing about Smith and further proof that people on TV don’t know what the fuck they are talking about is this year Keith Olberman named Smith to his “worst person in the world” list by saying how Smith had ruined one of the best franchises in recent history.
Only time will tell how the Schottenheimer firing will play out, but you got to love a guy with a giant pair running our team…and by giant pair I mean huge balls.
It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there! Last year the Chargers had the NFL’s best regular season record and were 1 & DONE in the post-season. This year the Chargers struggled early, battled adversity throughout the middle of the season, and finished on a six game winning streak to clinch the 3rd seed in the AFC Playoffs.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I was on the “Fire-Norv Bandwagon”… and I still am. Much of San Diego’s corporate media is changing their tune because they change their mind as often as the wind changes direction. I still hear that Norv is an “Offensive Genius”. The problem is, I hear that same tired sound-bite from the very people that will be calling for his job if we lose in the first round. “Offensive Genius”? He was the offensive coordinator for Dallas when they had Emmit Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin, while the AFC’s best at the time was the 90’s Bills. I think anyone would look like a genius with those players executing your plays.
Here’s my question to you… What defines an acceptable season for Norv?
1.11-5 and losing to the Titans?
2.11-5 and beating the Titans, but losing to the Colts?
3.11-5, beating the Titans, beating the Colts, and losing the AFC Championship?
4.Getting to the Dance and then losing?
5.Winning the whole darn thing? (My vote! Anything less is uncivilized.)
Personally, I want the Chargers to be the only team to beat the Pats this year and then go on to win it. Realistically, I don’t think we have a chance to beat the Colts when they’re healthy because I think they’re the best team in the NFL this year regardless of the records. I really haven’t seen any “Genius” coming from our offensive side of the ball. Oh sure, we had to pull our starters in a couple games because we were trouncing some of 2007’s worst NFL teams, but that doesn’t mean I’ve seen 60 minutes of Charger Football or any “Offensive Genius” for that matter. Until I see the Chargers beat some healthy, quality opponents I am attributing our final stretch success to the emergence Team Leadership and the return of veteran pro-bowlers from the IR.
I am truly happy to be back in the post-season for the 2nd time in a row, but let’s win one game in the post season this decade before we start dropping anymore “Genius” titles around town.
That was the first REAL Charger performance I have seen this year! San Diego wasn’t angry in the beginning of the season because we were losing… we were angry because we should have been winning! There is a difference.
San Diego had seen enough playing “not to lose” football, but we suffered several of our first losses because we played “not to lose”. Additionally, the Best Player in the History of the NFL was not getting his proper # of carries or pass attempts. It seems as though the message has gotten through to Norv and the coaching staff that if you give LT the ball and play some defense, we are going to win games here in San Diego.
My question is: Have we seen the last of conservative Charger football in the playoffs?