Chargers Win Round 1!


Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Chargers had a tough time getting it going on Sunday and it didn’t look good for the Chargers when they lost Antonio Gates several minutes before the first half ended with a sprained toe.  The first half was frustrating to watch because we just weren’t getting the ball to LT enough.  His first reception didn’t come until the fourth quarter and we gave him 11 touches in the first half.

He looked about as frustrated as I felt before the half ended.

APTOPIX Titans Chargers FootballIn the second half, our San Diego Super Chargers showed up and freaking dominated on both sides of the ball.  The Chargers marched up and down the field in the second half and even went for a gutsy 4th and Goal which resulted in an LT TD.  The Defense, aka Blue Thunder sacked Vince Young a couple times while our new Pro-Bowler, Antonio Cromartie intercepted him late in the fourth quarter to lock up the second half.

Now we go to Indy to take on World Champs.  No easy feat to say the least.  Today was a great victory, but we are essentially in the same place we were last year.  So lets not vote Norv in to the San Diego Hall of Champions quite yet.  Anything can happen in the playoffs, but we were expected to beat the Titans and winning games that we are supposed to win does not impress me nearly as much as winning games that we are expected to lose.  This is the best competition I have seen in the AFC ever.  If we are going to win the whole enchilada this year we need to go punch Indy in the mouth next weekend and then deliver some payback for last year against the Pats… assuming they beat the Jaguars.



Just to give San Diegans a Feel for Manning Land Right Now!


It seems as though San Diego has been on the losing end more often than not throughout my life in San Diego.  Thankfully, not this time!  This is to enjoy and relish.

– Really, I am so tired of this. Hot and cold offense, defense that self destructs at the worst possible moment. I would rather support an 8-8 to 10-6 team that can put together a little passion and a game plan in the playoffs than one that seems to perennially be one and done. PM’s regular season record has been spectacular over the past 7 seasons, but he’s a dismal 6-8 in the playoffs. I don’t blame Manning, it IS a team effort, but this team for some peculiar reason is often absolutely lethargic and downright dismal in the post-season. Billy Freaking Volek is right.

1/5/2009 4:29:44 PM

-That three and out when a first down would have won the game happened several times during the seasonal winning streak but the defense of the Colts prevailed. The Colt running game really hurt the offense this year. Runners tackled in the backfield or at or near theline of scrimmage was commonplace. Very disappointing end. The Colts are eliminated again by the same team. They are like the Wizards always getting eliminated by the Cavs.

1/5/2009 2:42:04 PM

-Uh….the play action pass doesn’t work if you can’t run the ball effectively.When will you people learn this? A running play would have been folly as well. If we had run it and were stuffed, most of you would have blamed Manning for not checking out of a run. LOL

The perfect play was drawn up but not executed. Clark was slow off the snap causing Addai to run above the block putting Clark in the passing lane which in turn caused Peyton to pump allowing an unabated rusher to blindside him. It was so bad that Peyton never saw him. Which is very rare. When was the last time you saw Manning get hit blindsided?

For all you clown blaming this on Manning get a life and learn some football.

1/5/2009 2:33:19 PM

-There was mass confusion on that last play, no one knew the snap count and no one blocked…why not TAKE A TIME OUT before the biggest play of the game and get everyone on the same page??? That was ridiculous, and thats why we lost. SD only scored when we punted…excuse me, POORLY punted…out of our own endzone, and the OT touchdown drive was a gift from the refs.

Not sayin we would’ve won if the Tim jennings phantom holding call on a throw-away pass wasn’t called, but we would’ve at least had a CHANCE! We werent given a chance in OT, starting with Darrell Reid calling HEADS. Hey Darrell, TAILS NEVER FAILS BUDDY!!!! DAMN IT!!!!!!!

1/5/2009 9:42:24 AM

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Titans vs. Chargers… REMATCH!


Friday, January 4, 2008

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?


Chargers – 38  vs.  Titans – 10

Chargers vs. Titans Blackout – LIFTED… DUH!

Chargers Blackout
Friday, January 4, 2008

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


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.



Wednesday, January 2, 2008


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.

The Charger Playoff Picture


Monday, December 31, 2007

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.

The Emperor’s New Clothes


Monday, December 31, 2007

I miss Padres games at The Murph for several reasons.  Tailgating was a LOT more fun, seating was more comfortable and spacious, we used to have day games, and I was happy when the padres were actually decent.  I’m from San Diego, so I always accepted the mediocrity that came with our sized market until I was promised more.

The first year in Petco Park was the most exciting.  We didn’t make the playoffs, but we were “competitive”.  In 2005 we backed in to the playoffs by winning the worst division in baseball and having a worse record than the wild-card teams.  In 2006, we finished hot and lost in the first round.  In 2007, they promised to spend the Klesko/Nevin contract dollars on some free agents in order to make our team more “competitive”.

Fast forward to 2008.  We signed another free agent(Jim Edmonds) who is well past his prime and hasn’t played a full season since 2004.  We signed a broken down pitcher(Mark Prior) who hasn’t pitched a full season since 2003.  Our right fielder(Brian Giles) is 38 and isn’t expected to be ready until May or June.  Our left fielder(Scott Hairston) is moving up from our well-known bench warming crew.  We re-signed Shawn Estes who pitched 5 innings last year and took the rest of the season off for surgery and rehabilitation.  However, don’t count out Jeff Davanon…exactly.  I do like our second baseman(Tad Iguchi) even though he had an off year last year and I don’t think we would’ve signed him otherwise.  I like what KT did, despite having his hands tied by the “small market” propaganda.

Is this what you expected when the Padres ownership said we’ll make the Padres “competitive” if you approve  $458 Million for our ballpark?


I will happily acknowledge that Petco Park contributed to the rapid redevelopment of Downtown San Diego, but the FACT of the matter is that downtown had been redeveloping since 1979 when they started Horton Plaza and it would be on a similar growth pattern regardless of whether or not we put a ballpark there.

Additionally I hear that San Diego is a “Small Market”.  B@llsh!t!

Here’s a list of America’s 10 Largest Cities by Population







7.San Antonio

8.San Diego


10.San Jose


2006 Top 10 MLB Payrolls

1.  $194,663,079 New York Yankees

2.  $120,099,824 Boston Red Sox

3.  $103,472,000 Los Angeles Angels

4.  $102,750,667 Chicago White Sox

5.  $101,084,963 New York Mets

6.  $98,447,187 Los Angeles Dodgers

7.  $94,424,499 Chicago Cubs

8.  $92,551,503 Houston Astros

9.  $90,156,876 Atlanta Braves

10. $90,056,419 San Francisco Giants

I don’t see the Padres on that list of information, but here’s some good information as well…

In exchange for getting San Diegans to shoulder most of the $458 million cost of the ballpark, Moores agreed to make the Padres competitive and ensure about $300 million of private investment in the neighborhood. Since then, Moores has emerged as a powerful player in the city’s 5-year-old downtown construction boom.

John Moores bought the Padres for $94M in 1995.

Forbes magazine valued the club at $367M in April, 2007.

The results of its extreme makeover are everywhere:

•In the last three years, about a dozen hi-rises, with more than 3,600 apartments or condos, have been completed.

•After a decade-old office glut, construction is under way on downtown’s first new office tower since 1991, a 23-story granite and glass high-rise.

•Moores is building a five-tower, 2-million-square foot complex of shops and housing, set to open by 2011, that will sit next to the city’s planned 10-story  main library.

•San Diego’s redevelopment agency estimates there is $3 billion of construction underway or on the drawing board downtown, including $1.4 billion near the ballpark.

Since 1999, he has bought more than 21 acres of land near the ballpark. He developed or sold more than half the land. He’s holding onto 9 acres intended for shops and housing when the market ripens further.

Do you still think this is a small market team?


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