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?


Attributions: ESPN Fantasy Baseball Cafe

How sweet it is… or is it?

Sproles Dives
AP Photo

Thursday, December 20, 2007

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?

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