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Sunday was the best day of football all year. Just amazing. One of those days where...I can see sportspages across the country, that had the headlines, like DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN, but instead, put Colts Beat Chargers, in those places.

Nobody gave the Chargers a chance. Including me. And what do they do? They win the game, with a kicker that isn't 100% yet. With the best tight end in football, not being anywhere near 100%.

LT, the best running back in football, goes out. Rivers, the biggest talker in football, goes out. And they step up, with backups! Like great teams usually do. But something we aren't usually expecting from the Chargers.

Even the refs seemed to conspire against us. I mean, for there to be a holding call right before halftime, and nobody else seems to see the hold...it makes you wonder.

And, as I'm floating on the clouds about that win, and it's making me feel a little better about having fallen into second place in fantasy football...the Giants go and beat the Cowboys, and I'm back to being stoked again.

I hate the Cowboys. Their owner, Jerry Jones, is insane. Their receiver, Terrel Owens, although one of the best in the league, is a nut job.

I loved watching him cry in the press conference, when people asked about Tony Romo, vacationing in Mexico with Jessica Simpson. The guy is such a headcase, he can't just answer the question. His face starts quivering, and he says "That's my teammate! That's my teammate, and my quarterback. And it's not fair of you guys to say that."

Why can't every Sunday be like this?

And why do I think next Sunday, it's going to be Charger fans crying like that? Oh well. We had an amazing run.

For the Chargers to have started the season so poorly, and then win two straight playoff games (something that hadn't been done in over a decade)...and against a superior Colts team (who we beat earlier, but never got credit for, since they missed a last second field goal that Adam V. usually hits).

Good job, Bolts.

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A couple things...

One, I am one of the people who talked crap about the Marty/Norv trade. I'm not even a Charger fan but I had my opinions. Now, like most San Diegans, I now agree that the move to Turner was probably a good one and I was wrong (next year will be the test of how tight the good fit actually is). Regardless, I still think that Marty was a damn good coach.

Now, onto number two. What the hell is up with Phillip Rivers? Why does this guy talk so much smack?

I'm listening to the KGB morning show today. Like everyone else they've noticed and been talking about the "tensions" between LT & Rivers from time to time (when the cameras catch something).

This gossip really started to launch a couple weeks ago in a game where Rivers was shown going to the bench and taking a seat next to LT. Just as Rivers sat down, LT shot right up and walked away quickly. That's all San Diego saw on the television, and man did it start the talking. We don't care about no Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo in San Diego. No, we care about LT & Rivers fighting (well, this is actually preferable over the other choice). LT was questioned after the game and he stated that he didn't even realize he got up when Rivers sat down. He said he was thinking of something and he saw someone come off the field (or something along the lines of) that he needed to talk to so he ran over to tell this player what he was thinking.

Well, in yesterdays game against the Colts television viewers once again got a shot of what may be perceived as tension.

Jan. 14, 2008

(exceeding character limit)...

Both LT & Rivers were out of the game due to injuries. When Rivers left the game he went off field and back to the locker room areas to get checked out. While walking off field to do this Colts fans were talking loads of crap to him and in what I'm beginning to see is true Rivers fashion, he's talking smack right back. So he goes back there and comes back onto the field by the 4th quarter (3rd?). Well, the camera's get a shot of Rivers and LT standing next to each other. You see LT turn his head to Rivers and ask something, Rivers replies with something short and then LT gets a pissed off look on his face and quickly walks away.

This is what they were talking about today on KGB. They were trying to figure out WHAT was said. Most people (callers) guessed that LT asked Rivers if he was out of the game and Rivers responded with "I'm out" (one caller claimed this is what it looked like his lips read) and so in frustration LT stormed off.

Now, I think that's a valid guess. I don't think it shows LT is pissed at Rivers, I just think it shows LT is frustrated they have so many injuries in this game (including himself) and he wants to win. Imagine being just feet from the Superbowl. If you're a player (especially key player) you want to be in THIS game of all games.

With that said, I have another guess as to what yesterdays storm off was about. I think that LT was pissed at the Colts fans for talking smack. We know LT doesn't enjoy the victory dances and the smack talking. I'm sure LT & Rivers were getting yelled at from the stands above as both of them stood there, injured and not playing. I think this could have pissed LT off enough to storm away angrily. After hearing fans screaming and being treated in such a .... manner.

Jan. 14, 2008

(Hopefully last part to my post)...

Here's the thing though, if LT is SO against the smack talking and unsportsmanlike like conduct, I'm hoping he talks some smack behind the scenes to Rivers and some other of his teammates about them doing the same thing. I'd also like for people to start coming forward and express how they're not okay with this. By people, I mean Charger fans and sportscasters and news reporters and morning show hosts. See, on KGB one of the hosts was saying how much she loves the fact that Rivers talks smack. Now, she may truly love it and be okay with anyone doing it on any team. Yet I'm guessing 98% of people who say they love the fact Rivers is talking smack would completely bitch, moan and complain about a QB on any other team doing the same thing. I am sure they would be appalled and we wouldn't hear the end of it if this game had been in reverse. Imagine, The Colts playing this playoff game here at Charger stadium, fans talking smack to Peyton Manning and Manning decided to talk smack right back (yeah, and pigs can be flying in this dream too). He's telling fans "to come on down here then, bring it on"m "I'll be back" and "thank you". We would be hearing about how disgusted we were with the entire Colts franchise for weeks. Yet when Chargers do it everyone around here seems to turn the other cheek and completely enjoy it. What the hell is up with this? I mean, I would LOVE to see the Patriots winning streak come to an end before the Superbowl. However with the way the Chargers have been conducting themselves, I'm not sure if I want them proceeding to the Superbowl either. They're not a good representation of what team should ultimately be (well, I guess the Pats aren't either - coughcough cheatingcough*). I think it's an embarrassment how they conduct themselves and I hate the fact they're not being called out (well, locally at least). I understand not to say anything before the season is over. They need all the support they can get before the season ends (next week) but once it is over I want this to be something I hear being discussed publicly.

Also, I think TO is trying to change.He's just too much of a headcase to be able to make that transition I think.

Jan. 14, 2008

Charger fans will never acknowledge it. I've found, that people don't want to admit when they are wrong. Or their team does something wrong. I grew up being a huge Lakers fan. Well, when they acquired Shaq O Neil, I was happy they got the most dominant center in basketball. But I also asked, why someone can just back up into a defender. That, to me, is "charging." Yet, usually, Laker fans looked the other way. Since it was one of their players doing it. And, they don't mind Kobe's arrogance, yet they complain about Allen Iversons. And it's the same with the Chargers. One does a hula dance. One does a lights out dance. The classiest guy of the bunch (LT) does a "layup" with the football when he scores, to symbolize that scoring a TD is as easy as a layup (the easiest shot in basketball). The Chargers are very arrogant, considering...they got spanked last year by the Pats in the first round. And then, they cried about the Pats dancing at the 50 yard line (doing the Shawn Merriman "lights out" dance). It's easy to dish it out...but ya gotta take it, too.

Jan. 14, 2008

I left San Diego in 1989 to return to the Pacific Northwest. I remained a Charger fan, this was sorely tested when Junior Seau left the team but I persevered in the face of the "you have to be a Seahawk fan because you live here" pressure. I won $40 yesterday but betting on my boys: Go Chargers--well done!!!!!

Jan. 14, 2008

Fans can be such jackasses. I never understood the screaming matches and fist fights which always seem to manifest at games or sports bars.

There's always some guy who likes some team which is the rival to your team and he is screaming at the top of his lungs, hopping around mad pointing in your face about how "YOU SUCK". It's very hard to contain yourself when this happens. Very, very hard. At the same time, two jackasses don't make a right. It's all about a quick "eff off" and continue watching the game.

Ugh, even baseball games - now I'm having a flooding of bad screaming match memories I've had to witness (not involved) at games.

Jan. 14, 2008

If you won money betting on the Chargers, I sure hope points were involved. If you made that bet, straight up (with an injured Antonio Gates, that was nuts). But, either way, congrats. And tell those Seahawks fans, Shaun Alexander stunk it up for me all year, on my fantasy football team. What a waste of a #4 pick.

Jan. 14, 2008

Can't you all see it's just an NFL conspiracy? Send the Chargers to the Super Bowl, and San Diegans will be so drunk with itself, stumbling over itself to go $1 billion into debt for Spanos and Company on a new stadium. Don't think they can't rig this entertainment for the good of the whole. If the Patriots loose, you're watching them "take one for the team." The team being the NFL. Watch the officials, that's were the game can be rigged.

Jan. 14, 2008

I think towelheadedcameljockey should be put on a word limit....JUST KIDDING!! :-) But I also think its easier to walk away from an argument than talk more trash. We'll see how it goes in New England....Go Bolts!

Jan. 16, 2008

I had an argument with an idiotic Patriots fan recently. I was in line at a screening for There Will Be Blood. And, a nice, older Latino couple was wearing Chargers gear. And, some guy comes out of a store, and is wearing a Pats ski cap. He starts talking smack on this guy, who is clearly uncomfortable. I wanted to say "Shut up, you idiot!" But, it wasn't my battle to fight. UNTIL, he starts walking up the line, saying, "I hope none of you Charger fans are let into this movie." I said, "Hey idiot, we live in San Diego, so we're Charger fans. If you're so into the Patriots, go to New England. And you know what? You don't even have an accent. You aren't even from there. You just jumped on the Patriots ban wagon. How pathetic is that?" He then got in my face and said, "You guys are going to lose to the Colts, and we're going to win the Super Bowl." I said, "Are you going to win it by cheating?" A few people in line laughed, and then he walked away. What a dope. I mean, if you are from a city, and still a fan of that team, that's fine. But don't knock people in the current city you live, for liking THAT team. And, it's always amazing that, when the Cowboys win, you see their jerseys everywhere. When the 49ers used to win, they were everywhere. Yet, I don't see them now. Are those fans no longer fans?

Jan. 17, 2008

I was in Philadelphia (locals say: Filthy-delphia - they're actually proud of the fact that their city doubles as a trash dump) when the Eagles went to the Stupid Bowl. On Saturday and Sunday morning, everyone was an Eagles fan. There were signs and stickers and Eagles crap on every square inch of Philadelphia and surrounding; loud, fat, obnoxious, knuckle-dragging, beer-swilling "fans" were everywhere. We were braced for riots in the streets come Monday (a national holdiday, should the Eagles have won), and I wasn't planning on even going into work that day, either way the game went. Shift to Tuesday; two days after the Eagles lost. Driving down the Boulevard from Bensalem to the Navy facility in the Northeast (of downtown) in the morning, and out to Willow Grove in the afternoon, you would hardly think that Philadelphia had a football team! With literally a handful of exceptions that I counted over the next week, all signs (stickers, t-shirts, beer mugs, ect.) were gone, gone, gone! I swear to gawd, it was one of the more bizarre experiences of my 50+ years, and I've had a few. Oh, and you know how after every game how the games are analyzed in excruciatingly agonizing detail by everyone from the players, the coaches, the TV and radio sports guys to stay-at-home moms, dads, and everybody else in the world? This is what I got from the 20-something biggest-Eagles-fan-ever: "I don't want to talk about it." Me and the Senior Chief I worked with (world's biggest Dallas Cowboy fan) had a hoot over it all.

Jan. 18, 2008

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