Bring on the Chargers

Let me start this by saying I feel bad for the city of San Diego. They had an absolutely dedicated fan base and a team that was mercurial to say the least. Through their entire existence they have been an exciting team From the get-go in 1960 and the high flying AFL days of Sid Gillman, John Hadl, Tobin Rote (who won them their one and only championship in 1963), Dan Fouts and Air Coryell, and one of my favorite WRs in the game ever, Lance (Bambi) Alworth, the Chargers were always pushing the limit of offensive firepower. Even up to the Drew Brees/Philip Rivers era they always scored and scored a lot.

But they seem to always fuck up. A more snake-bit team you can’t find. They have lost more games in weird ways while STILL winning a ton of games. The most infamous being the 2006 playoffs against The Pats when, on 4th and 5, Brady threw a pick to Marlon McGree with 6 minutes left and the Chargers up 21-13. Instead of just laying there and sealing the win, or even dropping the ball as it is 4th down, McGree gets up, gains 2 yards and promptly fumbles the ball. Brady gets the pats int the end zone, converts the 2-pts, and SD eventually loses 24-21.

The Chargers lost a game when Philip Rivers was trying to spike the ball and kick the winning FG, and instead fumbled the snap, KC recovered, and kicked THEIR game winning FG 20 seconds later. The Chargers lost a game to the Broncos when they were up 24-0 at the half and turned the ball over on 5 out of 6 2nd half possessions, losing 35-24. Blowing a 4th and 29 against the Ravens, on and on.

Now? Same shit different era. The Chargers are always competitive, but lose close games all the time. With Justin Herbert, they are once again an offensive powerhouse but the same weird luck still dogs them.

Now of course they have a head coach hell-bent on losing games for his team. Brandon Staley single-handedly kept the Chargers out of the playoffs last year with multiple ludicrous 4th down failures. Down the stretch they lost to the Raiders and Chiefs in games they should have won.

The Raider game had the infamous timeout called by Staley at the end of OT. The Raiders were going to let the clock run out as they had the ball at mid-field and the tie would have put both the Raiders and the Chargers into the playoffs. Instead, Staley calls a timeout. The Raiders decide to go for the win and get it with a FG. The Chargers fall 0ut of the playoffs.

Derp. This year of course, Staley has revretted and punted late in games where he should have gone for it.

I just hope we keep the streak going. The Chargers ALWAYS play hard and they always play close, but they somehow pull bad juju out of thin air.

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12 Responses to Bring on the Chargers

  1. Flavor says:

    I’d argue the most infamous loss was this one. My favorite part of this is 4 (FOUR!) Charger D-linemen engulfing The Snake just before he lets it go. Pass protection broke down big time on this play. I remember watching this play live with my dad in our living room like it was yesterday

  2. Winder says:

    I always thought the Chargers style of play was exciting to watch. And there division was never without great games. Watching Fouts play was much more interesting to see than say the Bears and a continual dose of Payton. Anyway, I hope we stomp the shit out of em but I still think we know how to screw up games just like they do.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Jeez how could I forget the Holy Roller?

    I was watching that live and was as dumbfounded as Madden.

    ” The ref says get your big butt off the field! He does!”

    I seem to remember a big gap as the refs debated the play for about 5 minutes and finally gave it to the Raiders. With no replay, it was blatantly obvious Stabler threw the ball forward.

    That is the one of the best calls in the history of announcing.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    I’m hoping we get off to a fast start and don’t let off the gas. The Chargers are a hot mess most of the time but they can get hot with the best of them. Herbert is the real deal.

    The Chargers, as is their history forever, have no defense. They are 29th in points allowed per game. We need to get on these guys and stay on ’em.

    With ALL the weapons back, we should be able to take this one.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Yep. The only thing consistent about this team is their inconsistency. Maybe the LA effect keeps on keeping on.

  6. alleykat69 says:

    Chargers top 2 WR’s Allen&Williams OUT..
    49ers are also tough on TE’s so I doubt Everett does a whole lot,are even WR Arnold Josh Palmer,so Ekeler is Herbert’s only real weapon.

    49ers are as healthy as they have been all year, plenty of weapons to choose from, CMC,Deebo,Aiyuk,Kittle even Elijah Mitchell for Jimmy G to use in this mismatch, yeah they should the Chargers in a blowout 45-14…

  7. Berger says:

    Going to see Jeff Beck tonight. He’s playing with Johnny Depp. What? I don’t know what to expect. I’ll have a shot of Freys Bourbon and a couple Icky IPAs. Everything should be good.

    • Winder says:

      Have a good time. At least you know it will be a professional show with Beck.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Very cool. Haven’t seen Beck in YEARS. He did the benefit for Ronnie Lane of the Faces years ago with Clapton, Jimmy Page, Bil lWyman, Jan Hammer, and a bunch of other guys. Page was strung out as fuck and was pretty bad. The rest were incredible.

      Great great show. Got pics somewhere. As usual.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    The Faces were so fucking good but they couldn’t take each other for long stretches of time. But shit, when Rod Stewart went disco, no one was more disappointed than me. Such a great blues singer.

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