Sam McCranie

Sam McCranie

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This offseason there was discussion about the very scary potential of Philip Rivers leaving the San Diego Chargers via trade during the NFL draft. There was speculation that the team, after flying out a good number of the offensive staff and front office to Eugene, OR to workout incoming rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, would possibly deal Rivers for the Tennessee Titans’ first-round pick (No. 2 selection overall).

Obviously, that talk is now far off in the rearview mirror, as Rivers was not traded and he was signed to a lucrative contract extension with the Chargers.

Now we’re talking about the potential idea that Philip will run away with the MVP trophy by the season’s end (Most Valuable Player).

Thus far throughout the 2015 season, Rivers has thrown for 2,116 yards, tossing 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His completion percentage is at 70.0%. He currently leads the NFL in passing yards. Andy Dalton sits behind him in second place with 1,761 passing yards.

It is amazing that ever since he was trusted with the starting quarterback position, Rivers has not missed any action. The 33-year-old has 150 consecutive starts, putting his toughness and sheer desire to win on display each and every Sunday.

Did I forget to mention the offensive line?

Oh, man. They have been quite the project ever since Kris Dielman was lost to injury along with Marcus McNeil. Just this offseason, Rivers lost his center of 11 years, Nick Hardwick. The revolving door at the center spot in 2014 was widely covered by the staff here at BoltBlitz and many other media outlets, as well. This season has begun no different, as the team has played 12 different configurations along the offensive line.

But did that provide a hindrance to Philip’s stats?

Sure, the offense has been transformed into a short, quick passing game, getting the ball out of his hand faster than when under the former offensive coaching regime.

The fact that Rivers breaks a few records here and there, puts on amazing performances, makes unbelievable throws (in a good way), takes massive beatings behind a patchwork offensive line that is still a work in progress and still continues to have his consecutive starts train rolling is just amazing.

I think it’s great for a guy like Rivers — who is still heavily disrespected by incompetent football fans — to be putting up the numbers he has in recent years due to so many factors that would make it seem unlikely for him to do so.

So the question remains.

Is Philip Rivers in the running for MVP?

Well, let me ask you this: if the award was given out today, who deserves it more than San Diego’s No. 17?

Precisely. No one deserves it more than Philip Rivers.

The major thing standing in the way of Rivers continuing down the MVP track is the fact that the team has a record of 2-4. They clearly need to turn it around to keep him in the running for an award that he is certainly deserving of at this point.

Before I end it here, I want to mention that he is also on pace to break two records. Peyton Manning’s record of 5,477 yards is in jeopardy of being broken by Rivers. He is on track to eclipse that by over 100 yards. Another record he can possibly break is Drew Brees’ completions record (468).

I honestly believe that those two records will be shattered by him. I have no doubt about it, and hopefully I’ll see it in person myself down the stretch!

 

GO CHARGERS!

– Richie Farley

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This past weekend, I attended the Chargers versus Browns game and, needless to say, it was another great football experience, despite a few things that didn’t stir too well.

Before I go on about the experience, let me explain how it came about that I would be at the game.

I happened to win two tickets to this game from Chargers offensive lineman Orlando Franklin in an Instagram contest. Winning tickets to a game from a player on your favorite football team sure was a great treat.

When Sunday morning arrived, I received a message form him that the tickets will be at the Chargers’ will call. So I got on my Rivers’ jersey, sweater, pants, Chargers hat, my chain and glasses to get myself ready for what is to come at the game. I was picked up by my friend George who I asked to come with me to the game since I won two tickets. We first stopped by the Stadium Market up the hill from the entrance of Qualcomm Stadium and saw a group of fellow Bolts fans.

After getting our drinks, we walked down the hill and into the stadium’s will call office and picked up the two tickets. The reaction on my face when I saw where the seats were located was nothing but extreme joy.

Then we went inside to the stadium and towards our seats. On the way, we encountered a medium puddle around the section, a prime example of Qualcomm Stadium’s condition these days. We then got into our seats and readied for some Chargers football!

The crowd noise was loud with the battle cry of Chargers fans everywhere! Of course, there were some Brown fans chanting their own support, but it was a bit more quiet than what I was expecting.

I’m not going to get into too much about the game, because I think it’s known by now of what went down. I’ll just say this though; the Browns fought pretty hard.

The moment when Josh Lambo attempted his first field goal to win the game really brought the fans in my area to their knees when he missed! A lot of curses were being dropped and when we all knew eventually that a flag was on Cleveland for the offside penalty. The anger levels dropped, but some had their doubts after watching the first attempt sail wide right. When the second attempt was good, the place just blew up in excitement.

Qualcomm Stadium, despite the bad shape it’s in, continues to be a place where generations of families come to celebrate, have fun and enjoy moments with family and friends. Part of that enjoyment includes great food and drinks. The main course of it all, the San Diego Chargers.

 

Richie Farley

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I’m at a loss for words due to how dismal the first three games of this season have been played. All three phases of the game for the Chargers have looked fairly poor, at times.

Is the season sunk already? I know that we’re only three games in, but it hasn’t been pretty. I’ve seen poor coaching, poor playing and countless opportunities squandered. It goes without saying that the number of penalties on both sides of the ball has been alarming.

Who is to blame for this lack-luster team? Do we blame the coaches, players or both?

If Chargers survive the Cleveland game with all the injuries suffered all over the roster, can the season be turned around?

I’m not so sure the holes in this season can be plugged or enough water bailed out. Did I mention the Bolts’ division rivals are playing at a high level, making things worse? The Broncos enter Sunday with an undefeated 3-0. They play the Vikings at home, providing them a chance to go 4-0. Sadly, the Raiders currently sit in second place with a 2-1 mark. Oakland travels to Chicago to take on the woeful, Jay Cutler-less Bears. They have a real shot at moving up to 3-1. The Chiefs are tied with the Bolts at a mark of 1-2. Kansas City goes on the road for a tough matchup in Cincinnati. They are likely to fall to 1-3, losing to the Bengals.

Will the sun shine and the storm be over when the team gets Gates back? Will No. 85 bring the Offense to life?

Don’t get me wrong, Melvin Gordon and Stevie Johnson have been pleasant surprises this season. Cleveland has the 32nd rush defense in the league. Gordon and Woodhead should have massive games on Sunday.

I can see the Chargers winning and going 2-2 after Sunday as long as they stick to the running game for four quarters. It’s not going to be easy to beat Cleveland.

The San Diego run defense is ranked 26th and the Browns have a decent backfield with Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. Will the Chargers look dominant against a mediocre Browns team? Or will the “almost champs” show up?

Almost champs, you ask? Yes, they almost win most games…. almost. If the Lions would not have went to sleep thinking they had the victory on lock, San Diego would be 0-3 right now. The Chargers don’t usually get blown out in games; they tend to hang around long enough to give us all heart attacks whether they win or lose.

Will the coaches correct the course of this ship or are the Bolts headed to the bottom of the AFC West; also known as Al Davis’s locker.

If the Chargers do end up in last place in the division, who will go down with the ship? Will people begin to call for the heads of Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco?

Give me your thoughts.

Sam McCranie

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Editor’s note: This article was prepared and ready to go prior to the Chargers victory over the Lions this past Sunday. 

Week 1 (Lions): What better way to start the season at home with the White Hot jerseys and facing the Detroit Lions! Even though they lost some pieces along the way (Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Reggie Bush and C.J Mosley), the Lions also gained a pretty solid group of players (Lance Moore, Haloti Ngata), while also drafting Ameer Abdullah from Nebraska. I think the Chargers and Lions are even at some areas. That’s why I think the first game of the season is going to be a nail-biter. 30-24 Bolts (1-0)

Week 2 (@Bengals): The first road game of the season will be at Paul Brown Stadium in a face-off with the Bengals. I don’t know about you guys, but I remember quite well the last time we went over there.. ah good memories of success. But things are a little bit different from the 2013 playoffs, and even though they haven’t added much during the offseason, they are still poised by others to be a tricky team. You don’t know which Bengals team, or Andy Dalton, shows up; kind of like Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.  21-14 Bolts (2-0)

Week 3 (@Vikings): After the trip over to Cincinnati, the Chargers will then travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings at TCF Stadium. The Vikings are an interesting team as they finally get Adrian Peterson back on the field after a pretty odd offseason. Additionally, the Vikings grabbed a few interesting pieces such as CB Terrence Newman and WR Mike Wallace. They also drafted players such as CB Trae Waynes, ILB Eric Kendricks and OT T.J. Clemmings. I think this will be a pretty interesting one, but I see San Diego taking it in a close one once more.
24-20 Bolts (3-0)

Week 4 (Browns): After the flight to Minnesota, the Chargers return back home to San Diego to take on the visiting Cleveland Browns. How do I say this about the Browns… they are just a mess that seems impossible to clean. The receivers are pretty bottom-line. The backs are pretty gifted with Isaiah Crowell leading the pack. I’m pretty excited to see how NT Danny Shelton does considering the hype surrounding him. I think the Chargers will take their fourth straight win. 30-20 Bolts (4-0)

Week 5 (Steelers): After the Cleveland game, the Chargers prepare themselves for one of the toughest games of the season, taking on the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Steelers offseason was a bit quiet while they only added a few pieces to their puzzles such as RB DeAngelo Williams. They also drafted a pretty nice player in DE/OLB Alvin Dupree. This game is most likely going to come down to the wire, but since the Steelers defense (outside of James Harrison, of course) is a work in progress, I think the Chargers will snatch their fifth straight. But it won’t be easy. 27-24 Bolts (5-0)

Week 6 (@Packers): After the last-minute win against the Steelers, the Chargers take a flight to ice-cold Green Bay to take on the Packers. There’s no question about it, the Packers are a pretty tough team and Aaron Rodgers is the main reason why they are capable of winning any game. The Packers didn’t have any veteran additions; that tells you they pretty much stuck with their own pieces. They did draft QB Brett Hundley and S Damarious Randall, among others I think this is where the 5-0 streak comes to a screeching halt. 28-20 Packers (5-1)

Week 7 (Raiders): After the icicle trip to Green Bay, the Chargers return home to play their first division game of the year against their hated rivals, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders had quite an offseason as they first grabbed Jack Del Rio as their new HC while dumping former OC Greg Olson. They also released players like QB Matt Schaub, RB Darren McFadden, DT Pat Sims, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, etc. The thing I thought they nailed was drafting Amari Cooper. This will definitely help Carr’s production. I think the Chargers will grab their sixth win of the season here. But like last year, it won’t come easy. 28-20 Bolts (6-1)

Week 8 (@Ravens): After their win against Oakland at home, the Chargers will then travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in another tough match-up. Last year’s contest proved to be a bit frustrating. The Ravens added three quality pieces from FA such as QB Matt Schaub, CB Kyle Arrington and S Kendrick Lewis. They also drafted WR Breshad Perriman, TE Maxx Williams and DT Carl Davis, to name a few. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers passing defense will snap out of its usual state and ground the Ravens aerial attack. How will Jacoby Jones perform against his former team? This game is bound to be exciting. 29-21 Bolts (7-1)

Week 9 (Bears): The Chargers return home from Baltimore to host their second primetime game on Monday Night Football, this time against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. It seems like there’s a Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde case with Cutler, as he plays well one day and plays not so good the next. The Bears had a pretty nifty offseason picking up RB Jacquizz Rodgers, ILB Mason Foster, CB Alan Ball, S Antrel Rolle and former Charger WR Eddie Royal. Unless the horrendous Bears defense steps up, I think this will be another top-notch victory for the Chargers. 31-19 Bolts (8-1)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11 (Chiefs): The Chargers return from their bye week back into the primetime slot and their first Sunday Night Football game of the season as they take on the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had a busy offseason as they added WR Jeremy Maclin, G Ben Grubbs, DT Vance Walker, ILB Joe Mays and S Tyvon Branch. They also drafted CB Marcus Peters and C/G Mitch Morse. The Chiefs always have been a tough opponent for the Chargers as they swept the Bolts last year (first time since 2003). But knowing this team and McCoy, they won’t let that happen again. 24-17 Bolts (9-1)

Week 12 (@Jaguars): After the Chiefs game, the Chargers will then travel to bright, sunny Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Jacksonville is that type of team that has shown signs of improvement, but still is at the bottom of the pile of their division. I think the Jags will have some success this season. The Jags first-round pick, Dante Fowler Jr., unfortunately had a season-ending injury during OTAs and won’t be around until next year. The Jags added solid players from the draft such as RB T.J. Yeldon, G A.J. Cann and S James Sample. While I think the Jags will be a bit improved by the time the Chargers come to town, I think the Bolts will come out of this game victorious. 30-19 Bolts (10-1)

Week 13 (Broncos): After the trip to Jacksonville, the Chargers return home to take on the Denver Broncos. The Broncos parted ways with former HC John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak to fill the void. They also picked up some pieces in the free agency such as TE Owen Daniels, G Shelley Smith, C Gino Gradkowski and DE/DT Vance Walker. This will also be the first time Orlando Franklin will be going up against his former team. This game will be another nail-biter, but the Bolts will grab the win in an adrenaline-filled game. 27-24 Bolts (11-1)

Week 14 (@Chiefs): The Chargers will then travel to Arrowhead to have another divisional game against the Chiefs. I think by this time the Chiefs will gain some sort of stoppage to the tricks of the Chargers and they will end the Bolts’ streak in Arrowhead. 29-20 Chiefs (11-2)

Week 15 (Dolphins): The Chargers return back home for their last home game of the season as they take on the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins provided the Chargers a butt-whooping last season in Miami, shutting out the Bolts in embarrassing fashion. The Dolphins added some strong pieces via free agency such as WR Kenny Stills, WR Greg Jennings, TE Jordan Cameron, DT Ndamukong Suh and DT C.J. Mosley. QB Ryan Tannehill was given a fat contract in the offseason worth $45 million guaranteed. The Dolphins and Chargers are evenly matched in a lot of areas and this Bolts’ team will continue to shock the NFL world in this one as they grab their 12th win of the season. 31-20 Bolts (12-2)
Week 16 (@Raiders): Deck the halls with an early Christmas football game as the Chargers get on their set of reindeer and they travel to Oakland. The last time the Chargers were there, the game was one of those times you dropped many cuss bombs at your TV in pure anxiety. Well, this year will have a bit of that, but the Chargers will get it straight and whip themselves up a plate of a win over the Raiders along with a side of Christmas pudding and roast beef. 27-18 Bolts (13-2)

Week 17 (@Broncos): The Chargers will then fly over to Colorado to take on the Broncos for the final game of the season. By this time the Chargers will have a playoff spot secured. They would want to rest their important pieces for the playoffs. The Broncos, on the other hand, will still make the playoffs so they might follow the same route. 29-17 Broncos (13-3)

And those are my predictions for the 2015 San Diego Chargers season. I really think the Chargers will bring out their best football this season even under the dark cloud regarding their future in San Diego.

 

GO CHARGERS!

– Richie

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Now that training camp has wrapped up, and the Chargers are entering their second preseason game of the offseason, the 53-man roster is starting to sort itself out.

Although the team seems to be stacked at the wide receiver position, there is one young player worth keeping an eye on: Second-year wideout Javontee Herndon.

Here’s a little background information on him prior to joining the Bolts.

Herndon attended the University of Arkansas from 2010-2013. During the 2012 college football season, he appeared in every game. A junior at the time, he finished the season with 21 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, Herndon eclipsed the numbers he achieved the previous season by registering 31 receptions for 437 yards with four touchdowns. Over his four-year collegiate career, the former Razorback totaled 62 receptions for 910 yards with seven receiving touchdowns.

The 24-year-old went undrafted in 2014. He was then signed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Chargers. He unfortunately did not crack the 53-man roster and spent last year on the practice squad. Now with the 2015 regular season on the horizon, the possibility of Herndon making the roster is once again up in the air. But I’m telling you that he can surely make it.

Despite only returning seven punts while in college, he impressed with some solid returns against the Dallas Cowboys in the first preseason game. Herndon had a nifty 30-yard punt return to the middle of the field. He also had a few other returns that really tell me that he wants to prove to the NFL world that he belongs on a roster.

In his presser to the media on Friday, head coach Mike McCoy spoke about liking Herndon’s work ethic.

“I think he’s worked extremely hard, all last year…on the practice squad,” McCoy said following Thursday’s preseason contest. “The success he had last night in the return game didn’t surprise me at all.”

As you can tell, McCoy is taking notice of Herndon’s approach to making an impact. As a head coach, it would be really difficult to not notice his effort to make the squad. The fact that McCoy wasn’t surprised by his play last Thursday shows that the youngster has caught the eyes of the coaching staff.

As mentioned above, this is only his second year in the NFL. Meaning, he is still eligible for the practice should he not make the roster.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we’re witnessing with Javontee Herndon. I will be rooting hard for this kid.

GO CHARGERS!

– Richie Farley

Morning Fans, I am a big fan of Darrell Stuckey.  This young man is about to enter his fourth season in the NFL.  I have never met Darrell but you can learn a lot about someone on Twitter….. see Shaun Phillips.  Darrell is married to his wife Lacey whom he meet in college.  The couple have a son named Jayton James Stuckey.  Darrell is a family oriented guy who loves children.  You can see this in the charities and events he volunteers for as a San Diego Charger.  Mr. Stuckey is always tweeting a positive message or scriptures from the Bible.  He works as hard as he hits on the field and is a team player.

Darrell Stuckey is an unsung hero on the field as a special teams ace.  Stuckey , Gachkar and Goodman are never praised for their vital roles on special teams.  Special teams have been Darrell’s primary duty on the team.  That is going to change for Darrell as rumors are surfacing that when the defense is in nickel, Marcus Gilchrist will relinquish the role of strong safety and play nickel cornerback.  When in this defensive package, Stuckey will take over strong safety position for Gilchrist.  This is part of McCoy’s  philosophy to put the best eleven players on the field at one time.  I am warming up to the new regime’s ways of thinking.  In Stuckey’s limited role last season he had twelve tackles and two forced fumbles.  If you have watched a Charger game you know Darrell brings the heat with every hit he delivers. It is a shock he has not caused more fumbles on special teams.

The bottom line is he is a good guy and a good player who can contribute to help this team win.  I am glad he is getting this opportunity and believe he with excel at it.  Stuckey is a blue-collar lunch pail kinda guy you cant help but route for.  Darrell best wishes and much success to you.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Sam MCC

These so-called experts pretend they know the outcome of our roster.  The truth is that this is Tom Telesco’s first GM job and Mike McCoy’s first head coaching job.  Therefore, there is no pattern or formula to use to calculate with at this point.  The point is there are not previous seasons to compare to what the 2013 campaign will be like.  These are new positions for these gentlemen.  The only pattern I have detected is they love players that love the game.

Now there are many variables that go into a teams final fifty-three.  Things such as injuries, team needs, and talent level are a few.  Our fifty-three man roster has no “guaranteed” spots.  We all know that there are several people whose names I need not mention that are ninety-nine percenters.  Which means it’s a good assumption they will.  This new regime has no ties to the prior regime’s players.

What will help define our final roster?  The performance and health of our team will be a make or break it deal for some.  A starter being injured at a key position may cause a back up at a completely different position get cut.  Lets face it, we have several key positions that have been plagued by injury.  So an injury in training camp or preseason could throw a wrench into what could be our final roster.

Here’s to all of you “supposed experts.”  What I compare your prognostication to, regarding our roster,  is like me winning the lottery.  It could happen but it is very unlikely.  For all we know, the team has four or five undrafted rookies that could very well make the final cut.  The point of this article is there are too many factors and unknowns at this point to even pretend to know.

All I can say is this squad will be very different from last year’s.  I see three major moves that make this team better.  They come in the form of the personnel, players, and performance.  But even that is speculation on my part.

One thing I do know is that football season can’t get here fast enough.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Sam MCC

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I am not here to talk about Junior Seau’s football accomplishments.  You can find his sports accolades on any sports website.  I became a Charger fan after Juniors colossal career here.  But I have heard, time and time again, of his generosity in San Diego.

Today I am here to celebrate a humanitarian’s mark that will forever dwell in the hearts of San Diegans.  A leader in the community financially and physically.  Mr. Seau is known for his charity work with the Seau foundation but there were countless others.

The one thing that impressed me about him was the humility that such an icon walked with.  His behavior was uncanny of such a superstar.  The way he was so available to everyday people.  The amount of hours he spent with the fans and common folk is surreal  for a man of his stature.  Even though I have never stepped foot in San Diego, or had the honor of meeting Junior Seau, I know he left San Diego a better place than when he arrived.  I am sure there are thousands of people who can testify to that.  The countless youth that the world wrote off, Junior refused to give up on.

I find myself fighting  tears trying to run down my face as I write about number 55.  That should say it all when writing about a man you never met brings you to tears.  You know you have had a chance to experience  greatness.  I regret that I never met him.  It would have been an honor for me to call him my “Buddy.”

Thank you Junior for  giving me a mold on how to achieve greatness not as a sports icon but as a man.  You will never be forgotten in our hearts.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

 

Sam MCC

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I am here to address Mr. Shaun Phillips today.  In an article on ESPN.com,  Bill Williamson quoted Shaun as saying, “he was on the good side now.”

Are you kidding me?  He has the audacity to call Denver the good side?  As a  Charger fan this enrages me.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand players leave for personal or monetary reasons.  That is just the nature of the business in professional football.  I get that part.  But to go out of your way and slander your previous team?  That I do not understand.  Shaun Phillips showed zero class in that move.

 

Shaun,

You should have taken notes from Barnes, Garay and Vasquez.  Your behavior was unwarranted and uncalled for.  Betraying the masses that once cheered for you.

Denver can take their mediocre, has-been linebacker and well you know (insert impolite words here).   San Diego left the door open for Phillips to return to the Chargers.  This poor example of a player went all bandwagon on us.  He might as well have said San Diego sucks and I am going to play for Denver to win a championship.

Well coaches, fans, and players of the glorious San Diego Chargers, let’s send Mr. Bandwagon a message by winning our  division this season. The Oakland Raiders just lost the number one spot for my hatred.  No, the Denver Donkeys didn’t earn that position either. Congratulations Mr. Phillips!  You won the grand prize.  You are now the proud owner of San Diego fan’s hate and disgust.  Wow, and I almost bought your jersey last season.

Fans, I urge you to leave a comment.  I plan on tweeting this link to Shaun Phillips on twitter.  So let’s tell him how the fans feel.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Sam MCC

 

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Ok, now that we’ve had time to digest the draft picks for the Bolts, what is your opinion of Telesco’s first pick as Chargers GM?  We want to know what you think of the Chargers selecting DJ Fluker in the first round.

I can not stress enough that BoltBlitz.com is fueled by the opinions of the fans.  Without you, the fan/reader, we do not have a site.

So take a minute to leave a comment.

Break free from the tyranny of other sports sites.  We welcome your thoughts here, not crush them.  Don’t agree with us?  Let us know.   Inquiring minds want to know.  Here at BoltBlitz.com we are as passionate about the game of football as you.

Below is a poll about the DJ Fluker selection.  Be sure to vote and then leave a comment at the bottom as to why you voted the way that you did.

 

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Have a Blessed Day,

Sam Mcc

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