In a move that was expected by some and hoped for by many, the Los Angeles Chargers have reunited with tight end Antonio Gates. The veteran and future Hall of Famer inked a one-year deal with the club on Sunday.
When perusing the record books of the Los Angeles Chargers, one can’t help but notice the name of Antonio Gates sprinkled all over the place. Entering his 16th season in the NFL with the Chargers, the former Kent State product owns all of the major receiving records.
What you won’t see in those record books are any of the names of the other tight ends on the roster. You obviously won’t find the name of Virgil Green, a first-year addition to the tight-end group. And most folks have never even heard of Sean Culkin — or Braedon Bowman. (He is no longer on the roster)
SIDE NOTE: I absolutely CRUSH with both Culkin and Bowman in Madden, but whatever.
Earlier this offseason, the Chargers and general manager Tom Telesco made the difficult decision to move forward without re-signing Antonio Gates to a new contract. The team believed it was time to move forward with Hunter Henry as the focal point at tight end.
And then the inevitable happened, because why not?
Hunter Henry tore his ACL in May and then everyone and their dog began clamoring for the re-signing of Antonio Gates.
Bringing Antonio Gates back into the mix makes a lot of sense for the Bolts. The rapport between Gates and signal caller Philip Rivers is undeniable.
Sure, Gates is not going to outrun anyone on the opposing defense, but he and Philip are so in-tune that the duo can still find ways to be effective in the right situations.
Among other factors, the fact that the Chargers are loaded at the skill positions lends itself to justifying the signing of Gates. When looking at the Chargers’ receiving corps — Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin — it is easy to see that a defensive coordinator will have his hands full when gameplanning against the passing game. Though Antonio Gates may be an afterthought on your fantasy teams, that won’t be the case for the “GOAT” come this season.
I am not naive enough to think that Antonio Gates will light up the boxscore in his 16th season. But I do believe that his signing was much-needed when it comes to rounding out the tight-end position. Though newly acquired tight end Green will most likely start for the Chargers, expect Gates to see anywhere from 25-40 percent of the snaps throughout the ’18 campaign.
It is also worth noting that the Chargers placed Hunter Henry on the PUP list. They did so as opposed to sending him straight to the season-ending injured-reserve list. This indicates that the team feels as though they have a real shot at making some noise as the season wears on, allowing for a late-season return for the young tight end out of Arkansas.
Antonio Gates is not going to lead the league or the team in any statistical categories of note. His signing makes perfect sense for the Bolts, though, as an extra three-four difference-making plays a game are all the team needs to propel themselves back in to the postseason dance known as the NFL playoffs.
Look for Antonio Gates to snag approximately 30-35 receptions for right around 300-350 yards receiving with six touchdown receptions in 2018. Again, his presence on the field is more about possibilities than production.
Over his illustrious career, Antonio Gates has hauled in 927 passes for 11,508 yards and 114 touchdowns.
Gates = GOAT
Thanks a lot for reading.
Dave “Booga” Peters
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Integrated Sports Marketing is proud to announce the San Diego Legends 5k! Formerly the LT5k, this new event will bring together legendary professional sports icons from San Diego’s rich past to raise money for YOUR sports teams and clubs. Join San Diego sports legends from the Padres, Sockers, Chargers and Aztecs as we promote youth sports and celebrate our rich sports history!
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Legends scheduled to attend:*
- Charlie Joiner – NFL Hall of Famer, Chargers Legend
- Shannon MacMillan – Soccer Hall of Famer, USA National Team World Cup & Olympic Champion
- Brian Quinn – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Julie Veee – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Darren Bennett – Chargers Hall of Famer, NFL Pro Bowler, Aussie Rules Football Legend
- Bret Boone – MLB All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Winner
- Billy Ray Smith – Chargers Legend, College Football Hall of Famer, Sports Radio and TV Host
- John Carney – ChargersLegend and All-time leading scorer, NFL Pro Bowler
- Cha Cha Namdar – Sockers Legend
- Hank Bauer – Chargers 50th Anniversary Team, NFL Special Teams Season Tackles Record
- MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
*subject to change
Coming to San Diego June 9, 2018, the event will take place at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Formerly the Naval Training Center, NTC Park has one of the most prominent park views in San Diego. With its 46-acre water access NTC Park at Liberty Station is the premier location to host the Legends 5k. This will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone, music, and exhibitor area. This is a great way to have fun and support a great cause!
Your paid registration includes:
- 5k Fun Run or Kids 1-mile Run in beautiful Point Loma
- Digital Chip Timing
- Performance Event T-shirt
- Commemorative Finisher Medals for all participants
- Free snacks and drinks
- Autograph booth for participants featuring San Diego Sports Legends (must have race bib to get autographs)
- Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses from LB Jumpers Express
- Awards for overall and age group winners
Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 – 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports located at 5553 Copley Drive – San Diego, CA 92111.
The 5K will start at 8:15 AM and the Kids 1-Mile Fun run at 9:00 am, on Saturday, June 9. Please see “Register” for more information on registering and packet pickup.
Today is the day as the NFL Draft kicks off tonight in Arlington, Texas. I would be remiss if I didn’t provide everyone with my one-and-only Los Angeles Chargers seven-round mock draft.
Though mock drafts tend to be useless fodder that we all use to fill some of the time during the NFL off-season, they’re fun.
So, relax your nipples and bring the heat in the comments section. I am sure many of you will VERY MUCH dislike my mock draft for the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers. And that is part of the reason why I’m doing it.
Los Angeles Chargers:
Rd. 1 Pick 15
*Trade with the Cardinals*
QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
The Chargers trade their first-round choice (No. 17 overall), a fourth-round selection this year, along with wide receiver Travis Benjamin to Arizona. The Cardinals lost speedster and wideout John Brown to the Baltimore Ravens in the off-season. Adding Benjamin to the fold allows for the possibility of replacing the former deep-threat in Brown. The Bolts knew they had to get ahead of Baltimore to secure the services of the best quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft class. Philip Rivers will be better in the long-run due to this pick, as well; there is NOTHING like competition to fuel the fire which creates winning football; and Rivers is VERY MUCH aware of the fact that a signal caller could be taken early.
Rd. 2 Pick 48
DL Maurice Hurst Michigan 6-foot-1, 282 pounds
Due to a heart condition, the best interior defensive lineman in the draft will fall into the laps of the Los Angeles Chargers. Though Hurst was NOT required to be retested for said conditions during what is considered the “medical retesting time” for NFL clubs, the buzz around the league is that organizations are still concerned. Fine. I don’t feel it necessary to justify this pick at all, as Hurst was dominant on all three downs. For those of you who don’t know, that is rare for an interior defensive lineman. I have spoken ad nauseam that Hurst is superior to everyone else’s favorite, Vita Vea, despite being “undersized,” per many evaluations. And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Keep on reading, folks.
Rd. 3 Pick 84
LB Uchenna Nwosu USC 6-foot-2, 251 pounds
This uber-talented ‘backer is exactly who the Los Angeles Chargers were hoping would fall to them. Though rumors from dumb-fuck sources stated that Nwosu was “the pick at 48 for the Chargers,” he should still be available in the third round. He just happens to have played in a Southern California program where everyone was watching the likes of quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones (whom I loooooove). Nwosu can come in and start as a rookie in the linebacking corps for the Chargers.
Rd. 5 Pick 155
RB Nyheim Hines NC State 5-foot-9, 200 pounds
(Pssst, Chargers fans, the Bolts just landed a seriously good running back in the fifth round. Feel free to rejoice. The Bolts now have a Gordon-Hines combo, similar to that of the New Orleans Saints in Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara.)
Hines can line up all over the field, literally, as he is a threat as a runner and receiver. I believe he had more receptions from the slot position than any other back in Division-1 collegiate football. (Y’all will have to check that one, as I am not going to do so)
Rd. 6 Pick 191
FB Dimitri Flowers Oklahoma 6-foot-2, 248 pounds
In an effort to give credit where credit is due, I wouldn’t have even watched a minute of Flowers’ tape if it wasn’t for John Kegley.
I know what you were looking at, and I appreciate your solid analysis. Flowers can spell both Gordon and Hines. Should the draft play out that way, look out! Flowers is bullish enough to “push the pile” while still being nimble enough to make an unrelenting pass-rusher think twice about squaring him up. Thank you, Kegs.
Give me Flowers to find a role in the Chargers offense, whether that be in short-yardage situations or goal-line opportunities. Sorry, Derek Watt, bye-bye?
Rd. 7 Pick “Who the fuck cares” ( I do, but I get it, casual fans)
K Eddie Pineiro Florida 6-foot, 185 pounds
“Look at Booga, as he is trying to raise the stakes in the Chargers’ kicking battle!”
Telesco and company hedge their bets here by taking the best kicker in the ’18 draft class. Will he outlast kickers Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo? We’ll have to wait and see until after Pineiro is drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round. Though the realistic bet would be on Sturgis holding down the starting spot, head coach Anthony Lynn is NOT going to let Tom Telesco’s inability to find a kicker affect his resumé any longer. Expect Lynn to make sure this kicking situation is figured out and solidified, despite the uncertainty/inability to find a kicker via his general manager.
Here’s the deal, folks, as we look at the 2018 NFL draft landscape, we all have a “good problem” as fans. Regardless of the team you support, this draft class allows for solid players throughout most of this draft. Don’t be deterred or upset by names you don’t know. Just look them up, but DON’T only “look up” their YouTube highlights.
This particular mock draft still leaves some question marks along the defensive interior and at linebacker. Though any team who drafts Mo Hurst will be lucky to sign him, many will contend that he isn’t the answer. This would solely be due to size and health issues, of course, as his collegiate ProFootballFocus.com ratings are through the roof. Per their reputable and stat/movement-based testing on NFL players, it’s safe to say that Hurst is worthy of a first-round pick. He falls to the Bolts in the second round of my mock.
I hope y’all had as much fun reading this as I did writing this. And I’m sure there are errors all over it, but fuck it.
I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to read what the heck I have to say regarding what will be the 2018 draft class of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Is that a bit presumptuous? Of course it is. My name is Booga Peters. 😉
And thanks a lot for reading. I genuinely appreciate y’all.
The Los Angeles Chargers and defensive lineman Corey Liuget have agreed to a revised deal, according to a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The details of the revision have yet to be announced.
The #Chargers and DL Corey Liuget have agreed to terms on a revised contract to keep him in Los Angeles for another season, source said. He was set to make $8M in 2018 and his status had been up in the air.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2018
Starving for cap space, the revision/restructuring of Liuget’s contract seemed like a given. When it was announced that Liuget would be suspended from the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, it was too easy to predict.
Liuget has been an important part of the Chargers’ defensive line since being drafted in the first round out of Illinois in 2011.
Entering his eighth season in the NFL, the 28-year-old has amassed 260 total tackles, 22.5 sacks, 20 passes defensed and six forced fumbles.
The Bolts have been rumored to be heavily interested in bolstering their defensive line unit via this year’s draft.
Thanks a lot for reading.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams did not have the rookie season anyone would have liked in 2017.
Williams was drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft. It was the first time the Chargers had taken a wide receiver in the top-10 of the draft.
(Yes, in the team’s draft history)
After missing all of the off-season programs and training camp as a rookie due to a disc herniation, the Clemson product struggled to settle into the offense during the regular season once healthy. It appeared to me that he was never fully healthy last season. But his lack of performance on Sundays was not solely due to injury.
Back in January, quarterback Philip Rivers seemed to convincingly sum up the rookie year of Mike Williams.
“He never seemed fully, fully comfortable, and I don’t know that it ever just had flow to it, you know, for him,” Rivers said via an article from LA Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams. “I still think there’s a little bit of thinking that’s going on. It never felt like he was playing free.”
Rivers went on to talk about the importance of the 2018 off-season for Mike Williams in that same article on ESPN.com.
“This offseason will be huge for him,” Rivers said. “I’m excited about Mike. I think he’ll add a lot and bring a great impact to our offense. But this offseason will be huge for him, to get him healthy, all those OTAs, a full offseason program, weight room and running. Mike can add another dimension to our offense.”
Williams finished his rookie year with a paltry 11 receptions for 95 yards. Those numbers are incredibly underwhelming for a first-round pick, but he did miss six regular-season games.
As mentioned above, I am not entirely sure that Mike Williams was actually healthy in 2017. But I feel it’s far more important to take notice of the words of Rivers.
Make no mistake about it, the Chargers’ playbook is not easy to learn for pass-catching targets. When you miss extended time due to injury, keeping you off the field and really learning, the lack of effective play makes perfect sense.
The passing offense for the Bolts is full of option-routes, realignments and position switches for the receiving targets. Within seconds of coming out of the huddle, Rivers may change the position of multiple players. This forces even their most reliable and knowledgeable of targets to learn and know all positions and routes on any given play. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is a solid teacher, and Williams is in good hands with Whiz and the rest of the staff. An adjustment period should be expected for the 23-year-old.
Mike Williams’ success in his sophomore season will depend on a lot of factors. Should he manage to be healthy and involved in all facets of off-season work, we could see what he is capable of at this level.
My concern lies in what could be his lack of ability to separate from NFL defenders. Despite injuries and lack of time in off-season activities, that concern is real.
Williams does a great job of high-pointing the ball and using his body to shield off defenders as he attacks the ball. He was seen to be a threat in the red zone and on third-down situations in college. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, his frame and size lend itself to that being a strength in the NFL.
I think it’s safe to say that Mike Williams will improve in his second year. Improving upon 11 receptions is certainly not too tall a task.
Receiving targets like Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry allow the second-year player time to ease in to the scheme. Though fans want production immediately, expect a slow start for No. 81. Look for Mike Williams to haul in roughly 45 receptions for 490 yards and six scores in 2018. In comparison to his rookie season, those numbers would be a welcomed sight for all.
In conclusion, do not close the book on Williams and declare him a bust.
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The Los Angeles Chargers have waived running back Kenneth Farrow and kicker Nick Rose. The Chargers announced the move via the team’s official website.
ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates had the announcement via Twitter.
The Chargers have waived reserve RB Kenneth Farrow and K Nick Rose.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 13, 2018
As Yates mentioned in the tweet, Farrow, 25, was a reserve running back with the team. The former undrafted rookie free agent out of Houston missed all of the 2017 season due to injury. He also missed time after being placed on season-ending injured-reserve in ’16.
Kicker Nick Rose spent the end of the ’17 campaign with the Bolts after being claimed off of waivers (formerly with the Redskins). Rose missed two of his three field-goal attempts last season with the Chargers.
When wide receiver Travis Benjamin was acquired during the 2016 free-agency period, Chargers fans everywhere were immediately excited.
Formerly with the Cleveland Browns, Benjamin displayed scorching speed and an ability to take the top off of opposing defenses, despite having a plethora of quarterbacks slinging him the rock.
His addition to the Chargers’ receiving corps was a coup, as the team already featured No. 1 wideout Keenan Allen, veteran Stevie Johnson, an up-and-comer in Tyrell Williams, a serviceable option in Dontrelle Inman and tight ends Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. The team also had Danny Woodhead coming out of the backfield, along with Melvin Gordon, as well. (Woodhead has since moved on to the Baltimore Ravens while Johnson remains unsigned)
It goes without saying, the team made sure that the weapons surrounding veteran signal-caller Philip Rivers were plentiful, but then, well, you know what happened: the injury bug decided that it would make the Bolts’ last season in San Diego much like the last several, injury-riddled.
Allen went down in the first game of the regular season after making Marcus Peters look like a 38-year-old Booga Peters (I can’t cover the bread with jelly, much less an NFL receiver the caliber of No. 13). This put more pressure on the rest of the pass-catchers, including Benjamin.
The Chargers and general manager Tom Telesco were aggressive in securing the addition of the former Miami Hurricane during the 2016 offseason, signing him to a lucrative four-year, $24 million contract, with a $5 million signing bonus while $13 million was received in guaranteed money.
Well, 47 receptions with 677 receiving yards and four touchdowns later, and, why not, some injury issues, the speedy receiver finished the 2016 campaign with underwhelming numbers.
I have no doubt that Benjamin would agree with me on that.
Moving on to this offseason and preparations for 2017.
With the team’s 2017 first-round selection (former Clemson WR Mike WIlliams) possibly being placed on reserve-injured for the season, and the uncertainty of whether or not KA13 can stay healthy for an entire season, the Chargers’ offense needs Benjamin to be in tip-top shape.
According to his words on the team’s official website, he’s feeling good, and ready to get out there and display his full playmaking ability.
“It feels good to be myself,” Benjamin told Chargers.com. “This whole offseason I was being myself in the weight room. Being myself while rehabbing. Now I’m being myself on the field. I wanted to come back stronger and showcase my talent. Just make sure I’m the best I can be during training camp.”
If Benjamin is in fact healthy and himself, as he mentions above, he adds a dynamic element that the Bolts haven’t had for quite some time.
Do not forget, Benjamin tied for the league-lead in plays over 40 yards… with Tyrell Williams.
He is an electric runner with the ball in his hands, able to outrun most players in the NFL, and his route-running is criminally underrated.
Stat Prediction for Travis Benjamin in 2017:
64 receptions for 981 yards and six touchdowns
Should Benjamin live up to the contract he signed and the expectations of the organization and fans, we could all be witness to some of the most explosive, game-changing plays of the 2017 season.
Needless to say, there are quite a few folks who are hoping for just that; while others, not so much.
Thanks a lot for reading.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I love me some Alberto Riveron, so I couldn’t be happier to have seen his recent promotion in the press release posted below.
(Sorry, Dean Blandino. I have this weird thing — not good-weird, but bad-weird — for guys named Dean, and you were no Mike Pereira, either.)
Alberto Riveron, a member of the NFL’s Officiating Department since 2013 and a nine-year veteran NFL game official has been named NFL senior vice president of officiating.
Riveron will oversee all aspects of the league’s officiating department – including the implementation of the centralized replay model approved by clubs at the annual meeting in March – as well as administration, evaluation and development.
A native of Cuba, Riveron moved to Miami at age five with his family and developed a passion for the game. He began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, made his collegiate officiating debut in 1990 before joining the NFL officiating ranks in 2004. In 2008, Riveron was promoted to referee, earning the distinction as the NFL’s first Hispanic referee. Riveron came off the field following the 2012 season to join the league office as senior director of officiating.
“Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Prior to that, Al was an outstanding on-field official who earned the respect of his fellow officials, as well as coaches and players alike. To have Al leading our officiating department, and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne, is a tremendous positive for us as we look forward to the 2017 season.”
Reporting to Riveron, who will report to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, will be two new hires designed to aid in the department’s long-standing goal of excellence in officiating performance –Russell Yurk and Wayne Mackie.
Yurk joins the staff as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration. In this role, Yurk will direct the league’s instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room and oversee all instant replay-related personnel. Yurk will also be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising operational aspects of scheduling and logistics as well as the training and development of instant replay personnel.
Yurk spent the past seven seasons as an NFL instant replay official after working as an on-field official for 10 seasons at the high school and college level. An instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL Referee’s Manual for the past two years.
Mackie, a 10-year veteran NFL game official, has been named Vice President of Officiating Evaluation and Development, responsible for the officiating evaluation and development program, managing the on-field officials weekly crew evaluation process, as well the staff of officiating supervisors and trainers, and the management of the Officiating Development Program.
A highly-respected on-field game official for the past two decades at the collegiate and professional level, Mackie entered the NFL in 2007 as a head linesman and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top officials at his position. Mackie has officiated in eight NFL playoff games, including serving as head linesman at Super Bowl 50 and for two conference championship games during his 10-year NFL career.
Mackie began his collegiate officiating career in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1996 and also officiated in the Atlantic 10 and Big East through his final collegiate season in 2006 prior to joining the NFL.
Riveron, Yurk and Mackie will all work in GameDay Central throughout the season and have the final say on instant replay decisions, in consultation with the referee as part of the new replay rules for the 2017 season.
“Al, Russell and Wayne are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of officiating and game administration in professional sports,” Vincent said. “The structure of their responsibilities will provide us with a sustainable model for greater efficiency, improved performance from our officials, and operational excellence in collaboration, development and training of our officiating team.”
The Los Angeles Chargers had free-agent safety Tre Boston pay them a visit. The former Carolina Panthers defensive back has also visited with the Buffalo Bills.
Boston has familiarity with Bills new head coach Sean McDermott and new general manager Brandon Beane from his time in Carolina.
Boston took to Twitter to keep everyone posted on where he is at in the free-agent process and how he felt about the two clubs that hosted him.
Headed back to CLT, Chargers and Bills definitely made it a tough decision for me! I’ll go home and weigh the pros and cons with the Wife.🙏🏾
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 9, 2017
As noted by Eric Williams of ESPN.com in a recent article, “…the Los Angeles Chargers did not address the safety position until Day 3, selecting Miami’s Rayshawn Jenkins in the fourth round and Iowa’s Desmond King in the fifth,” which gives the Bolts every reason to bring in Boston and attempt to sign him to Gus Bradley’s defense.
As it stands right now, the Bolts are slated to start Jahleel Addae and Dwight Lowery at the strong-safety and free-safety spots, respectively. They also have safeties Dexter McCoil, Darrell Stuckey, Adrian Phillips and Adrian McDonald on the roster.
Although the number of bodies at the position seems sufficient, it is lacking the quality depth you need at this level, especially in a pass-happy league where signal callers often are slinging the rock 30-plus times a game.
As mentioned above, the Chargers did select Jenkins from “The U” and project him to eventually be an in-the-box safety, his time to make an impact is not necessarily this year. King looks to be penciled in as No. 1 on the depth chart at nickel-corner, by my estimation when looking at the roster.
Adding Boston would indeed give the Chargers some much-needed depth and perhaps another playmaker in a secondary boasting the likes of Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.
Drafted out of UNC in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft by the Panthers, the 24-year-old has amassed 108 total tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions — one of which he returned 84 yards for a touchdown as a rookie — in his three seasons in the NFL.
On Monday, I posted an article regarding my thoughts on how utterly stupid the whole “#FightForLA” stance is for the Los Angeles Chargers.
I shared the article per my normal posting guidelines — all over social media.
One of my favorite writers on any site ever — who is now a FORMER writer of mine due to the team’s relocation to Los Angeles — read the article and then posted the following response.
Before you read it, I told him how much I felt his emotions along with him as I read his comment. It is raw, real and unedited, and he even apologized at the end for his post being, “so long.”
He had NO reason to apologize, which I also pointed out.
You may be able to sense what I’m getting at when you continue to read.
I was re-considering my decision during the draft on whether or not to be a Chargers fan. I have checked up on them and saw they had a great draft. I started reading about their picks, I unblocked them on Twitter and started looking through their old tweets that I have missed because they were blocked.
As I was reading, I was starting to get excited again. I was getting excited for the season, getting excited to watch my favorite team play football again. Then as I was reading some articles and tweets a little hashtag caught my eye. That hashtag happened to be #FightForLA. Seeing that made my heart drop again. As if looking at your newly broken up relationship and seeing her engaged two months after a 24 year relationship. I simply can’t root for a team that is all about LA and has no intention on remembering their true home, San Diego.
Now, I wish you guys all the best. I will probably just end up being a fan of players, fantasy players, the game, etc. as I recuperate from my city no longer being an NFL one. It sucks, but hopefully one day we will get our team back. Hopefully one day the league realizes what a mistake it was leaving a loyal city whether it looked like it or not. Hopefully one day I can look at the Chargers and think to myself “I wish they would win a Super Bowl” because right now, it still hurts and it’s nothing but bad wishes and resentfulness.
This young man’s name is Zakariah Darman — it’s Zak, by the way, but whatever — playfully known as ZDizzle around these here parts.
His highly placed love for the Chargers was only trumped by his love for his city; the finest city in all of America, San Diego.
You almost sucked him back in, Chargers… but you found a way to fuck it up with your ignorant “#FightForLA” bullshit.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A big shoutout to Zak for allowing me to use this on the website that he used to bless with his knowledge, charisma and incredibly good looks. You are still missed, Sir.