#BoltFamSpotlight

 

“When Black Cats Prowl and Pumpkins Gleam, May Luck Be Yours On Halloween!” – Anonymous

Talk about haunting, right?

Well Charger fans! Halloween is fast approaching (literally, hours away) and we know many of you have been prepping up for it, and to dress up as some of the spookiest and most terrifying characters for the night of “Trick or Treating”

Let’s be honest though, after a few years, dressing up as a witch with the REALLY ugly green nose, or as one of the characters from the Addams Family, gets out of style. Let’s try and think of some new ideas to dress up for Halloween.

*LIGHT BULB*

I GOT IT!

How about dressing up as your favorite Charger player!?

Have you thought about workin’ a fancy bolo tie as Philip Rivers? Or style a beard as Eric Weddle? Maybe some sick long hair like Jason Verrett?  The ideas are endless!

Maybe if you don’t want to dress up, you have a unique talent for Pumpkin Craving! How bout carving a Bolt, or a helmet, or something unique representing the Chargers on a pumpkin?

Think you can pull it off? Well I have a treat for you! Share your photos with us on Twitter using the Hashtag #BoltBlitzHalloween, or on Facebook at the BoltBlitzLIVE group, and we’ll share the best of the best Charger costumes on this site for a special article. Show the whole world you are a Charger-nista (Wow, I really wrote that)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

And remember…

“Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore. Scary witches at your door. Jack-O-Lanterns smiling bright. Wishing you a haunting night!” – Anonymous 

– José “Joe” Martínez @JoeLovesMusic24

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BigKahuna

It was the summer of 1982 – I remember it very clearly.  I was standing in my room, with MLB wallpaper surrounding me.  My father was ranting about his favorite baseball team, the Twins, and I realized that I did not have a team in any sport that I cheered for.  At that moment, I decided to be my own person and cheer for the same team in every sport for the rest of my life.  Should I get behind the Twins?  I knew my dad loved the Twins and Vikings because he was born in Minnesota.  I said, “I live in Arizona so what professional teams can I become a die-hard fan of?  The Phoenix Suns – CHECK!”  Now I knew there wasn’t any professional baseball of football teams in Arizona, so what should I do?  I distinctly remember looking up at my wallpaper and seeing the San Diego Padres emblem.  “Well, I was born in San Diego and I love baseball – CHECK!”  Football was next on my list.  How fitting was it that a few months earlier I had watched “The Epic in Miami” with my dad and now I was about to select the Chargers as my forever team.  I remember my dad telling me after that game, “Son, this is a man’s game and this is how the game should be played.”  San Diego Chargers – CHECK!

I was born in late 1972, the location was La Mesa, CA.  I lived there for a few years until my parents moved my sister and I further north to Camarillo, CA.  At age 5, my dad was transferred to Arizona where I would remain until after i graduated from High School.  We were a middle class family that took summer vacations every year to San Diego.  We would do the “touristy” stuff, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Zoo, the beaches…etc., but every other year I would get to go to a Padre game at the Murph.  I actually still have a pin that says “Goose Saved The Game” on it.  In my teens, it became more and more apparent that I seemed to be the only one I knew to cheer for the Padres/Chargers.  Then I met my longtime friend Jim, who had recently moved from San Diego to my town and he was a die-hard as well.  I knew I now had a best friend for life.

After High School, I needed to leave.  The heat, my parents and all the girls who broke my heart, drove me to find another place to call home.  I was involved with my church and realized I had a special gift of listening to people and helping others.  So I decided to find a Christian University where I could receive my degree in Social Work as well as continue to play baseball.  I moved to Portland, OR where I attended and graduated from Concordia University.  Now that I was in the NW, and the only other Bolt fan I knew had remained in Arizona to attend college, I was once again in a lonely place.

I remained a true Chargers fan and I was fine with being “different.”  My first NFL game was in Seattle when the Seahawks hosted the Bills.  The Hawk fans were loud and seemed to be passionate.  I did like the fact that I was cheering for the home team, but it also make me sad that I had never seen the Chargers play at home.  Should I switch?  I mean, I could be living in the NW for a very long time.  NO!  I was not going to break the promise I made to myself.  Then it happened – the 1994 SB team.  It was like a sign from the football Gods paying me for my loyalty.  The Divisional Playoffs vs. Miami was a blur, but I remember the best play, in my opinion, of our team’s history in the AFC Championship game.  I know exactly where I was – alone in the basement of my now ex-in-laws, getting chills watching the replay of Dennis Gibson’s pass deflection that sealed the game and sent the team to their first ever Super Bowl.

I graduated college in 1996 and moved to Seattle, WA.  Now even further away from the nest city in the world and still being the only fan I knew, I was once again on an island – literally too since I did live on Vashon Island briefly.  I made the best of it.  When MLB decided to have Interleague in 1997 I was torn – I was an old school traditionalist and loved the fact that the AL and NL never met until the World Series, but I also was a lonely Padre fan and couldn’t wait to see my Padres in Washington.  In 1999, my last year living in Renton, WA., I was able to attend my first Charger game.  It was a victorious game for the team, a battle of the FG kickers, but I was happy.  There were a hand full of blue and yellow jerseys in attendance and when we passes each other to the food court or restroom, it was like we were long-lost family members.  My eyes were open to the possibility that there might be other Bolt Heads near me but how do I seek them out?

In 2000, I divorced my wife and move to Florida where I remain today.  Now I was even further away from Bolt Nation.  Then about four years ago, while watching a game at Buffalo Wild Wings, I met another fan – Tom.  His whole family, wife and two daughters, were all decked out in Sproles, Gates and Rivers jerseys.  It was such a nice find especially with my wife’s family being die-hard Steeler fans (Anyone relate to my daily hell??) Being in the “melting pot” of Florida I seem to always be outnumbered – Bucs, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Broncos overwhelm me.  Even though Tom and his lovely family were here to share and enjoy the games with me, I still felt alone.  Then I met BoogaP.

Like many of you, I owe Booga a lot for bringing me aboard BoltBlitz and introducing me to all of you.  I joined Twitter earlier this year at age 41 and had no idea what was in store.  After BoogaP and I followed each other, I sent him a DM about a tweet he sent wanting staff writers.  I jumped at the chance since I love to write and what better way than to write about one of my passions, to write about the best team in America’s finest city.  I stand here before all of you with tears of joy streaming down as I look at my life divided into two – the lonely soldier to now a part of the Bolt Family.  Even though I am still profoundly sad that I am not out in San Diego and able to meet most of you, especially for the 2nd BoltBlitz Meetup, I feel that I am a part of this unique and tremendous community.  I no longer walk around town or in Tampa Bay when the Chargers play the Buccaneers, wearing my jersey and feeling isolated.

I just wanted to take this time and explain my story of how alone I have felt my whole life and to express gratitude to all of you, especially BoogaP, for making me feel a part of the greatest community of fans in the world.  #BoltUp  #DieHardForever

Want to tell me your story? Want to ask me any questions about mine?  Go ahead!  Would love to hear from any and all of you. Comment below or find me out on twitter at @C_F_O_A

“PEACE….and Boltness Forever” – BWK

Meachem2

 

So we put this out there for you to vote on who you think makes the 53 man roster.  Now I may not agree with all of the roster choices, but on average these 53 guys were on the rosters of what was submitted.  Below are the results by position and some thoughts on a few surprises.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

 

Quarterback (2)

Philip Rivers

Charlie Whitehurst

Analysis: Not a total shock that Whitehurst stays, given he’s a vet.  Sorenson had some votes though.

 

Running Backs (3)

Ryan Mathews

Danny Woodhead

Ronnie Brown

Analysis: No real questions in this group…unless we sign a vet..cough McGahee cough.

 

Fullback (2)

Le’ron McClain

Chris Gronkowski

Analysis: This shows just how close this position may be.  McClain is the veteran and is the better runner, but if they add a bigger back as a FA, he may be the one to go to save money. This is a position to watch.

 

Wide Receivers (6)

Danario Alexander

Malcom Floyd

Vincent Brown

Keenan Allen

Eddie Royal

Robert Meachem

Analysis: I can tell you this, Meachem was literally the 53rd player.  Clearly, some of you had him on the cut list and some of you had him on the roster.  

 

Tight Ends (3)

Antonio Gates

Ladarius Green

John Phillips

Analysis: No surprises here…Green has some real upside.  Hope we see that in preseason.

 

Offensive Tackle (3)

Max Starks

King Dunlap

DJ Fluker

Analysis: You guys went light on the tackles here.  But total offensive lineman (and guys who can play both G-T should help fill the void here).  You’ll also see a couple of near misses who nearly made the squad.

 

Offensive Guard (4)

Chad Rinehart

Jeromey Clary

Johnnie Troutman

Rich Ohrnberger (C/G)

Analysis: Solid picks and probably in line with what you’d expect.  Only surprise in the group is C/G Rich Ohrnberger.  But perhaps his familiarity with Whiz  buys him some time.

 

Center (3)

Nick Hardwick

David Molk

Colin Baxter

Analysis: Keeping 3 centers may not be likely.  Like Ohrnberger, Baxter and Molk can both fill in at guard.  Which leads me to think they’ll keep an extra tackle and drop one of those two.

 

Defensive End (4)

Corey Liuget

Kendall Reyes

Jarius Wynn

Damik Scafe

Analysis: Right in line with the UT predictions and gives them good depth at the position.

 

Defensive Tackle (3)

Cam Thomas

Kwame Geathers

Byron Jerideau

Analysis: Keeping 3 DTs would be a luxury, not sure they can afford the lack of depth considering Reyes can fill in if needed.

 

Inside Linebackers (5)

Donald Butler

Manti Te’o

DJ Smith

Bront Bird

Andrew Gachkar

Analysis: Keeping 5 ILB is going to depend on how well they perform on special teams and if any safeties can swoop in and take a spot.

 

Outside Linebackers (4)

Larry English

Dwight Freeney

Jarret Johnson

Tourek Williams

Analysis: Perhaps a little light on depth considering the rotations.  It’s a position of depth for any team that runs the 3-4 and unless Ingram comes back late in the season, they’ll need these guys and probably 1 more (Thomas Keiser).

 

Cornerbacks (4)

Derek Cox

Shareece Wright

Johnny Patrick

Steve Williams

Analysis:  Keeping 4 CBs makes sense, especially with Gilchrist who can play both if Taylor takes over when he’s back.  If they do keep 5 CBs, Middleton, Brown or Cromartie may push for that spot.

 

Safeties (4)

Eric Weddle

Marcus Gilchrist

Darrell Stuckey

Brandon Taylor

Analysis: Jahleel Addae has been a camp favorite and working with the twos.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see him crack the roster, especially if he can prove himself on special teams.

 

Kicker (1)

Nick Novack

Analysis: Was there competition?

 

Punter (1) 

Mike Scifres

Analysis: Our apologies to Richard Kent, but Scifres is too good.

 

Long Snapper (1)

Mike Windt

Analysis: ….just stay healthy…better question is who is the backup now that Ingram is hurt?

 

On the bubble…according to you

Greg Brown – CB

Thomas Keiser – OLB

Steve Schilling – T

Jahleel Addae – S

Marcus Cromartie – CB

 

Final Analysis: Right off the top, I’d cut Orhnberger and Baxter and add Keiser and Schilling.  One of the ILB would also be a cut for me and add in Addae.  Cromartie is the next one who could break the roster to replace Brown.  Overall, heavy competition at FB, WR, ILB, CB, S.

 

Thanks for voting.

Justin Holmerud

Telesco4

 

While we are just 5 days into training camp, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 53 man roster.  Kevin Acee and Michael Gehlken have taken their first stab at it.  For our purposes, we are looking to you the fans to collaboratively come up with who you think will make up the 53 man roster.

Below, you will find a link that allows you to pick your 53 man roster from all the players currently on the team.  Keep in mind, it’s less important where they are ranked vs. ensuring the players are in the top 53 rankings.  So for example: Ranking Philip Rivers #1 is obvious, but he could be #53 in your list, so long as he’s on there.  Anyone ranked 54 and beyond is considered a cut.  I’ve ordered the players by position.  You can start by clicking on a player and then you’ll see the numbers show up in the boxes next to them to help you see where your 53 starts and ends.  You can then use the drop down to assign numbers or drag and drop guys within the list.

It’s your turn to play Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy Lots of competition in camp…will Eddie Royal make your 53?  After a few days, we will collect results and share those out with you for who you all think makes the team.  I’ll also post some guys who are on the bubble or that received roster votes.  Look forward to seeing who your 53 are.

Click here to pick your 53

 

Laurie

My name is Laurie Fredricks and I’m a massage therapist.  I have a business degree with an emphasis in accounting so how did I end up doing this line of work?  A friend suggested it to me at the gym one day about 4 years ago.  I remember going to my 1st day of class and looking at all my classmates and thinking “Oh man, I have to touch all these people (ugh)!”

Well, I finished the program which was for Swedish Massage which I think is a big waste of anyone’s time.  That just wasn’t cutting it for me.  I am an intense person and if something isn’t great, why bother?  Luckily, I found a little lady that did a different kind of massage with her feet.  It is called Ashiatsu Massage, I took a 3 day intense course with her and knew this is what I wanted to do.

My passion is helping people and I just happen to love sports as well.  I cannot put into words the looks on these big guys faces after a session.  They are so thankful to finally be able to find someone who can make a difference.  I am both humbled and thankful that anybody who uses their body to make a living trusts me.  I have worked on NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA.  I am relatively new to San Diego and building a VIP client base of pro athletes (current and retired).

Massage is starting to become more mainstream in sports as it helps muscle recovery, prevents injury, aids deep sleep, and can contribute to optimal athletic performance on game day.  I hear athletes mention it in post game interviews more and more.  Football is truly a game of inches and if you are just a little faster or a little more flexible due to massage, it can really influence the outcome of plays.

Finally, I wanna thank all the guys that are telling other teammates about me and BoogaP, #TheBoltFather, for networking with me.

@lauriefredricks  on twitter

916-370-7220   cell

lauriefredricks@gmail.com

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I hope everyone enjoyed the first ever #BoltFamSpotlight article featuring Laurie Fredricks.  Be sure to follow her on twitter, @lauriefredricks.  If you see any of our favorite Chargers tweeting about needing a massage, be sure to send them Laurie’s way!

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

BoogaP

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