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See what two of our writers, Zak Darman and Chris Hoke, have to say about whether or not the 2016 San Diego Chargers will make the playoffs this season.

 

Zak Darman: NO DEAL! The San Diego Chargers will NOT make the playoffs at years end.

 

The Chargers made some nice moves in the offseason to boost up their offense by signing wide receiver Travis Benjamin and center Matt Slauson. It is no secret that the offense is much improved, starting with the addition of offensive guru Ken Whisenhunt. The offense was looking very good in Week 1, right before Keenan Allen left that game with a torn ACL, ending his season. The running game looked much improved with a better and more decisive Melvin Gordon. The loss of Danny Woodhead from Sunday’s game against Jacksonville will hurt immensely, though, and they hope the recent signing of Dexter McCluster will help. We will see.

 

On defense, however, is where the weaknesses still stand out. The Bolts used the No. 3 overall selection on defensive end Joey Bosa, who has not played in a single game this season due to contract negotiations/injury, and brought in nose tackle Brandon Mebane, cornerback Casey Heyward and safety Dwight Lowery. I still don’t like this group because in my opinion they don’t have enough playmakers to take this team to the next level. Manti Te’o is below average and prior to being lost for the season due to injury, there was a question whether he should be starting or not. The safeties are a joke and the pass rush is still bad. Outside of Pro Bowler Jason Verrett, who else is there? It also does not help to have one of the worst defensive coordinators in all of football in John Pagano. Yes, the defense looked great in the first half vs KC but lets not forget that the Chiefs were without Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith was missing some wide open short route throws that he usually doesn’t miss. This unit has been overrated from the get-go and it needs to be addressed. The defense looked better in week 2, but that was against a young and inexperienced Jaguars team. On Sunday, Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton did what they wanted. Verrett wasn’t on his game and the defense had no shot.

 

 Lastly, the coaching on this team is pathetic. We already went over Pagano, who should have been fired in 2013 if not for the playoff win in Cincinnati. Head Coach Mike McCoy is soft and constantly sits on leads when he can easily put a team away; Chiefs game was a perfect example. He has gotten worse every year while being here and is constantly letting games slip away. McCoy and Pagano need to be shown the door or else this team will not improve. With all that being said, I am predicting the Chargers record at the end of the season will be 5-11 or 6-10 at best.
Chris Hoke: DEAL! The San Diego Chargers will make the playoffs

 

First let me start by saying for the sake of this piece I will make a case for Mike McCoy even if my previous articles and opinions have stated otherwise. Mike McCoy has shown flashes of being a Coach who can lead this team. All of the losses, huge injuries, off the field drama with Eric Weddle and now Joey Bosa, has caused major distractions which is never a good recipe in the locker room. In this case for Mike McCoy winning fixes everything. Even through three major season-ending injuries to key players, this team is built to win and get deep into the playoffs.  Here’s how:

 

As Zak had pointed out above, the improvement of this offense is the running game. Yes it is odd to say this, due to the horrible run game the Chargers have had in a long time, a running game is very much back in San Diego; maligned since the departure of Ken Whisenhunt and Ryan Mathews. It’s no coincidence that since his return to America’s finest city, the run game has been rejuvenated. Gordon, who had zero touchdowns last year, has already compiled four scores along with his first career 100 yard rushing game against the Jags. Follow that up with a passing attack, without Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead whom are both lost for the season, still has the weapons to be very dangerous. With the old reliable Antonio Gates on the sidelines, there is not much room for panic with the emergence of second round pick Hunter Henry. Even with the fumbled tragedy that ended any last ditched efforts for a win last week against the Colts, Hunter had a pretty solid game; breaking open for huge yards. Continuity between him and Rivers will only begin to grow more with each big play Hunter makes. The future is still bright for these Bolts offensively.

 

After being released from the Chargers after the 2012 season, former Head Coach Norv Turner was asked for a quote regarding the new incoming coaching staff. “They need to have a lot of patience with them.”

 

“Them” referencing all Charger fans.

 

Maybe we need to really forget about 2013 as maybe the Chargers caught lightning in a bottle with a group of talent that really wasn’t that good, at least defensively. Moving on to this year, it’s been four years and four drafts since Tom Telesco and company took over. Some naysayers have claimed that he has missed on players, but at the same time he has found some gems, such as Jason Verrett.  There are others like Craig Mager and DJ Fluker where the verdict is still to be determined however in my opinion they are good additions to this team.

 

I will say that the defensive talent on this team, is what Pagano has been waiting for.  We all have seen what Hayward has done thus far and of course what the Pro Bowler Verrett can do, but the key addition, in my opinion, is the addition to Brandon Mebane – whose presence alone has shifted protection schemes. That ability, to force opposition to change schemes, is not listed in the box score yet it creates room for the linebackers, such as new defensive captain Melvin Ingram, to reap the rewards.

 

The first round pick Joey Bosa has yet to take the field – signs pointing to week 5 or 6. The Chargers seem fine to just ease him in slowly rather to not risk further injury. Even with the loss of Manti Teo, Jatavis Brown stepped in and showed that he can be an instant playmaker. When Bosa does finally step in and is at game level, this defense will be headed to the next level. We already see what happens when Mebane is on the field and when you add in the beast Corey Liuget and Bosa – the three-headed monster will lead this team to playoffs and hopefully back to the Super Bowl.

 

In closing, if McCoy can remain aggressive, this team can and will make the playoffs.  If his attitude is as assertive as I saw it to be in 2013, it will resonate throughout the whole locker room.  As long as we do not continue to lose key players every week, this team has the talent to beat any team on any given Sunday.  The defense could easily be ranked in the top five, sans injuries of course, and as we have seen in the past, defense wins championships.  Toss in a future Hall of Fame quarterback, a running back who is so raw and talented, and a receiving core who has already manifested themselves as reliable, the San Diego Chargers will make it deep into the playoffs.  Perhaps we will hear this again.

 

 

Let us know your opinion on whether or not the Chargers, as it stands, will make the playoffs this season.

 

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The staff of BoltBlitz.com is proud to host a San Diego Chargers fans meet-up on Saturday, August 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The Tilted Kilt has been an amazing host site and the staff has been very accommodating. We are very proud of you, our loyal readers who turn out en masse and take over and fill the place with lightning bolts!

At our June Tilted Kilt meet-up many members of the Chargers organization came out to take part in the festivities. As you can see in the picture above, sandwiched between myself (far left) and Dave Peters (far right) are (from left to right) Kyle Emanuel, Dontrelle Inman and Sean Lissemore. These Chargers took the time out of their busy schedules to attend in person and graciously signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who asked.

Many, many thanks to Kyle, Dontrelle and Sean for making our event such a huge success!

If the Aug. 6th date looks familiar, yes, it is the same day as the Chargers’ annual FanFest. FanFest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to make it from the stadium to the Tilted Kilt for a raging after party! There will be raffles for Chargers memorabilia, autographed collectibles and other prizes.

Paddy Pickford, owner of Evolution Lighthouse will be there with his signature line of custom Chargers jewelry as well as new and unique lines of custom jewelry. A portion of every Chargers-related item sold goes to victims of domestic violence in San Diego.

Special surprise guests are scheduled to update us on all things stadium and Chargers related. Stay tuned!

Join us on Saturday, August 6th as we ring in the new San Diego Chargers season BoltBlitz style!

 

Bolt Up!!!

 

The Greg One

 

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The next BoltBlitz Chargers fans meet-up has been confirmed for Saturday, August. 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. On June 10th, the Tilted Kilt hosted the most recent meet-up the day after the very successful LT5k.

Current Chargers Dontrelle Inman, Kyle Emanuel and Sean Lissemore attended the event, signing autographs and taking pictures with those in attendance. Thanks again to the players and the San Diego Chargers organization for allowing the Bolts to meet with the fans.

The last meet-up occurred on the heels of a successful signature drive as over 110,000 signatures had been submitted for approval only days before. This meet-up occurs only hours after the Chargers’ yearly FanFest event.

FanFest is on August 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. There will be autographed memorabilia and an assortment of prizes to be won in raffles throughout the afternoon.

This will be a great day to kick off the return of football! Go to FanFest then come to the BoltBlitz meet-up for the afterparty! We hope to see you all there!

 

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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On Sunday, June 12, BoltBlitz.com will be hosting a fans meet-up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The event will begin at 4:00 pm. The meet-ups are a great place to gather and talk San Diego Chargers football with other fans as passionate as yourself.

These meet-ups are always well attended (as you can see in the picture above) and are amply covered by local media. To date, NBC, Fox and CBS have all confirmed they will have news crews at the event. There is a lot of buzz going on with the stadium and around the team itself after the additions they made in the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency. This is a great time to come out and show your support for your team and your city.

There will be raffles of autographed Chargers merchandise and local vendors in attendance will be present so you can purchase Chargers gear at the event. Local companies 619 Clothing and Evolution Lighthouse will be among those in attendance, too. In addition to the fellowship of fans wining (well, beering) and dining together, BoltBlitz is busy assembling local dignitaries to speak on the pertinent issues facing you, the San Diego sports fan and taxpayer.

Confirmed guests at the moment include:

David Frerker is a San Diego State University graduate and award-winning sports blogger covering SDSU and San Diego sports. He is the founder of the website San Diego Sports Domination.

Johnny Boltpride will be in attendance. Johnny was inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association Hall of Fame last year. He is a member of Bolt Pride and co-founder of Save Our Bolts and more. Visit their website to show your support: http://saveourbolts.org

Evolution Lighthouse is a national charity that aids victims of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds made from their custom jewelry line directly goes to aid these women and children. They also have an animal lovers collection that contributes money toward violence against animals. They have close local ties with the San Diego Padres wives and the Chargers. Evolution Lighthouse will have custom made items available for purchase. Visit their website: http://evolutionlighthouse.com

Derek Togerson covers the Chargers and all local sports for NBC San Diego. You see the multi-talented sports anchor, reporter and producer on TV a lot before and after games during football season.

Die Hard Bolt Club is another devoted fan-driven organization working hard to unite fans and keep the Chargers in San Diego.

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We at BoltBlitz are very excited to announce San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Sean Lissemore has confirmed his attendance for the meet-up. We want to thank Sean for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with us!

Much more is still in the works as the meet-up draws near. We’re continually working on adding to our guest list. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

Bolt Up!!

 

The Greg One

 

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I am pleased to announce that BoltBlitz.com and Evolution Lighthouse are teaming up for another event. The next meetup will take place at Cali Comfort on Saturday, September 12, at 4:00 pm.

Cali Comfort is located at 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, 91977.

Our friend, Paddy Pickford from Evolution Lighthouse, will provide the fans with the opportunity to purchase from the Eric Weddle Gameday Collection jewelry line. A portion of the proceeds goes to numerous charities supporting battered women.

For those of you that have been affected by domestic violence, those that have loved ones that have experienced it and those that just want to help out a great cause, by purchasing from the jewelry line you are able to reach out and help others that have been through similar circumstances.

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“I would like to personally thank BoltBlitz for the amazing support and making everything I have done with Evolution Lighthouse so successful.
 
I love seeing the fans get excited and wear jewelry that supports the team while helping turn victims of domestic violence into survivors. It means everything to give back to the community on and off the field.
 
We are excited for a great season and to make the fans proud.
 
I’m sure the BoltBlitz meetup with Evolution Lighthouse will be a perfect start to an amazing season.”
 
-Eric Weddle

 

Evolution Lighthouse (EL)

Shining a spotlight for change.

Evolution Lighthouse (EL) is a San Diego-based jewelry and accessories company. Patrick Pickford and Gerly Noland launched the company in 2014 with the goal of helping to raise awareness and bring funding to the community’s greatest causes. In launching their mission, EL teamed with NFL superstar, Eric Weddle to tackle domestic violence. The goal is to have a portion of each purchase allocated to our partner charities, whether the item is from a specific charity’s collection or an item from our EL collection. Evolution Lighthouse is helping to inspire a generation of difference makers.

Contact Evolution Lighthouse:                                                   EL

(619) 200-4129
info@evolutionlighthouse.com

Connect with Us:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/evolutionlighthouse
Instagram: @evolighthouse
Twitter: @evolighthouse

 

 

 

We are so grateful for the BoltBlitz team helping take Evolution Lighthouse to the next level.  You gave us our official launch almost a year ago and we haven’t looked back. We know this year will be even better, and we are looking forward to a great season of charity and Charger victories.

– Patrick

 

For those of you that have attended previous events, it will be just as expected, with a little twist.

If you have yet to come to one of them, here is what you can expect:

  • Raffle items
  • Members of the San Diego media
  • Guest speakers
  • A family-friendly atmosphere
  • Cold beer and great food
  • Lots of Chargers talk
  • Vendor tables with Charger-related merchandise
  • And more

Seeing as it is the day before the Chargers’ home opener against the Lions, it will be a great day to unite the fans and get pumped for the entire 2015 season.

So let’s kick it off right.

Come on down to Cali Comfort on Saturday, September 12, at 4:00 pm and show everyone how much you love your Chargers!

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After countless questions regarding the next BoltBlitz meetup, Thomas and I decided to finally give in and schedule another one. Our next meetup is going to be at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 pm.

As we have in the past, we’ll be working with Evolution Lighthouse, a fabulous group that works with Eric Weddle and his Gameday Collection jewelry line which portions of the proceeds go to help put an end to domestic violence. Paddy Pickford will be in attendance and provide everyone with a chance to purchase some classy jewelry. In exciting news from Evolution Lighthouse, you are now able to customize the jewelry, using your name, your loved one’s name or words chosen by the purchaser.

In other exciting news, we have a special guest of honor for the meetup, C-Siccness. He will be there representing his label and bringing some of his music for sale.

We are working with some other local individuals who sell Charger-related items locally to help make this an all-Charger experience. It will also allow us at BoltBlitz.com to help some of the local start-up groups hit the ground running. (If you would like to set up a table and sell your Charger-related items at the meetup, please contact me at 509-301-5838. Just ask for Dave or Booga.)

Like our other meetups, we will have local media and radio personalities on site, taking questions from the fans in our ask the media portion of the event. We are currently working on current and former players for the event as well.

If you have yet to attend one of our meetups, I would highly encourage you to come out and see what it is all about. We have a great time and it allows you to connect with so many other Charger fans.

 

 

Booga Peters

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We are at it again!  BoltBlitz.com’s next meetup is this Saturday at 3:00 pm at the Lucky Bastard Saloon in downtown San Diego.

As usual we are getting together a bunch of fans to hang out and have a great time.  There will be a few raffle items and the prices are $5.00 for one ticket, $20.00 for 5 tickets and $25.00 for 10 tickets.  The more you buy, the more you save and the better chance you have to win!

At Saturday’s event we’ll have some great speakers from groups like Evolution Lighthouse and the #SaveOurBolts campaign, among others.

It may be the offseason but we want to make sure that all of you Charger fans have the opportunity to keep your Charger friendships strong as we all look froward to the 2015 season.

The Lucky Bastard Saloon is located at 840 5th Avenue in downtown San Diego.  It is very close to Horton Plaza and that is where you should park.  The venue has free pool, free shuffleboard and free beer pong.  The menu is excellent and very reasonably priced.

After speaking with the manager, Greg, at the Lucky Bastard Saloon I have no doubt that everyone will have a great time.  We look forward to seeing all of you there and feel free to come out in your best Charger gear for a chance to win free raffle tickets in our “Best dressed Charger fan” contest.  The staff at BoltBlitz.com will vote on the winner.

Booga Peters

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EDITOR’S NOTE: BoltBlitz.com launched on February 26th of 2013.  The two weeks prior to the launch were spent building the site and getting things in order to begin what I had hoped would be a successful blog.  The website had a ton of success in its first year.  I brought over Greg Williams with me from a site that we used to write for in the past.  Jarvis Royall has been a part of my team for the majority of its existence.  Williams and Royall are ranked number two and three, respectively, in number of articles written on BoltBlitz.com.

Little did I know, it would be working together with Thomas Powell to take this thing to a high level at a very rapid pace.  Take a look at all we were a part of in 2014.  It is quite humbling when you see it all written down.  We were clearly blessed last year.

 

The 2014 Charger season began with Booga in North Carolina while I was here in San Diego. We had just started to team together to make BoltBlitz.com the biggest fan site for Charger news and information. We also wanted to unite Charger fans from Facebook and Twitter. Then Booga landed a radio show on 107.9 fm Mountain Country here in San Diego, BoltBlitzLIVE. So he, at a great sacrifice to himself, left North Carolina and moved in and the framework for our plans began to unfold. He had been covering the team from across the country and we could communicate better in achieving our goals with him here in San Diego.

So with BoltBlitzLive set to air in June of 2014, Booga arrived in April. We planned our goals and what we both wanted to achieve. Then he left for New York and attended the NFL Draft a few weeks later. But before he left, the plan was set in motion to unite Charger fans: A BoltBlitz Meetup. The date was set for May 31st at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. While he was gone I promoted the meetup and when he returned we went like a steam train putting the news out there.

While pushing and promoting the meetup, we had many questions about its success.  One of the main concerns was whether or not fans would show up in the middle of May to talk Charger football. I mean, it was the offseason. Booga and I worked on the players and the media to get them to attend. Nothing this big had ever been done before, but we were determined to make this a very special event for the fans. Booga was set to raffle off over $4,000 dollars in Charger gear he had obtained over the years.  The many hours of planning for this were, at times, overwhelming. But we knew it was worth it. Even the Chargers front office got wind of the event as people were getting excited and sharing the news all over Facebook and Twitter. Booga and I were hoping for between 50 or 70 people for this event.

 

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As May 31st came, we learned for the first time to not ever underestimate Charger fans and their devotion to the team. People were arriving 2 hours before the event took place. By the time it started an astounding 225 people packed the Kilt from the front to the back. Charger offensive linemen Craig Watts and Jeremiah Sirles showed up for autographs and pictures with the fans. Our good friend Jesse Arroyo of www.arroyophotos.com took pictures of the fans smiling and laughing together and the group picture. Derek Togerson of NBCSanDiego came with his video camera to broadcast it on the 6:30 pm newscast that night. Fans were making friends and exchanging numbers. Laughter and smiles filled the room. Everyone had one thing in common that night, a deep devotion to the Chargers. A team that loves a team! The next morning Facebook was flooded for hours with fans sharing their pictures of the event on social media. The meetup was a smashing success. That morning we started planning the next meetup.

But first was the debut of BoltBlitzLive. Booga did the very first show live by himself. Then he was joined by Jamie Hoyle our staff writer at the time. I joined them a couple of weeks later to create a 3-man booth. We interviewed Craig Watts, Marion Grice, Alden Darby, Thomas Keiser, Adam Rank of NFL Network, Steve Adler and Eddie Brown UT Staff draft writer. We had Antonio Garay, Derek Togerson, and Fernando Ramirez of SportsSpeak  (who covers the Chargers) live in studio. We took calls from fans from all across the country including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Delaware, New York, Nevada, Washington, Texas, Michigan and, of course, San Diego among other places in California. It was a great time but now the 2nd meetup was ready to go!

 

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The 2nd BoltBlitz meetup was at the Tilted Kilt on July 12th. The excitement was building through social media for another event. Most of our staff writers were there. So were CS Keys, Dan McLellan formerly of CBSSports, Eddie Brown of the UT and Tricia Mathews (Ryan Mathews’ mother).  She was there to support their charity the Door of Hope Chest to help single mothers gets the necessities of life. She came all the way from Bakersfield. She took pictures with the fans and donated a pair Ryan Mathews autographed cleats.  One fan came all the way from Seattle just to attend the meetup. It was such an honor for us to have him there and introduce him. The turnout was an astounding 250 people. The night ended with Booga and I in dresses posing for pictures. Fans exploded with laughter. It was another huge success that night.

 

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As the season approached we attended the Chargers MCAS Miramar practice with press passes. It was a practice with the Military, their family members and the Charger players. We were able to take pictures and talk to several players and members of the organization afterwards including Philip Rivers, Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy. The preseason kicked off with Booga in the press box for the Dallas game and quite a few regular season games. I was able to attend practice on Wednesday covering the team as they prepared for Oakland. We were both very appreciative of the access the Chargers allowed us.  We owe a big thank you to Bill Johnston for those opportunities.

 

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As our 3rd meetup approached at the Fox Sports Grill in Downtown. LaDarius Green showed up for a meet and greet. Many of the fans were now not only friends but family.  The view over the bay was gorgeous and Jesse Arroyo handled the group photo again.  The management there was kind enough to donate five $50.00 gift cards for our raffle. We realized at this one to put an emphasis on incorporating the kids in our events.  We had a few of the youngsters hop on the microphone and announce some of the raffle winners. Lesson learned.

 

 

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The Bolts started the season off strong and all was good in Charger land. So a celebration was in store during the bye week. An intimate evening for the fans: A bonfire at Fiesta Island under the stars. I have to admit this was one of my favorite events. Everyone – about 80 fans – standing near the fire under the night sky smiling and laughing again. But this one was special because we met so many of you for the first time. There were so many new faces at this event. Everyone who attended has become very close friends with Booga and I. They have joined the family and have done so much for us. Future bonfires will happen. The amount of people were smaller than the meetups, but the interaction was so much more personal. It was a great night for all of us.

Through the exposures of these events we were contacted by Paddy Pickford of Evolution Lighthouse to help hold an event downtown where Eric Weddle would sell his jewelry to help stop domestic violence against women. It was held at Taste and Thirst in downtown. It was quite personal as a lot of our guests shared their experiences of what they have gone through. The event raised more money than any other charity in their history. Again, don’t ever underestimate Charger fans, folks.

Our focus of uniting Charger fans and supporting the Bolts continued as we planned 4 viewing parties for the away games. We gathered at La Bella’s in Chula Vista. Fans gathered to be with their fellow family members to watch the games together. It was a good time and San Diego went 3-1 at La Bella’s when the BoltBlitz family got together there.

 

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This brings me to the most fun I’ve had in a long time. We were welcomed to the Bolt Pride tailgate in P4 at the Qualcomm stadium parking lot. We are simply boys among men with these guys. When you are passionate about something in your life, you want to share it with people who share that passion among others; the ones who feel the same way you do. The atmosphere there is amazing. It is a close-knit family sharing the same experience. It is what Booga and I envisioned yet they had already achieved. The music and the dancing was legendary. Bolt Pride, we thank you all so much for the experience. Truly a heartfelt thank you goes out to Rafael Alvarez, Josh Casillas and Johnny BoltPride.  You are Charger fan legends and we thank you all. Much respect to all of the BoltPride members and we love your group and all that you do.

 

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Thanks to Joe Allen again, we were asked to cover the 2nd Annual Ryan Mathews Golf Tournament.  It was a great day as we hung out with Mathews, Seyi Ajirotutu, Ronnie Brown and their friends at the Rancho Bernardo Inn and golf course.  All three Chargers were really cool and each had a great sense of humor.  I won’t get into their golfing abilities.

I am an administrator on several Charger pages on Facebook. While cleaning up one of these pages I came across a 3-year-old with terminal brain cancer. I stared at his picture for 10 seconds and he had me. Something about his mother’s post just got to me. It’s not like we don’t see these posts all the time, but this was like love at first sight. Killy’s mother, Amanda Sardelis, stated he was a Ryan Mathews fan.  They were contacted by Joe Allen from Strikes for Kids and got Killy a signed football and autograph. But the boy stayed on my mind. At work, at home, and while sleeping he was on my mind. Maybe because my kids just moved away. I don’t know, but he was my obsession. He wasn’t looked upon as a son, exactly. Nephew? Nah. Brother? Nah? But he was mine. I fell in love with him immediately.

My father died of cancer, as did my grandfather. You took them but you’re NOT taking him, PERIOD! This was so personal to me. ALL I cared about was a boy named Killy. Cancer talks to so many today. We all know someone. But a 3-year-old? Seriously? Come on? NO! You won’t take him, not him, NO! Love overcomes all and people will love him.

I had no idea the impact that Killy would have on others as he did on me. I went to Booga and shared his story. We decided we’re going to do something for him. We talked and due to having many media contacts and influence among the fans, we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible. The fans have taught us many things. Most importantly, we’re family!

 

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When a family member gets sick, what does family do? They come running in like the cavalry. And you certainly did come blazing in. We shared his story on Facebook and Twitter and you fell in love with him too. We all were going to make this boy’s Christmas the best of any child on earth. The family was assembled and the family responded in such a way that brings me to tears. We can get 40-50 fans together to bring him Christmas presents. YES, that is it. We’ll meet him and bring him presents.

We then asked our Facebook friends to change their profile picture to him 2 weeks before the event on Dec 13th. HA! The next morning everyone changed their picture to the little boy in a Charger Santa hat. I thought maybe 30-40 people would change their profile picture.  Over 400 people (could be more we don’t know the exact numbers) changed their pics. Killy was EVERYWHERE! Mess with family but don’t mess with Charger Family!

When people call San Diego a bandwagon city, tell them to go Google Killy. Even Matthew T. Hall of the UT ran a story about the movement. Killy actually proved if we unite in a cause it can be overwhelming. Nancy Castro of Telemundo, Derek Togerson, Dan McLellan and Annie Heilbrunn all changed their profile pictures to Killy. Presents were sent in from Twitter and Facebook from all across the country. Even Thomas Keiser sent Killy a gift. #KillyStrong and #KillysArmy were hashtagged everywhere on Facebook and Twitter. But would the fans respond? Would they show up to an event to meet our little celebrity on December 13th twelve days before Christmas?  YES, YOU DID! Around 80 people showed with presents at Chargers Complex on December 13th to meet Killy. Then we all hopped in our vehicles and headed out to the Q, cars honking to party with Killy and show him what a tailgate is like.

 

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Dan McLellan dressed up as Santa Clause and Elmo, per a referral from the Make A Wish Foundation, came. Animals for Children came as well. Every fan lined up to meet Killy personally and hand him a present. To everyone who attended, you’re forever in my heart. I love you so much. To Amanda,Valerie and Jimmy we support you and love you. To Killy, you know how we feel about you. You are incredibly special!

 

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Our last event of 2014 was our final viewing party at La Bella’s. We were all shocked and heartbroken by the week 17 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. We accepted that the loss, as heartbreaking as it seemed, was just a loss. Now back to family. Amanda brought Killy down to spend time with the BoltBlitz family. We laughed and shared memories with him after the game. Why? Because that is what family does! So many of you are our family. I can’t tell you enough how much we love you all. For those who have welcomed us into your homes, we thank you. For those of you who have been in our home, we thank you and you appreciate you being in our lives.  To Bolt Pride, the media, and the fans, we LOVE you!

By uniting we all showed what can happen when we come together. Now, let’s go fight for our stadium and Keep Our Bolts in San Diego! You’ve proven that anything can happen.  We have two exciting events coming up in the last week of February that we’ll be making announcements about in the coming days. Let’s make 2015 smash 2014.

 

Leave a comment on the website in the section below. Not on FB or Twitter, but below. Let us know we met you and at what event.  That would be great information to help us all share in the amazing memories. And, of course, always stay #KILLYSTRONG!

Thank you all for your support.

 

Thomas Powell

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As mentioned in a previous post, as soon as the last BoltBlitz meetup had ended, Thomas Powell and I were already planning the next one.  Although I have already announced that the next meetup is tomorrow at 4:00 pm at Fox Sports Grill in downtown San Diego, there is a new development that I’m sure you caught in the title of this post.

I promised something special, and I am pleased to say that I have managed to deliver.  Through our workings with our friends at DSC – Deluxe Signature Collection – we have arranged for Charger tight end phenom Ladarius Green to attend the event.

I cannot say how excited I am to meet the next serious offensive threat to don a Charger jersey.  What an honor it will be to meet him and shake his hand.

We have the majority of the inside of the venue and the patio.  Mr. Green will be seated on the patio.  Fans will enter the patio area through two sliding doors and pay a $20.00 fee for his autograph signing and the opportunity to meet San Diego’s up and coming star.

You are not obligated to pay the $20.00 to attend the event.  That fee is solely for the chance to get Green’s autograph.  We want to make sure to cater to your needs whether it is just to show up and meet other fans, or take advantage of getting Ladarius’s autograph if that is your desire.

This is a very unique opportunity seeing as these events where marquee players show up generally charge more money for a group of our size.  The folks at DSC have been kind enough to pay for the appearance of Ladarius Green and I couldn’t be more happy to have him at our event.

Similar to the first two events, we’ll have tons of raffles and some great items for Charger fans to win.  As I just mentioned, there are going to be quite a few prizes for people to win and I have placed an emphasis on making sure that there are more female-related prizes this time around.  Many of the prizes will be autographed photos or memorabilia via DSC.

We will have multiple members of the San Diego media involved just as we’ve had at the last two meetups.  They will be on hand to mingle, take photos and answer any questions that you may have regarding your San Diego Chargers.

A true friend of BoltBlitz.com, Steve Adler, will also be in attendance and selling his awesome Charger tees via his website HighBoltage.com.  I am really looking forward to hanging out with him and checking out all of his newest items.

I might also have one or two other tricks up my sleeve.  This is the last event before the NFL regular season kicks off.  It will, by far, be our best event thus far and I hope to see a ton of return guests and as many new faces as possible.  The event will also be covered by a local news outlet and we will be on television.

I really hope to see you all there.  If you are reading this, and you have the opportunity to attend, make sure you are there to experience this first-hand as opposed to being relegated to looking at pictures or living vicariously through those that were present.

Thanks a lot for reading and I can’t wait to see you all there.

 

Booga Peters

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After having such a tremendous turnout from our first meetup on May 31st, we are doing it again!  The second BoltBlitz meetup will be today at the Titled Kilt in Mission Valley at 5:00 pm.

When looking back at our first event, I was expecting between 40-50 people.  It turns out that our final count was 200 people!!  I couldn’t believe how many people came out to hang out with so many other Charger diehards.

We were lucky enough to have Charger rookies Craig Watts Jr and Jeremiah Sirles attend the event as well.  They allowed the fans to line up and take pictures with so many people.  They were both very cool and I can’t thank them enough for supporting the debut of my new radio show  BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 and this very website, BoltBlitz.com.  We also had the pleasure of being joined by Dan McClellan, Nancy Castro, Michael Chavez Booth, and Derek Togerson.  I felt very blessed as Derek works for NBC San Diego and he went around taking pictures and videotaping the night.  Furthermore, he actually posted some of the footage on the news that evening.

One of the best parts of the meetup was the fact that over $5,000.00 in prizes were won and given away to the mob of awesome Charger fans that attended that Saturday.  The prizes ranged from autographed photos, jerseys, bobbleheads, artwork and much more.

Well, like I mentioned above, we’re going to do it again.  We plan on doing these about every six weeks.  You can expect a very similar experience to the first event when thinking of what to expect today.  We’ll have raffles, Charger players, San Diego media members and a damn good time will be had by all.

Stay tuned and I hope to see a ton of new faces at the second BoltBlitz meetup!

 

 

Booga Peters

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