Monthly Archives: April 2014
In an effort to unite as many Charger fans as possible, and promote the debut of BoltBlitz Live on 107.9 The Mountain beginning on June 4th at 7:00 pm pst, I am happy to announce that we are throwing a BIG meetup at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley on May 31st at 4:00 pm pst.
There will be lots of raffle items including autographed jerseys ( Rivers and Seau), photos, non-autographed jerseys ( Lance Alworth, Melvin Ingram and LaDainian Tomlinson) and much more. We are also lucky enough to be having former-Charger Quentin Jammer making an appearance. Multiple members of the San Diego media will be in attendance as well. We are still working with 2 current players and 2 more former players to attend as well.
This is a great opportunity for us all to meet up and have a great time. For you Charger trivia buffs, we’ll be giving away some items that I did not list above by asking the fans some Charger trivia questions. Bring your A-game, because I’m making the questions. I won’t be lobbing any of them out there.
I really hope to see as many of you there as possible. We have the entire back of the bar area reserved for our group. It’s going to be a great time and I look forward to sharing that time with you.
If you’re reading this on Facebook, please share this post on your timeline and in the Charger fan groups that you are a part of at this time. If we all do a good job getting the word out, the better chance we have of meeting as many Charger fans as possible! More details of the event will be released as we get closer to the date.
That’s my quarterback. After sitting behind Drew Brees for a couple of years, Philip Rivers has certainly made his mark for the San Diego Chargers. The non-swearing, trash-talking country boy has put up some solid numbers that have him sitting in 32nd place overall on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.
If Rivers were to throw for 4,000 yards in 2014, it would catapult him into the top-25 of that very same list. With the NFL rules favoring the offense and the game becoming an aerial assault of sorts, some may not find this feat to be that big of a deal. Well I’m here to break it to you, there have been some fantastic quarterbacks to play in the NFL. For a guy with hardly any mobility, and a throwing motion that many call awkward ( in an effort to be kind ), Rivers has come out and proven many of his naysayers wrong on many levels.
Philip is coming off a season that saw him throw for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 2013 campaign was one that saw much turnover in the front office and the coaching staff. It was an entirely new offense, minus a few wrinkles from some of Rivers’ favorite plays from the past playbook, and he still managed to shine.
I expect nothing but more of the same out of number 17, if not an increase in passing yards. His 32 touchdown strikes were the second most of his career ( he had 34 in 2008 ). That number will probably stay about the same with the hope at Chargers Park being that the redzone offense will improve over last year’s numbers with a little help from the running game.
As Philip Rivers goes, so goes the San Diego Chargers. The defense will most certainly need to be improved, but if the offense continues to gel and San Diego’s signal caller maintains his high level of play, the sky is the limit. Look out for Rivers and the 2014 Chargers. If Tom Telesco has another solid draft like last year, this team will most definitely be one to keep an eye on.
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As we inch closer to the NFL draft the talks in San Diego are beginning to focus on the 25th pick in the first round. Those conversations range from who to take at 25, should the team trade up or should they trade back and accumulate more picks and then a debate follows said topics.
For those that have been reading my posts for the last couple of years, I’ve made my stance clear on trading up. Not a fan of doing it, quite honestly. Of course there is a time and place for such a practice to occur, but I have trouble giving up the opportunity for more players in an effort to get that one guy. The entire draft is a crapshoot.
When it comes to staying at pick 25 in the first, this might make the most sense. In most drafts, when sitting on the clock this late in the first round you’re going to have trouble finding a true stud to provide instant value for your team. This is clearly not always the case when you look at all of the Hall of Famers and Pro bowers that are taken much later in the draft. There are far too many examples to point out.
Finally, trading back to accumulate more picks is awfully tempting considering the depth of this year’s draft class. As mentioned above, in years past teams may have tended to lean toward either moving up or staying with their pick in order the land “their” guy. But this draft class is deep at many positions ( Most of those deep positions happen to be areas of need for your San Diego Chargers). Some experts have plainly stated without batting an eyelash that this is the best class in the last 20-30 years. Now that’s saying something.
Minus the team trading up, I could get behind either of the other two methods; staying put or trading back. But those are just my thoughts on the subject.
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Thanks a lot for reading, voting and commenting.
One of the biggest questions floating around out there regarding the early stages of this offseason is, “Why did we sign Donald Brown?” Clearly GM Tom Telesco has a soft spot for him, but still….why? There wasn’t a WR out there to complement Keenan Allen? Didn’t Ryan Mathews have his best year last year? Did Danny Woodhead not give us that extra spark and change-of-pace guy we haven’t had since Darren Sproles left?
Ryan is heading into a contract year and, as we all know, has been plagued with injuries dating back to Fresno St. What I saw out of Mathews coming out of college was a shifty and strong RB; one that is not afraid to take on hits. As many NFL teams turn to the RB-by-committee approach, San Diego was used to focusing on one guy.
Thus far his career in San Diego has been grinding and exhausting as a fan (especially FF players drafting him). However, what I have seen is a player who continues to fight and prove people wrong. Sure, we all would have loved for him to come out of the gates having seasons like the one last year, but “You win some, you lose some.” With his injuries, lack of aggression in the redzone and inability to punch through holes, a ton of pressure was placed on Philip. Now with his resurgence, he looks like the back we all knew he could be, and Philip looks like the old Philip we all love.
Maybe it was the criticism that motivated Mathews. Every person is different. What motivates one person might not work with someone else. Perhaps he needed to hear the negative comments, the sarcasm, name calling…etc. to motivate himself to the next level. All I know is that he didn’t “hear” those comments. As Woody Hayes once said, “You can’t let praise or criticisms get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” That negativity wouldn’t have worked for me…I would have dug a hole and stayed there.
So is this Brown signing another way to motivate Ryan? Maybe. But I think being in the last year of his contract and the success he had last year should be all he needs to continue to thrive. However……with a history of injuries, the possibility of leaving the Chargers after this year and only one recent successful year, bringing in Donald to fill in on an “if-needed” basis was an intelligent move. Despite Brown not having a stat-filled, overly productive career up to this point, look at what he did when over-paid Trent Richardson struggled mightily?
The Big White Kahuna.
After a few broken promises, and some seriously busy times, it is now time for me to release this year’s third edition of my Chargers 7-round mock draft. At this point of the year with, literally, thousands of mock drafts out there, many fans will not even click on the link to this post. And I can’t say that I blame them.
That being said, the draft is fast approaching and I’ll have my final edition coming out the day before the draft. For those of you that have read the other two versions, you’ll recognize a name or two in this article.
Let’s just get right to. Enjoy and be sure to tear it apart in the comment section below. Don’t worry, I can take it.
The San Diego Chargers trade the 25th pick in the 1st round to San Francisco and obtain the 30th pick and the 77th pick.
Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
To honestly convince myself that the Chargers taking another OLB in the first round was the right way to go was difficult. But Kyle Van Noy is my favorite “football player” in this draft. He’s neither overly fast, nor is he the most athletic player in this draft class. But the guy just makes plays and is always around the football. My opinion is that he is the perfect complement to Melvin Ingram on the other side. Despite having Dwight Freeney surging toward a healthy 2014, he’s no spring chicken. Van Noy’s selection will upset fans due to the fact that he will not see the playing time that most folks would like out of a first round pick. I do NOT want to watch this guy in a jersey that doesn’t have lightning bolts. Therefore, he’s the pick in the first round after trading down.
Marcus Martin C/G USC
There’s a strong chance that Martin will not be available when the Bolts are on the clock with the 57th pick in this year’s draft. But stranger things can and do happen at an alarming rate during the NFL draft. Martin could immediately come in and start at guard for San Diego. Although the word on the street is claiming that Jeromey Clary isn’t going anywhere this year, Martin being on the board makes this pick quite simple, in my opinion. His future with San Diego would have him replacing one of my favorite Chargers of all-time, Nick Hardwick, when the man in the middle of our offensive line decides to hang them up. Getting Martin here is another move that would bolster the roster to ensure that the future is where this team is focused.
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
The need for a quality wideout to take away some of what will be the inevitable bracketing of Keenan Allen is a real problem to solve for the Charger offense. Matthews has the size and speed that make for a solid package at wide receiver. His play at Vandy shows that he needs some work but he has all of the ability to be a solid number two at the next level. Pairing him with Allen gives the Bolts a bright future when looking at the wide receiving corps.
Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech
I had the pleasure of watching Ellis live from the press box in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior bowl. The quickness a man his size plays with is certainly something to be seen. Although his bull-rush is his best move, he needs to develop a more varied repertoire to be highly successful at the next level. Choosing Ellis here is a wise move and the team would be lucky to add him to its defensive line.
E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
The fans clamoring for a cornerback have now had their hunger sufficed. Or have they? Gaines is a solid, yet underrated, corner in this draft. He has above average ability in coverage and he’s very physical versus the run for a cornerback. Gaines displays a fundamental ability in his footwork that should excite all defensive back coaches. His ability to read and react reminds me of Jason Verrett. But Gaines can be had here in round four as opposed to Verrett’s likely first-round selection.
Taylor Hart DE Oregon
When looking at the rookie season for San Diego’s Kendall Reyes, one might have thought that we were set at defensive end for quite sometime. Coupling Reyes with Corey Liuget seemed like a recipe for success. Reyes looked a bit sluggish at times in 2013 and might be better used in pass-rushing situations as opposed to a starter in the team’s base defense. The need for a solid NT will obviously aid in his hopeful return to his rookie year numbers. Hart is a great football player that has the skillset to get after the quarterback from the defensive end position in John Pagano’s 3-4 alignment. His play against the run would apply the necessary pressure to Reyes to have him step it up, or take a seat in the base defense. If Hart is here in round 5, it would be a no-brainer for Tom Telesco to pull the trigger.
Brandon Thomas G Clemson
When it was announced that Thomas suffered a torn ACL while training, the draft world was sharing a serious entiment of pain for the young man from Clemson. Thomas was looked at as a player that could be drafted as early as the second round. His injury will, unfortunately, force him to drop significantly. Considering the scenario of him dropping, the gamble of taking a player like Thomas this late in the draft makes perfect sense. His long arms and great functional strength make him a guy that fits perfectly at guard. Thomas plays through the whistle and he keeps the motor revving at all times.
Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
Like Thomas, Colvin tearing his ACL – his injury occurring at the Senior bowl – guaranteed that his selection in the 2014 draft will not be one that shows his true ability. Colvin had the opportunity to go much sooner, even as early as the mid to late second round. Despite a slight frame, he has a solid knowledge of the game and is not afraid to gamble. He anticipates routes well and has very nice ball skills. Many 6th and 7th round picks are forgotten about in due time. That will not be the case for either Thomas or Colvin.
And there you have it. Now that you have it….. RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!!! Leave your comments below and tell me what you think. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.
I am here saying “HOLA” from the other side of the border. My name is José Luis “Joe” Martinez, and I’m a Chargers’ fan…duh, you were expecting that, right?
If you knew me like my friends know me, the idea of me being a big football fanatic might come as a surprise. See, while I am more of an artistic person – getting into the practices of Music, Dance and Theater – I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bolt revolution, and that actually continues to grow day by day.
My history as a Charger fan started when I was very young. I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, which is right across the border from the San Diego area. My family has always been supportive of the bolts; every Sunday that there was a game, a barbecue would be planned, the kids would play in the backyard while the grown-ups had some beers and enjoyed the color commentary. We would all yell our hearts out when a touchdown was scored. Now this was in 2001, so the track record per season wasn’t the greatest. I mean, I was 6 years old and didn’t know much about the sport. I was more of a casual fan of the Bolts you could say.
It was in 2006, the year that the Philip Rivers era began when I really started to get it. I was a little older, I knew much more than before about the NFL and the game of football, and I slowly, but surely, became more of a fan of the San Diego Chargers. Back then, I lived in the city of Juarez, Mexico, right next to El Paso, Texas; the idea of being a Chargers’ fan in that area…I mean come on, it was Texas, it was either Cowboys, Steelers, Texans or nothing for some people. I didn’t care, I was still a Bolts fan. And that fandom of mine continued to slowly climb, but still more casual than die-hard.
We moved back to Tijuana about 3 years ago. Being back in the area really helped me become more of a die-hard, loyal fan. In 2012, I went for the first time to Qualcomm Stadium: It was magical, and I’m not trying to be cheesy. The whole experience was awesome. The tailgating before the game, having some chicken and a few beers (and sodas for non-drinkers), enjoying the pregame stuff and kickoff. It was great overall, despite the fact we lost that game (Week 6, against the Broncos….’nuff said). But anyway, last season was my most active season as a fan, and this season I’m planning to double it up, helping keep you fellow Bolt fans up to speed with all the good stuff here at BoltBlitz, while balancing all the artistic stuff I have going on (Hell I even wrote a song about the Bolts, how much of a fan am I?). I’m very happy to be on the team and hope everyone enjoys all the posts and articles.
That’s it for now, stay tuned!
– José Martinez
I don’t do mock drafts, I rarely even read mock drafts. Mocks are entertaining, but, at the end of the day, as cheap as the paper they’re written on.
With the draft two weeks away, Tom Telesco has his work cut out for him. This year’s roster doesn’t have the holes last year’s roster did and Tom and the boys did a hell of a job. With D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and Keenan Allen having a year under their belts, I’m looking for big things from our top three 2013 picks.
Can Telesco pull off another draft like last year? We’ll know soon enough, but I’m excited about this year’s draft class. There are a lot of defensive players to choose from in this draft, the area I hope the Chargers focus on. With that said, here’s my first round wish list.
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
A strong front seven will make any secondary look better. Nix is a space eater, though experts say he needs to get better shedding double-teams could definitely make an impact. At 340 lbs, he’s a prototypical NT with his size and strength. Handling double teams and occupying blockers frees up ILBs Donald Butler and Manti Te’o in the run game and the occasional inside blitz. If he can effectively occupy blockers, that has a ripple effect on the DEs and OLBs to wreak havoc in the backfield and on the opposing QB.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Good zone defender with good instincts and good hands but susceptible to double moves and weak in man coverage. Good in run support as well. He’s versatile as well. He has experience playing on the outside and covering slot receivers. Would fit well in John Pagano’s scheme as they don’t play in a lot of man coverages.
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Good instincts, quick to read, react and recover to the ball and not afraid to jump routes. Consistently makes plays on the ball. Just don’t let Deion Sanders mentor him on his tackling. My biggest concern would he his durability.
These three players all seem to be consensus top three choices for the Bolts among talking heads and fans alike. All three will fill huge needs on the defensive side of the ball. I think Nix would have the greatest impact of the three and probably the one guy who could come in and start on day one.
Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton has been reporting on the Sports we love for over 30 years now. Hacksaw grew up in Northport, New York. He has since established himself as one of the most popular talk show hosts in the history of sports radio.
People either love him or hate him but everyone knows him. He’s known for saying ” I built a sports talk empire” but, truly, he has. In a world where talkshow hosts come and go, Hacksaw has remained one of the most popular talk show hosts in America. He’s literally done it all.
He has been the play-by-play voice for hockey, Pac-10 basketball tournament, college football, college basketball, and the NFL. He established himself well in the early 80’s in Phoenix, AZ. He had his own talk show and called games for the ASU football and basketball programs.
Hacksaw left Arizona in 1986 to become the play-by-play announcer for the Chargers with Jim Laslavic and Pat Curran. He remained in that position all the way until 1997. He then worked for XTRA690 for 17 years. Hacksaw then went to work for 1090am with his ritual 4-hour daily talk show. Today, you can find Hacksaw on 1090am doing the Padres Pregame Show. He’s famous for his lines on the air ” I’m bleeping brilliant” and who can forget ” Show me your lighting bolt.” He often says ” I have won awards, I have a national reputation, I built a sports talk empire.”
He shares his opinions with his listeners and invites both those who agree and disagree with him. Hacksaw tells you what he thinks and invites the debate on air with his listeners. It truly is a pleasure and a privilege to introduce you to Hacksaw.
1. You have dedicated your career to either calling play-by-play or having your own talk show on the radio for almost 30 years now. What attracted the boy growing up in New York to this career?
Hacksaw: I grew up in a sports family in New York, and loved following all the teams. At one point there were 9-newspapers in New York and Long Island and I loved to read the stories and columns.
2. You were the play-by-play announcer during the magical Chargers Super Bowl season in 1994. Can you share some of your favorite memories of that season with us?
Hacksaw: The best part of the season was the journey, the huge road wins, to see a team come together, get hot, and believe in the leadership of Bobby Ross. The season turned in an ugly win in Kansas City, a game marred by cheapshot penalties, and a confrontation between Stan Brock-Bobby Ross and Marty Schottenheimer on the field, over personal foul penalties. It galvanized the team. They got tougher and more physical as the year went on and were a complete team, finding a way to get it done. They got blown out in the Super Bowl, by a superior offense of the 49ers. I think the Chargers were overwhelmed by the event, and never recovered by going down 14-0 six plays into the game. But the memory of the journey stands out, the games, the fans, the cities reaction, and the fans reaction to our broadcasts on the Mighty 690. I loved doing the NFL, and did a great job for the Chargers till they left our station. The broadcasts have never the same, not close to what we did with Jim Laslavic-Pat Curran-Chet Forte-Bill Werndl. You should visit the Hall of Champions, they have a featured display on the Chargers and our radio broadcasts. It was a fun time. I miss it.
3. You made a living hosting an All Sports Talk Show. You had to keep up to date on all sports including College, NBA, Hockey, MLB and the NFL. I have my hands full with the NFL. Seriously, how did you manage to keep up to date with all the sports you covered?
Hacksaw: I have always had a passion for knowledge. I love the research end of the talkshow business, love talking to people around the country, delivery informaton to listeners. I built a sportstalk empire first in Phoenix, then San Diego. I have a real inquisitive nature, and love to talk and track storylines in all sports.
4. Being involved in the sports media as long as you have, you must have some great stories and memories during that time. Are there any stories that you could share that you think Charger fans would enjoy?
Hacksaw: Best interview I did was with Arthur Ashe, before he passed. Fun interview was with Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle. Most unique interview was with Negro League star James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell. Interviewed Bowie Kuhn, Bud Selig, Roger Goodell, all fascinating people. I love talking to beatwriters and broadcasters of each team who can give you unique insights.
5. Being in talk radio for so long, you have done literally thousands of interviews in your career. Who was your favorite? Who was the toughest? Who’s the one person you never got to interview that you always dreamed of interviewing?
Hacksaw: Toughest time was interviewing Indy 500-driver Scott Brayton on a Thursday, and we talked about speed and accidents and deaths. He was killed the next day in practice. Insightful interview was with Martina Navratilova about defecting behind the Iron Curtain, and boxer Marvin Hagler about growing up in the projects. Most stunning interview, the bombast of Howard Cosell-though I loved the interaction. Best local interview-Tony Gwynn. Interview I wish I could do, with my father, who passed away a long time ago. What was it like growing up in the Depression, to be in Combat in World War II, to play minor league baseball? If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be Jackie Robinson-Branch Rickey, and my Dad..
6. What are your thoughts on Twitter? It seems to have its positives and negatives. What are your thoughts on the new Social Media world?
Hacksaw: The world changes constantly, especially in communications. Twitter can get you information quickly. The downside is anyone can have an opinion on their Twitter account, and they can write and say things that are untrue, unfair and cruel. My theory has always been be honest about what you are saying, and be fair, and yes at times, you have to be tough also, but that comes with being a talkshow host. And that should include people using Twitter about other people.
7. You have covered the Chargers since 1986, I believe. What do you think of the new Telesco and McCoy regime?
Hacksaw: Telesco comes from a great scouting-evaluation background, coming off the Bill Polian tree. He had a good first draft, and hit on a solid free agent in Woodhead. He missed out by chopping too many veterans off the defense that first year, to get younger and more athletic, but much less experienced, and it cripped the team. This off season, he has one solid acquisition in the RB-Donald Brown, but he mishandled free agency. I would have asked Rivers-Weddle-Clary for restructured deals, to get cap space, to go rent a veteran nose tackle and a DB. They need a couple of veteran hitters on defense. They didn’t get it and the window on Rivers is closing fast. They will get good players in the draft, but that means more young players on top of young players already trying to learn the game. Telesco is timid around the media and that is a shame. McCoy was tremendous in virtually every facet of running his program, and will grow more. His only negative, his less than honest approach to answer questions about injuries. He got caught in fibs. Be honest with us.
8. You have followed the Chargers bid for a new stadium since Spanos asked for one back in 2003. The lease ends at Qualcomm in 2020. Seems we are really running out of time but the urgency doesn’t seem to be there in my opinion. Do you think they can get something done? Do you think it can ever pass a public vote if it came to that?
Hacksaw: The economy is the issue in California. The Wonder Bread factory sight is the right one, but the giveaway days are over for the Spanos family. There is too much bad history about their dealings. Dean must committ 200M of his ‘own money’, plus use the NFL G-6 fund and naming rights. If he can bring 400M to the table, then I believe the City-County can bond for the rest, and get the 850M for a sight adjacent to Petco. The joint Padres parking will help reduce the cost, but Spanos must write his check first to get the community to help him.
9. Why do you think San Diego has this reputation of being a soft media market? Would you agree with that perception?
Hacksaw: It is a relatively small market, 1-paper, very few TV stations that do hard-core sports. The media in general doesn’t ask tough questions that need to be asked. Have you seen a fire-and-brimstone columnist in the UT-take on the leadership of the teams? That is what differentiates the NY-Bost-Phi-LA-SF markets from San Diego.
10. First, congrats on being the new Padres Pregame and Postgame host on 1090am. When can fans listen and how can they interact with you during those shows?
Hacksaw: I co-host the Padres Pregame shows with John Kentera everyday, a hour before lst pitch and we do a post game talkshow on Saturday and Sunday with Kurt Bevaqua. You can follow me on Twitter @hacksaw1090, as well as on the air.
Hello, all you Bolt Heads!! I am glad to be a part of BoltBlitz and am eager to begin. To start out, here’s a little something about me.
I was born in La Mesa, CA and then moved to Mesa, AZ when I was 5. Played all sports, but baseball was the one I excelled at. I played High School ball for Mountain View (5A State Champs 1990!!)and then I moved to Portland, Oregon for college where I continued to play ball; too small of a pond to get recognition though.
After getting my BA in Social Work, I lived in Seattle for about 8 years and then finally made the move to FLA back in 2000. I have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter whose middle name Rivers, is in fact named after our beloved QB. (Obsess much??)
How did I become a Charger fan? When I was about 9 years old, I wanted to cheer for one team in every sport for the rest of my life. At the time, the Phoenix Suns were the only professional team in AZ. So I figured that since I was born in San Diego, I will become a die-hard Chargers and Padres fan.
Again, thanks to Booga for this opportunity and I am looking forward to an exciting offseason and an even better season!