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After defeating the division rival Raiders in a game that was far too close for comfort, the Chargers now face the St. Louis Rams in what is pretty much another must-win game. Despite an early season five-game winning streak, the fact that the Bolts lost three in a row prior to beating Oakland makes this another game that must end with a victory.
Although the Rams come to San Diego with a 4-6 record, they have beaten some of the toughest teams in the NFL in San Francisco, Seattle and Denver. St. Louis held the Denver offense to its lowest score since the days of Tim Tebow.
That was not a typo.
There are so many factors that go into walking away from an NFL game with a much-needed win. I’ll highlight my five keys to achieving victory for your Chargers listed below.
1. Protect Philip Rivers
I find it hard to believe that Antonio Gates’ comments about Philip’s supposed rib injury were “taken out of context.” That being said, El Capitan is fine and he will not be missing any time. He may be the toughest player in the entire league. Yup, I said it. Keeping Rivers clean and upright is crucial to the success of the Chargers. Lose Rivers and you can certainly kiss the season goodbye. The Rams defensive front-seven is stout when rushing the passer. They have pass rushers that will prove to be a handful and they must be accounted for at all times. If Philip walks away from this game without grass stains all over his jersey, there’s a very good chance that San Diego will be celebrating a win.
2. Get pressure on Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill recently took over for Austin Davis as the starting quarterback in St. Louis. Now playing with his fourth team in 13 NFL seasons, he is a seasoned-vet that knows the ins and outs of the league. He will never be confused for being mobile, but he is a bit savvy when it comes to maneuvering in the pocket. But make no bones about it, he can be rattled. Pressure from multiple areas, and a concerted effort to keep him guessing on where the rush is coming from, is paramount in disrupting his rhythm and making him nervous after coming out from under center. The Chargers must force Hill to make mistakes. The best way to do that is to continuously breathe down his neck and make him throw while on the move.
3. Establish the running game on offense
The return of Ryan Mathews was big for the Charger offense and the running game last week. His ability to wear out the Oakland defense legitimized the importance of his return late in the game even when Ryan was not on the field. Having the threat of Mathews in the game changes what the Bolts can do on offense. The offensive line is not only responsible for keeping Philip Rivers safe, they must also open holes and provide the San Diego backs with room to run. Establishing the run game only helps the passing game and the offense as a whole. Frank Reich, along with Mike McCoy, must devise a plan that incorporates the running game and accentuates the strengths of the big dogs upfront. I am interested to see how that plays out.
4. John Pagano must be aggressive in defensive playcalling
At this point in the season, this is not the time to revert to the soft-shell cover 2 or soft-shell cover 3 pass coverage — where the secondary is playing 8-12 yards off of the line of scrimmage — that we have seen at times under Pagano. With the linebacking corps returning to health, let’s see them pin their ears back and frustrate the opposing team’s quarterbacks. I want stunts via the defensive line. I want to see a corner blitz from either the nickel or outside spots. Get exotic and confuse Hill on Sunday, and going forward. Just because he has been in the league for a long time does not mean that he can handle an immense amount of disguised pressure and blitz combinations. Pagano was masterful last week, and we’d all like to see that happen again in week 12.
5. Wrap up and take good angles on defense when tackling
This boils down to the basic fundamentals of defensive football. See the play, get to the corresponding spot in where there is help or someone coming up in support, wrap up and drive through the ball carrier. At times when watching the NFL, it gets frustrating when watching the game. These are the best athletes in all of the world, in my opinion. But when it comes to fundamentals of the game of football, it seems as though a lot of that was never taught to them in their younger years during Pop Warner ball. It is no secret that tackling, or the lack thereof, has been a major challenge for the San Diego defense. There are many athletic defenders on this team. It is up to them and the coaching staff to fix this problem heading down this ever so important stretch of games.
Those are my 5 keys to walking out of Qualcomm with a victory. Did I leave something out, in your opinion? Let me know by leaving your comments below.
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There is no denying that Donald Butler was missing in action for the Miami game and a good portion of this season. In fact, he has looked completely lost at times, and well detached to say the least. Fellow senior writer, Mike Pisciotta, has already announced an Amber Alert, and quite frankly I’m surprised there hasn’t been a reward offered for his return; maybe even put his picture on a milk carton. However, something happened last Sunday against the Raiders. There was a resurgence from Butler that most fans haven’t seen for a long time.
Sure, the bye week has helped almost all Charger players rest and recover from a brutal first half of the season, but that wasn’t what contributed to Butler’s success. Defensive coordinator, John Pagano, was forced to make well needed adjustments; from that, Butler flourished. Sunday, Butler had three tackles, one pass defended and a fumble recovery. Who really expected that to happen? You might be asking, “What was different that allowed Donald Butler to excel rather than decline?” Well, here it goes; limited snaps.
Donald Butler was limited to the base defense and was primarily used as a run defender rather than a pass defender. Yes, it took this long for the coaching staff to finally make the switch, but it worked. According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Butler only played 30 snaps out of 60. According to the 3-4 defensive scheme that San Diego uses, it was pure genius. In case you didn’t know what a base defense is, it’s practically the default defense and other variations are added on from there.
There are three linemen and four linebackers in a 3-4 defensive formation. The fourth rusher can be a linebacker, but to confuse the opposing quarterback the safety is often used as the pass rusher in the blitz play. Yet, to give more confusion, the fourth potential rusher can be any of the seven defenders. I will give you a good guess as to who filled in as the pass rusher; he wears No. 54 and causes complete havoc when playing. Melvin Ingram was finally back on the field after suffering a hip injury after week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.
After the big and quite inflated contract Butler received this offseason, one would think that limited snaps is not exactly what everyone was anticipating for an expected three-down linebacker; including the Chargers organization. Yet, it’s obvious that he does well in specific scenarios and with other great linebackers around him. Adding Jeremiah Attaochu, Manti Te’o, and of course Melvin Ingram you could instantly see how much better Butler played. It’s noticeable that the amount of snaps is tiring him and causing fatigue; therefore missing tackles and blowing coverage. Either way you cut it, with the return of his other linebackers, Butler has reemerged for the better.
The Chargers face off against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium and it won’t be an easy game. Just last week they defeated the Denver Broncos with an aggressive and disruptive defense. On a positive note, the Rams are only 2-3 on the road this season. Coming off one of the best defensive games played this year, Butler and company will look to continue their success by limiting third-down conversions and forcing turnovers. Don’t be surprised if you see Butler in the same rotation and limited snaps like last Sunday; seemingly it’s a good look for him.
Last Sunday, the Chargers broke their modest (in comparison to the Raiders) three-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over the winless Raiders. Although this is not a “signature win”, it is a win nonetheless. All Chargers fans should be happy for the rest of the week. That being said, the players can only celebrate for about 24 hours and then their minds need to be focused on their next opponent, the St. Louis Rams.
At 4-6, the Rams do not immediately instill fear in the hearts of many teams. Sam Bradford, their highly respected QB was injured, and has not played since early in the season. Since then, it is quarterback by committee for the Rams which has proven to make scoring difficult and winning even more of a challenge. Look for the Rams to rely on running the ball and strong defense to try to win this game.
So what do the coaches have to do to prepare their team mentally for this upcoming game? After all, the Rams are flying high after their 22-7 drubbing of Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. At the same time, the Chargers may have some confidence issues after barely getting by lowly Oakland, following three straight losses. There has even been some controversy during the week after Antonio Gates discussed a lingering rib injury that Philip Rivers has been dealing with. Is their team leader going to be healthy enough to play well? This is the first time in a long time that question has been on anyone’s mind at Chargers Park.
Let’s take a look at the job Rams Head Coach, Jeff Fisher has in front of him this week. He needs to find a way to keep his team high, but not allow them to become over-confident and look past the struggling Bolts. Here are five angles that Fisher could take while leading the Rams this week:
- Defense Needs to Continue to Step Up: “Yes, we had a great team win against the Broncos last Sunday. We beat them in all three phases and showed them that no one can sleep on the St. Louis Rams! Yes, Peyton threw for a lot of yards, but that’s okay! You have to expect that with Peyton. The important thing was that when our backs were against the wall, we picked off two of his passes! We also sacked him three times! Consistent pressure, timely turnovers, and completely shutting down the run game is why the Broncos were only able to put seven points on the board. That’s right, SEVEN! If we can continue that kind of defensive intensity, we can shut down the Chargers offense the same way.
- Offense and Special Teams: “Offense, I haven’t forgotten you. I think you would agree that we didn’t exactly light it up out there. One touchdown and five field goals is not how we want to finish drives. That being said, what we did do is stay on the field. 35 minutes of ball control offense helped keep that Broncos offense off of the field. That helped our defense stay fresh and able to attack. As for the Special Teams? What can I say? Five field goals speaks for itself. Outstanding effort by the special teams. We don’t win that game without your effort.
- Make Up Our Minds: “Now, what I want to know is this: Who are we? Can we please just make up our minds? We currently have a record of four wins and six losses. Three of our four wins are against San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver! The 4-6 teams in the league are not supposed to beat those guys! Yet, we do. That being said, we have these great wins but have yet to win two in a row! We are in a tough spot right now. We have quality wins that will show other teams that they better show up and play ball. But, we also have a losing record which can lull teams to sleep. Well, I’ll tell you what. The Chargers will not sleep on us after we took down their division rival. They know we are coming in to beat them and they will try hard not to let that happen. So it’s time to ask yourself, “who are we?” If we are winners, let’s prove it on Sunday.”
- Must Win: “Gentlemen, I’m not going to blow sunshine up your dress. With six losses already, we are pretty much in a must win situation every week now. If we plan on going to the dance, we need to get on a win streak and keep it rolling. Traditionally, 10 wins will get you in. That is the most we can get! I say we take it one game at a time and string together some wins and see what happens. We have already beaten three of the best teams in football. There is no reason that we can’t win every Sunday. But it starts with this Sunday in San Diego.
- Speaking of San Diego: “One final word about this week’s game. The Chargers have indeed been struggling. They have only won a single game in their last four and that was against the Raiders who still haven’t beaten anyone. They are a talented team that has been dealing with injuries. They are getting healthy and have shown improvement on defense. At the same time, their offense has been slowed down greatly in recent weeks. They haven’t scored more than 21 points in the last four weeks and they were even shutout once by Miami! Rivers is banged up. That is definitely to our advantage. We need to hit him every chance we get. Play clean, but play hard. Just like we did last week and I truly believe we have a happy flight home.”
Moving over to the Chargers locker room, let’s see what Head Coach Mike McCoy might say to get his players mentally prepared for what is sure to be a difficult challenge:
- Oakland is Behind Us: “I know that you are being told by the press and social media outlets that we didn’t play well against the Raiders. You know how I feel about that. I think we made a solid team effort and beat a division rival, made up of professional football players, who have been in every game they have played. The Raiders will win eventually. If a team looks past them, they will win. We did what we had to do. We improved our run game, our coverage, our pass rush, and most impressively, our special teams. We won the time of possession battle and well as the field position battle. Most importantly, we won the points battle. In the NFL, that is all you can ask for so keep your heads up and don’t listen to anyone outside of our camp. They don’t know what they are talking about.”
- Keep Things in Perspective: “Now that you know that I am very proud of our effort against the Raiders, understand that we need to keep things in perspective as well. This was not a signature win. We only scored one touchdown. Offensively, we are not where we need to be. I thought our running game was much improved, but it is going to be challenged again this week by one of the best and deepest from defensive fronts in the league. The Rams are tough on defense. Their numbers aren’t staggering, but they have improved lately. Let’s face it; they just held the Broncos to seven points. That’s impressive. On the other hand, Peyton was able to throw for almost 400 yards. If not for a couple untimely turnovers, it’s a whole new ballgame. Keep Philip on his feet and we should be able to move the ball through the air. Denver was not able to run, but they are hurting for healthy players to run the ball. I believe that we will have more success in that area. Offensive line, this is another week where your effort and success could make all of the difference.”
- Philip: “Men, I mentioned keeping Philip on his feet. That has never been more important than this week. As everyone knows, he is a little banged up. We also know that he is one tough son of a gun and won’t miss any reps in practice or plays in the game. BUT, that can all change if too many shoulder pads, or helmets find their target! It’s no secret that Greg Williams is the Defensive Coordinator for the Rams. It is also no secret that he was suspended from coaching for a year due to his involvement in “Bounty Gate”. Let’s face it; he created the bounty system that paid players for injuring other players. Last week, the Broncos lost three skill position players during their game. His defenses his hard and often. Make sure you do not let up, or forget to keep your head on a swivel all the way through the whistle, and maybe a couple of seconds after.”
- Defense Wins Games: “Defensive guys, I am looking forward to another step up from you. Last week, our coverage was much tighter and we were able to keep Carr moving around in the pocket. That was great, but it is behind us now. Now, we get to show the league that it wasn’t just a bad offense from the Raiders, but it was in fact a solid defensive effort by our team. You need to meet, or beat, the intensity of the Rams this week and I guarantee that their level will be extremely high. I want to dominate the time of possession. Part of that is on the offense. They must get first downs and have no turnovers. The rest is on you! We still need to greatly improve on third down and we must tackle better as well. No more shoulder tackles. These guys are too big to just knock over. Wrap up and play solid fundamental football. DB’s, how about a pick or two? Can you do that for us? I think you can. Now you just have to go out there and prove it.”
- One Game at a Time: “Men, I know we are getting down to the last third of our schedule and the race is very tight between us and the Chiefs and Broncos. You’re not stupid. You understand that there may only be one wild card representative from the AFC West this season, as it looks right now. Where here is the good news. If we take care of our business, we are in. Screw the wild card; we can still win the West! But we can’t win all six games of Sunday, November 23, 2014. We can only beat one team on that day and that is the Rams. If we look ahead, we will lose our focus and that is not good. We need to have a razor-sharp focus and that has to be all about this Sunday. I know it is cliché, but it truly is one game at a time. Let’s go win this one game!”
Only the players for each team really know what mind games the coaches are playing on them this week, but those are some angles that I would take. What points would you try to get across, if you were the head coach or either team?
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Enjoy the game and Go Chargers!!!
The Chargers begin a brutal six-game stretch versus very formidable opponents. That run begins at Qualcomm this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Some may look at their 4-6 record and overlook the Jeff Fisher-led team. I can assure you, that is a big mistake.
The Rams are coming off a victory where they dismantled the Denver Broncos by a score of 22-7. There last three wins have come against the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks. Needless to say, St. Louis is capable of beating any team in the NFL.
Let’s start by looking at the Ram offense by position group and which players stand out.
After replacing Austin Davis, journeyman signal caller Shaun Hill came in and led his team to a victory over Denver. Hill has played for 4 different teams throughout his 13 years in the league. Considered to be a game manager of sorts, Hill isn’t going to set any records but he can do just enough to not be a detriment to his squad. The Chargers must put pressure on him and force him into making mistakes due to a fierce pass rush.
Coming into the 2014 season, hopes were high for Zac Stacy. He flashed some ability in 2013 and almost reached the 1,000 yard mark. This season has been a different story. He has been a bit ineffective and the Rams now employ the running back by committee approach. Bennie Cunningham is one of the backs that has seen his share of carries. He leads the team with three rushing scores. The ball carrier to keep an eye on is Tre Mason. The rookie runner, formerly of Auburn, has started to receive a lot of touches and he leads the squad in carries. He has been picking up steam and the team is starting to believe in him more and more.
The Rams have 2 wide receivers and 2 tight ends that are noteworthy players and strong contributors in one way or another. When looking at the wide receivers, they have Kenny Britt. He is a tall, big-bodied wideout with good speed for his size. Britt is revitalizing his career after burning out in Tennessee. He may only have 25 receptions, but he is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. The other receiver worth mentioning is Tavon Austin. It could be said that Austin is suffering from a sophomore slump. He proved to be an electric player last year as the season wore on. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He has not seen much success this year in the explosive play department. Don’t let that fool and the Charger defense must have a gameplay to stop him from breaking the big one.
The leading receptions leader in St. Louis is starting tight end Jared Cook. Though he only has one touchdown, his 34 catches have been good for 446 yards. His is a big, athletic guy with great speed for his position. The other tight end is Lance Kendricks. He only has 21 receptions, but with a team-leading 4 touchdowns, he is scoring on almost 20% of those catches.
St. Louis used the second overall pick in this year’s draft on left tackle Greg Robinson. Ironically, he was college teammates with Tre Mason at Auburn. Robinson is a solid player already. He is only going to get better as he hones his craft. The San Diego pass rush will be left when facing him. He really stands out on tape, but he can be taken advantage of by rushers with multiple pass rush moves in their arsenal. Left guard Rodger Saffold is a big dude. He is much more suited to play his current position than when he was formerly a tackle. The fact that he plays next to Robinson only helps him out. There is a lot of beef on the Ram O-line.
In closing, the St. Louis Ram offense has not looked overwhelming when checking out the boxscore. But it does have the potential to burn opposing defenses in multiple ways. Getting pressure on Shaun Hill and making him second-guess himself during passing situations is paramount. John Pagano must be creative and the Charger third-down defense must play like they did against Oakland last week.
Tomorrow I’ll be writing about the St. Louis defense. Now that is where the major concern should be regarding Sunday’s matchup with the Rams.
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I ask of your forgiveness ahead of time in case my words today bore you. Yeah, I confess, I had higher expectations going into Sunday’s game against Oakland. I agree, a win is a win. However, what message is the team sending to their opponents these next six weeks? A contending team shouldn’t beat a hapless, winless Oakland Raiders by a score of 13-6. If anything, I’m getting very hyped up for the upcoming St. Louis Rams game. At least those guys sent a message loudly and clearly after beating the Denver Broncos, 22-7.
No, I won’t reference Los Angeles anywhere in this article.
The excitement (or lack there of) wasn’t limited to the field. After the game, tight end Extraordinaire Antonio Gates might have done more damage to Philip Rivers than King Dunlap did when he disclosed a rib injury that Rivers has been nursing for a few weeks now. I’m certain the blood pressure shot up on several members of the Chargers media relations staff as well as Coach Mike McCoy.
As a public relations consultant myself, I was disappointed not to find a help wanted listing on the Chargers website. People get fired for doing damage to a brand. No, I don’t believe Gates will be benched for the quote, but I’m thinking someone from media relations got a good butt-chewing.
Antonio over the years has been known for being honest with the media. Disclosing Rivers’ discomfort won’t go down as his greatest moment. I’m sure someone spoke to him afterwards because that disclosure came out of nowhere.
Of course the day after both Gates and McCoy were in damage control mode. McCoy denied Rivers has a “severe” rib injury and Gates back pedaled saying his quote was “taken out of context.” Oh, ok. If you’re gullible enough to believe that I have an anonymous source that says a hockey will locate to the Valley View Casino Sports Arena by 2015.
Pro Football Talk put some humor into the whole “Gates-gate” by saying the future HOFer might have to go on the injury report after the butt-chewing from Coach McCoy. I don’t picture the second-year coach as the butt-chewing kind.
If there is any truth to the possibility that Rivers is hurting, and the Chargers offensive line is already a liability? What’s the likelihood that the Rams will drive their shoulders a little harder into his side come Sunday? Going forward, expect a lot of blitzing from St. Louis.
Yes, integrity is an important part of being a person, however, can a person really afford the price to be paid when it can inflict more damage to your most valuable asset?
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Thank God for the Oakland Raiders. While the San Diego Chargers did get healthy over their Week 10 bye, it seemed as if that was the only thing they did. The Chargers were able to start off their seven-game stretch with a hard-fought 13-6 win at home. With a whole week to prepare for an 0-9 team, this may have been one of the worse post-bye performances since a 2012 Week 8 loss to the 1-6 Cleveland Browns. The Chargers did not score a touchdown and lost 7-6. But that is all behind us. The Bolts are 6-4 and back in the hunt for the postseason. Nothing will come easily as the remaining opponents hold a record of 38-22 (.760).
The road starts with the dangerous St. Louis Rams. They may only be 4-6, but they are one of the scarier teams as three of those wins have come against teams that made the final four of the 2013 NFL Playoffs. One of their wins came in Week 11 against the AFC West leading Denver Broncos. The Rams completely dominated the Broncos by a score of 22-7. The Broncos’ lone score coming from a miscommunication in the secondary during the second quarter. The poor play/injuries from the Charger offensive line should have some fans concerned as the Ram front-seven is very talented They are led by Robert Quinn who has six sacks on the season.
It is no surprise the Rams own the 27th ranked passing attack as they have no great talent at the quarterback position. They have also recently switched from Austin Davis to Shaun Hill as their signal caller. Hill was 20/29 for 220 yards and a touchdown in his first complete game this season in the victory over Denver. Their mixed backfield puts defenders at a disadvantage as it is hard to know what type of runner to adjust to and prepare for prior to the snap. Yet, it had not made a difference as they just cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark in Week 11 and are listed as the 21st best run game in the NFL. San Diego is no better at running considering they have the 29th ranked rushing attack with 856 yards rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the year. San Diego will also enter the game with the #14 passing offense. Both defenses will come in near the bottom of the barrel as San Diego is rated 18th and St. Louis is rated 24th overall on offense respectively.
This is, by all means, a winnable game. But it is also one that will take a concerted effort to achieve a victory. The Rams are a team the Chargers need to beat as well as a team that can beat them. It will come down to will power and the needed desire to win. This will be a huge push toward the playoffs. Without a victory in week 12, the Bolts are certainly on the outside looking in when in comes to making it into the playoffs for what could be a second consecutive year.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The need for the Chargers to remain in San Diego is obvious to Charger fans. The fans here do not want to lose their team to a market like Los Angeles, Portland or San Antonio. But is that even relevant to the vote or the topic at hand among those in the county that aren’t Charger fans? I’ve set up Thomas Powell, Dan McLellan, Derek Togerson and David Frerker to discuss and debate the topic. I’ll provide the closing statement.
Thomas Powell’s take: Thomas is a Senior writer for BoltBlitz.com and a long-time resident of San Diego.
Dean Spanos realized in 2003 that Qualcomm was no longer suitable as an NFL stadium in today’s modern era. The oldest stadium in America could neither make money, nor be a pleasurable experience for the affordable pricing of an NFL game. The Padres, at the time, just built Petco Park and revitalized Downtown. It was delayed for years, costing John Moores millions of dollars to finally get approved. The Padres realized, quicker than Spanos, that the Q was a dump compared to today’s standards of a professional stadium. It’s not only the cramped seats. The fact that they have no luxury seats to make money, along with small hallways, cracks in the wall, but the inside of the stadium is atrocious. The poor wifi, small locker rooms, electrical problems, bad plumbing, and now you have an 1800 Coliseum.
The true fact is, the Murph is rundown and dying. But, it’s home to San Diego and your Chargers. It is the MURPH! It’s our childhood. The memories are installed in our souls as permanent as the beat in our hearts. We love the place. But there is no fixing the Murph.
Eleven years of discussion about a new stadium has led to an, “We’ve heard this before” attitude. Any discussion on the topic creates anger within the fanbase. They are tired of hearing about the team moving. But the urgency has never been more real and more glaring. The lease at the Q is running out. LA is moving quickly to have a new stadium and 2 teams moving there. The issue here is not LA, though. San Diego’s time is running out. The lease ends in 2020. If it’s not in LA, they will move elsewhere. That’s what people don’t understand. Dean Spanos doesn’t want to move, and he’ll say all the right things until the issue is on the forefront and then he’ll, without a doubt, relocate. By then, it’s too late. There is no turning back at that point. It’s a PR game right now. It’s all 100% politics when it comes to getting a stadium. This city loves the Chargers. No one wants to think about them leaving. But it has never been more urgent than now. Believe me when I tell you this, Spanos will NOT let a team move to LA while his future is in doubt in San Diego! The Chargers are NOT staying at the Q; period.
If the Chargers move, San Diego will move into the Flintstone age of a sports city; no NFL team, no NBA team and no NHL team. Sadly, where would the San Diego Aztecs play? That would remain a huge question mark. But, the politics, again, are what will decide this team’s fate. The team is aiming for a ballot election. You, legally, have no ballot election for tax paying money to be spent on a stadium. Believe me, it will be tax-paying money, and a lot of it, to get a new stadium for the Chargers. A few polls have been conducted in SD regarding this issue. The majority will overwhelmingly deny a stadium. Sad, but true.
It’s a tough city to build confidence in why tax-paying money should go to a stadium. There are no neighbors to the east. It’s a desert. West? It’s an ocean. South? It’s Mexico. North? Well, yes, there’s that.
The majority of season ticket holders are from North County, Orange County and Los Angeles. Will it be a county-wide vote, or a city-wide vote? Dan McClellan will chime in to tell you why that is important. He’ll also explain the politics of all this. But, trust me when I say to you honestly, this will not come down to sports. It’s going to come down to our team and the politics of San Diego. The vote will decide everything. If it passes, we get a new stadium. If it fails, the team announces the following March they’re leaving. There’s a deadline now, folks. This isn’t like before. The argument for a stadium in an effort to gain a Super Bowl is now useless. The NFL has not moved to a rotation now. They have actually moved away from that thinking. You’re not getting a Super Bowl every 4 years. But, we know they’ll get zero Super Bowls without a stadium. The talk is over, and the time for action is now. It’s now all about the politics.
Derek Togerson’s Take: Derek is a writer and reporter for NBC San Diego.
Oh, what tangled webs we weave when we practice to get a new stadium built in California which has turned out to be one of the most difficult states in the union for the NFL to maneuver inside of.
With apologies to all the knowledgeable individuals who are contributing to this topic, and any of you committed enough to read all the way through it, this will not be over quickly (and I promise that is the final line that might even be obtusely related to 300). This simply is not a simple issue.
Since Tampa Bay dismantled Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, and the NFL basically told the Chargers and the city of San Diego it was not coming back until it had a better facility, this has been a debate without end. I sometimes think Godot will show up before we have a resolution. My opinion on this matter has been formed through multiple experiences, many of them disparate and seemingly unrelated, but all leading the to same conclusion:
If San Diego wants to remain in the conversation with the major cities in America, it needs to have a first-class multi-purpose facility.
Notice I didn’t say NFL stadium there?
For that, there is a very good reason. Let’s go back to 2012. The Giants were about to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl (again), this time at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. I was there for that game. On the Friday before the main event, I had grown sick of listening to Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin talk for 30 minutes and say nothing, so I tracked down former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. He was instrumental in getting the new facility built, even though the RCA Dome was already there and many people in Indiana had zero desire to spend more money to build a new house for a billionaire to have his 53 millionaires to play in. I was curious about how it got done.
“We didn’t do what we did to build a stadium for the Colts,” Gov. Daniels told me. “We built a stadium and convention center as one facility, which is part of the magic that’s making this work so well. 90-percent-plus of the events that are in that stadium are not Colts games, so we’re getting multi-use. It’s conventions and Final Fours and major entertainment that we were getting, all of it to the benefit of the whole state.”
The other point Gov. Daniels made is very important, and it’s where the Chargers, the Spanos family, and Mark Fabiani have failed miserably. You cannot sell a new facility as “a new Chargers stadium.” You MUST label it as a new sports and entertainment facility that will benefit the entire region. Once the good folks of Indiana stopped looking at a new stadium as a new stadium, and started looking at is as a massive community events center (which it realistically is), the ballot measure passed with no trouble.
Gov. Daniels (whose term as governor ended in 2013 and is now the president of Purdue University) told me Indianapolis had conventions moving there from places like Florida. In March. The facilities are just that good. Now, you take that kind of situation and put it in San Diego’s weather? People will be knocking each other over to hold events here, and that is a good thing for the entire county of San Diego. With the success of San Diego State’s basketball program, the NCAA will happily hold a Final Four in our town. The NFL will be happier than a Kardashian in an NBA locker room if it gets to hold its major event in San Diego twice a decade. Plus all the motocross, monster trucks, Aztecs football, blah blah blah that will come with it will help the facility, even if it costs $1 billion to build, pay for itself within 15 years.
The latest ideas in San Diego have the ballot measure extending to the entire county, not just the city, which is a tremendous first step. Like I said, this is a regional undertaking that will reap regional benefits. I like the recent idea of the city working with the team to build a new facility in the East Village, while leveraging land in Mission Valley and around the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena). It’s ambitious and just might work without costing the taxpayers an exorbitant amount of money. Plus, we’ve seen what Petco Park has done for Downtown San Diego, and that’s with a MLB franchise that’s had a winning record four times in 11 years.
The NFL is king in America. Only the finest of cities (and Jacksonville) get a National Football League franchise. For all its issues and recent PR nightmares, the NFL has a tradition of doing tremendous work in communities that host teams. The Chargers and their players have donated countless hours and resources to local schools and homeless shelters. Parks have been built, high school facilities have been upgraded, and families of military members have been taken care of because the professional football team in town. Now, all of that is not as sexy as a Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson story, so the good stuff does not make the headlines, but I guarantee you it has more of an impact on the people of a community.
The league will tell us one Super Bowl can have an economic impact of up to $400 million for a community. Independent researchers have pinned that number at, on average, $100 million, still not exactly chump change. Now, figure that will happen in our town four or five times. Then tie it in to an expanded Comic-Con for the next 50 years. And a few Final Fours. And a few Mountain West Conference Football Championship games. And maybe even a couple of NCAA Football National Championship games. Can you hear the cash registers going off in your mind?
So, yes, I would love to see a new football-centric facility built in San Diego, and I think there’s a very good chance that can and will happen. I know this is a dream, but I would REALLY love to see Dean Spanos go Full Metal Ross Perot. You all remember the charismatic Texan who nearly stole the United States Presidency in 1992, don’t you? He made huge strides in that election season by purchasing blocks of time on network television where he explained his vision to the American people. If Mr. Spanos was so inclined, he could do the same thing with the San Diego affiliates (just DO NOT mess with Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!, it’s not worth the backlash of calls from people who can’t go more than 23 1/2 hours without seeing Pat or Alex). But a half-hour block of time and outline, in detail, why a new stadium is a great idea FOR US. Show everyone how it will benefit the community, why it’s a great idea, and once and for all change the perception that the Chargers need a new stadium or they’re leaving.
When people who work hard for their money think they’re being held over a barrel by a multi-millionaire, they tend to not respond very favorably. The Chargers do a wonderful job of giving back to the San Diego community. Now we need to understand why they need us to give back to them.
Dan McLellan’s Take: Dan is formerly of CBS Sports Rapid Report and a long-time resident of San Diego.
After 13 years, the biggest obstacle that separates the Chargers and the city of San Diego from coming to terms on a new multiuse stadium is the hotel owner’s insistence that an expansion of the convention center must be contiguous with the current facility.
Those are the main individuals that stand to profit most from the progress that invites more conventions and tourism. Baffling as it is, that is where we stand. In the end, egos may lead to every Charger fan, and resident of San Diego County, hurting when it is all said and done.
No convention center expansion. No stadium. No Comic Con. And maybe even no Chargers in San Diego.
Expanding the convention center has been almost as drawn out and fruitless of a process as the Chargers attempt to find a new place to play in San Diego. When Mayor Jerry Sanders was in office, a deal had been struck for a contiguous convention center expansion that would not have involved a stadium; a plan championed by hotel owners.
The transient tax, fee paid by hotel guests, would have been raised to finance a $520 million expansion that would have added over 400,000 square feet. Based on the proximity of hotel rooms to the convention center, the proposed tax increase was to add 1 to 3 percent to the cost per room.
One Big Problem: California state law requires a 2/3 majority vote to raise any taxes. The hotel owners and the city devised a scheme to circumvent the law. They re-defined the electorate with the hotel owners. Assumed legality was based on when the hoteliers (really their patrons) would be the ones paying the tax.
Several groups — including the Chargers — argued the tax was illegal. The Chargers proposed to modify the expansion by including a new stadium adjacent to Petco Park, and to put any tax increases to a public vote.
The Chargers plan would also infuse private funds. The NFL and the Chargers would bring around $400 million to the table; mostly in the form of an NFL loan.
Additional funds could be saved and generated by the city once the Chargers vacated Qualcomm. No longer would tax payers be on the hook for the $15 million annual cost that is necessary to maintain the outdated stadium, and the valuable land that Qualcomm sits on. The aforementioned land could then eventually be sold.
Combine these sources of revenue with a voter-approved hotel tax, and there would be enough funding for a multiuse facility that would be inviting to large-scale conventions, concerts, other major sporting events and, perhaps, new teams.
The Chargers proposed the multiuse concept to mayor Sanders. He did not endorse it because the city was too far along with their plan, and, at the time, there was hope that construction could begin before he left office.
It never happened.
In October of 2013, the Chargers presented their plan to the California Coastal Commission with hopes it would be adopted over the contiguous plan. It appeared to be a last-ditch effort for a multiuse stadium expansion. The acting mayor, Todd Gloria, opposed the Chargers plan and the commission voted to move forward with the expansion.
In August, a three-judge panel unanimously concluded the tax was illegal. They stated, “While we understand that the city would like to expand the convention center, we are duty bound to uphold the provisions of the California Constitution and the City Charter that requires that the city’s registered voters approve the special tax at issue in the case.”
The ruling was so strong that the city has chosen not to appeal to the California State Supreme Court. This left the expansion effectively dead in the water.
Throughout the stadium saga, the Chargers were the only legitimate team to realistically relocate to Los Angeles. Fear of the Bolts leaving has been their biggest bargaining chip. The landscape has changed. The NFL’s Oakland and St. Louis ownership have both made it known of their desire to relocate and now they both appear ready to move.
The topic was in the air this past Sunday when the Raiders visited San Diego. “Los Angeles is a great option,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. “We loved it when we were down there.”
Dean Spanos was also asked about the potential of a new stadium in San Diego or moving. Spanos cited, “It’s 13 years, so it’s been a long time. It is frustrating, when you have seven different mayors over a 10-year period of time and the political structure has struggled here and the economy hasn’t been great. All those factors lead into it.”
The worst scenario for the Chargers would be another team takes over the Los Angeles market while no new stadium is built in San Diego by 2020. This is when their lease on Qualcomm runs out. With no bargaining power, the city could force the team into a much higher lease to cover the rising cost to maintain Qualcomm. Meanwhile, the Chargers could potentially lose 30 percent of their revenue that they say they bring in from Los Angeles.
The Chargers could avoid this nightmare by exercising an early exit to their lease on Qualcomm and beating the other teams to Los Angeles.
Relocation is a threat. It still remains unlikely, in my opinion. If the Chargers wanted to be in Los Angeles, they would already be there.
In August, JMI Realty, owned by former Padres owner John Moores, unveiled a $ 1.4 billion multiuse convention plan that would include a new stadium.
“The bottom line is you can physically create a multiuse facility with the Chargers that would be incredibly sexy and attractive and the whole issue of conventions and the appetite for being in a building like that would be very high,“ JMI President John Kratzer told the San Diego Union Tribune. “And I think the aggregate cost of doing that is going to be hundreds of millions of dollars less expensive,” he said.
JMI has clout, because of their past success in overseeing the ballpark district master plan for Petco Park. They also appear to have the backing of the Chargers.
Getting the support of the hoteliers and city council may be tougher. Even without funding, hoteliers continue to push for a contiguous expansion of the convention center that would not include a stadium. This puts the mayor and city council in a bind. Hoteliers are a powerful political pack in San Diego, and they tend to get their way.
However, no one wants Comic Con or the Chargers to leave on their watch. All parties are hopefully starting to realize time may be running out and options regarding both fronts.
At least the city and the Chargers are still talking to one another. That hasn’t always been the case. Negotiations are ongoing and parties have been reluctant to talk on record. They do not want those negotiations to be played out in the media. That’s a positive sign!
Hopefully progress that benefits all will finally be realized.
David Frerker’s Take: David owns and runs SanDiegoSportsDomination.com. He is about to be an SDSU graduate.
It would be huge if the Chargers left San Diego. SDSU has a deal with Qualcomm. I believe that contract lasts until 2019. If the Chargers leave, Qualcomm would then, most likely, be torn down. My belief is that the city of San Diego would circle around and support the Aztecs. SDSU has looked into building a stadium. They lose money while playing at Qualcomm; as the price of renting out Qualcomm is quite steep and that will only rise if the Chargers leave San Diego. SDSU would have to find another place to play. There is no room on the campus to build a stadium. SDSU does own land on the opposite side of the I-8 to build a stadium if that became necessary. On the other side, if the Chargers left San Diego, I truly believe San Diego fans would rally around the Aztecs as they have started to do for SDSU basketball.
My take: I am the Owner/Editor of BoltBlitz.com. Dave “Booga” Peters.
As I go through the aforementioned takes, I can easily agree with the majority of everyone’s thoughts.
This is where I go from here.
I moved here from Charlotte, NC to gain more access to the Chargers. I wanted to cover them in the most responsible way possible. When looking at the stadium issue, I keep hearing the same thing from the majority of parties involved, “We want a stadium.” I believe that Derek Togerson and Dan McLellan nailed it in that a multiuse facility must be the focus of further negotiations. Pleading for a stadium, with a focus on solely targeting Charger fans, is the wrong plan of attack. It has to benefit all of San Diego.
San Diego is a military town with many transplant fans from other regions, cities and fans of other teams. Attempting to ask the Charger fans to vote accordingly is the wrong route to go. As Togerson pointed out, via his conversations with Governor Daniels, Spanos and company must find a way to entice the entire county, not just Charger fans, to get on board with a plan to give this county what it wants; things that is doesn’t even recognize the fiscal relevance of without being shown the way. Everyone wants to be enlightened and given alternatives when it comes to voting and spending their hard-earned money.
Quite frankly, I am sick of talking about the stadium issue. Qualcomm is a stadium that is beyond repair, and that has been the case for more than a decade. That being said, that is our cement abomination of a stadium. We like to call it the home of the Chargers.
I am a San Diego Charger fan. My vote in November of 2016 won’t really matter. It is up to the Spanos family. Are they willing to continue to fight and keep this team in San Diego?
We called in the cavalry, but this issue has become urgent enough that we found it necessary to bring the appropriate minds in to assess the situation.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Dave Booga Peters
Ya hemos comentado en artículos previos que los juegos entre rivales de división siempre son, resumido en una palabra, reñidos. Lo vimos hace 1 mes cuando la escuadra relámpago visitó la ciudad de Oakland, que por una jugada en los últimos 2 minutos del partido, además de una intercepción por parte de Jason Verrett, se llevaron la victoria. Este juego fue un poco diferente. Se esperaba que los Chargers estuvieran hambrientos por una buena victoria, después de una mala racha de 3 partidos perdidos. Sin embargo, lo que vimos fue un encuentro que tuvo un mal sabor de boca, por ambos lados. No se puede decir mucho de los Raiders, ya que no han ganado un partido desde Noviembre del 2013. Sin embargo, lo que vimos el domingo pasado fue un encuentro que dio un mal sabor de boca, a pesar de que San Diego se llevó la victoria con un resultado de 13-6.
Vamos a retomar cuatro puntos importantes sobre el encuentro OAKvsSD :
- Mike Scifres = MVP
En inglés podría ser también “Most Valuable Punter”. Mike Scifres ha sido un Charger desde el año 2003, y se ha distinguido por ser un pateador de despeje con una exactitud y precisión casi perfecta. Y durante el juego, se lució de una manera espectacular, con un total de 9 patadas, un promedio de 42.2 yardas por patada, y la más larga siendo de 51 yardas. Él es un jugador clave para el equipo, y lo demostró el domingo pasado. Digo, preferimos touchdowns y goles de campo a patadas de despeje, pero es bueno saber que en el caso de ocuparlo, podemos contar en Mike Scifres.
- La Defensiva Tuvo Un Buen Desempeño
En comparación con el partido contra Miami, la línea defensiva se vio mil veces más consistente y más definida. Vimos el regreso de Manti Te’o y Melvin Ingram, quienes tuvieron participación regular durante el partido; se entiende porque están regresando de lesiones severas. El desempeño general de la defensiva fue lo suficiente para evitar que Derek Carr y la escuadra de los Raiders anotaran algún touchdown. Donald Butler se lució en la primera jugada, recuperando un fumble de los Raiders para darle el balón a los Chargers en la yarda 22.
- La Ofensiva Todavía Tiene Defectos
Podemos estar de acuerdo que cuando se anotó el primer (y único) touchdown del partido, esperábamos ver una ofensiva consistente, y que pudiera dominar el partido. Lo que vimos fue una ofensiva sin energía que quería solo en ocasiones terminar el juego, complacidos con una victoria de 7 puntos . Hubo grandes jugadas sin embargo, por parte de Malcolm Floyd, quien atrapó el balón para el touchdown, y Antonio Gates quien pudo atrapar el balón para evitar una intercepción por parte de los Raiders. Vimos además el regreso de Ryan Mathews, que se vio listo para trabajar, incluso con una espectacular corrida de 20 yardas en la segunda mitad. Su participación fue limitada pero podremos ver más del #24 en los siguientes partidos.
- Rivers En Peligro (Lesiones)
Nunca he dudado que Philip Rivers es un QB espectacular, y se distingue por ser un jugador con mucha energía y carisma durante los partidos. Sin embargo, se ha perdido un poco de eso en partidos recientes, el mejor caso contra Miami y el domingo pasado. Nos dimos un pequeño susto cuando Rivers se lesionó durante el partido. Al parecer nomás fue un calambre, pero si debe salir la pregunta si hay alguna lesión que esta evitando que Rivers esté al 100%. Tendremos que esperar durante la semana si se da algún informe o noticia al respecto.
La próxima semana, nuestra escuadra relámpago es anfitrión a los Rams de San Luis, equipo que derrotó a los Broncos de Denver el domingo pasado. Hay que notar el talento de ese equipo y que los Chargers deben estar preparados al 100%, y no estaría mal una buena victoria, puede ser un regalo de cumpleaños para mí (Un día antes pero cuenta)
¿Qué opinas tú sobre el partido del domingo? ¿Qué ajustes se deben hacer? ¿Qué opinas sobre el regreso de Ingram, Te’o y Mathews?
– José “Joe” Martinez
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Every team in the NFL has some terms and idioms that are very specific to their organization; terrible towel, the 12th man, and the red sea to name a few. As a San Diego Charger fan, there are five terms you should know and memorize in order to increase your knowledge of the organization and become an even better fan. Now, some of these have been used since before my time, even when my parents were young football fans. Don’t feel bad if you’re a little behind, because even the players and experts need to know the specific terminology used.
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If you have ever been to a Charger game at Qualcomm Stadium, you have heard the fight song. If you haven’t been to a game, you need to stop what you’re doing and buy tickets to the next home game. The song was written in 1979 and had an undoubtedly disco sound to it. It was re-written in 1989, excluding the disco flare, and is used at home games after scoring and victories. It’s so popular that I have met various NFL fans that know the words and can recite it. I can hear it now, San Diego Super Chargers, San Diego Super Chargers (very high voice).
Not to be confused with a Crossfit workout called the Murph, but way back before many were even born, Qualcomm Stadium was named Jack Murphy Stadium. Yeah, it really is that old for all you kids born after 1998. The stadium was once named after Jack Murphy, a sportswriter who built the support for the stadium back in 1965. Before he died, Bob Murphy, a former New York Mets broadcaster and brother, still referred to the stadium as Jack Murphy Stadium. To this day, there are still those that call the stadium “The Murph”.
Last year, the Chargers marched into Denver and defeated the Denver Broncos in a Thursday Night Football showdown. After the game, Deion Sanders and company interviewed Philip Rivers. What caught most eyes while watching the post-game show was Rivers’ shiny bolo tie that a fan made for him. Ever since then, the bolo tie has been a symbol of how well Rivers can play in clutch scenarios. It was so popular that you can now buy t-shirts with the logo on it. I haven’t seen this yet, but someone please wear one for the remaining home games.
Have you seen this saying all over the Chargers website or even on tickets? It’s because the Bolts are a family that includes their fans and charging as one is one of the main goals of the organization. When fans gather in the stadium, getting as loud as possible when the other team is on third down is charging as one. Even gathering at a tailgate party or meetup defines this whole concept. Have you seen a team successful without working as one? I haven’t.
This is a term used by a lot of fans, personnel, and experts. Basically, it means get ready and prepare for the Chargers to play some football. It can be used many ways, but if you notice on Facebook or even Twitter people say the term “Bolt Up” in a positive way. Anytime I say it, I’m usually pumped up, heart beating fast, Chargers jersey on, beer in hand, and ready for kick off. Even if you Google search Bolt Up, you won’t find much, but that’s ok it’s a Charger thing.
I guarantee that using these expressions will make you an even better Charger fan. Also, don’t be afraid to express your enthusiasm for Bolt pride. Sure, I might sound silly screaming the Charger fight song in the middle of a Packers bar or referring to “The Murph” while living in Arizona, but I don’t care because I remain a fan; I know you all do too.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of the beginning of this offseason, there is one phrase/term that stands out to me that could have been included in this article, “Next man up.” Many fans are sick of hearing it, but, the fact of the matter is, it has been exercised and used to the fullest in San Diego.
It is that time again. Today we are announcing the next BoltBlitz Meetup will take place at Taste and Thirst in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. The date and time are Saturday, November 29th and 4:00 pm.
Taste and thirst is located at 715 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Their phone number is (619)955-5995.
For those of you that an unaware, here is a little bit about the team at Evolution Lighthouse and a direct link to their website.There is a new twist for this meetup. We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Evolution Lighthouse, the group working with San Diego Charger free safety extraordinaire Eric Weddle, to throw our best meetup yet.
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.
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This is a company headed by Patrick Pickford and Gerly Noland. They are now partnering with Eric Weddle to support a great cause and set you up with an awesome way to represent your team on gameday. When thinking of the NFL and domestic violence, the stories and headlines have been less than desirable. In comes one of San Diego’s favorite sons, Eric Weddle. A portion of the proceeds from the purchases of Eric Weddle’s Gameday collection jewelry line go to various charities that are marching forward to stop domestic violence. Leave it to Weddle to shine a positive light on a subject that has not seen much of that when it comes to the NFL.
Here are some quotes from Eric Weddle about supporting a great cause and doing his part:
“I’m very happy to be supporting such a great cause. It means everything to give back to those truly in need. Anything I can do to help Evolution Lighthouse raise awareness and prevent domestic violence, I will.” – Eric Weddle
Although the majority of the jewelry line is geared toward women, you men out there should be trying to gear up your ladies with a special present that supports a cause that they, perhaps, have been through in their pasts with mistakes that are no longer in their lives. You replaced those mistakes, now show her you respect what she has been through and how much you can’t stand the pain they suffered. Additionally, men’s bracelets will be available to purchase by the event date.
Eric’s partners from the Evolution Lighthouse team will be on site and have it set up where you can check out samples of the jewelry line, and order your products right there. They will have the capability to accept cash, swipe your credit/debit card and set up delivery for your awesome Eric Weddle Gameday collection items.
With great a great location, available parking and enough space to accommodate a group of our size, Taste and Thirst is a great venue for the meetup. There will be awesome drink and food specials. I am also excited to announce that a portion of the sales from our event that day will also go to charities that support ending domestic violence. They will be closing down the place just for you, Charger fans! We are going to pack this place with the best fans in all of professional sports; San Diego Charger fans. As far as the parking is concerned, meetup attendees will be able to park for free across the street from Taste and Thirst at Horton Plaza. You will have three hours of free validated parking.
The BoltBlitz and Evolution Lighthouse Meetup runs from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 29th. That is going to be here sooner than you think. So gather your Charger friends and family, find a babysitter if needed — although, like always, this is a kid-friendly event — and come out to be a part of the best event we have ever thrown. Not only is this a meetup of great times had by all, you can do your part to help support a great cause.
Domestic violence is a real problem, folks. As opposed to sitting back and voicing your opinion on how it needs to stop, come out and do something about it. Again, a portion of the proceeds from your purchases of the Eric Weddle Gameday Collection jewelry line, and sales made at the event via the Taste and Thirst food and beverage menu, go to the charities that are working diligently to stop and end domestic violence for good.
We all hope to see as many Charger fans there as possible. We cannot wait to enjoy a Saturday evening with all of you and provide you an experience that allows you leave knowing you did your part, while having an amazing time.
Thanks a lot for reading.