In our newest edition of Fan Perspective, I am sitting down with Charger super fan Morgan Harpenau. He has been a fan of the Bolts for years. His love of the Chargers is strong and undying.
Let’s get right to it.
Booga: Tell us about how you became a Charger fan and when it all started?
Morgan: Boy, I am not sure of the exact year, but I believe it was the early 90’s. My reasoning was that I became a huge fan of Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau. When I was a child, the only sport I played was outdoor soccer. I thought that sports were played solely for fun. But every time we won a game, if I had made a mistake during the game, my father on the drive home would say the team would have achieved a better outcome. It wasn’t just about one play, it was about multiple plays. Being young and delusional, I didn’t really care.
Booga: Who is your favorite Charger of all-time?
Morgan: Drew Brees. He is a class-act and he has a huge heart and it was easy to look up to him.
Booga: If there was one moment in Charger history that sticks out to you, what moment was it and why?
Morgan: It was 2007 against the Titans. It was a dogfight. That game was wild. The defense was going ballistic. Chambers made an incredible catch which helped change the game. It was a hard-hitting game and very physical.
Booga: If you were to grade the 2014 Chargers, what grade would you give them?
Morgan: C. When you look at the teams they have beaten, it seems as though there is a lack of consistency on both sides of the ball. If I were to start with the positives, the team has played through a big amount of injuries. The whole “Next man up”, is getting old and I was expecting this team to play at a higher level than last year. They seem to be holding back.
Booga: I have already asked you this, but please elaborate on how your love of the Chargers began and explain how this all came to be.
Morgan: First off, it ran in the family; mainly my mom. I was a huge Padres’ fan and that was when they were still sharing the stadium with the Chargers. I only attended Padre games because my family didn’t enjoy attending football games with drunk people. After attending many Padre games, I built up my love for all of the San Diego franchises.
Booga: If there was one thing you could change about the 2014 Chargers, what would it be and why?
Morgan: I’d have to say the defensive line. There is no killer instinct. Liuget is the only member of the D-line to create havoc. That has to change. And it needs to change asap.
Booga: Which player is the most important when it comes to reaching the playoffs this year?
Morgan: It starts with Philip Rivers. He is the general of the team, and when the defense doesn’t do their job it is up to him to pick up the slack. His play determines whether or not the Chargers make the playoffs.
Booga: Why do you think that the 3rd ranked offensive line of 2013 has fallen so low during the 2014 season?
Morgan: Losing Nick Hardwick and Jeromey Clary was huge. DJ Fluker having ankle injuries has been a hindrance to the Oline. Ohrnberger has had health issues and that has not helped the situation. We are about to learn a lot about Chris Watt during the next five games. When you’re running with second-tier and third-tier players, it’s hard to compete with the defensive lines in the NFL.
Booga: Will Ryan Mathews return in 2015?
Morgan: No. I truly like Mathews, but due to health and his inability to stay on the field makes the decision easy for Telesco. I love his physicality, and his ability to change the game. But, his ball security is an issue and his coaches have shown that they might not have trust in him when it comes to the redzone.
Booga: Some fans have accused you of being a fake fan. What do you have to say to those people who don’t get it? They have questioned your devotion to the team, and they have gone as far as to say that you’re not a true Charger fan.
Morgan: Number one, I am not a pom-pom fan. Number two, I’m a fan of this team, and I can’t wait for San Diego to celebrate a Championship. Number three, I used to be a patient fan, but I thought that the squad could achieve a Super bowl victory in the Marty years. But, they ended up not getting the job done. Then that one guy was hired, and a lot of the fans were really pissed off. The fans were desperate for a Super bowl. The fans were impatient and they took the keys to the Ferrari and ended up with a Yugo of coach.
Booga: Why is it that Charger fans on social media doubt your love for the Chargers?
Morgan: Fans need to understand the intricacies of the game. I am not trying to be critical of fans. But there is a level of misunderstanding among the fans. I have been a fan long enough to understand that this is not a Championship team and they won’t be that for the next two or three years.
Booga: How will you feel when the Chargers win their first Super bowl?
Morgan: I would put my hands over my head due to joy and amazement. I would hug every Charger fan I could find! I would think back to all of the hard times and all of the money I spent on the gear and jerseys. Being a season-ticket-holder for two years, I sat through the Denver debacle, the Houston mess-up, and the 4th and 29 BS. And yet, I am still here, buying tickets and finding more Charger friends on social media and reaching out to as many fans as possible.