“Fuck you, Dean Spanos.” – a quote from me
(Go ahead and get pumped up; not because this will be a good article, but because, fuck you, Dean Spanos.)
Furthermore, that is the last time I will type or say that name.
This website has gone dark, for the most part, since the announcement that the Chargers’ owner is taking the team from San Diego and moving it to the Los Angeles area.
Words cannot describe the feeling, or lack thereof, when the announcement was made; when it was no longer speculation and it had finally come to its dreadful, final fruition.
Could this be real?
Oh, it’s real. It is really, really real.
I still have no clue what I am going to do as far as whether or not I will still be a Chargers fan. But, I do not think it matters to you at all.
Because it shouldn’t.
It shouldn’t matter at all.
IT SHOULDN’T MATTER AT ALL WHAT ANY OTHER FAN DECIDES TO DO OR HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO DO REGARDING THE CHARGERS MOVING.
Please forgive me for using all capitals on that. Apparently I channeled my inner-Vinny Ibarra.
Dear Lord, please forgive me.
The frustration I am feeling while watching “Chargers fans” bicker like a bunch of idiotic, immature derelicts is incomprehensible.
Or is it?
I could NOT care less whether or not you used to be a Chargers fan, are a Chargers fan currently or you want to be a Chargers fan in the future.
Why is that, you ask?
Because that is none of my damn business.
And when it comes to the team allegiance of other fans, it’s none of your damn business, either.
Mind your own damn business, I guess.
We all grieve differently. Everyone deserves and has earned the right to exercise said grieving in any way they see fit, seeing as it’s done in a semi-responsible manner, so to speak.
Burning your jerseys, memorabilia and other collectibles, though I cannot imagine doing so knowing there are so many people out there who would LOVE to have it, is also NONE OF MY DAMN BUSINESS.
Please afford all fans, regardless of what type of fan or how long they have supported “their” team, the opportunity to deal with it on their own terms.
Please know that if you feel as though you have no other choice but to follow the Chargers to Los Angeles, YOU ARE RIGHT.
No matter what you are feeling regarding the owner of the Chargers, please know that YOU ARE RIGHT.
For those of you who are refusing to support/follow the Chargers as they relocate to L.A., YOU ARE RIGHT.
For those of you who represent your city first and could not fathom supporting the Chargers now, YOU ARE RIGHT.
For the people who cannot even imagine NOT supporting veterans like Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Danny Woodhead and others, regardless of where they play football but they’re still with the Chargers, YOU ARE RIGHT.
For guys who are like Jason “Moose” Ciano, throwing out 10 million what-if scenarios and one that eventually sticks, YOU WERE RIGHT AT LEAST THREE TIMES THAT I CAN THINK OF.
For those of you who wore Chargers gear home from the hospital at your birth in December of 1978 and your children did, too, in 2009 and 2011, respectively, because of how much a group of men playing a kids’ game mattered to you over for almost four decades of existence and you have no clue what you’re going to do regarding your favorite team in all of the land and that entity has only ranked behind my children and my ex-wife during my life, I AM RIGHT. (That got confusing, but deal with it.)
Shit. I don’t know if we want me to be right…
But I digress.
For Thomas Powell, one of my best friends in the entire world, who throws out 971,000,000 opinions on a daily basis and hopes that four stick, YOU WERE RIGHT AT LEAST 121 TIMES, total, ever.
Here’s the deal:
YOU ARE RIGHT.
NO MATTER WHAT YOU FEEL — Chargers fans of the past, present and/or future — YOU ARE RIGHT.
You are ALL right.
Please know that you are entitled to and deserve to feel however you want to feel.
But, most importantly…
Most important of all…
No matter how you feel about the Chargers relocating…
… fuck you, Dean Spanos. <—- that was the “real” last time I’ll use his name in print or audibly.
Can we all agree on that, please?
Leave a comment below stating why YOU ARE RIGHT for feeling the way you do about the Chargers being relocated.
Thanks a lot for reading.
P.S. For those of you who are still on the staff, thank you. For those of you who are not, thank you for all that you did while here; and that includes anyone who has ever been on the staff, for any amount of time.
My staff is why this website has been so successful, and hopefully I have done a good job of letting them know that.
Thank you all for your support.
Going into Week 13, the San Diego Chargers practically have a full team on injured reserve, placing 18 players on the season-ending list!
I am sure the Chargers can say there is not enough room on the airplane for the players on IR this season and actually mean it.
Here are the players on IR and the date they were placed on it.
May 16th: Brock Hekking (OLB): Charger fans have yet to see what talent this second-year linebacker has to offer. He missed all of 2015 with a foot injury and was placed on IR in 2016 with an undisclosed injury suffered early in training camp.
August 15th: Stevie Johnson (WR) Johnson suffered a torn MCL during practice on July 31st. The nine-year veteran signed with the Chargers in 2015 and had 497 yards with three touchdowns.
August 15th: Sean Lissemore (NT) Lissemore was hoping to come back in 2016 after hurting his shoulder at the end of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover from the injury and was placed on IR.
August 22nd: Jeff Cumberland (TE) Cumberland had signed a one-year deal with the Chargers after playing six years with the Jets. The tight end suffered an ACL injury in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
August 30th: Zamir Carlis (DT) The 6-foot-4, 275-pound rookie out of Stillman College suffered an ankle injury during practice. The severity of the injury is undisclosed.
August 30th: Donavon Clark (G) The 2016 seventh-round pick from Michigan State suffered a torn ACL injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason.
August 30th: Tyler Johnstone (T) The rookie from Oregon suffered an undisclosed injury during training camp.
August 30th: Branden Oliver (RB) Most of us watched Oliver tear his Achilles tendon in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chargers were hoping to have the hard-hitting Oliver back after he missed half of 2015 with a toe injury.
August 31st: Javontee Herndon (WR/KR) The wide receiver suffered a knee injury on July 30th. He played eight games in 2015 and had 195 yards receiving. Herndon also was used in return duties.
September 12th: Keenan Allen (WR) After missing most of the 2015 season, the Chargers were excited to get top-ranked receiver KA13 back on the field. Then, much to the chagrin of Chargers fans and fantasy football players, he suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the regular season. Six offensive plays into the 2016 season and your No. 1 target is gone for the entire year.
September 19th: Danny Woodhead (RB) After Chargers fans saw Keenan Allen go down in Week 1, they saw Woodhead go down in Week 2. The mighty back also suffered a torn ACL.
September 28th: Manti Te’o (ILB) Hoping to finally play a full season after suffering injuries in his first three years, Te’o only made it to the third game of the regular season. The team captain suffered a torn Achilles in the loss against the Indianapolis Colts.
October 7th: Jason Verrett (CB): Verrett suffered a partially torn ACL injury and was placed on IR after the fourth game against the Saints. Verrett was not able to pinpoint when the actual injury happened and therefore most likely continued to play despite the injury.
October 10th: Nick Dzubnar (ILB) The second-year undrafted linebacker from Cal Poly SLO also tore his ACL in week six against the New Orleans Saints. He had six tackles before his season-ending injury.
October 25th: Caraun Reid (DT) Reid tore his ACL in Week 7 against Atlanta. Reid was signed this year after his first two years with the Detroit Lions.
November 5th: Dexter McCluster (RB) If it wasn’t bad enough that so many players were going down on the field of play, McCluster got injured off the field. The running back, signed due to injuries, broke his arm at his home carrying furniture.
November 22nd: Brandon Mebane (NT) The veteran nose tackle, who played nine years with the Seattle Seahawks, made a huge impact on the defense. Sadly, he tore his biceps muscle in the hard-fought loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.
November 29th: Jerry Attaochu (OLB): Attaochu broke his foot against the Houston Texans in Week 12. The third-year linebacker had six sacks last year and two this year.
Here is a very scary thought: Nine out of the 18 players on the injured-reserve list have knee injuries, while six of them suffered ACL tears.
Injuries should never be used as an excuse for losing in the NFL but having 18 players out for the year is excessive, to say the least.
Let’s look on the bright side: despite a 5-6 record, the team has been in every contest this year. Each of their six losses have been by eight points or less. That says a lot about a team with so many key players on IR.
It will not be easy, but the playoffs are not out of reach for the Bolts… yet. I just hope they can stay healthy for the last five games, giving them a shot to earn an invite to the postseason.
Thanks for reading!
As many have seen through all sorts of mediums, the time is finally here; it is time to vote on the building of the new Chargers stadium in downtown San Diego. It almost seems like people forget the impact that PETCO Park had on the San Diego landscape, transforming the area it was built in from a lonely ghetto to one of San Diego’s most valued real estate areas.
During last year, when the NFL was having its meetings about the Chargers, Raiders and Rams and where they would all end up, there were all sorts of fan polls taken as to who they would prefer in the Los Angeles area to represent the NFL.
The team at the very bottom of every poll presented was none other than the Chargers. Although polls can be misleading because of the sample size of each, driving through the Los Angeles and Orange County cities, one can see who really runs the city of angels, meaning the Rams and the Raiders.
Dean Spanos has ruled out rebuilding on the current site of Qualcomm Stadium, guaranteeing to everyone that the Chargers organization is putting all of their eggs in one basket, going full force for the downtown stadium. Of course, it would be wonderful if it does pass and does get built. However, what happens if it doesn’t pass? After all, this is the city who allows the away team to overrun its own stadium. The amount of Chargers fans in Los Angeles is extremely dismal, and one would think that after lasting only one season in Los Angeles that history would repeat itself.
The Chargers are going against well established LA teams, and hoping to pull a fan base out of thin air. It makes it worse that one of those established fan bases in Los Angeles is already a hated rival of the Chargers.
My question is, how do you expect to build a sports franchise when MOST of your future stakeholders have grown up hating your brand? It’s like R/C Cola creating a factory and headquarters right next to Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA. Just bad business.
There is no future for the Chargers in Los Angeles.
So, the bottom line is, vote yes on C, or else in 2-3 years, we will have no team to root for. No let’s go Chargers; everything we own will become franchise wear similar to those who own Houston Oilers’ merchandise. The Chargers are a staple of San Diego, and to let them leave would be a catastrophic disaster.
Will the 2016 campaign be the last year that we see both Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates on the field together? What will happen to the Chargers’ dynamic duo? Will they continue to be great after this season? Or will we have to say goodbye to our future hall of fame tight end, Antonio Gates, at year’s end?
There are two different ways to answer this question: the first is contractually and the second is by observation.
First, we will cover contractually. According to Antonio Gates’ contract, he is still going to be with the Chargers through 2017 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. So, he technically has two years to make the decision whether to retire early, or to play out the reminder of his contract and mentor the Chargers tight end of the future, Hunter Henry.
Personally, I watched Henry when he played for the University of Arkansas just this past year, and I was astonished at what I saw. He had a role that was similar to the one that Antonio Gates has for the Chargers; meaning that he was his quarterback’s first choice to throw the ball to, rather than a check-down, which seems to be what most tight ends are that are not named Gates, Gronkowski or Graham.
Now, let’s look at the observation. Looking at Gates’ statistics from the 2015 season, also known as the season the Chargers donated more than half their roster to the DL and IR (but that is another story), he only appeared in 11 of 16 games last season. Last season he only had 56 receptions and 630 receiving yards, as compared to the season before when he had 69 receptions and 821 yards.
It would not be a bad thing for Antonio Gates to retire after this season, and according to UT San Diego, he is contemplating it very seriously. Personally, I see this as what SHOULD be a driving force to the Chargers this season, similar to the Ravens several years ago when it seemed to be all about #WinItForRay. Ray, of course, is in reference to their long-time defensive captain and emotional center of the team, Ray Lewis.
Of course, only time will tell when Antonio Gates retires, but one thing is for certain: whenever he does retire, he should get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
Finally! The deal is done and the Chargers have signed their first-round draft pick. But is that enough news after the large media circus that surrounded this issue, turning fans against Joey Bosa? For some fans, a name signed on a contract is not going to be enough to ease their frustration over the whole situation. Bosa will have to prove himself, not just on the field, but off it, as well; to show that he is worth more than just the money received when he signed on the dotted line, but also the love of the fanbase.
So what he should do?
- Get involved in the community: They say any press is good press, but the best press is usually where outsiders can see the character of the individual. If Joey gets involved in the community, it will show the citizens of San Diego that he is not just the spoiled brat that the media portrayed him to be. There are many ways to get involved in the community, such as picking up trash on the beach, signing autographs with sick children or participating in food drives.
- Prove it on the field: After holding out for as long as he did and missing almost the entire preseason, the Chargers organization needs to see if this is truly a good investment. As we all saw from Johnny Manziel, how well they did in college does not always transfer to the NFL. No one is expecting him to come right out of the gate and be the next Ray Lewis or JJ Watt, but as long as he can show promise and determination, he should be fine.
- Earn respect from his teammates: As many saw from the Denver Broncos last season, defensive chemistry is a must if you expect to make the playoffs or have a winning record. He must show his teammates that he is the missing piece to this defense.
The point is the media, as usual, blew all of this way out of proportion, even to the point of predicting trades. It is going to be an uphill battle for Bosa; not just getting his body “football ready,” per his words, but also winning over his teammates and the fan base at large.
Though this may seem to be a bit of an uphill battle for the former Buckeye, there are plenty of reasons why this young man was taken with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Starting with his first snap of live play, Bosa will remain under the microscope until he takes care of the aforementioned items above.
Again, get involved in the community, make plays on the field, thus, earning the respect of his teammates, and we’ll all soon forget the tumultuous offseason surrounding one of the highest draft picks the organization has selected in many years.
Quite frankly, we at BoltBlitz.com expect him to take care of business, showing everyone that he not only belongs on this team, he will earn the right to be called a solid pick and huge contributor for many years to come.
Usually when journalists such as myself look forward to a brand new season of football, we look at things like QBR, preseason numbers and even the previous season’s statistics. This analysis will different than usual. Why? That is because football is so much more than just a number’s game; it is a game that is not played by players who have their data set and can be predictable.
Football is a game played by humans, and that in and of itself can directly affect play on the field. Using the skills I have learned while studying human communication while minoring in Sports Management at Grand Canyon University, (Go Lopes!) I will look team-by-team and present my analysis here.
San Diego Chargers: The big controversy around this team is whether Joey Bosa will sign or not. Several current and former Chargers players have already voiced their disgust for this situation. If Bosa does end up signing with San Diego and not “pulling an Eli Manning,” that will cause rifts that will directly affect team chemistry on the defensive side of the ball.
As we all saw from the Denver Broncos last season, defensive chemistry is a must for a championship season. Also coming off of a season with as many injuries that the Chargers had last season, it will take a little bit of time for Philip Rivers to get acquainted or reacquainted with his wide receiving corps. If a quarterback does not trust his receivers, he is unable to make the split-second decisions that are needed to win football games.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense is facing the issue of a lack of leadership due to the uncertainty of the situation of their longtime defensive captain, Eric Berry. Captain is more than just a fancy title and a stitching on their jersey; it is a position that is handed to those that rise above and are chosen by their teammates to lead them not only on the field, but off the field as well. On the offensive side of the ball, Alex Smith must get comfortable throwing more than ten yards on any given play. As soon as teams start jumping routes, the Chiefs will not be able to return to being over .500.
Oakland Raiders: The issue with the Oakland Raiders is the fact that they may not have a home next season. It is a situation similar to the Chargers, however, at least last season Chargers’ fans knew that it would be at most a 2-hour drive north. With the Raiders, it will either be a 6-hour drive to Los Angeles or a 10-hour drive to Las Vegas. There are not many fans that can put their faith in a team that may leave them.
Fan presence is a huge factor when the game is on the line, when the opposing offense is on the field, driving towards a score. The only thing that can disrupt that momentum is a lot of crowd noise to get inside the opposing QB’s head, such as when another team plays in either Seattle, Arizona or Kansas City.
Denver Broncos: The issue with the Broncos this season will be at the QB position. Something a lot of fans may not realize is that the QB is the leader. When you have no idea who the outstanding leader is, the offense will have nothing but miscues, accompanied by little to no sense of direction. Also, they are dealing with choosing from a few youngsters and a QB who has garnered little respect in the NFL, Mr. Butt-fumble himself, Mark Sanchez.
The staff of BoltBlitz.com is proud to host a San Diego Chargers fans meet-up on Saturday, August 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The Tilted Kilt has been an amazing host site and the staff has been very accommodating. We are very proud of you, our loyal readers who turn out en masse and take over and fill the place with lightning bolts!
At our June Tilted Kilt meet-up many members of the Chargers organization came out to take part in the festivities. As you can see in the picture above, sandwiched between myself (far left) and Dave Peters (far right) are (from left to right) Kyle Emanuel, Dontrelle Inman and Sean Lissemore. These Chargers took the time out of their busy schedules to attend in person and graciously signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who asked.
Many, many thanks to Kyle, Dontrelle and Sean for making our event such a huge success!
If the Aug. 6th date looks familiar, yes, it is the same day as the Chargers’ annual FanFest. FanFest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to make it from the stadium to the Tilted Kilt for a raging after party! There will be raffles for Chargers memorabilia, autographed collectibles and other prizes.
Paddy Pickford, owner of Evolution Lighthouse will be there with his signature line of custom Chargers jewelry as well as new and unique lines of custom jewelry. A portion of every Chargers-related item sold goes to victims of domestic violence in San Diego.
Special surprise guests are scheduled to update us on all things stadium and Chargers related. Stay tuned!
Join us on Saturday, August 6th as we ring in the new San Diego Chargers season BoltBlitz style!
The Greg One
It is no secret that San Diego is a bandwagon sports town. When regular season home games look more like away games; from the sea of orange that we witness whenever we play the Denver Broncos in recent years, or the black hole that gets created whenever the Oakland Raiders come to town. The stadium is too easily overrun on gamedays, which is something that needs to change, and Chargers fans can actually control whether or not this occurs.
However, that argument is for another time. The reason I bring it up now, is because it will draw attention and hopefully make people realize that the Chargers cannot just rely on Chargers fans to come out for the needed 50% plus one vote in November unless we are doing well on the field.
What the Chargers organization must do is be able to showcase all that the new stadium would be able to do. They also must partner with local San Diego hot spots and events in order to draw a wider range of voters in to the new idea. For example: promotions through the Broken Yolk Cafe, Hodad’s, the San Diego Padres, Sea World and last, but certainly not least, Comic-Con promoters.
It is hard to convince someone who may just be a casual football fan to give their vote to a team who in the last two seasons has not finished higher than third in their division.
So, if the Chargers organization can promote the stadium before the ballots are cast, as not just a place to play football, but a place in which economic growth is a guaranteed reality, then, clearly, it would entice even those residents in San Diego who are not fans of the Chargers.
In recent memory, Comic-Con is one of the biggest events in San Diego’s history. If they are able to establish a museum that would guarantee tourists more than one week a year, that would prove to be a sustainable, year-round revenue. Not to mention, the jobs that would be created for future San Diegans would increase exponentially due to the number of non-football events that would take place throughout the year.
The stadium plan will fail if the Chargers rely on just Chargers fans in the area to come out and vote. The only way this will work is if the Chargers organization is able to use all of these other organizations, and ways of promoting the non-football benefits to the city. Should the Chargers be able to put together a viable, convincing stadium plan, it should be a slam dunk.
Although the doubters, even fans of the team, may come out in droves, stating they are not going to get behind a stadium plan keeping the Chargers in San Diego, it is up to all of the educated fans to do their due diligence in ensuring said doubters regarding all of the opportunities which would lie ahead should a stadium be granted to the NFL team which currently resides in America’s finest city.
For more information regarding the stadium situation, please keep in locked on BoltBLitz.com for all of the news you need to know.
The next BoltBlitz Chargers fans meet-up has been confirmed for Saturday, August. 6th at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. On June 10th, the Tilted Kilt hosted the most recent meet-up the day after the very successful LT5k.
Current Chargers Dontrelle Inman, Kyle Emanuel and Sean Lissemore attended the event, signing autographs and taking pictures with those in attendance. Thanks again to the players and the San Diego Chargers organization for allowing the Bolts to meet with the fans.
The last meet-up occurred on the heels of a successful signature drive as over 110,000 signatures had been submitted for approval only days before. This meet-up occurs only hours after the Chargers’ yearly FanFest event.
FanFest is on August 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meet-up will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. There will be autographed memorabilia and an assortment of prizes to be won in raffles throughout the afternoon.
This will be a great day to kick off the return of football! Go to FanFest then come to the BoltBlitz meet-up for the afterparty! We hope to see you all there!
The Greg One
The San Diego Chargers are an essential part of the San Diego community, whether people would like to realize it or not. They are as big if not bigger than the Padres in the San Diego area. Not only would it be a disservice to the fans to let the team move, it would also be a major disservice to the city at large.
A new stadium would bring in all sorts of new revenue. Among them are advertisements, restaurants, tourism, and especially sports fans that want to see something new. If they were to extend the convention center and go with the Convadium plan, that would guarantee that San Diego will be a permanent home for one of the most beneficial events for the San Diego economy in the cities’ recent history, Comic-Con.
Comic-Con has brought in several hundred million dollars in just one appearance. Imagine the amount of tourists all around the globe that would go to visit the new Comic-Con museum. With this museum, one can still bring in stars such as William Shatner, Mark Hamill, and Robert Downey Jr., to do autograph signings and still make money in the offseason. The Comic-Con museum would only be a small part of the massive revenue that the city would bring in.
The rest comes with the territory of having a new stadium. The stadium can host more than just football games, it can hold concerts, and other sporting events. For example, the University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, was able to host the College Football Playoff Championship game, will hold a Guns-N-Roses concert, a One Direction Concert, and even world soccer recently with the Copa America match that was just held there.
All of these events benefit the city’s economy. When people come to the events, they don’t just attend the event and leave, they go and spend their money at restaurants, buy commemorative merchandise in the stores surrounding the venue, and some even pay for public transportation to and from the event.
The biggest reason that this stadium is a good idea, is the same reason that the Chargers play every single Sunday during the season, the Super Bowl. No company spends any less than ten million dollars to get their name associated with the Super Bowl. The advertising is just one small part of it, the rest comes with tickets to the game, the gambling surrounding the game, and of course, tourism. When New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl, it brought in 480-million dollars to the city’s economy according to Fox Business.
Hosting a Super Bowl can be considered a city’s chance to show off to all sorts of perspective tourists that a city like San Diego, with Cornado, Seaworld, and any beach in the area, is practically guaranteed to have repeat tourism. Obviously, it will cost a lot to build, but adding that three-percent hotel sales tax will be sure to cover it. It’s worth it with the city making a large profit, with zero taxpayer dollars involved. The possibilities are endless.
Agree or disagree? Post your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you for reading.