EDITOR’S NOTE: Any and all funds donated to BoltBlitz.com via the usage of the code BOLTBLITZ will be used to throw the BIGGEST and BEST BoltBlitz Party EVER!
So even if you’re unable to attend the run — but you looooove our parties –feel free to sign up and stay tuned for information on the BIGGEST and BEST BoltBlitz Party to date! Thomas Powell, Greg Williams and Drew Brandt will be helping me coordinate the party efforts, so you KNOW it will be AWESOME! We will probably try to plan the party for a weekend in the month of July! BoltBlitz LIVE will be doing a live remote on the day of the party, too!!
Integrated Sports Marketing is proud to announce the San Diego Legends 5k! Formerly the LT5k, this new event will bring together legendary professional sports icons from San Diego’s rich past to raise money for YOUR sports teams and clubs. Join San Diego sports legends from the Padres, Sockers, Chargers and Aztecs as we promote youth sports and celebrate our rich sports history!
Raise money for your club or team by simply registering and getting others to register using code BOLTBLITZ. For every paid entry, 25% of the fee will be donated back to BoltBlitz.com! If you are interested in learning how your team or club can participate, call Integrated Sports Marketing at (858) 836-0133.
Legends scheduled to attend:*
- Charlie Joiner – NFL Hall of Famer, Chargers Legend
- Shannon MacMillan – Soccer Hall of Famer, USA National Team World Cup & Olympic Champion
- Brian Quinn – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Julie Veee – Sockers Legend, USA National Team Member, Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer
- Darren Bennett – Chargers Hall of Famer, NFL Pro Bowler, Aussie Rules Football Legend
- Bret Boone – MLB All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Winner
- Billy Ray Smith – Chargers Legend, College Football Hall of Famer, Sports Radio and TV Host
- John Carney – ChargersLegend and All-time leading scorer, NFL Pro Bowler
- Cha Cha Namdar – Sockers Legend
- Hank Bauer – Chargers 50th Anniversary Team, NFL Special Teams Season Tackles Record
- MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
*subject to change
Coming to San Diego June 9, 2018, the event will take place at NTC Park at Liberty Station. Formerly the Naval Training Center, NTC Park has one of the most prominent park views in San Diego. With its 46-acre water access NTC Park at Liberty Station is the premier location to host the Legends 5k. This will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone, music, and exhibitor area. This is a great way to have fun and support a great cause!
Your paid registration includes:
- 5k Fun Run or Kids 1-mile Run in beautiful Point Loma
- Digital Chip Timing
- Performance Event T-shirt
- Commemorative Finisher Medals for all participants
- Free snacks and drinks
- Autograph booth for participants featuring San Diego Sports Legends (must have race bib to get autographs)
- Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses from LB Jumpers Express
- Awards for overall and age group winners
Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 – 12:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports located at 5553 Copley Drive – San Diego, CA 92111.
The 5K will start at 8:15 AM and the Kids 1-Mile Fun run at 9:00 am, on Saturday, June 9. Please see “Register” for more information on registering and packet pickup.
Thomas Powell has been the subject of Fan Perspective before, but with his current success as the co-host of BoltBlitzLIVE, it seemed appropriate to bring him back. Now, new readers can get to know him, and long-time readers can see if his newfound celebrity has changed him. One thing for sure, if you get to know Thomas Powell, love him or hate him, you will have to agree that he is truly one of the most knowledgeable and passionate Charger fans on the planet.
So the readers can get to know you, please tell us a little about Thomas Powell.
Will: How long have you been a Charger fan?
TP: It was in 1981 after the Miami game. My mom took me to the stadium after the epic game to meet the team home. I loved everything about it. I started to follow them right after that.
Will: Why did you decide to become a Charger fan?
TP: I remember as a kid (about 12) watching them play exhibition basketball games versus the SD Police for charity. I met them close up and was hooked.
Will: What kind of fan would you consider yourself and why?
TP: Up until 2006, I was a raging pom-pom fan. I had my head in the clouds thinking every year we could win the SB and go 16-0. After the Pats loss in the playoffs I was devastated. I wanted to know everything about the team, all the ins and outs. I’m more of a realistic fan now. I take the positives and the negatives and come up with what I know now about football and the NFL to make a decision on how the team looks. It’s not all rainbow and ponies when looking at your team. You sometimes have to take your heart out of it to truly see what your team looks like. I now think with my mind, not my heart.
Will: What game or play in Charger history are you most proud of?
TP: The AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh. No one gave the Chargers a shot in that game. The only place at that time to get your coverage of your team was ESPN for 30 minutes at night and SI magazine. Both which ignored the Chargers at that time and to some degree still do to this day. MY team was going to the Super Bowl and I was so damn proud of that fact.
Will: What game or play in Charger history hurts the most to look back on?
TP: The 2006 game versus the Pats. That team was really good and the AFC Playoff teams were vulnerable. Everything was aligned for the Chargers to get to the Super Bowl. It wasn’t just McCree that fumbled that game away. There were several mistakes that I thought the team could overcome, but his was the icing on the cake. That loss hurt me more than any I’ve suffered through as a fan and that’s a lot of losses since 1981.
Will: Are you a big Charger collector, or “gear guy”? If so, what are your favorite items?
TP: Not at all. I don’t even get too much into jerseys and wearing them. I’m 42 years old, not 16. So it’s just awkward for me. Not saying anything against anyone else. I’ll wear a shirt or jersey on gameday, but I’m not into collectibles as a fan. I was huge into baseball cards as a kid. I’ve given my collection to my son since then.
Will: As a Senior Writer/Reporter for BoltBlitz.com, if you could ask one question to any former or current Charger (dead or alive), who would it be, and what would you ask?
TP: Tom Landry and Don Coryell were my favorite coaches growing up. I would ask Coryell if he had to do it over again would he focus more on defense. To hear his stories on the game back then, and how it’s changed, would have been amazing.
Will: On social media, you have a reputation of being a blunt-speaking realist which at times you’ve rubbed some Charger fans the wrong way. Now that you are co-hosting BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 FM, do you find yourself becoming more politically correct, or are you still just letting your opinions fly?
TP: Yeah, If I haven’t told you you’re a $#@&-ing idiot yet, I don’t love ya. I’ve realized that not everyone lives, sleeps, eats Chargers football, and the NFL in general, as much as I do. Doesn’t make me any better or lesser of a fan, but I get frustrated at a lot of people’s ignorance. I try to be more patient now. But I am who I am, a very straight forward person. I say what I think and couldn’t care less how it’s perceived. That sometimes, well often, gets me in trouble. But I think over time people realize I really do know what I’m talking about and they see that now. The only thing that really drives me nuts now are the fans who try to judge the fandom of others. If you don’t think a certain way or talk a certain way you’re a fake fan. That is BS to me. Anyone who watches a Charger game is a fan. I’m not going to judge their fandom. Packer fans are the most critical fans in the NFL on their team yet considered to be the most loyal even by other team’s fans. If you love something, you get emotional about it. That’s football today. Nothing wrong with that if you ask me.
Will: Why should fans listen to BoltBlitzLIVE?
TP: Because we share the same passion as they do. I don’t have to sugarcoat crap because of what a player might think. We’re going to be upfront and give the best news and opinions that we possibly can. It’s a small station, but people are listening all over the world according to the demos we get from the station. Fans from the East Coast to overseas that can’t get info about their team are tuning in every Wednesday night. We take this very seriously and we want people to be a part of everything we do; hence the BoltBlitz slogan, ” A team that loves a team.” That’s what who we are and what we do. It’s like sitting in a bar for an hour with Charger fans talking Charger football. That’s what I want people to take from the show.
Will: You are close friends with the creator of BoltBlitz.com and host of BoltBlitzLIVE, Booga Peters. What is it about Booga that sets him apart from other Charger fans or members of the media who cover the Bolts?
TP: Who the hell is Booga? One thing is he had contacts in the front office and talks to players personally. He could sell himself out and learn MLB, NBA, Soccer and maybe get a job at 1090 or 1360. But, he just wants to talk Chargers. He’s doing it his way and so far it’s been successful.
Will: Okay, now some harder questions. How did the passing of Junior Seau affect you?
TP: My favorite single moment was when he came running out of the tunnel in Miami during the Super Bowl. The Chargers became so irrelevant starting from the Coryell years all the way until Junior came along. He put the Chargers back on the map. Being a homegrown fan, he is to the Chargers what Tony Gwynn was to the Padres. He was and always will be the face of the franchise. It’s tough to lose someone you grew up loving as a child. It affects you in a different way and it did me. As a father, my thoughts on how he died is different. But as a player, he was the best Charger of all time IMO. To lose him, Jerry Coleman, Don Coryell and Tony Gwynn so close together was tough. But I truly think it has brought fans closer together in the grieving process.
Will: Do you feel that Coach Don Coryell should be in the Hall of Fame? Why?
TP: Of course. He changed the game and the way it was played. The Rams won the SB with Kurt Warner with the Coryell offensive blueprint. A team wins a SB 20 years after you coached and you can’t get into the HOF? It’s a travesty!
Will: In your opinion, does Philip Rivers have what it takes to lead a team to a championship?
TP: I do. Rivers is the best QB the Chargers have ever had. Nothing against Fouts, but Rivers can lead his team this team to a Super Bowl. A lot of things have to go in place, and he can’t do it by himself. But I truly believe the Chargers will win a SB with Rivers, McCoy and Telesco. Maybe not this year, but it will be done.
Will: What is your opinion on Ryan Mathews as a running back?
TP: I think he gets a bum-wrap from fans. Because he doesn’t do a lot of interviews on the radio and TV, fans have a harder time connecting with Mathews emotionally. They feel a separation with him from the other players. I said last year, after hearing how he changed his workout routine, how committed he was to being the type of RB fans wanted him to be. Fans want to love Mathews, but even when he does his part they still feel disconnected from him. It’s weird. I don’t get it.
Will: Move the franchise, or get a new stadium? What does the future hold for the Bolts?
TP: The city and the Chargers are at least talking now, and did so just a week ago. It looks like the downtown location and November 2016 is the vote. If it passes they’re safe in SD. If it fails, I’m 100% convinced they will take that vote and leave the city. It’s all up to the citizens of SD now. I think they need to get more business leaders involved and start selling it to people who are not Charger fans to get an approval. Charger fans alone can’t get this approved. It needs 51% of the vote for approval. I think they get it done, but not until the deadline. The vote is November 2016 and the lease is up at the Q in 2020.
Will: Okay, let’s lighten things back up. What is your prediction for how the Chargers will do this season?
TP: 10-6 to 9-7. This is a much better team than last year but the highly difficult schedule evens out the fact that the team has improved. Injuries will play a role like every other year, and every other team in this league. I think they get the wildcard this year again. I know this it’s going to be a fun year and exciting to watch how everything plays out.
Will: Do you see a Super Bowl Championship in the Chargers future?
TP: I can see them really challenging for the Super Bowl next year. They still have some depth issues and soft spots at some positions. But they’re getting closer than they have been in a long, long time. Yes, I think Rivers gets them there in the next 3-4 years.
Will: What will it mean to you if the San Diego Chargers win a Super Bowl?
TP: Hopefully it means I’m still alive. LOL. It would mean EVERYTHING to me. All the lows and the heart breaks have been cashed in for a SB trophy. It’s been a long road and this city deserves a Championship so badly. The fans are starving for it. It means that our 1 goal as fans for all these years was accomplished. Every player that ever played for this team in its history will be awarded knowing the Chargers have won a SB Trophy that has alluded them. As a fan, it’ll be amazing. Just to be with other fans that have shared the same experiences, ups and downs would be crying with joy that it has finally happened! God can strike me dead after that. I don’t care. Just give me 1 night with the Charger fans as Super Bowl Champions!
Will: On behalf of BoltBlitz.com, I want to thank Thomas Powell for taking the time to participate in this interview. His time is greatly appreciated.
Thank you, my friend.
Many of you have been clamoring for Thomas and I to release our 53-man roster predictions. After posting on Facebook that he and I would be doing a joint roster prediction, people were asking for a video commentary of the “event.” Truth be told, the language was not kid friendly and we believe in keeping the kids in mind with the radio show, our meetups and BoltBlitz.com.
Without further ado, we’ll start with Thomas Powell’s roster prediction for your San Diego Chargers.
Thomas Powell’s 53
QB: Philip Rivers Kellen Clemens
RB: Ryan Mathews Danny Woodhead Donald Brown Marion Grice
WR: Keenan Allen Malcom Floyd Eddie Royal Vincent Brown Seyi Ajirotutu Dontrelle Inman
TE: Antonio Gates Ladarius Green David Johnson John Phillips
OL: Nick Hardwick Chad Rinehart King Dunlap DJ Fluker Rich Ohrnberger Chris Watt Michael Harris Johnnie Troutman
DL: Corey Liuget Kendall Reyes Sean Lissemore Lawrence Guy Kwame Geathers Ryan Carrethers
LB: Donald Butler Manti Te’o Melvin Ingram Dwight Freeney Jarret Johnson Jerry Attaochu Reggie Walker Kavell Conner Andrew Gachkar Thomas Keiser Tourek Williams
CB: Brandon Flowers Shareece Wright Jason Verrett Steve Williams Richard Marshall
S: Eric Weddle Marcus Gilchrist Jahleel Addae Darrell Stuckey
ST: Mike Scifres Nick Novak Mike Windt
Thomas and I had long discussions regarding carrying a third quarterback, Brad Sorensen, the wide receiving corp, the cornerback group and even tight end. I like his list and I think he did a great job. He always does a great job. Powell is one of the most opinionated writers that I’ve ever had. Heck, he IS, by far, the most opinionated writer I’ve ever had. I have the utmost respect for his opinion. But mine is different.
Let’s roll with my 53-man roster prediction.
QB: Philip Rivers Kellen Clemens Brad Sorensen
RB: Ryan Mathews Danny Woodhead Donald Brown Marion Grice
WR: Keenan Allen Malcom Floyd Eddie Royal Vincent Brown Dontrelle Inman Tevin Reese
TE: Antonio Gates Ladarius Green David Johnson John Phillips
OL: King Dunlap Chad Rinehart Nick Hardwick Chris Watt DJ Fluker Michael Harris Rich Ohrnberger Craig Watts Jr.
DL: Corey Liuget Kendall Reyes Sean Lissemore Lawrence Guy Kwame Geathers Ryan Carrethers
LB: Melvin Ingram Donald Butler Dwight Freeney Manti Te’o Jarret Johnson Jerry Attaochu Reggie Walker Kavell Conner Thomas Keiser
CB: Shareece Wright Brandon Flowers Jason Verrett Steve Williams Richard Marshall
S: Eric Weddle Jahleel Addae Marcus Gilchrist Darrell Stuckey Alden Darby
ST: Mike Scifres Nick Novak Mike Windt
Here are some notes regarding the discussions that Thomas and I had prior to posting these predictions.
Thomas: Although I am completely against it, I think the Chargers will carry 3 quarterbacks. But due to my strong belief that a decision like that is a mistake, I still decided to leave Sorensen off of my 53.
Thomas: As much as I’d like to find a way to put Chris Davis on the team, there just so happens to be no room for him. He has made some plays in training camp. But it is only training camp. Both Booga and I debated finding a way to sneak him onto the team. But it was impossible to find a player, specifically a veteran, that he should replace on the roster.
Booga: Although Tommy and I agree on the fact that the team should not carry 3 quarterbacks, they will. Everything I’ve been told is that they will do just that. Neither Clemens nor Sorensen have impressed in training camp. That being said, just a simple reiteration of an obvious fact, this is only training camp. The team has yet to suit up against an opposing team. It’s incredibly hard to justify a fringe player’s ability based on practice. “We talkin’ ’bout practice?”
Thomas: Reese’s inability to catch the ball cleanly – he happens to play wide receiver – is a problem. He’s had difficulty securing the ball on punts, as well. Booga is an idiot for having him on his 53. He MIGHT be stashed on the practice squad. But, at that point, he’ll probably be snagged up by another team due to his speed.
Booga: Tom Telesco made it known that the Chargers needed to be faster in all phases of the game. I believe that Reese will be retained in an effort to add that needed element to both the return game and the wide receiver position. Sure, I’ve seen bobbled balls, dropped balls AND solid, exciting plays by Tevin Reese. It will be difficult for him to crack the 53. But he’s going to get it done in the preseason.
Thomas: Back to carrying three quarterbacks. When Booga asked me to do a joint 53-man roster prediction, I was ready. Despite my belief that the team will, indeed, carry 3. I can’t justify removing talent at wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback or offensive line to enable a third QB being on the roster. It just doesn’t make good business sense to me.
Booga: Leaving Andrew Gachkar off of my 53 was very tough. But look at the Charger special teams unit. Stuckey, Walker, Addae and Conner will most definitely form a strong group of playmakers in the third phase of the game. It goes without saying, and I’ll hear about this for sure, Tutu not making my 53 will be highly controversial. I’m not sure the team values his ability as a wideout enough to keep him as a solid special teamer. Both Gachkar and Tutu would be tough cuts. But, I see it playing out that way.
Thomas: The kick and punt return games have so much more to do with the final 53 than in years past.
Booga: Inman has looked solid in training camp. He has seen some reps against some of the more talented defenders during camp and he has fared well. Watching Special teams coach Kevin Spencer stay in his hip pocket makes me believe that if he performs well on special teams, he’ll be a Charger in 2014.
In short, and not due to my lack of height, it is far too early to post an article on this subject. But, we are one of the last websites to do so and fans have been asking our opinions on the matter. We wanted to deliver.
Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below. Better yet, I’ll insert a poll and you can vote on which roster you think is more on point. This should get interesting.
Thanks a lot for reading and voting. There is a lot riding on this and I cannot wait for your feedback.
Booga Peters and Thomas Powell
As soon as all of the dust settled from our last meetup, Thomas Powell and I were already working on setting up the next one. I’m excited to announce that our next meetup is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th at 4:00 pm at Fox Sports Grill in downtown San Diego. The event will run from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
The parking structure will allow us to have 3 free hours of parking. Simply take your parking slip and have it validated at the front desk of the restaurant. They will stamp it and then you show it to the people working at the parking structure.
If you haven’t been to Fox Sports Grill, Thomas and I went and scouted it out a few weeks ago. The venue is perfect. It’s right on the water and we’ll have both the inside and the patio area for the meetup.
We’ll have raffle items as usual and even more San Diego media members than we’ve had at either of our previous meetups. We are working on getting players to attend and I feel confident that we will achieve that.
What is really cool is that DSC – Deluxe Signature Collection – is donating some items to the raffle. They have the best autographed merchandise in the business and they are partnering up with us to make our event even better.
Between the first two meetups we have united over 400 Charger fans. I am so proud of all of the fans that have attended and had the opportunity to meet so many other members of the Bolt family.
If you would like to attend but are unable to do so due to not having a vehicle or a ride, go to the BoltBlitzLIVE Facebook page and we’ll try to arrange for someone to pick you up for the meetup.
One of the coolest parts of or meetups is the group photo. We are so lucky to have professional photographer Jesse Arroyo take the photo. It is top-notch quality and we can’t thank him enough for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to come down and
I hope to see all of our past attendees and even more new faces. These meetups are a great opportunity to network, increase your Twitter followers and Facebook friends, win some cool Charger stuff, meet a ton of Charger fans and San Diego media members while enjoying great food and having a great time.
Thanks a lot for reading and mark your calendar for Saturday, August 30th.
On a special Monday night edition of BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 at 7:00 pm we’ll be joined by fantasy football extraordinaire Adam Rank of NFL.com, NFL Network and NFL Fantasy Live!
I met Adam at the NFL draft two years ago and have kept in touch with him since via text. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable regarding fantasy football, he is an extremely cool guy. His insight is very valuable to any of you that play fantasy football and it could possibly help put your name on a championship belt in your fantasy football leagues.
For those of you that have not been tuning into BoltBlitzLIVE, you guys are missing out. We do our best to inform and entertain the listeners and fellow Charger fans. Rank will be a fantastic guest and I cannot wait to have him on the show.
If any of you have any questions for Adam Rank, please leave a comment below and we’ll ask him some of the best ones live on the show this evening. We are, of course, a Charger-related radio show, but don’t be afraid to ask about non-Charger players. Rank will, without a doubt, help give you the inside track to reaching the top of the standings in your fantasy leagues.
Thanks a lot for reading and I hope you all tune into the show at 7:00 pm tonight on themountainfm.com or the tune in radio app (search KRLY). We’ll also be posting the podcast from the show in the next day or so on this website BoltBlitz.com.
In part 1, I listed seven attributes people want to see in a Hall of Fame Player:
- Pillar of the Community/No off-field controversy
- Changed the way the position is played or way position is now defined
- Great moments/Clutch
- Team Player/Makes others better
- Record breaker/Elite during their time
- A part of a winning team/Championships
I covered the first three in my opening piece and now will discuss the other characteristics of a Hall of Fame player.
What is the dictionary definition of the word “Clutch?” Well I took the liberty in looking it up and here is what I found:
Verb: To hold onto (someone or something) tightly with your hand.
Ex: When Antonio Gates runs a route and is thrown a pass from Philip, he clutches the ball in his mighty hands.
Over the last 4 seasons, Antonio Gates has dropped 11 balls. That means he is averaging 2.75 dropped passes per season. I know what you might be saying, “WOW!” Well of course that is amazing, but when you think about the amount of receptions, 240 of them during that span that also equated to 69.4% of his targeted pass caught, what adjective comes to your mind now?
Noun: An often cruel or unrelenting control, power or possession.
Ex: Defenders continue to punish Antonio but the ball does not fall into the clutches of the opposition.
Since 2009, Antonio has fumbled the ball three times, losing two of them. The two that he lost was this past season – meaning from 2009-2012 he only fumbled once out of 242 receptions. Now with linebackers, safeties and defense backs (Oh MY!) gunning for you since at least 2005, you know Gates has taken his fair share of punishing hits. Antonio does not take all his passes on fade routes – mainly over the middle and/or being met by a defender within seconds.
Adjective: Able to perform well in a very important or critical situation especially in a sports competition.
Ex: Antonio Gates is commonly known as Mr. Clutch for the San Diego Chargers.
There has been so many great catches of Antonio’s career, and I am sure there will be plenty more to come. I looked at what was “important” to an offense being a clutch player – moving the chains. Over the last several years, how many of us have cheered loudly on a 3rd and 3 or a 4th and 1, for Rivers to find #85? Well here is why we did – over the last four years, his average of first down receptions is 69.2%. “Great players are not always great – they are always great when they have to be.” – Anonymous
Team Player/Makes others better
According to Philip Rivers, his tight end’s role in the offense is a key to the Chargers success. “When we’re in that no-huddle mode and we really feel like we’ve got it going, and we feel like we’re the aggressors, it’s just taking the completion. It’s take them, take them, take them. And that’s what we do. And every now and then we get (the big play)”
With the emergence of Antonio redefining the TE position, and being Philip’s favorite target, San Diego needed their other offensive weapons to step up. It didn’t take very long for defenses to creates schemes in order to stop the Rivers-Gates connection. And in order for the team to have success, Antonio couldn’t do it alone. Rivers would eventually need to find other targets to get the ball to in order to maintain the lethal Charger offense. For us former athletes, we know that if we are getting more involved, regardless of the reasons why, we in turn become more confident, the coaches gain more confident in us, which then in turns into better productivity, turning into better team chemistry which leads to championship caliber teams. Through all the records that Antonio has and will break, see below, he is always voicing team play. During post-game interviews or foundation awareness campaigns, he is always humble and deflecting individual accolades and spinning it back to what is most important to him – the team. One team, One goal.
Record Breaker/Elite during their time
“Those things, you are aware of them at times,” Gates said. “I keep harping on the same things that when you’re talking about guys of that status, being mentioned among the elite, it’s definitely and honor. But I think when you’re in the moment; it doesn’t really sink in until you’re done playing. Like today, I had no expectations on catching 10 passes or any idea how many passes away I was from Ozzie Newsome. You just go out and play as hard as you can like every game is your last game. When it’s all said and done, hopefully you can pass some milestones.”
It is still hard to imagine that with all the records Antonio has and will continue to surpass, and the milestones he is quickly approaching, that not only was he undrafted but he has done it all with one team. Another fact I learned in listening to BoltBlitzLIVE, is that there are 15 undrafted players in Canton and only 13 first round draft picks. Antonio needs 25 more touchdowns to become the all time leader in TE in touchdowns – which if we go by an average season for Gates (refer to part 1 of this article) he could do this in about 3 seasons.
This upcoming season should be chock full of archived milestones for Gates. Antonio needs 392 yards this season to become the San Diego Chargers all-time leader in receiving yards – bypassing Charlie Joiner and Lance Alworth. He is already the leader in games played in Charger history as well as receiving touchdowns. Pertaining to the NFL there are two milestones that Antonio could obtain this season as well. He will need 807 yards to hit the 10,000 yard mark and 3 more TDs to get to 90 receiving touchdowns. Of course what kind of writer would I be if i neglected to include the record Gates has in conjunction with Philip – most TDs by a QB and receiver. I read an article back in 2012 that mentioned the Rivers/Gates combo is lethal but not legendary to the likes of Elway/Sharpe. Even though Rivers/Gates has obliterated the record of Elway/Sharpe, who had 44 touchdowns together, the article mentioned that Elway/Sharpe had two championships together. It appears that there is no escaping what winning a SB rung means to the general public, sports writers and stat holders. What can we do? As Jake Taylor said in the movie Major League, “There’s only one thing left to do, win the whole (BLEEP) thing.”
Part of a winning team/Championships
Prior to Antonio’s arrival in 2003, the San Diego Chargers had won a total of two AFC West titles since 1982 – a span of 21 years. During his 11 seasons with San Diego, Gates and the Chargers have won a total of five AFC West crowns, appeared in five Divisional Playoff games and one AFC Championship game. We all know our lack of Super Bowl appearances – however we have put solid teams out there that have had a chance to bring home a ring – Gates being a huge contributor.
To conclude, the mark of a Hall of Fame player can be well debated. However, the undisputed fact is that Antonio Gates is an all-around exceptional player and an honorable man. When Gates is done breaking Chargers records, passing NFL milestones, helping his teammates improve and play as one, or helping the less fortunate – and decides to hang up the spikes, Antonio Gates will be walking graciously through the gates in Canton wearing #85 in powder blue.
“PEACE..and Boltness forever” – BWK
What a past few months it’s been at BoltBlitz.com. The growth of the website and BoltBlitzLIVE has been an amazing journey for all of us.
On May 31st, we held our first meet up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. You talk about going into an event blindly! Will people show up on a beautiful afternoon in San Diego in May to talk Chargers Football? Booga and myself reserved the back of the Tilted Kilt. Will enough fans show up? Can we get players to appear? Will the fans spend enough money for the Tilted Kilt to think it’s successful for them? We had no idea what the answers were to these questions and wouldn’t until the actual event took place.
So Booga wrote about the event. We posted it on Facebook and Twitter. That’s when the magic happened. Fans began to post the event on their personal wall on Facebook. Some people we knew, but some people we didn’t even know. Twitter almost became an infomercial about the event. Charger fans of all types bonding together as “a team that loves a team” with one common goal. Meeting other fans who share the same obsession as their own.
Now it’s the day of the event. Booga and I start receiving messages from people who can’t make it. How many would actually show up? Booga and I had a bet. He guessed about 50 while I said 70. But we didn’t know as we loaded the $5,000 in raffle prizes into the car with the Chargers shirts that Steve Adler would be selling. As we arrived at the Kilt it quickly became apparent what was happening. Fans were showing up an hour early from as far away as L.A.
As the start time approached we had well over 100 people there. Dan McClellan who worked as the Chargers beat writer for CBS RapidReports was there. Derek Togerson was filming for NBCSanDiego and their 6:30 newscast. Terri Hansen and Karen Garcia were working the raffle tables and the shirts. Then UDFAs Craig Watts and Jeremiah Sirles showed up and they were taking pictures for the fans. Jesse Arroyo of Jesse Arroyo Photography www.ArroyoPhotos.com showed up taking pictures of the fans in attendance.
At one point during the event there we had over 200 people in the bar. We filled the Kilt from the back to the front. It was wall to wall fans. People were making new friends and meeting Facebook and Twitter acquaintances for the first time. Smiles and laughter shined inside the Tilted Kilt.
But how did so may people show up? 200? Are you kidding me? The answer was simple. It was YOU! You did this!
For those of you who volunteered to work the event…..Thank YOU!
For those of you who tweeted about the event and retweeted BoltBlitz.com….Thank YOU!
For those of you who share our articles on Facebook and Charger Fan Pages….Thank YOU!
We are all a part of a team that loves a team. I know we didn’t get a chance to thank each and every one of you individually. But let it be known right here and right now, we notice all you do and it’s greatly appreciated!
So, I bid all of you a heart-felt THANK YOU!
Editor’s Note: I couldn’t have said it better myself. The fans are why we do what we do. We love you guys! Just a reminder that #BoltBlitzMeetup2 is July 12th at The Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley at 5:00 pm. We plan on doing it just as big and we look forward to seeing everyone from the last meetup and as many new fans as possible.
Here is the video production of last night’s BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9. We were honored to have been joined by former Charger offensive lineman Rocky Selanders. He provided some great insight on the way the game of professional football used to be played. They didn’t do it for the money, they did it for the love of the game.
Be sure to tune into Mountain Country 107.9 every Wednesday at 7:00 pm for each and every BoltBlitzLIVE radio show. In the coming weeks I’ll be joined by co-host Eddie Brown III of UT San Diego. We’ll continue to have great guests and continue to focus on our goal of both informing and entertaining you on all things Chargers.
Thanks in advance for all of your support on both BoltBlitzLIVE and BoltBlitz.com.