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A good portion of you already know a lot about me.  But I have asked the staff here at BoltBlitz.com to do “Getting to know the staff” pieces and I didn’t think it would be fair to not do one myself.

I was born a Charger fan.  My father has been a fan since 1967 and he’s never looked back.  The same can be said for my fandom of the Bolts. There will never be another NFL team that I will ever support.

My favorite moment in Charger history was the AFC Championship win over Pittsburgh during the 1994-95 season.  I’ll never forget that day as my dad and were screaming, running around the house celebrating such a surreal moment.  Despite the Bolts going on to lose in Super bowl 29, I was still incredibly proud of San Diego.

I played football for 13 years, officiated youth, middle school and high school football for four years and I coached youth football for four years. I grew up in a football household where Charger game days were something we always looked forward to all week long.

My top-5 favorite Chargers are as follows:

– LT

– Junior Seau

– Philip Rivers

– Lionel James

– Antonio Gates

 

I have owned BoltBlitz.com since February of 2013.  I love talking Chargers and I am really proud of the staff that we’ve assembled.  There are a lot of passionate Charger fans on this staff that truly enjoy donating their time to provide you all as much quality coverage on your favorite team.

I finally live in San Diego again for the first time in over two decades.  I have been supporting the Chargers from states that include Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Washington, North Carolina and now California for the third time.

We are always looking for staff writers.  If you are interested in writing for the website, feel free to email me a sample piece to boogapeters@yahoo.com.  We have a great team here but I am always interested in making it even better.

You can follow me on Twitter ( @BoogaP ).  You are also able to find me on Facebook ( Booga Peters ).

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

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As mentioned in a previous post, as soon as the last BoltBlitz meetup had ended, Thomas Powell and I were already planning the next one.  Although I have already announced that the next meetup is tomorrow at 4:00 pm at Fox Sports Grill in downtown San Diego, there is a new development that I’m sure you caught in the title of this post.

I promised something special, and I am pleased to say that I have managed to deliver.  Through our workings with our friends at DSC – Deluxe Signature Collection – we have arranged for Charger tight end phenom Ladarius Green to attend the event.

I cannot say how excited I am to meet the next serious offensive threat to don a Charger jersey.  What an honor it will be to meet him and shake his hand.

We have the majority of the inside of the venue and the patio.  Mr. Green will be seated on the patio.  Fans will enter the patio area through two sliding doors and pay a $20.00 fee for his autograph signing and the opportunity to meet San Diego’s up and coming star.

You are not obligated to pay the $20.00 to attend the event.  That fee is solely for the chance to get Green’s autograph.  We want to make sure to cater to your needs whether it is just to show up and meet other fans, or take advantage of getting Ladarius’s autograph if that is your desire.

This is a very unique opportunity seeing as these events where marquee players show up generally charge more money for a group of our size.  The folks at DSC have been kind enough to pay for the appearance of Ladarius Green and I couldn’t be more happy to have him at our event.

Similar to the first two events, we’ll have tons of raffles and some great items for Charger fans to win.  As I just mentioned, there are going to be quite a few prizes for people to win and I have placed an emphasis on making sure that there are more female-related prizes this time around.  Many of the prizes will be autographed photos or memorabilia via DSC.

We will have multiple members of the San Diego media involved just as we’ve had at the last two meetups.  They will be on hand to mingle, take photos and answer any questions that you may have regarding your San Diego Chargers.

A true friend of BoltBlitz.com, Steve Adler, will also be in attendance and selling his awesome Charger tees via his website HighBoltage.com.  I am really looking forward to hanging out with him and checking out all of his newest items.

I might also have one or two other tricks up my sleeve.  This is the last event before the NFL regular season kicks off.  It will, by far, be our best event thus far and I hope to see a ton of return guests and as many new faces as possible.  The event will also be covered by a local news outlet and we will be on television.

I really hope to see you all there.  If you are reading this, and you have the opportunity to attend, make sure you are there to experience this first-hand as opposed to being relegated to looking at pictures or living vicariously through those that were present.

Thanks a lot for reading and I can’t wait to see you all there.

 

Booga Peters

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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.

 

Booga’s 53

 

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.

 

Which roster prediction do you think is better?

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Booga Peters

 

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It is that time of year again, it’s Fantasy football time!  Last year, I ran a 12-team league and the number of people who wanted in was incredible.  It was unfortunate, but I had to turn away over 50 people who wanted in on the league.

We are doing it again this year.  The only fair way for me to run with this is to do it the same way I did last year.  The first people who contact me and are able to paypal the $50.00 buy-in to me, will be included in this elite league.  We had a great time last year and I hope the trash talk is even greater this year.

Prior to sending me the money, make sure that I can confirm your place in the league.  Despite going into the playoffs in last year’s league in first place, I ended up losing.  Some very close friends of mine, Larry and Valerie Karr, won the league.

Here is the breakdown of the winnings:

 

1st Place:  $450.00

 

2nd Place:  $100.00

 

3rd Place:  $50.00

 

Clearly, this is a fantasy football league that truly believes in rewarding the winner.  If you are interested in joining, contact me via these ways:  direct message me on Twitter, @BoogaP or private message me on Facebook, Booga Peters.  You can also send me an email to boogapeters@yahoo.com.  I will warn you that my email inbox is inundated each day with 300-500 emails each day.  You have a much better chance of reaching me via Twitter or Facebook.

So, let the games begin!  And just a reminder, I’ll be in the league so you better bring your A-game.

 

Good luck and I look forward to taking your money.

 

Booga Peters

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After having such a tremendous turnout from our first meetup on May 31st, we are doing it again!  The second BoltBlitz meetup will be today at the Titled Kilt in Mission Valley at 5:00 pm.

When looking back at our first event, I was expecting between 40-50 people.  It turns out that our final count was 200 people!!  I couldn’t believe how many people came out to hang out with so many other Charger diehards.

We were lucky enough to have Charger rookies Craig Watts Jr and Jeremiah Sirles attend the event as well.  They allowed the fans to line up and take pictures with so many people.  They were both very cool and I can’t thank them enough for supporting the debut of my new radio show  BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 and this very website, BoltBlitz.com.  We also had the pleasure of being joined by Dan McClellan, Nancy Castro, Michael Chavez Booth, and Derek Togerson.  I felt very blessed as Derek works for NBC San Diego and he went around taking pictures and videotaping the night.  Furthermore, he actually posted some of the footage on the news that evening.

One of the best parts of the meetup was the fact that over $5,000.00 in prizes were won and given away to the mob of awesome Charger fans that attended that Saturday.  The prizes ranged from autographed photos, jerseys, bobbleheads, artwork and much more.

Well, like I mentioned above, we’re going to do it again.  We plan on doing these about every six weeks.  You can expect a very similar experience to the first event when thinking of what to expect today.  We’ll have raffles, Charger players, San Diego media members and a damn good time will be had by all.

Stay tuned and I hope to see a ton of new faces at the second BoltBlitz meetup!

 

 

Booga Peters

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It was the summer of 1982 – I remember it very clearly.  I was standing in my room, with MLB wallpaper surrounding me.  My father was ranting about his favorite baseball team, the Twins, and I realized that I did not have a team in any sport that I cheered for.  At that moment, I decided to be my own person and cheer for the same team in every sport for the rest of my life.  Should I get behind the Twins?  I knew my dad loved the Twins and Vikings because he was born in Minnesota.  I said, “I live in Arizona so what professional teams can I become a die-hard fan of?  The Phoenix Suns – CHECK!”  Now I knew there wasn’t any professional baseball of football teams in Arizona, so what should I do?  I distinctly remember looking up at my wallpaper and seeing the San Diego Padres emblem.  “Well, I was born in San Diego and I love baseball – CHECK!”  Football was next on my list.  How fitting was it that a few months earlier I had watched “The Epic in Miami” with my dad and now I was about to select the Chargers as my forever team.  I remember my dad telling me after that game, “Son, this is a man’s game and this is how the game should be played.”  San Diego Chargers – CHECK!

I was born in late 1972, the location was La Mesa, CA.  I lived there for a few years until my parents moved my sister and I further north to Camarillo, CA.  At age 5, my dad was transferred to Arizona where I would remain until after i graduated from High School.  We were a middle class family that took summer vacations every year to San Diego.  We would do the “touristy” stuff, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Zoo, the beaches…etc., but every other year I would get to go to a Padre game at the Murph.  I actually still have a pin that says “Goose Saved The Game” on it.  In my teens, it became more and more apparent that I seemed to be the only one I knew to cheer for the Padres/Chargers.  Then I met my longtime friend Jim, who had recently moved from San Diego to my town and he was a die-hard as well.  I knew I now had a best friend for life.

After High School, I needed to leave.  The heat, my parents and all the girls who broke my heart, drove me to find another place to call home.  I was involved with my church and realized I had a special gift of listening to people and helping others.  So I decided to find a Christian University where I could receive my degree in Social Work as well as continue to play baseball.  I moved to Portland, OR where I attended and graduated from Concordia University.  Now that I was in the NW, and the only other Bolt fan I knew had remained in Arizona to attend college, I was once again in a lonely place.

I remained a true Chargers fan and I was fine with being “different.”  My first NFL game was in Seattle when the Seahawks hosted the Bills.  The Hawk fans were loud and seemed to be passionate.  I did like the fact that I was cheering for the home team, but it also make me sad that I had never seen the Chargers play at home.  Should I switch?  I mean, I could be living in the NW for a very long time.  NO!  I was not going to break the promise I made to myself.  Then it happened – the 1994 SB team.  It was like a sign from the football Gods paying me for my loyalty.  The Divisional Playoffs vs. Miami was a blur, but I remember the best play, in my opinion, of our team’s history in the AFC Championship game.  I know exactly where I was – alone in the basement of my now ex-in-laws, getting chills watching the replay of Dennis Gibson’s pass deflection that sealed the game and sent the team to their first ever Super Bowl.

I graduated college in 1996 and moved to Seattle, WA.  Now even further away from the nest city in the world and still being the only fan I knew, I was once again on an island – literally too since I did live on Vashon Island briefly.  I made the best of it.  When MLB decided to have Interleague in 1997 I was torn – I was an old school traditionalist and loved the fact that the AL and NL never met until the World Series, but I also was a lonely Padre fan and couldn’t wait to see my Padres in Washington.  In 1999, my last year living in Renton, WA., I was able to attend my first Charger game.  It was a victorious game for the team, a battle of the FG kickers, but I was happy.  There were a hand full of blue and yellow jerseys in attendance and when we passes each other to the food court or restroom, it was like we were long-lost family members.  My eyes were open to the possibility that there might be other Bolt Heads near me but how do I seek them out?

In 2000, I divorced my wife and move to Florida where I remain today.  Now I was even further away from Bolt Nation.  Then about four years ago, while watching a game at Buffalo Wild Wings, I met another fan – Tom.  His whole family, wife and two daughters, were all decked out in Sproles, Gates and Rivers jerseys.  It was such a nice find especially with my wife’s family being die-hard Steeler fans (Anyone relate to my daily hell??) Being in the “melting pot” of Florida I seem to always be outnumbered – Bucs, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Broncos overwhelm me.  Even though Tom and his lovely family were here to share and enjoy the games with me, I still felt alone.  Then I met BoogaP.

Like many of you, I owe Booga a lot for bringing me aboard BoltBlitz and introducing me to all of you.  I joined Twitter earlier this year at age 41 and had no idea what was in store.  After BoogaP and I followed each other, I sent him a DM about a tweet he sent wanting staff writers.  I jumped at the chance since I love to write and what better way than to write about one of my passions, to write about the best team in America’s finest city.  I stand here before all of you with tears of joy streaming down as I look at my life divided into two – the lonely soldier to now a part of the Bolt Family.  Even though I am still profoundly sad that I am not out in San Diego and able to meet most of you, especially for the 2nd BoltBlitz Meetup, I feel that I am a part of this unique and tremendous community.  I no longer walk around town or in Tampa Bay when the Chargers play the Buccaneers, wearing my jersey and feeling isolated.

I just wanted to take this time and explain my story of how alone I have felt my whole life and to express gratitude to all of you, especially BoogaP, for making me feel a part of the greatest community of fans in the world.  #BoltUp  #DieHardForever

Want to tell me your story? Want to ask me any questions about mine?  Go ahead!  Would love to hear from any and all of you. Comment below or find me out on twitter at @C_F_O_A

“PEACE….and Boltness Forever” – BWK

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After having such a tremendous turnout from our first meetup on May 31st, we are wanting to provide fans with as much advanced warning about our second event.  The second BoltBlitz meetup will be July 12th at the Titled Kilt in Mission Valley at 5:00 pm.

When looking back at our first event, I was expecting between 40-50 people.  It turns out that our final count was 200 people!!  I couldn’t believe how many people came out to hang out with so many other Charger diehards.

We were lucky enough to have Charger rookies Craig Watts Jr and Jeremiah Sirles attend the event as well.  They allowed the fans to line up and take pictures with so many people.  They were both very cool and I can’t thank them enough for supporting the debut of my new radio show  BoltBlitzLIVE on Mountain Country 107.9 and this very website, BoltBlitz.com.  We also had the pleasure of being joined by Dan McClellan, Nancy Castro, Michael Chavez Booth, and Derek Togerson.  I felt very blessed as Derek works for NBC San Diego and he went around taking pictures and videotaping the night.  Furthermore, he actually posted some of the footage on the news that night.

One of the best parts of the meetup was the fact that over $5,000.00 in prizes were won and given away to the mob of awesome Charger fans that attended that Saturday.  The prizes ranged from autographed photos, jerseys, bobbleheads, artwork and much more.

Well, like I mentioned above, we’re going to do it again.  We plan on doing these about every six weeks.  You can expect a very similar experience to the first event when thinking of what to expect our the July 12th meetup.  We’ll have tons of raffles, Charger players, San Diego media members and a damn good time will be had by all.

Stay tuned and I hope to see a ton of new faces at the second BoltBlitz meetup!

 

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

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