The San Diego Chargers have completed week two of OTAs and there is plenty of news springing from camp this week. Here’s a look at a few of the stories that are making the rounds in the national media.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune, Michael Gehlken writes about the addition of offensive lineman Brett Boyko. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/02/chargers-sign-brett-boyko-offensive-line/
Where does Pro Football Focus project the Chargers to finish in 2016? Find out here. https://www.profootballfocus.com/pro-steelers-own-top-spot-in-first-2016-afc-projections/
ESPN Chargers staff writer Eric Williams provides some insight into the mindset of Denzel Perryman as he heads into his second season. http://espn.go.com/blog/san-diego-chargers/post/_/id/16392/denzel-perryman-avoids-bold-predictions-lets-play-do-the-talking
ICYMI: Dan McLellan breaks the news that GOP Chairman admits the GOP opposes Chargers Fan Initiative to build a new stadium. http://boltblitz.com/?p=20966
Finally, a couple from Chargers.com. Site editor Ricky Henne opens his mailbag and answers questions about undrafted rookies, Jatavis Brown, the powder blues and more. http://www.chargers.com/news/2016/06/02/mailbag-who-hardest-hitting-charger
With the NBA Finals officially underway, who are your favorite Chargers rooting for? Henne provides the answer here: http://www.chargers.com/news/2016/06/02/cavs-or-warriors-bolts-pick-sides
Stay tuned to BoltBlitz for all the latest news! We will be covering the LT5k on Saturday, June 11. Please come out and lend your time and support to a great cause headed by our favorite son, Ladainian Tomlinson!
On June 12, BoltBlitz is throwing a huge Chargers fans meet-up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. There will be guest speakers, local TV and radio personalities, raffles of autographed Chargers merchandise and don’t be surprised to see a player or two hanging with you! This will be the biggest Chargers fan weekend of the year to date.
The Greg One
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.