Joe Martinez

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As it is written here, I am the owner, editor and lead writer for BoltBlitz.com.  We are a few months away from being two-years-old and there has been so much hard work put into building this site into what it is today.  Sure, I have worked hard, but I’m talking about the staff here at BoltBlitz.com.

I may not be the best editor, but I truly have the best staff when it comes to Charger blogs and websites.  My writers donate their time, effort and heart to provide you with the best Charger content available.  I have intentionally put together a staff of varied opinions and backgrounds.  We have writers from all over the US and the world.

Thomas Powell deserves a lot of credit for his work in helping to come up with article ideas and co-hosting our meetups with me.  He is incredibly opinionated, but he knows his stuff.  Let me put it this way, he does more homework than anyone else in the business.  He listens to all of the radio shows that he can and has connections with multiple media members.  Powell’s interviews have been some of the best articles on this website.  Why, you ask?  Because he does his homework.  He may regurgitate some other people’s opinions as his own, but he does that homework.  Ignore his inability to spell.  He knows his stuff.

Although he can’t stand the fact that I wear my hat backwards, Mike Pisciotta is third in line behind myself and Thomas.  He was recently named the ASSistant editor here on the website.  He is a solid writer that has been supporting the Chargers for many, many years.  Mike and I speak every other day on ways to improve the website and deal with the way Thomas posts things on Facebook.  It’s a full-time job.  😉

Greg Williams is a senior writer here at BoltBlitz.com.  He is one of my best friends and I hate that he lives in Arizona.  Every article he writes is basically a novel.  Whenever I go in to edit Greg’s articles, I take a magazine and a roll of toilet paper.  I’m going to be there for a while. Williams does a fantastic job of showing the homer-perspective while backing it up with football knowledge.  He is a former player of the game and it shows in his writing.  I’d still burn him on a 9-route.  Just saying.

Both David Droegemeier and Matthew Stanley are members of the United States Military.  Yet, they take time out of their schedules to give you their opinions on your San Diego Chargers.  They both have great insight and I am privileged to have them on my staff.  Remember why we have our freedom.  It is because of guys like David and Matthew.

Oh, boy…. Jarvis Royall.  When he writes, it’s gold.  When he doesn’t, it’s, well, nothing.  Jarvis is the youngest member of the staff and I had to find a way to make him a senior writer.  He has written the third most articles on the website behind myself and Greg Williams.  Royall is a great asset to the team and people love his posts.  ( Side note:  Write more often )

Three words.  Big. White. Kahuna.  His improvement over the last few months is like night and day.  He writes with his heart on his sleeve.  He does a great job communicating with me via text, Facebook and Twitter.  He is an emotional writer that does everything in his power to relate to the fans.  He can and will be a great writer.  I have the utmost confidence in BWK.

David Agranoff might be the most creative writer that we have on the staff.  His “Charger Bars around the US” article blew up.  It was a top-25 article, hit-wise, on the website of all-time.  He consistently has unique ideas and I always look forward to hearing from him and what his next topic will be.  I end up with a smile on my face each time I read his next article.  He is very clever and he incorporates humor into each and every one of his pieces.

When I get ready to edit David Parada’s articles, I kind of yawn and hit spell check.  Not because his posts aren’t interesting, but they just don’t need much editing.  It’s a blessing to have a professional writer like Parada on the staff.  His last piece about the FCC repealing the blackout policy and the NFL still being the boss was fantastic; as were his previous articles.  I love seeing Parada pop up in my editor queue.  It is an effortless task and I genuinely appreciate his work.

Oddly enough, I have to bring up a new writer that has burst onto the scene.  Her name is Briana Soltis.  She does a fabulous job of taking the readers away from the article and into a world where they are sitting right next to her.  They see what she sees.  They believe in what she believes.  She has the innate ability to take you away from this world with imagery and a poetic license that delivers a different world to fans all over Charger land.  Powell landed her as a writer for the site.  Props, Thomas.

Joe Martinez is now in charge of helping out our Spanish-speaking fanbase.  He is putting out multiple Spanish-related articles and doing a great job in doing so.  Although four years of high school Spanish were helpful at the time, I can’t edit his pieces and give you the quality you deserve.  The good news is that I trust Joe.  He’s a great kid and he believes in this team.  Keep an eye on Joe.  He gets better each and every article he writes; whether it’s in English or Spanish.

 

I have 25 members on my staff and every single one deserves recognition for all of their hard work and dedication in building this website into the best it can be.  We’re getting there, but it’s up to me to push us to the next level.  Why?  Because all of you have provided the groundwork for us to do just that.  I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do.  I am incredibly blessed that all of my writers do everything in their power to provide quality, stat-driven, fact-based thoughts into every one of their articles.

My staff is why this site is successful.  I have very little to do with it.  I may have put these people in a place to succeed, but I’m not why they’re doing so.  Again, I have the best Charger blog/website staff out there.  You will not be able to convince me of anything else.  I respect all opinions regarding topics such as this.  But, I’ll say this, you’re wrong if you think I don’t have the best Charger bloggers out there.

Period.  End.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

P.S. My name is Booga Peters.  I own this website and I endorse every single one of my writers.  They are here for a reason. They’re here to give you the best opinions and coverage in the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Martinez

 

 

I am here saying “HOLA” from the other side of the border. My name is José Luis “Joe” Martinez, and I’m a Chargers’ fan…duh, you were expecting that, right?

If you knew me like my friends know me, the idea of me being a big football fanatic might come as a surprise. See, while I am more of an artistic person – getting into the practices of Music, Dance and Theater – I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bolt revolution, and that actually continues to grow day by day.

My history as a Charger fan started when I was very young. I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, which is right across the border from the San Diego area. My family has always been supportive of the bolts; every Sunday that there was a game, a barbecue would be planned, the kids would play in the backyard while the grown-ups had some beers and enjoyed the color commentary. We would all yell our hearts out when a touchdown was scored. Now this was in 2001, so the track record per season wasn’t the greatest. I mean, I was 6 years old and didn’t know much about the sport. I was more of a casual fan of the Bolts you could say.

It was in 2006, the year that the Philip Rivers era began when I really started to get it. I was a little older, I knew much more than before about the NFL and the game of football, and I slowly, but surely, became more of a fan of the San Diego Chargers. Back then, I lived in the city of Juarez, Mexico, right next to El Paso, Texas; the idea of being a Chargers’ fan in that area…I mean come on, it was Texas, it was either Cowboys, Steelers, Texans or nothing for some people. I didn’t care, I was still a Bolts fan. And that fandom of mine continued to slowly climb, but still more casual than die-hard.

We moved back to Tijuana about 3 years ago. Being back in the area really helped me become more of a die-hard, loyal fan. In 2012, I went for the first time to Qualcomm Stadium: It was magical, and I’m not trying to be cheesy. The whole experience was awesome. The tailgating before the game, having some chicken and a few beers (and sodas for non-drinkers), enjoying the pregame stuff and kickoff. It was great overall, despite the fact we lost that game (Week 6, against the Broncos….’nuff said). But anyway, last season was my most active season as a fan, and this season I’m planning to double it up, helping keep you fellow Bolt fans up to speed with all the good stuff here at BoltBlitz, while balancing all the artistic stuff I have going on (Hell I even wrote a song about the Bolts, how much of a fan am I?). I’m very happy to be on the team and hope everyone enjoys all the posts and articles.

 

That’s it for now, stay tuned!

 

 

#BoltUp

 

#ChargerNation

 

 

– José Martinez

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