In October of 2014, BoltBlitz.com was among the first to report on the conflict between a few hoteliers and the Chargers’ effort to build a new multi-purpose stadium in conjunction with a non-contiguous expansion of the convention center. The obstructionism of these hoteliers, now known as the Hotelier Cabal, has transformed pro-stadium voices into true activists.
On Monday, the San Diego Stadium Coalition, Save Our Bolts and other civic and fan groups came together in support of a national boycott against San Diego hotels that are owned and/or operated by the Hotelier Cabal. The hoteliers identified in the boycott are financially influencing local politicians who are collectively opposing the development of a downtown mixed-use facility.
“Whether you feel strongly about the Chargers and their quest for a new stadium or not, the influence that the hotel industry wields over local officials has created a dysfunctional political ecosystem where voter and taxpayer interests are being mortgaged to the highest bidder.” said Jason Riggs, San Diego Stadium Coalition Founder and Chairman.
He added, “In 2008 we started working with various civic groups to find a stadium solution in San Diego. During that time one roadblock has remained consistent and that’s the hotel industry’s opposition to a downtown multi-use facility. Until these hoteliers and the politicians that represent them come forth to transparently discuss and negotiate the Chargers’ downtown convention center/stadium solution, we are asking everyone not to patronize their hotels.”
Save Our Bolts joined the San Diego Stadium Coalition in taking a hard-line stance against the Hotelier Cabal in organizing the boycott.
“Despite a downtown plan that includes a significant investment from the Chargers and zero general fund dollars, we have been surprised at the lack of support from local politicians and outright characterizations in campaign materials,” said David Agranoff, co-founder of Save Our Bolts.
“We fear that a group of powerful San Diego hoteliers are influencing local politicians and creating a united political front against the Chargers. Follow the trail of donations and it is shameful that these hotels are using politicians to pit neighborhoods against millions of Chargers fans. The reality is this plan doesn’t hurt your neighborhood in any way. It is time to hold them accountable. And our national fan base is ready to make sure when friends and family come to visit they know where NOT to book a room.”
Evidence of hotelier obstructionism has been present throughout the search for a stadium solution. Days before the Citizen Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) announced they would focus on Mission Valley for a new stadium, a few of their members meet with stadium activists, including the leadership of the San Diego Stadium Coalition and Save Our Bolts.
In that meeting, when faced with the question of what were the real obstacles to downtown, a CSAG representative admitted that it was the hoteliers.
Steve Cushman has been particularly outspoken against the Chargers efforts downtown claiming, “If you were going to line up the people in San Diego who have done the most to block a new stadium over the years, there is no doubt that Steve Cushman would be near the head of that line,” Mark Fabiani told Chargers.com.
Mayor Faulconer re-appointed Steve Cushman to the San Diego Convention Corporation Board of Directors in October of 2015, a move that allowed the two to continue to work together for a contiguous expansion of the Convention Center.
When analyzing Faulconer’s actions and CSAG’s admission to stadium leaders, the only intellectual conclusion that can be reached is that CSAG’s choice between downtown and Mission Valley, and the mayor’s stadium effort last year, was nothing more than a political illusion designed to protect the interest of the Hotelier Cabal.
The cabal will now likely feel financial ramifications for their corruptive influence on San Diego politics. Save Our Bolts along with The San Diego Stadium Coalition have a combined 42,000 members that will be utilized to spread the word of the boycott. Family, friends and Chargers fans who live out of San Diego will be encouraged to avoid Hotelier Cabal properties.
Riggs added, “We know it’s going to take some real financial pressure on these hoteliers before they’ll negotiate in good faith to resolve our lingering Convention Center and stadium issues. We feel this is a good start.”
The hotels identified in the boycott include:
- Lodge at Torrey Pines
Town and Country Hotel
Town and Country Hotel
Pacific Terrace Hotel
Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites
The Dana on Mission Bay
Sheraton La Jolla
Hilton Harbor Island
Best Western Island Palms Hotel and Marina
- Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
- Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle (near Sea World)
For info on the political influence of San Diego Hoteliers, visit http://www.hoteliercabal.com
BoltBlitz.com fully endorses and agrees with the aforementioned parties on boycotting the local hotels of San Diego. They seem to be the ones standing in your way of keeping the Chargers in San Diego.
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*submitted to BoltBlitz.com via email from Dan McLellan.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With all of the uncertainty regarding the stadium situation in San Diego, we here at BoltBlitz.com thought it would be helpful to request and obtain an interview with Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the Chargers. Mr. Fabiani was kind enough to agree to the interview. BoltBlitz reporter Thomas Powell asked some very difficult questions, and Mr. Fabiani did not shy away from answering any of them in a very blunt and honest manner.
Thomas Powell: In your meeting with CSAG in January, they said your position on the location of a new stadium was “agnostic”. Many people believe the Chargers favored downtown for a variety of reasons. What do you believe led to the miscommunications, if there were any?
Mark Fabiani: One of many problems created by meetings that aren’t public, and that aren’t transcribed in any way, is that people can come out of those meetings and say whatever they want about what occurred in the meeting – and there is simply no way for the public to sort out what actually happened.
That’s why, right when I appeared before CSAG, we made public the text of my testimony. That testimony can be read in full here: http://www.chargers.com/news/2015/02/16/chargers-remarks-stadium-task-force-extended-version. I’m sure that fair-minded readers will conclude that the team’s position is made very clear in this testimony.
Indeed, over the last 14 years, we’ve made our position on various sites extremely clear. We have spoken regularly with the media and with the community at hundreds of public events. And over all of that time, our position hasn’t changed: What’s most important is finding a funding solution that works for the public, the elected officials, the Chargers, and the NFL. Once you figure out a mutually acceptable financing solution, the exact site chosen is of secondary importance. Remember, over the last 14 years, we have carefully evaluated sites in Chula Vista (two separate sites), National City, Oceanside, and Escondido as well as several in the City of San Diego.
Of course, having worked on this for 14 years, we have our own strong views – formed with the help of people who we’ve hired and who we believe to be the best experts around – about which sites are financeable and which ones aren’t.
Now, CSAG has said that it believes that the Mission Valley site can be financed in a publicly acceptable way, and we look forward to reviewing the plan when it is released in May.
Thomas Powell: Eric Grubman is the NFL executive VP for the NFL. Tony Manolatos is the CSAG spokesperson. Tony accused you and Grubman on an LA Radio Sports Station of being in a bluff scheme regarding the Carson stadium issue. I found his statements to be damaging to the process of getting a deal done here in San Diego. Tony said on the show, The Beast 980am, “We do think that Carson was collectively a big bluff, if you will, built around PSL’s. Mr. Fabiani used to be a consultant for Goldman Sachs. Mr. Grubman used to work for Goldman Sachs. So, there are many existing relationships there. We are not surprised that Goldman stepped up and said, ‘we’re going to be involved.’ I wanted to give you a chance to respond to Tony’s comments here.
Mark Fabiani: I can’t explain why the Mayor’s Office and CSAG chose to hire the spokesperson they hired, and why they apparently agree with his continuing efforts to criticize NFL officials, the Chargers, Carson elected officials, and Goldman Sachs. That’s really a question for the Mayor’s Office and CSAG.
Thomas Powell: In an article in the San Diego Reader on April 3, 2015, by Matt Potter, questions were raised about Jason Roe. Jason is Kevin Faulconer’s top political consultant. Now the city is negotiating with Delaware North, a food and beverage service contractor for sports’ venues. They have been rumored to have an interest in replacing Centerfield as the Padres’ main concessions provider. Roe has a new lobbying firm that was retained to provide support for Delaware North taking over said contract. What concerns do you have, if any, about Jason Roe and his relationship with the Mayor Faulconer?
Mark Fabiani: On February 17, we sent a letter to the Mayor asking what we thought were reasonable questions about Mr. Roe’s role. A copy of that letter can be found here. The Mayor chose to not answer those questions. Since then, although the Union Tribune has religiously avoided any critical reporting on this issue, other media outlets have launched their own inquiries. Take a look here http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/city-council-deal-could-pump-millions-into-an-endangered-qualcomm/, or here http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/apr/16/ticker-could-feds-be-prowling-mayors-qualcomm-DEAL/.
Thomas Powell: Many fans wonder, as it relates to the Carson and Inglewood projects, why are the Chargers so active in Los Angeles, yet so quiet here in San Diego? What message can you relay to the Charger fans in San Diego regarding this matter?
Mark Fabiani: Quiet in San Diego? I don’t think I agree with that assessment. On the contrary, ever since the Mayor announced in January that his task force would deliver its results in October, we have been extremely public about the need to speed up that timetable. And since then we have been extremely public about the concerns we have about how the entire task force process is unfolding.
But even before January, take a look at the last 14 years. We’ve made nine separate proposals. We have made available $400 million in funding from the Chargers and from NFL loans. To date, spanning 14 years, these are the only serious proposals that have ever been made, and ours is the only serious money that has ever been pledged to the project.
Thomas Powell: The Carson City Council just voted to enact the stadium initiative sponsored by the Chargers and the Raiders. What does that mean for the prospect of a new stadium in Los Angeles – and for San Diego’s prospects?
Mark Fabiani: The Carson City Council vote puts the stadium site in Carson on exactly the same footing as the proposed Inglewood stadium site. Both sites are now fully entitled, with financing plans in place and NFL teams committed to the sites if the teams cannot find solutions in their home markets. Ultimately, it will be up to the owners of the NFL to make the final decision, and the matter will only come to the owners if a team (or teams) submits a relocation application for Los Angeles. That would start a formal review process by NFL officials that would eventually culminate in a vote of the owners.
At the same time, both the Chargers and the Raiders have made clear from the outset that their first priority is to find solutions in their home markets. And both teams have made clear from the start that they intend to respect the decision of the NFL owners.
Thomas Powell: Speaking of NFL owners, the Chargers met this week with the NFL’s Los Angeles Committee, which is made up of some of the most influential owners in the League. Tell us about those meetings.
Mark Fabiani: Yes, on Wednesday afternoon at NFL headquarters in New York City, the Chargers and Raiders made a joint presentation to the LA Committee of owners. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve been before the Committee. Previously we have presented, with Goldman Sachs, the financing plan for Carson, along with our strategy for securing entitlements and initial architectural renderings of the proposed Los Angeles Stadium.
At this week’s meeting, our goal was to update the owners on the progress that has been made in Carson, unveil new LA stadium renderings that are the result of two months of close collaboration between the Raiders and Chargers, and update the Committee on the situations in each of our home markets. So the Chargers provided an update on the San Diego market, and the Raiders did the same thing for Oakland. Since Eric Grubman and Chris Hardart of the NFL had visited both cities just last week and had already reported back, I don’t think we added much that was new to the League about our home market, but we appreciated the opportunity to offer the update and to answer questions that the owners had.
Thomas Powell: Have the Chargers changed their stance at all regarding controlling the naming rights to a stadium and a revenue-sharing program? Is this a possible negotiating tool after the financial plan is announced in due time?
Mark Fabiani: As I made clear in my February testimony to CSAG, the only reason for any team to have a new stadium is to allow the team to remain financially competitive with the other teams in the NFL. If the stadium developer needs to take all of the stadium revenues to pay for construction, then the team would receive no stadium revenues and would be in a dramatically less-competitive financial position than the team is in its current stadium. And, throughout the NFL, teams generally receive the revenues derived from naming rights. So if the Chargers are going to be financially competitive over the long term in San Diego, the team needs access to the same revenue streams – including naming rights – that other teams receive in their home markets.
Thomas Powell: I would stand behind a special election in early 2016 on a stadium vote. Do the Chargers have a position on a possible special election?
Mark Fabiani: A special election will not lead to a successful result. The turnout in special elections is always extremely low, and the voters who do turn out in special elections in San Diego are inclined to vote against major public projects such as this one. Our only hope for success at the ballot box would be a high-turnout, general election – and unfortunately the next one of those elections is in November 2016.
Thomas Powell: Have the Chargers considered moving forward in San Diego just as you are doing in Carson, with the so-called “citizen action” strategy: Gathering signatures, qualifying a measure for the ballot, and then asking the City Council to adopt the measure as is once the signatures are certified?
Mark Fabiani: Yes, we have looked closely at this option for San Diego and concluded that, unfortunately, it is not likely to succeed here. Simply put, in San Diego, the stadium question is going to end up on the ballot, one way or the other.
That’s because any action taken by the City Council is subject to the referendum process. Opponents of the Council’s decision can gather signatures and demand that the Council’s decision be placed before the voters. Once that happens, everything stops and the Council’s decision is effectively nullified to allow the voters pass judgment on it. Generally, that would occur at the next regularly scheduled election.
We are seeing this process play out right now in San Diego around the One Paseo development project. After six years, the project finally emerged from the entitlement process, at which point opponents started to gather signatures to put the entire project on hold until voters can decide its fate at the next regularly scheduled election. And the exact same process is playing out now statewide, as opponents of the California legislature’s plastic ban bag qualified a referendum and so put a halt to the law’s implementation. Here is a good explanation of what happened to the legislature’s plastic bag ban law: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-plastic-bag-ban-20150223-story.html
So, what would happen with a controversial City Council vote on the San Diego stadium project is that opponents would likely qualify a referendum – and the whole matter would end up on the ballot in 2016 anyway. That’s why, under these circumstances – if you have the time – you always try to put your project’s initiative on the ballot yourself, so that you can control the precise wording of the measure and the timing of the election.
Thomas Powell: There was a proposal to the Mission Valley site regarding the river walk presented by councilman Scott Sherman. You have studied the Mission Valley site for years. It seems to bring up a lot of potential obstacles that could aid in the effort to fund a stadium. What is your heart-felt message to the voters and Charger fans in San Diego? Have the Chargers communicated an opinion on the river walk proposal?
Mark Fabiani: We have a great relationship with Councilman Sherman, and we welcomed his recent involvement in the process. Councilman Sherman is exactly right when he says that the parking lot at the Qualcomm site in Mission Valley could be put to a much more productive and better use, including by creating a riverfront park.
This was the exact premise of the proposal we made to the City in 2004, which would have required the Chargers to finance the entire project (including a river-front park) in return for the City providing 60 of the 166 Mission Valley acres to the team. As you know, the City at the time refused to support our proposal.
What we encountered in 2004, and what Councilman Sherman’s press conference participants encountered more recently, are questions about what kind of density can be supported in Mission Valley in light of all of the other development that has occurred there in recent years. These issues are vital to the residents of Mission Valley, and they potentially create huge infrastructure improvement costs that must be added on to the cost of any project in Mission Valley.
One way or the other, though, as Councilman Sherman said, these issues will have to be dealt with at some point in the future, either as part of a stadium development or as part of a new use for the entire Mission Valley site.
We have promised to evaluate carefully CSAG’s Mission Valley proposal when it is made public. We look forward to doing that.
Thomas Powell: Are you okay being labeled the villain in all of this? Some view you as the most negative influence in all this, and the main reason there is so much friction between the Chargers and City Hall. Do you care about your reputation in San Diego? Or are you just focused on doing your job and being a good soldier? Basically, for the people who don’t know you, who is the real Mark Fabiani?
Mark Fabiani: If it were easy to build a new NFL stadium in Southern California, several new facilities would have been built a long time ago – in LA, in San Diego, in Orange County. This is very difficult stuff. And when you try to do difficult things, there’s inevitably going to be controversy. And then there’s the old saying: Incoming fire is evidence that you’ve been hitting the right targets. So that’s pretty much how I look at it.
Thomas Powell: Some fans were deeply hurt by the team’s decision to negotiate with Carson over the past 9 months in private, and the mutual announcement with the Oakland Raiders. Why was that decision made, and do you have a message you’d like to deliver to the fans here in San Diego? If so, please do it here.
Mark Fabiani: We explained the Carson decision on the day it was announced, and that full explanation can be found here: http://www.chargers.com/news/2015/02/20/chargers-and-raiders-join-forces-carson-community-group-support-new-los-angeles-nfl/.
And, of course, we understood that fans would be upset by this decision. That’s why we waited 14 years to make this decision; we did everything we possibly could do over that time to avoid making an announcement such as the one we made in Carson. So we hope people in San Diego will keep that in perspective as they evaluate all of this.
We also hope that fans understand that the steps we have taken in Carson have only been taken as a last resort – taken only after 14 years of inaction here in San Diego and only after an aggressive move by another NFL franchise to take over the LA and Orange County markets.
Finally, and most important of all, we hope fans will remember what we have said again and again: Our first priority remains to find a solution in San Diego in 2015, and the Carson option will be exercised if only if we fail to find such a solution.
We’d like to thank Mr. Fabiani for taking the time to do this interview. This was not our first interview with him, and hopefully it won’t be the last.
EDITOR’S NOTE: BoltBlitz.com launched on February 26th of 2013. The two weeks prior to the launch were spent building the site and getting things in order to begin what I had hoped would be a successful blog. The website had a ton of success in its first year. I brought over Greg Williams with me from a site that we used to write for in the past. Jarvis Royall has been a part of my team for the majority of its existence. Williams and Royall are ranked number two and three, respectively, in number of articles written on BoltBlitz.com.
Little did I know, it would be working together with Thomas Powell to take this thing to a high level at a very rapid pace. Take a look at all we were a part of in 2014. It is quite humbling when you see it all written down. We were clearly blessed last year.
The 2014 Charger season began with Booga in North Carolina while I was here in San Diego. We had just started to team together to make BoltBlitz.com the biggest fan site for Charger news and information. We also wanted to unite Charger fans from Facebook and Twitter. Then Booga landed a radio show on 107.9 fm Mountain Country here in San Diego, BoltBlitzLIVE. So he, at a great sacrifice to himself, left North Carolina and moved in and the framework for our plans began to unfold. He had been covering the team from across the country and we could communicate better in achieving our goals with him here in San Diego.
So with BoltBlitzLive set to air in June of 2014, Booga arrived in April. We planned our goals and what we both wanted to achieve. Then he left for New York and attended the NFL Draft a few weeks later. But before he left, the plan was set in motion to unite Charger fans: A BoltBlitz Meetup. The date was set for May 31st at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. While he was gone I promoted the meetup and when he returned we went like a steam train putting the news out there.
While pushing and promoting the meetup, we had many questions about its success. One of the main concerns was whether or not fans would show up in the middle of May to talk Charger football. I mean, it was the offseason. Booga and I worked on the players and the media to get them to attend. Nothing this big had ever been done before, but we were determined to make this a very special event for the fans. Booga was set to raffle off over $4,000 dollars in Charger gear he had obtained over the years. The many hours of planning for this were, at times, overwhelming. But we knew it was worth it. Even the Chargers front office got wind of the event as people were getting excited and sharing the news all over Facebook and Twitter. Booga and I were hoping for between 50 or 70 people for this event.
As May 31st came, we learned for the first time to not ever underestimate Charger fans and their devotion to the team. People were arriving 2 hours before the event took place. By the time it started an astounding 225 people packed the Kilt from the front to the back. Charger offensive linemen Craig Watts and Jeremiah Sirles showed up for autographs and pictures with the fans. Our good friend Jesse Arroyo of www.arroyophotos.com took pictures of the fans smiling and laughing together and the group picture. Derek Togerson of NBCSanDiego came with his video camera to broadcast it on the 6:30 pm newscast that night. Fans were making friends and exchanging numbers. Laughter and smiles filled the room. Everyone had one thing in common that night, a deep devotion to the Chargers. A team that loves a team! The next morning Facebook was flooded for hours with fans sharing their pictures of the event on social media. The meetup was a smashing success. That morning we started planning the next meetup.
But first was the debut of BoltBlitzLive. Booga did the very first show live by himself. Then he was joined by Jamie Hoyle our staff writer at the time. I joined them a couple of weeks later to create a 3-man booth. We interviewed Craig Watts, Marion Grice, Alden Darby, Thomas Keiser, Adam Rank of NFL Network, Steve Adler and Eddie Brown UT Staff draft writer. We had Antonio Garay, Derek Togerson, and Fernando Ramirez of SportsSpeak (who covers the Chargers) live in studio. We took calls from fans from all across the country including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Delaware, New York, Nevada, Washington, Texas, Michigan and, of course, San Diego among other places in California. It was a great time but now the 2nd meetup was ready to go!
The 2nd BoltBlitz meetup was at the Tilted Kilt on July 12th. The excitement was building through social media for another event. Most of our staff writers were there. So were CS Keys, Dan McLellan formerly of CBSSports, Eddie Brown of the UT and Tricia Mathews (Ryan Mathews’ mother). She was there to support their charity the Door of Hope Chest to help single mothers gets the necessities of life. She came all the way from Bakersfield. She took pictures with the fans and donated a pair Ryan Mathews autographed cleats. One fan came all the way from Seattle just to attend the meetup. It was such an honor for us to have him there and introduce him. The turnout was an astounding 250 people. The night ended with Booga and I in dresses posing for pictures. Fans exploded with laughter. It was another huge success that night.
As the season approached we attended the Chargers MCAS Miramar practice with press passes. It was a practice with the Military, their family members and the Charger players. We were able to take pictures and talk to several players and members of the organization afterwards including Philip Rivers, Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy. The preseason kicked off with Booga in the press box for the Dallas game and quite a few regular season games. I was able to attend practice on Wednesday covering the team as they prepared for Oakland. We were both very appreciative of the access the Chargers allowed us. We owe a big thank you to Bill Johnston for those opportunities.
As our 3rd meetup approached at the Fox Sports Grill in Downtown. LaDarius Green showed up for a meet and greet. Many of the fans were now not only friends but family. The view over the bay was gorgeous and Jesse Arroyo handled the group photo again. The management there was kind enough to donate five $50.00 gift cards for our raffle. We realized at this one to put an emphasis on incorporating the kids in our events. We had a few of the youngsters hop on the microphone and announce some of the raffle winners. Lesson learned.
The Bolts started the season off strong and all was good in Charger land. So a celebration was in store during the bye week. An intimate evening for the fans: A bonfire at Fiesta Island under the stars. I have to admit this was one of my favorite events. Everyone – about 80 fans – standing near the fire under the night sky smiling and laughing again. But this one was special because we met so many of you for the first time. There were so many new faces at this event. Everyone who attended has become very close friends with Booga and I. They have joined the family and have done so much for us. Future bonfires will happen. The amount of people were smaller than the meetups, but the interaction was so much more personal. It was a great night for all of us.
Through the exposures of these events we were contacted by Paddy Pickford of Evolution Lighthouse to help hold an event downtown where Eric Weddle would sell his jewelry to help stop domestic violence against women. It was held at Taste and Thirst in downtown. It was quite personal as a lot of our guests shared their experiences of what they have gone through. The event raised more money than any other charity in their history. Again, don’t ever underestimate Charger fans, folks.
Our focus of uniting Charger fans and supporting the Bolts continued as we planned 4 viewing parties for the away games. We gathered at La Bella’s in Chula Vista. Fans gathered to be with their fellow family members to watch the games together. It was a good time and San Diego went 3-1 at La Bella’s when the BoltBlitz family got together there.
This brings me to the most fun I’ve had in a long time. We were welcomed to the Bolt Pride tailgate in P4 at the Qualcomm stadium parking lot. We are simply boys among men with these guys. When you are passionate about something in your life, you want to share it with people who share that passion among others; the ones who feel the same way you do. The atmosphere there is amazing. It is a close-knit family sharing the same experience. It is what Booga and I envisioned yet they had already achieved. The music and the dancing was legendary. Bolt Pride, we thank you all so much for the experience. Truly a heartfelt thank you goes out to Rafael Alvarez, Josh Casillas and Johnny BoltPride. You are Charger fan legends and we thank you all. Much respect to all of the BoltPride members and we love your group and all that you do.
Thanks to Joe Allen again, we were asked to cover the 2nd Annual Ryan Mathews Golf Tournament. It was a great day as we hung out with Mathews, Seyi Ajirotutu, Ronnie Brown and their friends at the Rancho Bernardo Inn and golf course. All three Chargers were really cool and each had a great sense of humor. I won’t get into their golfing abilities.
I am an administrator on several Charger pages on Facebook. While cleaning up one of these pages I came across a 3-year-old with terminal brain cancer. I stared at his picture for 10 seconds and he had me. Something about his mother’s post just got to me. It’s not like we don’t see these posts all the time, but this was like love at first sight. Killy’s mother, Amanda Sardelis, stated he was a Ryan Mathews fan. They were contacted by Joe Allen from Strikes for Kids and got Killy a signed football and autograph. But the boy stayed on my mind. At work, at home, and while sleeping he was on my mind. Maybe because my kids just moved away. I don’t know, but he was my obsession. He wasn’t looked upon as a son, exactly. Nephew? Nah. Brother? Nah? But he was mine. I fell in love with him immediately.
My father died of cancer, as did my grandfather. You took them but you’re NOT taking him, PERIOD! This was so personal to me. ALL I cared about was a boy named Killy. Cancer talks to so many today. We all know someone. But a 3-year-old? Seriously? Come on? NO! You won’t take him, not him, NO! Love overcomes all and people will love him.
I had no idea the impact that Killy would have on others as he did on me. I went to Booga and shared his story. We decided we’re going to do something for him. We talked and due to having many media contacts and influence among the fans, we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible. The fans have taught us many things. Most importantly, we’re family!
When a family member gets sick, what does family do? They come running in like the cavalry. And you certainly did come blazing in. We shared his story on Facebook and Twitter and you fell in love with him too. We all were going to make this boy’s Christmas the best of any child on earth. The family was assembled and the family responded in such a way that brings me to tears. We can get 40-50 fans together to bring him Christmas presents. YES, that is it. We’ll meet him and bring him presents.
We then asked our Facebook friends to change their profile picture to him 2 weeks before the event on Dec 13th. HA! The next morning everyone changed their picture to the little boy in a Charger Santa hat. I thought maybe 30-40 people would change their profile picture. Over 400 people (could be more we don’t know the exact numbers) changed their pics. Killy was EVERYWHERE! Mess with family but don’t mess with Charger Family!
When people call San Diego a bandwagon city, tell them to go Google Killy. Even Matthew T. Hall of the UT ran a story about the movement. Killy actually proved if we unite in a cause it can be overwhelming. Nancy Castro of Telemundo, Derek Togerson, Dan McLellan and Annie Heilbrunn all changed their profile pictures to Killy. Presents were sent in from Twitter and Facebook from all across the country. Even Thomas Keiser sent Killy a gift. #KillyStrong and #KillysArmy were hashtagged everywhere on Facebook and Twitter. But would the fans respond? Would they show up to an event to meet our little celebrity on December 13th twelve days before Christmas? YES, YOU DID! Around 80 people showed with presents at Chargers Complex on December 13th to meet Killy. Then we all hopped in our vehicles and headed out to the Q, cars honking to party with Killy and show him what a tailgate is like.
Dan McLellan dressed up as Santa Clause and Elmo, per a referral from the Make A Wish Foundation, came. Animals for Children came as well. Every fan lined up to meet Killy personally and hand him a present. To everyone who attended, you’re forever in my heart. I love you so much. To Amanda,Valerie and Jimmy we support you and love you. To Killy, you know how we feel about you. You are incredibly special!
Our last event of 2014 was our final viewing party at La Bella’s. We were all shocked and heartbroken by the week 17 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. We accepted that the loss, as heartbreaking as it seemed, was just a loss. Now back to family. Amanda brought Killy down to spend time with the BoltBlitz family. We laughed and shared memories with him after the game. Why? Because that is what family does! So many of you are our family. I can’t tell you enough how much we love you all. For those who have welcomed us into your homes, we thank you. For those of you who have been in our home, we thank you and you appreciate you being in our lives. To Bolt Pride, the media, and the fans, we LOVE you!
By uniting we all showed what can happen when we come together. Now, let’s go fight for our stadium and Keep Our Bolts in San Diego! You’ve proven that anything can happen. We have two exciting events coming up in the last week of February that we’ll be making announcements about in the coming days. Let’s make 2015 smash 2014.
Leave a comment on the website in the section below. Not on FB or Twitter, but below. Let us know we met you and at what event. That would be great information to help us all share in the amazing memories. And, of course, always stay #KILLYSTRONG!
Thank you all for your support.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The need for the Chargers to remain in San Diego is obvious to Charger fans. The fans here do not want to lose their team to a market like Los Angeles, Portland or San Antonio. But is that even relevant to the vote or the topic at hand among those in the county that aren’t Charger fans? I’ve set up Thomas Powell, Dan McLellan, Derek Togerson and David Frerker to discuss and debate the topic. I’ll provide the closing statement.
Thomas Powell’s take: Thomas is a Senior writer for BoltBlitz.com and a long-time resident of San Diego.
Dean Spanos realized in 2003 that Qualcomm was no longer suitable as an NFL stadium in today’s modern era. The oldest stadium in America could neither make money, nor be a pleasurable experience for the affordable pricing of an NFL game. The Padres, at the time, just built Petco Park and revitalized Downtown. It was delayed for years, costing John Moores millions of dollars to finally get approved. The Padres realized, quicker than Spanos, that the Q was a dump compared to today’s standards of a professional stadium. It’s not only the cramped seats. The fact that they have no luxury seats to make money, along with small hallways, cracks in the wall, but the inside of the stadium is atrocious. The poor wifi, small locker rooms, electrical problems, bad plumbing, and now you have an 1800 Coliseum.
The true fact is, the Murph is rundown and dying. But, it’s home to San Diego and your Chargers. It is the MURPH! It’s our childhood. The memories are installed in our souls as permanent as the beat in our hearts. We love the place. But there is no fixing the Murph.
Eleven years of discussion about a new stadium has led to an, “We’ve heard this before” attitude. Any discussion on the topic creates anger within the fanbase. They are tired of hearing about the team moving. But the urgency has never been more real and more glaring. The lease at the Q is running out. LA is moving quickly to have a new stadium and 2 teams moving there. The issue here is not LA, though. San Diego’s time is running out. The lease ends in 2020. If it’s not in LA, they will move elsewhere. That’s what people don’t understand. Dean Spanos doesn’t want to move, and he’ll say all the right things until the issue is on the forefront and then he’ll, without a doubt, relocate. By then, it’s too late. There is no turning back at that point. It’s a PR game right now. It’s all 100% politics when it comes to getting a stadium. This city loves the Chargers. No one wants to think about them leaving. But it has never been more urgent than now. Believe me when I tell you this, Spanos will NOT let a team move to LA while his future is in doubt in San Diego! The Chargers are NOT staying at the Q; period.
If the Chargers move, San Diego will move into the Flintstone age of a sports city; no NFL team, no NBA team and no NHL team. Sadly, where would the San Diego Aztecs play? That would remain a huge question mark. But, the politics, again, are what will decide this team’s fate. The team is aiming for a ballot election. You, legally, have no ballot election for tax paying money to be spent on a stadium. Believe me, it will be tax-paying money, and a lot of it, to get a new stadium for the Chargers. A few polls have been conducted in SD regarding this issue. The majority will overwhelmingly deny a stadium. Sad, but true.
It’s a tough city to build confidence in why tax-paying money should go to a stadium. There are no neighbors to the east. It’s a desert. West? It’s an ocean. South? It’s Mexico. North? Well, yes, there’s that.
The majority of season ticket holders are from North County, Orange County and Los Angeles. Will it be a county-wide vote, or a city-wide vote? Dan McClellan will chime in to tell you why that is important. He’ll also explain the politics of all this. But, trust me when I say to you honestly, this will not come down to sports. It’s going to come down to our team and the politics of San Diego. The vote will decide everything. If it passes, we get a new stadium. If it fails, the team announces the following March they’re leaving. There’s a deadline now, folks. This isn’t like before. The argument for a stadium in an effort to gain a Super Bowl is now useless. The NFL has not moved to a rotation now. They have actually moved away from that thinking. You’re not getting a Super Bowl every 4 years. But, we know they’ll get zero Super Bowls without a stadium. The talk is over, and the time for action is now. It’s now all about the politics.
Derek Togerson’s Take: Derek is a writer and reporter for NBC San Diego.
Oh, what tangled webs we weave when we practice to get a new stadium built in California which has turned out to be one of the most difficult states in the union for the NFL to maneuver inside of.
With apologies to all the knowledgeable individuals who are contributing to this topic, and any of you committed enough to read all the way through it, this will not be over quickly (and I promise that is the final line that might even be obtusely related to 300). This simply is not a simple issue.
Since Tampa Bay dismantled Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, and the NFL basically told the Chargers and the city of San Diego it was not coming back until it had a better facility, this has been a debate without end. I sometimes think Godot will show up before we have a resolution. My opinion on this matter has been formed through multiple experiences, many of them disparate and seemingly unrelated, but all leading the to same conclusion:
If San Diego wants to remain in the conversation with the major cities in America, it needs to have a first-class multi-purpose facility.
Notice I didn’t say NFL stadium there?
For that, there is a very good reason. Let’s go back to 2012. The Giants were about to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl (again), this time at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. I was there for that game. On the Friday before the main event, I had grown sick of listening to Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin talk for 30 minutes and say nothing, so I tracked down former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. He was instrumental in getting the new facility built, even though the RCA Dome was already there and many people in Indiana had zero desire to spend more money to build a new house for a billionaire to have his 53 millionaires to play in. I was curious about how it got done.
“We didn’t do what we did to build a stadium for the Colts,” Gov. Daniels told me. “We built a stadium and convention center as one facility, which is part of the magic that’s making this work so well. 90-percent-plus of the events that are in that stadium are not Colts games, so we’re getting multi-use. It’s conventions and Final Fours and major entertainment that we were getting, all of it to the benefit of the whole state.”
The other point Gov. Daniels made is very important, and it’s where the Chargers, the Spanos family, and Mark Fabiani have failed miserably. You cannot sell a new facility as “a new Chargers stadium.” You MUST label it as a new sports and entertainment facility that will benefit the entire region. Once the good folks of Indiana stopped looking at a new stadium as a new stadium, and started looking at is as a massive community events center (which it realistically is), the ballot measure passed with no trouble.
Gov. Daniels (whose term as governor ended in 2013 and is now the president of Purdue University) told me Indianapolis had conventions moving there from places like Florida. In March. The facilities are just that good. Now, you take that kind of situation and put it in San Diego’s weather? People will be knocking each other over to hold events here, and that is a good thing for the entire county of San Diego. With the success of San Diego State’s basketball program, the NCAA will happily hold a Final Four in our town. The NFL will be happier than a Kardashian in an NBA locker room if it gets to hold its major event in San Diego twice a decade. Plus all the motocross, monster trucks, Aztecs football, blah blah blah that will come with it will help the facility, even if it costs $1 billion to build, pay for itself within 15 years.
The latest ideas in San Diego have the ballot measure extending to the entire county, not just the city, which is a tremendous first step. Like I said, this is a regional undertaking that will reap regional benefits. I like the recent idea of the city working with the team to build a new facility in the East Village, while leveraging land in Mission Valley and around the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena). It’s ambitious and just might work without costing the taxpayers an exorbitant amount of money. Plus, we’ve seen what Petco Park has done for Downtown San Diego, and that’s with a MLB franchise that’s had a winning record four times in 11 years.
The NFL is king in America. Only the finest of cities (and Jacksonville) get a National Football League franchise. For all its issues and recent PR nightmares, the NFL has a tradition of doing tremendous work in communities that host teams. The Chargers and their players have donated countless hours and resources to local schools and homeless shelters. Parks have been built, high school facilities have been upgraded, and families of military members have been taken care of because the professional football team in town. Now, all of that is not as sexy as a Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson story, so the good stuff does not make the headlines, but I guarantee you it has more of an impact on the people of a community.
The league will tell us one Super Bowl can have an economic impact of up to $400 million for a community. Independent researchers have pinned that number at, on average, $100 million, still not exactly chump change. Now, figure that will happen in our town four or five times. Then tie it in to an expanded Comic-Con for the next 50 years. And a few Final Fours. And a few Mountain West Conference Football Championship games. And maybe even a couple of NCAA Football National Championship games. Can you hear the cash registers going off in your mind?
So, yes, I would love to see a new football-centric facility built in San Diego, and I think there’s a very good chance that can and will happen. I know this is a dream, but I would REALLY love to see Dean Spanos go Full Metal Ross Perot. You all remember the charismatic Texan who nearly stole the United States Presidency in 1992, don’t you? He made huge strides in that election season by purchasing blocks of time on network television where he explained his vision to the American people. If Mr. Spanos was so inclined, he could do the same thing with the San Diego affiliates (just DO NOT mess with Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!, it’s not worth the backlash of calls from people who can’t go more than 23 1/2 hours without seeing Pat or Alex). But a half-hour block of time and outline, in detail, why a new stadium is a great idea FOR US. Show everyone how it will benefit the community, why it’s a great idea, and once and for all change the perception that the Chargers need a new stadium or they’re leaving.
When people who work hard for their money think they’re being held over a barrel by a multi-millionaire, they tend to not respond very favorably. The Chargers do a wonderful job of giving back to the San Diego community. Now we need to understand why they need us to give back to them.
Dan McLellan’s Take: Dan is formerly of CBS Sports Rapid Report and a long-time resident of San Diego.
After 13 years, the biggest obstacle that separates the Chargers and the city of San Diego from coming to terms on a new multiuse stadium is the hotel owner’s insistence that an expansion of the convention center must be contiguous with the current facility.
Those are the main individuals that stand to profit most from the progress that invites more conventions and tourism. Baffling as it is, that is where we stand. In the end, egos may lead to every Charger fan, and resident of San Diego County, hurting when it is all said and done.
No convention center expansion. No stadium. No Comic Con. And maybe even no Chargers in San Diego.
Expanding the convention center has been almost as drawn out and fruitless of a process as the Chargers attempt to find a new place to play in San Diego. When Mayor Jerry Sanders was in office, a deal had been struck for a contiguous convention center expansion that would not have involved a stadium; a plan championed by hotel owners.
The transient tax, fee paid by hotel guests, would have been raised to finance a $520 million expansion that would have added over 400,000 square feet. Based on the proximity of hotel rooms to the convention center, the proposed tax increase was to add 1 to 3 percent to the cost per room.
One Big Problem: California state law requires a 2/3 majority vote to raise any taxes. The hotel owners and the city devised a scheme to circumvent the law. They re-defined the electorate with the hotel owners. Assumed legality was based on when the hoteliers (really their patrons) would be the ones paying the tax.
Several groups — including the Chargers — argued the tax was illegal. The Chargers proposed to modify the expansion by including a new stadium adjacent to Petco Park, and to put any tax increases to a public vote.
The Chargers plan would also infuse private funds. The NFL and the Chargers would bring around $400 million to the table; mostly in the form of an NFL loan.
Additional funds could be saved and generated by the city once the Chargers vacated Qualcomm. No longer would tax payers be on the hook for the $15 million annual cost that is necessary to maintain the outdated stadium, and the valuable land that Qualcomm sits on. The aforementioned land could then eventually be sold.
Combine these sources of revenue with a voter-approved hotel tax, and there would be enough funding for a multiuse facility that would be inviting to large-scale conventions, concerts, other major sporting events and, perhaps, new teams.
The Chargers proposed the multiuse concept to mayor Sanders. He did not endorse it because the city was too far along with their plan, and, at the time, there was hope that construction could begin before he left office.
It never happened.
In October of 2013, the Chargers presented their plan to the California Coastal Commission with hopes it would be adopted over the contiguous plan. It appeared to be a last-ditch effort for a multiuse stadium expansion. The acting mayor, Todd Gloria, opposed the Chargers plan and the commission voted to move forward with the expansion.
In August, a three-judge panel unanimously concluded the tax was illegal. They stated, “While we understand that the city would like to expand the convention center, we are duty bound to uphold the provisions of the California Constitution and the City Charter that requires that the city’s registered voters approve the special tax at issue in the case.”
The ruling was so strong that the city has chosen not to appeal to the California State Supreme Court. This left the expansion effectively dead in the water.
Throughout the stadium saga, the Chargers were the only legitimate team to realistically relocate to Los Angeles. Fear of the Bolts leaving has been their biggest bargaining chip. The landscape has changed. The NFL’s Oakland and St. Louis ownership have both made it known of their desire to relocate and now they both appear ready to move.
The topic was in the air this past Sunday when the Raiders visited San Diego. “Los Angeles is a great option,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. “We loved it when we were down there.”
Dean Spanos was also asked about the potential of a new stadium in San Diego or moving. Spanos cited, “It’s 13 years, so it’s been a long time. It is frustrating, when you have seven different mayors over a 10-year period of time and the political structure has struggled here and the economy hasn’t been great. All those factors lead into it.”
The worst scenario for the Chargers would be another team takes over the Los Angeles market while no new stadium is built in San Diego by 2020. This is when their lease on Qualcomm runs out. With no bargaining power, the city could force the team into a much higher lease to cover the rising cost to maintain Qualcomm. Meanwhile, the Chargers could potentially lose 30 percent of their revenue that they say they bring in from Los Angeles.
The Chargers could avoid this nightmare by exercising an early exit to their lease on Qualcomm and beating the other teams to Los Angeles.
Relocation is a threat. It still remains unlikely, in my opinion. If the Chargers wanted to be in Los Angeles, they would already be there.
In August, JMI Realty, owned by former Padres owner John Moores, unveiled a $ 1.4 billion multiuse convention plan that would include a new stadium.
“The bottom line is you can physically create a multiuse facility with the Chargers that would be incredibly sexy and attractive and the whole issue of conventions and the appetite for being in a building like that would be very high,“ JMI President John Kratzer told the San Diego Union Tribune. “And I think the aggregate cost of doing that is going to be hundreds of millions of dollars less expensive,” he said.
JMI has clout, because of their past success in overseeing the ballpark district master plan for Petco Park. They also appear to have the backing of the Chargers.
Getting the support of the hoteliers and city council may be tougher. Even without funding, hoteliers continue to push for a contiguous expansion of the convention center that would not include a stadium. This puts the mayor and city council in a bind. Hoteliers are a powerful political pack in San Diego, and they tend to get their way.
However, no one wants Comic Con or the Chargers to leave on their watch. All parties are hopefully starting to realize time may be running out and options regarding both fronts.
At least the city and the Chargers are still talking to one another. That hasn’t always been the case. Negotiations are ongoing and parties have been reluctant to talk on record. They do not want those negotiations to be played out in the media. That’s a positive sign!
Hopefully progress that benefits all will finally be realized.
David Frerker’s Take: David owns and runs SanDiegoSportsDomination.com. He is about to be an SDSU graduate.
It would be huge if the Chargers left San Diego. SDSU has a deal with Qualcomm. I believe that contract lasts until 2019. If the Chargers leave, Qualcomm would then, most likely, be torn down. My belief is that the city of San Diego would circle around and support the Aztecs. SDSU has looked into building a stadium. They lose money while playing at Qualcomm; as the price of renting out Qualcomm is quite steep and that will only rise if the Chargers leave San Diego. SDSU would have to find another place to play. There is no room on the campus to build a stadium. SDSU does own land on the opposite side of the I-8 to build a stadium if that became necessary. On the other side, if the Chargers left San Diego, I truly believe San Diego fans would rally around the Aztecs as they have started to do for SDSU basketball.
My take: I am the Owner/Editor of BoltBlitz.com. Dave “Booga” Peters.
As I go through the aforementioned takes, I can easily agree with the majority of everyone’s thoughts.
This is where I go from here.
I moved here from Charlotte, NC to gain more access to the Chargers. I wanted to cover them in the most responsible way possible. When looking at the stadium issue, I keep hearing the same thing from the majority of parties involved, “We want a stadium.” I believe that Derek Togerson and Dan McLellan nailed it in that a multiuse facility must be the focus of further negotiations. Pleading for a stadium, with a focus on solely targeting Charger fans, is the wrong plan of attack. It has to benefit all of San Diego.
San Diego is a military town with many transplant fans from other regions, cities and fans of other teams. Attempting to ask the Charger fans to vote accordingly is the wrong route to go. As Togerson pointed out, via his conversations with Governor Daniels, Spanos and company must find a way to entice the entire county, not just Charger fans, to get on board with a plan to give this county what it wants; things that is doesn’t even recognize the fiscal relevance of without being shown the way. Everyone wants to be enlightened and given alternatives when it comes to voting and spending their hard-earned money.
Quite frankly, I am sick of talking about the stadium issue. Qualcomm is a stadium that is beyond repair, and that has been the case for more than a decade. That being said, that is our cement abomination of a stadium. We like to call it the home of the Chargers.
I am a San Diego Charger fan. My vote in November of 2016 won’t really matter. It is up to the Spanos family. Are they willing to continue to fight and keep this team in San Diego?
We called in the cavalry, but this issue has become urgent enough that we found it necessary to bring the appropriate minds in to assess the situation.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Dave Booga Peters
As I have mentioned in previous articles and posts on Facebook and Twitter, when BoltBlitz.com was asked to cover the 2nd Annual Ryan Mathews golf tournament on October 28th and it was an easy incredibly easy decision to make.
I had senior writers, Thomas Powell and Briana Soltis, lined up to help in providing the necessary coverage of the event. Truth be told, we took a ton of pictures and hung out with Ryan, Seyi Ajirotutu and Ronnie Brown. There were a lot of laughs and a great time was had by all. It was great to interact with the Charger players and see them off the football field and having a good time. That’s not to say that they don’t have fun while playing, but it was a unique experience watching them hang out and just play some golf.
The event was put in place to help aid the Trish and Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest. It is a charity that helps provide assistance to single mothers that were in need of help getting into their own places, and providing them with household items that many of us may take for granted.
Talk about a great cause. We were extremely proud to have been asked to cover the event, and it meant the world to us that we were able to chill with three of the coolest Chargers.
I am going to add a bunch of pictures below that were taken by Briana and myself. I hope you enjoy checking them out. There are some great shots.
After spending a great day with the Charger players in attendance, we left with a sense of joy that allowed us to have been a part of a great day. My staff members, Thomas and Briana, were ecstatic to have been there and I was as well. We truly appreciate the invite and the chance to see the players in their own element. As for the performance on the course at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, you ask? That will not be reported about and it will stay that way.
I hope you all enjoy the photos.
Thanks a lot for checking this out and for reading. Stop by the site often today as I have 5 articles ready to go.
We are sitting here in Rancho Penasquitos, and I came up with an idea. I have Thomas Powell, Ryan Russell and Trevis Thomas here at the casa. Let’s talk about the 2014 Chargers.
Booga: What is the biggest problem with the Chargers in 2014?
Trevis- The Oline is the biggest problem. There is no ability to establish the run. The lack of a running game doesn’t give the Chargers a chance to use any play-action passes and it takes away the long play.
Ryan- The line can’t open any holes. The injuries, especially Nick Hardwick, have torn this team apart. DJ Fluker is a proven run-blocker. Perhaps the team should move him to guard. Jeromey Clary is missed more than people realize.
Thomas- Games in the NFL are won and lost in the trenches. The Bolts are not strong enough on the offensive line and defensive line. Those are their two biggest weaknesses. There is a depth chart for a reason. Because of injuries, the second and third tier players are losing battles against the first tier players of the opposing team.
Booga: How would you grade the play-calling on offense?
Trevis- I would give it a D. There is a problem with getting in the right play and it seems that situational calls are inappropriate and called at the wrong time.
Ryan- D. Lately, it’s been horrible. They have not been utilizing the no-huddle offense, and it has been proven to work. It wasn’t there against KC or Miami.
Thomas- I give it an F. You managed to beat the worst teams in the NFL. The defense was the prime reason the Chargers beat the Seahawks. This offense is elementary at best.
Booga: Who is to blame for the lack of production on offense as of late?
Trevis- You can’t put that on one person. It seems as though their hunger dissipates as soon as they get hit in the mouth. When they are unable to start great, it seems as though they are stuck in an inevitable quicksand.
Ryan- I have to put it on the offensive line. It’s hard for Frank Reich to call plays when you can’t open up holes in the run game and the pass-blocking isn’t effective.
Thomas- Point blank, the offensive line. Ryan is right. It’s hard to be creative when the guys upfront can’t provide the protection that you need to be successful.
Booga: Where do you feel the Chargers end the season record-wise?
Trevis- The way they’re playing, right now, I feel that they will finish at 9-7. There are some tough games, but I do feel they end the season with a wildcard spot.
Ryan- I think 9-7. Which could mean that they won’t make the make the playoffs. I called 10-6 prior to the season. But I’m not sure they can win 5 of the next 7.
Thomas- I have them going 10-6. That being said, I feel they will lose to the Ravens and the Broncos. A young team will then learn that every game counts. I feel that they’ll lose the tie-breaker in the AFC and miss the playoffs.
Booga: Who has impressed you the most this season?
Trevis- I’d have to say Philip Rivers. He’s always there. He is the one constant on this squad.
Ryan- Nick Novak has impressed me the most. Talk about him as he sets records while helping to do his part to help this team attempt to win games.
Thomas- Branden Oliver has impressed me the most. At the very first practice I attended, Oliver and Javontee Herndon impressed me the most. He’s been very impressive as a guy that is a third option at the RB spot, when asked to be a number one.
Booga: Who has disappointed you the most, thus far, this season?
Trevis- I can’t put it on one player. There have been many disappointing efforts, but I refuse to put it on one guy.
Ryan- It has to be Donald Butler. I expected so much more out of him after he got paid. I have been really disappointed in his play.
Thomas- I’m going with Keenan Allen. He looks slow and he’s unable to get open. He’s losing one-on-one battles. It is not due to a lack of effort, he’s just not being as productive as I expected.
Booga: What position is in the most need of an upgrade?
Trevis- I’d have to say center. Without an anchor, the line gets bowled over and the pressure up the middle forces Philip to make poor decisions.
Ryan- I am going with nose tackle. We don’t have anyone that can close up the holes and allow the linebackers to make plays.
Thomas- I’d have to say right guard. I believe that they will move Fluker to right guard and they still don’t have anyone on the roster to replace him at right tackle.
Booga: What can the Chargers do to right the ship?
Trevis- They can’t depend on momentum. They have to play their game. Stick with the gameplan and trust in what you’re doing.
Ryan- Executing on offense and stop missing tackles on defense. The blocking by the offense, again, is lacking and needs to step it up.
Thomas- They have to play together as a team. With the vets coming back, they have to come together and play as one. In the final five games, you either play together as a team, or you fold as individuals.
And now Thomas wants to chime in with a question for us.
Thomas: Why have we watched everyone but Rivers, Gates and Floyd regress in 2014?
Trevis- I’d like to call it the Junior Seau effect. When he left, the players weren’t able to hold their own after depending on him to make said plays. The current players now are depending on the stars to do too much.
Ryan- Lack of leadership. All of this talk about being leaders, but I’m not seeing it. Lack of consistency on offense and defense. Despite having the best offensive line coach in the NFL, the Oline is not producing.
Booga- I am not sure that I can agree with everyone regressing. That being said, it is hard to watch this team play the way they have played in the last 4 games. Yes, I’m including the Oakland victory. The fans deserve better. And I know that the team wants to put out a better product. I believe in the Chargers, but it’s mirror-time. Assess where you’re at and go from there.
Thomas- This was a 5-7 team last year. They pulled off a miracle and got a ton of help from other teams. That will probably not be seen ever again; similar to the way the 2004 Red Sox came back and beat the Yankees. I see a lot of good players, but I don’t see a lot of impact players. When the guy next to you isn’t as good as the missing player, it affects your play. This game is all mental. This team seems to have lost its identity and attitude. Their confidence is lacking and they must spend the bye to find it, or they are just going to be a lost team. Sad, but true.
In closing, Thomas and I agreed that the team had a certain swagger during the offseason. But was it a false swagger? Only time will tell.
I would like to thank Thomas Powell, Ryan Russell and Trevis Thomas for taking the time to sit down and talk Chargers. I thoroughly enjoyed talking Bolts with these fellas.
Thanks a lot for reading.
On November 8th, the day before the Chargers week 10 bye, we here at BoltBlitz.com are throwing a bonfire at Fiesta Island at 6:30 pm. We would like to encourage as many Charger fans as possible to come out and attend and have a great time hanging out.
Like our meetups that we’ve thrown in the past, we will have a raffle consisting of a few awesome Charger jerseys – Chuck Muncie and Corey Liuget – and other Charger-related items. If you have ever been to one of our meetups, you already know what a good time we have and that we always try to show our appreciation for the readers and supporters of BoltBlitz.com and your San Diego Chargers.
Because there aren’t as many items for the raffle as people are accustomed to, the ticket prices have been reduced to 2 tickets for $5.00 and 5 tickets for $10.00.
For those of you that enjoy adult beverages, glass bottles are completely unacceptable for the event. Make sure that the beverages you bring are in cans, not bottles.
Myself and Thomas are asking for a little bit of your help. We need some fans to bring wood for the bonfire. We have a little bit, but much more is needed. If you are able to help out by bringing some wood for the fire, please message me on Twitter @BoogaP, private message me on Facebook Dave Booga Peters or text me at 509-301-5838.
We look forward to everyone coming out and having a great time. There will be some games set up for people to compete against each other including: an egg toss, limbo contest and a couple of other things. The group picture will be at sunset in order to have the best photo possible.
Thanks a lot for reading. Thomas and I hope to see a ton of Charger fans there.
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.
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.
The week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is tomorrow at Qualcomm stadium. Thomas Powell and I are holding a tailgate party at J3 prior to the game and everyone is invited.
There won’t be too many raffle items, but there will be two hats and a Melvin Ingram jersey up for grabs.
Tomorrow is a great opportunity for the Chargers to win their third consecutive game in a row. The Chargers currently have the same record as their divisional rival Denver Broncos.
Many fans would like to say that tomorrow’s contest is a definite win prior to the game even starting. Jacksonville is 0-3 and will be fighting to earn their first victory of the season. The Jaguar defense has some good players in Paul Posluzny, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant.
Tomorrow rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will be making his first career start. Chad Henne had been receiving the starting snaps, but Gus Bradley has turned over the reigns to Bortles.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano will most likely throw the book and Blake and try to confuse him. The defense is hoping to snag their first interception of 2014.
Thomas, BoltUp O’sider and I are hosting what we think will be a great time for all Charger fans. We won’t have any DJs but we will have beverages and great company. Be sure to come by J3 and hang out with us and get ready for the Chargers to take on the Jaguars.