Dec 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts at tackle D.J. Fluker (76) after being sacked during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line Play Will Make Or Break The Chargers In 2016

Everyone loves to rag on Philip Rivers. Some of his actions make him an easy target, and his lack of ultimate success makes him seem like a choker. Everyone loves to question Melvin Gordon. He was a high draft pick with great pedigree that crashed and burned during his rookie year. People like to mention […]


Theodore Roosevelt And Jerry Garcia: Brothers Under The Skin?

This piece combined two of my interests that are not related to the Chargers.  It was originally written for the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) Journal under the title “The Old Lion And Papa Bear.”  However, it made its way over to American Heritage and was purchased for their website.  It appeared there on April 5, […]


The Week That Made Bruce Springsteen

This piece was originally published on August 13, 2007 to commemorate Bruce’s historic stand at The Bottom Line.  It got some nice reviews and was later used by my favorite Springsteen cover band, Tramps Like Us, to promote their recreation of the August 15th show.   The Week That Made Bruce Springsteen In the Summer […]


Jimi Hendrix Dies–And Lives On

This article appeared on American Heritage’s web site in October 18, 2006 to commemorate the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death.  Its original title was “To Kiss The Sky From The Bottom Of The Sea: Remembering Jimi Hendrix.”  Sharon Lawrence, whose book on Jimi is essential reading, contacted me and had some very nice words about […]


Ouzo Shots And Lollipops: The Genius Of Kojak

No quality seems to be presently valued in our society as highly as style.  “Swag,” is only the most recent adjective for it.  Charisma, magnetism, even coolness have all done the job.  In 1973, Telly Savalas, who had previously only been known for playing wackos in Birdman of Alcatraz and The Dirty Dozen, brought a […]