I Guess We Can’t Say The Saints Game Would Have Been In The Bag With a 17-point Lead, Huh?

Liike so many of you, I’ve been at a loss since Monday.  I wrote a short post, but have received no comments on it.  This leads me to believe that you are just as tired of seeing and saying the same things.

Then I received an email from Eric Stangel with a link to the “Take A Chill Pill” post by Chargers Director of Public Relations Bill Johnston.  What was my reaction, Eric asked?  This is the worst fucking thing I have ever read.  That was my response and I stand by it.  Since the “column” has now been spread and mocked by every available media outlet, I am sure Bill regrets writing it.  I sent him an e-mail this morning saying as much:

I certainly hope that I don’t fall into the category of people who are afraid to say face to face how they feel.  I called Eli Manning and spoke to him the night before the draft in 2004 to defend this team.

However, the fans have the right to feel progress isn’t made.  11 wins consecutively led to another playoff pratfall and 2.5 yrs of mediocrity.

Be happy that local fans are so passionate, let alone one 3,000 miles away.

Ross Warner

To his credit, he responded immediately.

Thank you for taking the time to write. Like you, I’ve been a fan for a long time (since the 70s) and I’m passionate about the team. I wrote that from the heart in hopes of reminding all of us that we’re 3-3 with 10 to go and right in the middle of the division race. Also want people to know how much their support means to the players.  I see how hard everyone is working and how much it means to them. I did not mean to criticize anyone that is upset about the recent losses. Again, my goal was to remind us that anything can happen, and I’m looking forward to good things ahead.
It means a lot that you took the time to write. Thank you.

BILL JOHNSTON | Director of Public Relations
San Diego Chargers

I don’t think any NFL club has ever had to ask their PR Director to spin his careless comments before, but I can see it happening here.  I pointed out to Bill that you stop being “just a fan” once you work for the team, let alone in his capacity.  He was kind enough to ask that I stop by the team hotel in Cleveland, which I am sure is another calculated move in the name of damage control.  Or it’s a trap, I’m not sure.

I leave you with an excerpt from 1994’s “Cooking With The Chargers.”

3 cups bisquick
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
1 lb. sausage ground
1. Mix all ingredients well and form into small balls.
2. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown (30-40 minutes).
Freezes well.
These are Stan’s favorite–morning, noon or night! – Connie Humphries


PS: These are my actual comments on the Bolts’ official site:

Ross Warner · Top Commenter · University of Rochester

This is crazy. I don’t need to remind the PR staff of my fandom. I’ve lived in NY all my life and they have a file of letters and phone messages from me since 1979. However, the issue isn’t what the team’s record is. It’s how they play when it counts. Fans are angry because it seems that Dean Spanos (who still hasn’t revealed HIS standard for keeping Norv and AJ) would be ok with just getting into January. That’s only good enough if you lose in the postseason. The Chargers have imploded 3 times. They’ve kept the kicker from all three games too. Norv only had one meltdown in January but 2 (and counting) seasons when they couldn’t get in when one more win would have done it. They dug themselves into a hole but could saved themselves in Cincy in 2010 and Detroit in 2011.

When it was all on the line, they fell apart. That’s the issue.

If the team could defend itself with its play, the director of Public Reltations wouldn’t have to write this. What’s next, is Shaun Phillips going to call me a “fake a** fan” on Twitter like he did to a fellow Bolthead last year? This was after he got mad that the aforementioned sports radio hosts asked him why he head butted a player in January as Drayton Florence once did.

Fans are not knee jerk. Here in NY, the media can be crazy, alarmist, negative, sensationalist, but it’s clear from owners that winning it all is what really matters (unless you’re james dolan or Fred Wilpon).

Yours in justice,
Ross Warner

About Ross Warner

ROSS WARNER is a forty-five year old freelancer whose credits include Sports Illustrated OnLine and Blitz as well as numerous articles on his favorite band, the Grateful Dead. Blah, Blah, Blah. Yeah, I was on WNEW FM the morning after the Chargers made the Super Bowl. Having returned from Pittsburgh only hours before, there I was at half-court at Madison Square Garden in my #12 jersey and wiping my sweat with a "Terrible Towel." When asked about the future for the newly-crowned AFC Champs, I simply uttered "justice is coming." Like so many others, I first took notice of the Chargers during the "Air Coryell" period of the late 1970s. But as Dan Fouts gave way to Ed Luther, Mark Hermann, Babe Laufenberg, Jim McMahon, David Archer, Mark Vlasic, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Freisz my fanaticism turned to obsession. When Stan Humphries resurrected the franchise in 1992, I began calling the Chargers organization to share my plan to get the team into the Super Bowl. This began the stormy rapport with the Chargers' Public Relations staff which reached a boiling point at a 1996 "team spirit" luncheon when I demanded that guard Eric Moten explain his propensity for holding penalties. It was then I realized I needed my own forum. Founded in 1995, Justice Is Coming is precisely that. To decide whether this site is for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you think of Johnny Unitas as an ex-Charger? Are your three children named JJ, Kellen and Wes, with one of them being a girl? Do you think that Rolf Benirschke got a raw deal on the daytime "Wheel of Fortune?" Can you remember where you were on December 3, 1984 when Bobby Duckworth fumbled the ball attempting to spike it on "Monday Night Football?" Does Al Davis, a dark alley and a lead pipe mean anything to you? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then you, too, believe that Justice Is Coming. This is a weekly look at the San Diego Chargers through the eyes of someone who spends most of his time thinking about the Bolts so you don't have to. But being a Chargers fan is not an obligation, although it sometimes feels like it. So I offer you this "alternative perspective." All the football, film and music collides in the centrifuge that is my brain and this newsletter is the result.