Tampa Deux?

I know I’m getting a lot of mileage out of the mug shot.  I never really paid much attention to the date on it.  I guess he wasn’t booked until about a month after he was cuffed.  Sadly, he was later cuffed by Revis and the Jets that same day.  But I533111_3948384740559_1228944515_n don’t need to remind you of that, FAITHFUL READER.  The past is still all we’ve got.  As I promised last week, I wrote that piece on Rivers’ much ballyhooed 2010 for Bleacher Report.  Of course that came on the heels of my “Fire Norv” piece.  The last time the Bolts were in Tampa, their season was on the line.  It was the 2008 game that LL Cool J was raving about on that DirecTv ad.  Tweety actually hit a 50-plus yarder AND Cason had a pick six.  That’s about as rare as an eclipse.  It was also the game where the Bolts bloodied Jeff Garcia. 

If that hadn’t happened, would we be in the spot we are right now?  I don’t know.  I would like to think that if the Chargers had missed the playoffs, that Norv might have been canned.  But they’ve missed them two seasons in a row and he’s still here.  There is no question that the Bolts will need to play better than they have all season to win.  I don’t know how good Tampa really is, but they can run and throw pretty consistently.  It would be nice to see Vincent Jackson’s inner bitchiness be revealed, but our cornerbacks can’t cover anybody.  Since his late hit in New Orleans, Melvin Ingram has been pretty invisible.  The fact that the defense surrendered three consecutive third and longs against the Queefs is pretty pathetic.

I pointed out on Twitter last week that Philip Rivers wished for two things this offseason.  He wanted Norv back and Peyton Manning in his division.  Right now, those two things might cause our greatest wish to come true.  But if Dean actually puts on his big boy pants long enough to make a change, would Rivers even be salvageable?  Look, I hate talking about this when the season is only halfway through.  But this is where we stand right now.  This team has beaten Oakland, Tennessee and Kansas City.  That’s it.  It’s exactly where they were last year before they beat Baltimore in December.  Looking back, I’m starting to think that was just an epic aberration.  The universe needed to allow that to happen in order for the Chargers to give us their annual tease.

215537_115761025173213_2390076_nIf they show us something tomorrow, then maybe we can look at the Denver game with some hope.  Before this season, beating Peyton Manning was the only thing it seemed that the Chargers COULD do.  Thus far, they haven’t even been able to  do that.  Of course, the two seasons beating him would have actually gotten this team into the Super Bowl, they shat all over themselves before they could get there.  Let’s give a big thanks to Marty, Cam, Eric Parker, Florence, Cro and Tweety for that.  Rivers deserves some of the blame as well.  I don’t need to cite his stats in those games for you.  I read someone in the Twitterverse that he was the one who checked out of the run play down at the goal line against Kansas City.  If someone has verification of that, please come forward. 

I can’t believe that some people found it harsh that the crowd was booing at the end of the first half.  Are you fucking kidding me?  That pass was exactly what’s wrong with this team.  Any other club would have made us pay for that.  I can’t listen to Philip say anymore that he wishes he “had that one back” when he keeps throwing them.  It was against KC earlier in the year that he threw another awful forced pass.

I don’t even know if Rivers was ever on the cover of Madden or not.  I don’t play video games and I grabbed the pic from some one’s Facebook profile.  We can’t even blame a Madden Curse for where we’re at right now.  But I’ll be watching tomorrow, obviously.  You can’t be half a Charger fan, after all.

Thanks to Jorge De Rosas for sending me this pic from the roads of Western New York.  From my two trips to Rich Stadium to see the Bolts, I know that there are more than a few fans up there.  I’m not sure how this guy sees out of his windshield, however.  The Chargers are down two offensive linemen for tomorrow.  Letting McNeill go was hardly a mistake, but this Gaither signing is looking worse and worse each week.

Sounds about par for the course right now.




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.