The Autumn Of Our Discontent

Ross-Fan_of_the_Year-page-001Some people might wonder why my frustration with the Chargers has gone beyond the owner, coach, general manager or players and on to the local media.  Why would I care what Kevin Acee says about the team?  Well, FAITHFUL READER, it would appear that our cries for change are ignored by Dean Spanos.  Acee has essentially operated as a liaison between the organization and the fans for a few years now.  No, it shouldn’t be that way.  But San Diego is a unique market, I guess.  The once-beat writer has been doing Bill Johnston’s job for the last few seasons.  At least Acee hasn’t recommended “chill pills.”  But he’s always acted like he wants to break a big story or get his name linked to a player more than delivering news or thoughtful opinon.  Darren Smith chided him on xx1090 this week about his “relatinoship” with Vincent Jackson.  Before that, Acee hitched his train to Shawne Merriman.  I don’t doubt for a minute that he actually wanted Jackson to have a bigger game to prove himself right.  In the U-T this week, he criticized the offensive line.  I agree that they aren’t good enough.  But this is the guy who was defending Clary when Dielman, McNeill and Hardwick were all on the team.  I don’t recall him suggesting that Tyronne Green wasn’t good enough before now.  Don’t try and play fucking Nostradamus now.

Look at the three things I wrote for Bleacher Report before the season.  None of them have happened, which is why we are in this fucking mess.  In the interview from the Darren Smith show, Acee mentioned that we all cry about no accountability and want the Chargers to lose to get Norv fired.  If we thought that the Bolts were headed in the right direction and that IT WOULDN’T TAKE A COMPLETE DISASTER OF A SEASON to make a change, we might feel differently.  Dean Spanos needs an outcome that is so clear that he can make a big boy decision.

I’ll be watching and rooting but wondering if we are getting closer or farther from a ring.  This team is like a dying horse right now that needs to be put down.  Or for you young kids, they are like a twitching zombie that needs to be shot in the head.  I have attached my contributions to a book released by the “Super Fans” this summer.  No, Aquaman or the Wonder Twins are in it.  You can see the big images by clicking and buy it here or here.  It’s all for charity.  In celebration of the new Bond movie, which I have yet to see, I have also included a work of art from my childhood that does not involve football.  It’s actually not that bad. 

Talk to you tomorrow.  You can’t be half a Charger.


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.