I Can’t Figure Out, Is It The End Or Beginning


I was about to spend this week’s post talking about how hopeless being a Charger fan feels right now.  Fucking Nick Lachey is talking shit about us.  As bad as the Bolts are right now, I felt I had to say something to him.  He had Tweeted that he got kicked out of the game on Sunday, but that the Bungles still won.  He said he wouldn’t talk trash, however.  I wrote that he shouldn’t talk trash because Cincinnati has the same amount of Lombardi Trophies as the Bolts do.  Also, we have Mario Lopez as our former teen idol fan representative.  He’s a lot cooler than Nick Lachey.  Did he actually call a Bolthead’s wife “a fucking bitch” or choke someone?  It doesn’t matter.  However, I can’t believe somone was actually wearing the Igor Olshansky jersey in the video.

I was writing during the game that this would be another game the Bolts would lose in the end.  I wish I didn’t have to say it, but I wish even more than it wasn’t true.  It’s not as if they had true control of any other these games they’ve lost in the second half.  My dad sent me this link to a Wall Street Journal piece calling the Chargers “The Kings Of 45 Minute Football.”  That’s the only kind of attention this team gets or deserves from the media outside of San Diego.

Of course, there were headlines yesterday about AJ being destined to join Norval on the long walk off the premises at Chargers Park.  I’ll be happy when it actually happens.  This is one instance when I actually believe Kevin Acee.  I don’t like seeing Dean Spanos having to refute the specifics of the report, however.  I don’t want Acee to do anything to fuck this decision up.  But I know it’s all a PR game Deano is playing and I do think he’ll ax both guys.  I wish he would do it now, rather than wait.  I don’t trust him to sit on this decision, but I think it’s the only decision that can be made.  That’s why I don’t feel bad about not feeling bad about the last few losses.  It’s the only way Spanos would actually do this.

As for who will join Jimmy Raye and eventually Dean Spanos at the helm, I have no idea.  Gruden would be the splashy hire and I would be happy.  However, I also know as you do that no one has won a Super Bowl with two teams.  The coach from Stanford seems like a good fit, but I know that taking chances isn’t Dean’s thing.  It’s December and this is the time when football games start to really matter.  Yet, the Chargers are already finished.  But this is the inevitable outcome to the Norval Experiment.  On NFL Network, Acee claims that the team will avoid the college route.  Although Andy Reid got Philly to a Super Bowl, I have to also agree that he’d be a little too Norvish for my tastes.

I am still going to the game on December 23, only because my dad and I still have tickets.  At least I know that one of two coaches that have beaten the Chargers will lose that day.  However, I am taking my daughter to a Barbie movie on Sunday.  The film is at 3, and I am sure I will keep tabs on the game before we go.  I will tape it and watch if there is anything worth seeing.  This is what happens when you shit the bed before the snow hits the ground.

Happy Hannukah,


PS I like the line in the linked NFL.com piece–the housecleaning is coming.  I smell another sticker… 





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.