It Won’t Be Too Long, Whether I’m Right Or Wrong

Yeah, it’s Jerry Week (August 1-9).  But I’ll spare you the music talk this time.  I put a bunch of choice tunes up this week.  The new Bloguin format makes it way easier to include media in each post.  I’ll be sure to pack each week with some excellent music and not only that of The Justice Is Coming House Band. indexIt’s been great to see the Chargers really embrace the fans this offseason.  Of course, there is a lot more energy on our end this year.  We always thought that ridding ourselves of Norv would bring hope.  I don’t think any of us thought it would come so quickly.  When we jumped out to a 28-7 lead on Houston, I think we all wondered what the fuck was going on?  Unfortunately, we suffered through some pretty painful episodes early on.  If that opening meltdown didn’t kill us, the Tennessee and Washington losses sure tried to. But right now we seem like a team that’s “trending upward.”  Everybody wants to be a part of that.  Fan Fest seemed like a good time, even if I was 3,000 miles and two kids away from it.  At 43, it’s amazing to watch a new generation of fans with so much piss and vinegar.  When I was drunk out of my mind at their age and wondering why other fans didn’t seem to “want it” like I did, I’d probably look at the guy I am now as some mellowed-out loser.  Of course, what I didn’t factor in was the perspective and increased responsibility that would accompany those years.  The fans I was comparing myself to had probably been through some pretty big football disappointments.  Considering we’re talking about the Chargers, I’m sure they had.

er_sdvraid335750x002_t940But now it seems like every kid with a backwards baseball hat has a blog with the word “Bolt” in it.  Good for them, seriously.  When Sunday rolls around, we all want the same thing. Tom Telesco seems to be making all the right moves lately.  He gave Danny Woodhead and extension and got Jeromey Clary to take a pay cut.  I’m sure Rivers made no secret how much he liked having Woodhead in the backfield.  As long as he’s not our only goal-line option on the ground (like the aforementioned Washington game) or our primary rushing threat (as he was in our last playoff game), he’s a huge boost.  As for Clary, I will admit that his absence in the loss at Denver was felt.  However, I think that was mostly because we had no one better to replace him.  Clary isn’t the worst offensive lineman ever, but he’s hardly talented.  While it’s admirable that he’s played through injury and all, it would be more helpful if he just played better.  It wasn’t his fault that the Chargers kept him around all these years and signed him to that contract.  But he’s hardly the scapegoat that Kevin Acee has made him out to be.  Acee also defended Jammer, Kaeding and Norv at various stages.

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s our depth on the offensive line better this year?  We all have high hopes for Chris Watt, but can we expect Dunlap to be as good as he was a year ago.  When he was healthy, he played like the guy we thought we had in Jared Gaither.  The players have been swapping sides during camp, as I am sure you have read.  It’s a good idea, considering how often guys get hurt at that spot. Vincent Brown is still out with a calf injury, but he was by far our worst receiver last year.  That was the other position that we had significant injury at.  Had Floyd not gone down, I have no doubt that Keenan Allen wouldn’t have gotten the playing time he did.  Allen has been talking about getting stronger and faster.  Normally, I hate when guys talk shit.  But that position (and the guys who have to defend them) seems to lend itself to ego.  They have to believe these things they say.  I wasn’t a fan of Allen pointing to his back in Denver, but only because we were losing.  At the time, it didn’t even seem like we’d be in a position to make a comeback.  That was what I hated about Jackson.  He’d pull that stuff no matter what.  But when you win, it seems like you are just firing up yourself and the team.  It’s all in the results, I guess.

As Frank Reich “loosens the reins” on The Grand Bolo, will Rivers revert back to the mistakes that so often sunk us the two seasons previous?  I think Rivers has a lot more weapons then he did in those years and he knows it.  If Ladarius Green continues to grow and Floyd can actually stay healthy, Rivers will be able to trust his guys to make plays.  Donald Brown is supposedly a good pass-catcher and we’ve still got Tutu. unnamedlEric Weddle has really become the spokesman for the D.  With his new contract, it will be interesting whether Butler can stay on the field all year and join him.  Will Liuget and Reyes bounce back and prove that AJ did have that one last good draft?  I know that I’m writing questions and not answers, here.  But no one really knows anything yet.  Plus, there hasn’t been any football for me to comment on yet.  That won’t really change on Thursday night with the start of preseason.  But it will be nice for the fans and players to get reacquainted with each other. I will actually be out in the city that night, but will be checking my phone.  I DVR’ed the game and will watch it afterwards.  I’ll post something afterwards, but the Warner clan will be off to Martha’s Vineyard for a week after that.  That’s all for now.  The posts will start coming quicker now.  I leave you with the best piece of music I can think of.  It was too long to post, so the video will have to suffice. JIC, RLW

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.