I know the schedule will be released on Thursday and I wanted to get something up before then. You might have noticed that the site looks a little different. The good folks at Bloguin have once again updated their look, which has brought us back to the WordPress template with which we started. Since this is sort of a trial run, I thought I’d post a great little anecdote from last month. Kelly C. Hair, a longtime member of the Justice League, had the opportunity to hang out with Lorenzo Neal. I first learned about this when he sent me this message:
Let me try this again. Lorenzo Neal is coming to speak to the kids at all of the schools in our district and as the biggest Charger fan within hundreds of miles I get to drive him around all day and have lunch with him. Any questions, comments, or otherwise? My goal is to get him to my house and take a pic with him with the lightning bolt in the bottom of my pool in the background.
Naturally, I responded with the only possible question a Charger fan my age could have:
He was angry with the missed opportunity of the 2006 team. He made that clear during the pro bowl that year. Yet they never got out of the first round. Was that team really as good as we thought? Were they the product of an easy schedule and an MVP at RB? Was it Marty, Eric Parker, McCree? He was in the Marty NFL Network thing as well, did he think it was just another Marty meltdown?
Kelly (and his kids) ended up spending the day with Lo Neal and you can see his responses below. The picture of Kelly’s pool, which he was nice enough to share here years ago was also on Lo’s Instagram page.
I had 10 minutes with him alone waiting for him to go into an assembly at one of the schools. When I asked him about the 2006 team, he shook his head and said you just had to ask me about that didn’t you? He said that was by far the best team he had ever played on, and that it was a great team. Did not blame Marty at all, he held Marty in very high regard and said he was a leader of men. He said it was a mistake firing him and it was a mistake to hire Turner. I asked him specifically about the play calling as far as LT not getting the ball in the second half and he said that was all on Cam. He said Marty gave Cam too much control and it was his game to call. He said he sat in the locker room and cried after that game. He said LT was furious but that’s not much of a revelation. He said that the game was too big for some of the players on the team. He mentioned Erik Parker’s drops. He said there was a play in the game that really bothered him. It was a draw play and he said that if he would have made a good block on Teddy Bruschi that LT would have definitely taken it to the house. He said he got a piece of him but not quite enough to stop him from making the tackle.