Maybe You Find Yourself Sick Of All This Repitition

What's really left to say about this team?  They're so monotonous that I find myself reusing song titles for names of my posts.  While I am still going to the game next Sunday out in Jersey, I have no desire to see this group do anything but be put out of their misery.  Seriously, Dean Spanos thinks Groupon will help sell tickets to tomorrow's game?  What a shock that the Bolts weren't able to avoid a blackout anyway.  If he'd fire Norv and AJ already, fans would show up to the stadium just to celebrate.  I think we all still enjoy the feeling of community amongst The Legion Of The Lightning Bolt.  However, it would be nice if the only thing that unified all fans was an unspeakable hatred for their owner, general manager and coach.

Once they lost that second Denver game, I stopped truly wanting this team to succeed.  To be honest, it was evident during that game that they really weren't going to do anything this season.  The defense kept them in the game for a while and they couldn't do shit.  Of course, if the defense had been able to make a single stop in the first Denver game or in the fourth quarter in New Orleans the season might have gone differently.  Ryan Mathews' touchdown leap was truly the season's high water mark.  After that, everything went downhill.

I was actually asked on Twitter to stop with the "hate" for Philip Rivers.  I don't think the Tweeter understood that I have been a huge Rivers fan.  However, I just can't rationalize his mistakes any more.  This article from the summer deserves to be read again now that the season is essentially over.  However, I'm not going to go into why I worry so about Philip because I know he's not going anywhere.  I was that away about Marty for a while.  But you remember that, FAITHFUL READER.  Mathews is now my biggest concern.  The line sucks and Norv continues to send him into the middle of it as he did with LT in his last two seasons in San Diego.  Mathws is definitely flawed and Mike Mayock's point that he hasn't been able to break free of tacklers bears repeating.  Rich Gannon's comment that was allegedly uttered by Norv first is also sadly true.  His field vision does appear to suck.  He hasn't been able to get involved in the passing game, but I don't think Rivers has ever really figured out how to throw a screen.  The last time he actually lofted one was in the 1/14/07 meltdown against New England and that was picked off by Roosevelt Colvin.  I liked the bit in this U-T piece about Norv's absolute refusal to take out Ronnie Brown on 3rd downs.  Again, I know Mathews has issues.  But at this point, why have him if you're going to see what you've got?

CJ Spiller was the only back rated higher than Mathews in that draft.  He's having a great year this season after the injury to Fred Jackson.  However, that was the same draft where Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez were drafted long after Mathews.  We also traded a pick that ended up in San Francisco and allowed them to draft Navarro Bowman.  I know, more shit for us to be angry about.

Of course, we were never drafting a tight end.  It's sad that Gates was healthy and slimmer this season and it didn't even matter.  Father Time is clearing gaining on him.  It will be interesting to see what Deano does after Norv is fired.  Yes, even I now believe that it's going to happen.  During that 2010 game against the Niners, Marty Caswell Tweeted from the sidelines what a mess that team was under Mike Singletary.  Last year, they had essentially the same team under Harbaugh.  We can only hope that the right coach might actually light a fire under the collective asses of whatever team we field in 2013.

I couldn't even root for Philly on Thursday Night because, as I already said, this team needs to be put down for good.  However, I will be watching tomorrow.  It turned out that the Barbie movie Sarah and I were going to see last week was at noon.  So I ended up watching the game in real time.  Apparently, Ronnie Brown won't suit up so Norv will be forced to use Mathews exclusively.  Either that or he'll grab Mike Tolbert from Carolina's sideline and use him. 

It goes without saying that this issue of JIC is dedicated to the kids from Connecticut. 



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.