We’re Up All Night To Get Sucky

January, 2008.  Every time someone mentions that the 2006 team was our best shot to win it all, I remind them of how soft that team was in the head.  They were far from poised and resilient and it showed.  Of course, if they had just kept feeding LaDainian on 1/14/07 maybe things would have turned out differently.  One of the many cruel ironies of the San Diego Chargers is that the two times they beat the Colts in the postseason, they lost the very next week.  The two times that they would have faced Indianapolis for the AFC title game, they shat all over themselves in the first round.

But of course, these Colts have a different quarterback.  We haven't been able to beat their old QB since he left and I'm not real keen on facing their new one.  It's safe to say that I haven't recovered from last week.  I knew that there was a chance that we'd lose at Oakland.  You can't be a Chargers fan and not worry about that.  But Oakland isn't that good.  Pryor gives them some life, but there is no way they should put us in a 17-0 hole like that.  Our defense, which somehow held itself together against Dallas, looked abysmal once again.  Derek Cox is horrendous.  I don't know how he looked somewhat decent in the Cowboy game. 

I didn't even know that Gates was wide open on that first Rivers pick.  Dan Fouts telling me through the TV that our QB had too much time, didn't make me feel any better.  The absence of a running game really puts Rivers right back in the Norv Turner "chuck and suck" offense.  I know Mathews will most likely play, but I can't put any faith in him. 

Even when it seemed like the offense was really taking it to Oakland in the fourth quarter, I just couldn't allow myself to believe they had a chance.  McCoy should have declined that penalty instead of giving Oakland another shot on 3rd down, but the defense was so shitty that it didn't matter.  The fact that it was Larry English trying to put Pryor down made it all the more sad.

The game Monday Night officially won't be blacked out, not that it would have effected me.  I'm not too psyched to be up by myself once again, especially with the Bolts' recent record on evening television.  But I'll be watching, as I'm sure you will.  I don't know how good the Colts are, but they look to be a hell of a lot better than us.  They beat Seattle last week, which is pretty impressive.  I wasn't really kidding when I Tweeted that I could see the Chargers winning this week and then losing to Jacksonville.

But they would need first to win on Monday Night in order to disappoint us so colossallly the following week.  If they lose, then my hopes for a WildCard berth would seem pretty bleak.  The schedule gets a hell of a lot more difficult after the bye.  But I won't get into my "what does it all mean" space just yet.  Despite Kevin Acee's article this week, I can't get excited about DJ Fluker's future if we begin our annual late season swoon early this year. 

Of course, the U-T also ran a piece about the Chargers leaving San Diego.  You will notice, FAITHFUL READER, that I don't really comment publicly on the possibility of the team relocating.  Having never been a San Diegan, I don't really think it's my place to write about it.  But there's no question that for better or worse, the Chargers' identify is deeply embedded in the city in which they've always played.  It definitely makes fan even more pissed when the team plays as badly as it too often does.

Before the Oakland game, I wrote that Keenan Allen would be forgiven for wearing that Oakland hat if he helped the Chargers win.  He had a hell of a game last week, but we didn't end up with the win.  I have no idea what happened on that interception in the end zone.  By that point, I had gotten into bed and was watching the game next to my wife with Coltrane's Complete Village Vanguard Recordings on .  I hadn't given up on the game, but was trying to get myself into a comfortable head space.  I started the evening with a fantastic margarita on a viewing of Ghost Shark.  If you haven't seen it, you're really missing out.  It's infinitely better than Sharknado

I see in the comments section from last week's post, that Jeff has already beat me to the punch on the stadium issue.  I agree that there is a different level of frustration when you are talking about blackouts and ticket prices.  I guess all I can say is that I chose to suffer with this team, rather than accept them as my local team.  Obviously, I don't need to prove my loyalty or else you wouldn't be reading this. 

As I am about to rip into the Bolts for looking like such shit against Oakland, I see that they are hanging with KC thus far.  I still think we should have won last week.  The only two times the Chargers lost in January and I didn't stay sick about it for months were after the '07 and '08 campaigns.  At least they didn't shoot themselves in the foot.  I guess that's all I am hoping for tomorrow night.  The last time they played a Columbus Day Monday Nighter was 2005, I believe.  They fought with the Steelers until the very end, but just couldn't stop Jerome Bettis.  I remember going to bed disappointed, but at least I felt like the opposition beat us.  That Pittsburgh team got a hell of a lot better after that October evening and won the Super Bowl.  Yes, they got some pretty nice calls against Seattle.  But all I ask for tomorrow is a team that doesn't beat itself.

I guess Ryan Mathews has been cleared to play.  I can't imagine him signing another contract with the Chargers, but I can imagine him being good (and healthy) with another team.  Isn't that the way things have been wtih the Bolts?  But for now, I think they should use him as much as they can without him fumbling.  I can't say that he would have scored on the fourth down in which Woodhead was stopped because they haven't let Mathews carry near the goal line all season.  As much as that fumble in Philadelphia was a killer, I don't think they can continue to avoid giving him the ball when he's healthy.  There is nothing wrong with trying a run on the ten yard line when he is the only guy who has shown that he can score from there.  I repeat, there is nothing wrong with running on the ten-yard line.  A lot of bad things can happen when you're throwing from that distance. 

Of course, our offensive line isn't exactly stout.  But as long as we are paying Mathews, we should be getting the most out of him that we can.  I think McCoy did a pretty good job of that before the concussion, with the exception of avoiding him like the plague at the goal line.  That's all for now.  By popular demand, I will begin with the podcast or youtube video posts after the bye week.  As you know, I'm going to Washington for the game on 11/3.  That would be a good time to start.  I will be in touch throughout the evening tomorrow.

The Egypt DVD isn't the GD at it's best, but they play a lot better then was always reported.  You can see BIlly with a bandaged left hand behind his drum kit.  He apparently fell off a horse and the band cancelled all its summer shows before Egypt.  I recently stumbled upon the Allen Woody Memorial I attended in 2000.  It's got some great stuff, although I must admit that my then-girlfriend now-wife left midway through.  Maybe I had too much too fast.  Anyway, wou can see it here

Protect the Dream.



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.