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.