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When it rains, it pours.
I figured out that I owed  Eli Manning and his whole family an apology a few weeks ago: today is no better day to print it.
Years ago, when Manning was drafted out of college, he refused to go to the team that picked him: The San Diego Chargers. There were all kinds of scuttle in the press about the team, the sort of stuff that isn’t repeated if one who is a sports journalist wants to get or keep a press credential because it’s something derogatory about the ownership or the management; its stuff that Philip Rivers’ father didn’t know about A.J. Smith or Dean Spanos, they are facts that won’t fill the wallets of large construction interests in San Diego.
Mr. Manning: I take back every time I called you Sheli. You gave your son very good advice, Archie. You aren’t and never were Womannings (sic, feminists, sic). It’s part of what you’ve done, a little of what you’ve said, but mostly it has been A.J. Smith’s continued arrogant manner and poor performance for so long with Dean Spanos’ reward of Smith’s ineptitude within the last couple months’ time that made it very clear to me that you made the best choice for yourself.
Congratulations. See you in Canton with Payton some day.

I figured out that I owed Eli Manning and his whole family an apology a few weeks ago: today is no better day to print it.

Years ago, when Manning was drafted out of college, he refused to go to the team that picked him: The San Diego Chargers. There were all kinds of scuttle in the press about the team, the sort of stuff that isn’t repeated if one who is a sports journalist wants to get or keep a press credential because it’s something derogatory about the ownership or the management; its stuff that Philip Rivers’ father didn’t know about A.J. Smith or Dean Spanos, they are facts that won’t fill the wallets of large construction interests in San Diego.

Mr. Manning: I take back every time I called you Sheli. You gave your son very good advice, Archie. You aren’t and never were Womannings (sic, feminists, sic). It’s part of what you’ve done, a little of what you’ve said, but mostly it has been A.J. Smith’s continued arrogant manner and poor performance for so long with Dean Spanos’ reward of Smith’s ineptitude within the last couple months’ time that made it very clear to me that you made the best choice for yourself.

Congratulations. See you in Canton with Payton some day.

Only the San Diego Chargers could finish first in both yards per game on offense and yards allowed on defense and still miss the playoffs.
The Chargers at #3 With A Bullet
The NFL’s 10 most disappointing teams of 2010
The lights have gone out for good.

The lights have gone out for good.

NORV-ANA: SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT?

So, here’s the thing. All this starts at the top. Marty didn’t like being told how to do his job, or that the NFL was a passing league, or that he shouldn’t hand it to LaDanian Tomlinson so much. In retrospect, given the numerous examples of owner Alex Spanos and GM A.J. Smith’s hardball style (the Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil contracts being just the latest), it is no surprise that they eventually got their way. They wanted an “offensive” coach. Well, they got one. So, maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree here. Maybe Chargers fans simply need to make a business decision about whether they think Spanos and Smith have the fans’ best interests in mind (i.e., the best possible on-the-field team) when they make some of these decisions. I would be willing to bet my house that Philip Rivers will be making a similar calculation come contract extension time. Pip does not strike me as someone content to rot away on a middler.

But I think we can safely assume that the owner ain’t sellin,’ and the GM appears to have the owner’s full support. So Norv is the only thing that can change when those two finally realize what the rest of us have known for a long time: Norv Turner is an outstanding offensive coordinator. Lots of good head coaches out there. Guys that have won Lombardis as head coaches. San Diego has a dreamy quality of life and a franchise quarterback- it’s a perfect job for a proven NFL coach who wants back in. The Chargers need to go get one before they waste Philip Rivers like they did LaDanian Tomlinson.
This is a photograph of Junior Seau’s reputation.
Years ago, I was sitting in the reception area of our stockbroker - his wife (think smoking hot blond USC co-ed) was sitting on his lap. I didn’t want to disturb the guy, but as I left ahead of him to see my broker, I told him “Hey Junior, I love your work”, he thanked me.It was a bummer to see him go to the Patriots, I felt bad that he must have stepped out on Gina (women throwing themselves at professional athletes all the time) but, damn, this stuff with smacking women around again is just gross.

This is a photograph of Junior Seau’s reputation.

Years ago, I was sitting in the reception area of our stockbroker - his wife (think smoking hot blond USC co-ed) was sitting on his lap. I didn’t want to disturb the guy, but as I left ahead of him to see my broker, I told him “Hey Junior, I love your work”, he thanked me.

It was a bummer to see him go to the Patriots, I felt bad that he must have stepped out on Gina (women throwing themselves at professional athletes all the time) but, damn, this stuff with smacking women around again is just gross.

A “Yes on D” vote is a vote for the status quo. A vote against D is a vote for uncertainty with a side of Tea Party madness. As much as I disagree with (Mayor Jerry) Sanders and Company, the specter of the lunacy associated with the far right (and it is impossible to untangle the libertarian and religious threads that make up that movement), means I’ll hold my nose and vote “Yes” on D.
Proposition D: It’s The End of The World As We Know It
by Doug Porter, O.B. Rag

a weak endorsement for the ½ ¢ sales tax increase in The City of San Diego

The San Diego Chargers are at the bottom of the AFC West

Not that an NFL season can allow for collapses like MLB, but I kinda feel like I’m watching one about a third of the way through the season.

A-freakin-mazing

P.S. oh yeah, Cal: a team that won’t go to a bowl game for 2 seasons whipped your ass? Glad that it wasn’t on basic cable…gawd.

If I wanted to see one of my teams win this weekend, I should have gone to see the Centurions play Morse.

As if the special teams unit hadn’t been atrocious enough allowing three kick returns for touchdowns in the team’s two losses earlier in the year, the Bolts disorganized third phase of the game continued their misguided ways allowing not one, but TWO blocked punts in the first five minutes of the 35-27 loss to the Raiders on Sunday. Blocked punts are commonplace in college football, but an absolute rarity in the NFL and to see two within five minutes of one another is simply inexcusable for a team of so-called professionals.
For all of 1997, Ryan (Leaf) was the main focus of my recruiting. At the time I was losing my parents. My mother died in October 1996, and then two months later my father learned he had an inoperable brain tumor.

Ryan knew what I was going through. One day, he came with me to my dad’s house, and while he was there my dad got very upset, talking about how he hated that his illness prevented me from doing my job. Ryan told him, “Don’t worry. Josh doesn’t need to recruit any other players. He’s got me.”