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L.T. to the Saints?

imagesI have never intentionally disagreed with Drew Brees on anything, not even when he chose to get paid and leave San Diego for New Orleans. How could I? He brought my beloved Bolts out of the hell of obscurity and helped build the platform for success that the Chargers currently reside on. Brees is also an incredibly likable guy who goes out of his way to work in the community and give back to the people who support him so much. Despite all this, he has taken a stand on the LaDanian Tomlinson contract dilemma, making me think twice about my loyalty to Brees.

San Diego’s main sports radio station, 1090 AM, interviewed Brees recently and the subject of Tomlinson’s contract impasse came up with a few notable quotes that I will link here, but not talk about as I have my own venting to do. Brees not only said he wants Tomlinson to end up a Saint, but he also had the nerve to say that one of the greatest running backs in NFL history should not take a pay cut in order to remain with the Chargers. Boooooo Brees!

Obviously, I know the quality of character and player that Tomlinson brings to any team as Charger fans across the world have been cherishing his greatness since 2001. Any team would be extremely lucky to have him as a starting running back. There in lies the problem. Without Tomlinson, the Chargers do not have a starting running back and if you think Sproles can carry it 30 times a game along with returning kicks, you’re insane. So, the fact remains that the Chargers need him strictly for personnel reasons and I do not want to see a second round draft pick become our starting running back when we already have one of the best in the game in LT.

Now, back to Brees and all his wisdom. Brees says LT shouldn’t take a pay cut if he wants to stay in San Diego, but that is the only way it is going to happen. Brees is right because a talented running back with Tomlinson’s credentials should not be given less money for any reason, and that just might be what ends the relationship with him and the Chargers. Despite the decreasing nature of LT’s numbers, when he is healthy, he looks willing and able to juke out defensive players with a style and ease that cannot be duplicated. Also, take into account the injuries that he has racked up the last two years and it is no wonder his numbers are down. Let’s just hope Tomlinson did not hear the interview for himself, or Charger fans may resent Brees a little.

Chargers GM A.J. Smith has supposedly given Tomlinson his final offer and according to LT’s mom, it just ain’t good enough. This is not surprising due to the hard-nosed nature of Smith and some of the things he says. But, something has to give here as even LT knows he can’t leave San Diego without winning a championship, and he sure as hell won’t do it in New Orleans any time soon, given the rising stars of some of the NFC’s elite teams. The Chargers have a lot to offer Tomlinson, like a good overall team, coaching staff, great fans and weather. What they can’t offer him is money and he may want some of that. According to ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio, the new contract for LT has to be completed by March 30 which is when the players report for the voluntary offseason workout program.

Drew Brees will always be one of my favorite Chargers and NFL players in general, but he brought a few things to light in this interview that could be damaging for the hardest of hard-core Charger fans out there.

Please stay LT.

-Gramps

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sproles is a Tagger

45924_600w600hThe lovely Lightning Boltz have franchise tagged the little explosion that is Darren Sproles. He gets $6.5 mil and we all get to watch that darting blur of a running back breach opposing defenses for another year. Probably the most notable move the Chargers will make this offseason because nobody wanted to see him go. Igor Olshansky, Marques Harris and Malcolm Floyd are a couple of notable free agents but they don’t deserve the attention that this move for Sproles does, especially when it means we get LaDanian back as soon as he agrees to take a major pay cut. Imagine that, LaDanian will most likely make less than Darren Sproles next season meaning he will no longer be the highest paid running back on the Chargers.

Of course, Sproles’ deal comes with a few side effects that could be harmful to Bolts fans’ health, depending on which way you see it. As a non-exclusive franchise player, Sproles is allowed to negotiate a deal with any team out there. If he signs a deal though, the Chargers can either match the offer and keep him or they let him go and get two first round draft picks in return.

Obviously, a great deal for the Chargers whichever way it ends up but as a fan, you’d hate to see that guy get let go like Brees or Turner. If Sproles goes elsewhere, you got one hand where the Bolts receive the equivalent of gold for most NFL teams in two first round picks. On the other, Darrenito signs with Denver or some other shitty team and rips the Bolts for 450 yards. I cringe. Just sign him long-term and pray that we can draft a big bruising running back with the picks we already had. Yeah.

I guess the most exciting thing about next year is that we get to really see if LaDanian still has it and if he does, the combination with Sproles is going to make that offense unstoppable. Oooh.

So go buy that number 43 jersey and remember…if you’re not a Charger fan, then you don’t know pain.

-Gramps

February 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Wembley Stadium: A Big Stadium

The edifice actually holds up to ninety thousand people officially. Wembley might not be the biggest stadium in the world, but it reeks of history and prestige. It is the home of the English National Football Team, the FA Cup final, the Community Shield final (formerly the Charity Shield), and now of course, the National Football League.

In 2007, The New York VaGiants beat the Miami Dolphins in a muddy contest that did not provide the entertainment the NFL is so commonly known for. This year the San Diego Chargers take on the New Orleans Saints in what may be another muddy game only this time, there’s a good chance for entertainment. The muddy and soft state of the ground was not known to Wembley Stadium before its reconstruction and mars its new beginning. Since the stadium reopened in March of 2007, it has been the subject of critical remarks about the state of the pitch. Some blame the pitch for the English National Team’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008, a huge disappointment by England’s standards. Despite the conditions of the turf, the English fans of the NFL were quick to purchase tickets for the upcoming game as the first forty thousand tickets were sold in the first ninety minutes. Let’s all hope the product on the field makes it worth their journey.

Post Script: A thirteen year old boy known as yours truly was in attendance for the 1995 Charity Shield final when Everton edged out a 1 – 0 victory over the Rovers of Blackburn. A memory never to be forgotten.

-Parm

October 26, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kerouac, Lopan, Murs and the Wildcat Offense

I love reading Jack Kerouac for the simple reason that he doesn’t use traditional writing methods to convey thoughts. His stream of consciousness style along with the fact that the guys was sober for about 2 hours a day make his books some of the most interesting reads to this day. The beats live on.

The day that I can watch “Big Trouble in Little China” and not want to cruise the alleys of Chinatown looking for the Lords of Death is the day I have lost all reason to live. I still have voices in my head telling me that the Wing Kong Exchange actually exists and that Gracie Law is still in her late twenties looking for David Lopan. It may be true that Chinese black magic does not exist, but in my world, I’d rather believe that it does. Sorcery, magic, and the reality that “his flesh and bones become atomized and he becomes a dream.” That’s what I’m all about.

Murs dropped a great new album called, “Murs for President” and here is my thoughts on it… I think it is pretty much a collection of bangers with a few droplets of pop/mainstream bullshit mixed in. Something I did not realize when purchasing this album, is that Warner Bros. released it, officially dropping Murs from the high ranks of the “Underground” and elevating him to “MTV” status. I really don’t care anymore. I don’t watch MTV and I encourage anybody not to. I also do not talk about the “Underground” scene as anything more than a historic time period where hip hop was celebrated without any outside distractions. These days nobody is truly “Underground”, but they can be “Independent” or “Mainstream” and still be respected by any music lover. The lines have been blurred and so Murs felt the need to make his music more accessible to the world and I will not judge him for it. There was a time when I would get all Lopan on you if you tried to call a hip hop group “underground” when they were on a major label and had a video out. Now a days, I just don’t care.

The stupid “Wildcat” offense that the Miami Dolphins have used to embarrass the two teams that met in last year’s AFC Championship game is actually fun to watch. It just so happens that they made my Chargers look like a bunch of teenage girls at a high school field hockey game and I am not happy about it. I enjoy watching different formations, clever play calls, and unique running plays that catch traditional defenses off guard, but not against my team. The only solace I got from last weekend’s horrendous game in Miami is that Roger Goodell fined Ronnie Brown for orchestrating that stupid “Cupid” dance he performed after scoring off a “Wildcat” run. Whoever thought that dance would be a hit was right I guess, but it looks pretty damn stupid to me.

Renting and venting from the bay where Blue Angels fly and people apparently like to kill themselves.

-Gramps

October 12, 2008 Posted by | Film, Life, Music, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Do I Really Care About Football?

The answer is yes, very much yes. I have to admit though, I am truly not the fan that some people in this country are (see photo to left). Apparently, some folks up there in Green Bay, Wisconsin feel that football is truly a sacred part of their lives and that anyone who betrays another in this precious game should be smitten to hell. When I first started pondering why some football fans are absolutely insane, the answer seemed simple. Geography. I mean, what else are you gonna do in Pittsburgh or Green Bay? Go play in the snow while its ten below? Go to a Pirates or Brewers game? I’m sure a lot of people actually do the latter, but you get the point. These are cities in states that are boring and don’t have a whole lot going on besides football and bad weather. You ever been to a Chargers game? Sometimes there’s more fans for the opposing team than for the San Diego team. Why? Because everyone is at the beach or a pool lounging around drinking beer and playing ping pong waiting for reality to strike them. It is no coincidence why San Diego fans are some of weakest in the game. Packer fans travel everywhere with their team and I give them props for it, but easy on the “God won’t leave for the Jets” shit, cuz that is way outta hand. How about Raider fans? F-ing stupid. I didn’t realize it until recently, but a lot of people don’t like the Raiders simply cuz of their retarded fans, and I don’t blame them. Wait for Halloween to dress up as a pirate from the movie, Gladiator. Come on. I digress. Fans are truly the reason some sports get so much hype and I am all for that. Tattoos and fights and masks and face painting. It’s all great fun. Speaking of tattoos, back in January, Propaganda Tattoo held a free “bolt” tattoo day for any die hard Charger fan that needs a bolt imbedded into their skin with ink. Awesome. Anyway, football is here my friends and we should all just sit back and enjoy since this is the greatest five months of every year.

-Gramps

September 3, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Thoughts on Shawne Merriman

Shawne Merriman and Hugh's Kendra

Shawne Merriman and Kendra Wilkinson

As one of the most feared outside linebackers in the world, 3-time pro-bowler Shawne Merriman is foregoing major knee surgery to play a season of football and risk his future as an NFL player to pursue dreams of Super Bowl glory. Personally, I love the passion and selflessness of the decision, but it does not mean that I cannot question it. As a former athlete and true competitor, I am well aware of the horrors of sitting on the sideline wishing you could help your team win. It truly sucks butt and I would do anything to avoid it. As a fairly practical and logical human being, I do not see the reward being truly worth the risk, when the risk means the termination of your career. If it were just about money, I would understand, but this injury could keep him outside the lines for good. Speaking of money, in 2010, Merriman will be a free agent and free to take a job from the highest bidder. This makes things very interesting because if he had decided to have surgery now, he would be well on his way to one hundred percent by the time the 2009 season starts. With a healthy knee and a year of rest under him, Merriman would be able to play his balls off and get top dollar from any team the following year. A lot of players actually choose this route to ensure their financial future by signing a big contract following a good year. Shawne Merriman has instead decided to have surgery following the ’08 football season, which means with an estimated 9 months of rehab, his knee would be ready to go right around the second month of the 2009 season, whether or not he won a Super Bowl. Given his knee is perfect by then, he will have missed at least 4 games and have to settle for numbers from only 12 games in a contract year. This situation is not attractive to anyone, but the fact that Merriman is putting it all on the line for ’08 speaks volumes of his dedication and his recklessness. One cannot describe the motivation and inspiration for making such an important decision. I wish him all the best and cannot wait to see what unfolds as I will be watching every Sunday to support him and the team. Bolts!!

-Gramps

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , | 1 Comment