I remember the day my dad sat me down and said "son" (ok my dad never called me son and he didn’t really sit me down but it sounds a lot better), he said "son, it’s about time you pick a team and stick with them."
He was right, after choosing the Miami Dolphins in 1974 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975 ( both Super Bowl champs of course) as my "Favorite Team" it was time for me, a grown man of 11 years old, to pick and settle for a team to call my own.
Being raised in central New York I knew of Buffalo and those other teams down in the city but I wanted to be different, I was done being a homer. So I can still remember the day while watching some local channel highlights of the NFL weekend… there it was… a team with "THE" coolest helmet ever. Is it true? A team with a lightning bolt on their helmets? It was true! What was that, a quarterback with a beard? I wanted a beard!
Yep, the rest as they say is history. Dan Fouts and the San Diego Chargers are MY TEAM.
Looking back to those days as a youngster, bragging about the Air Correll attack as I walked into school, was a very proud time in my sports life and solidified me as a Bolt Backer for life. That was 33 years ago this fall. Today, a (still trying to grow up) man of almost 44years, I call myself New York’s number one Chargers Fan! It wasn’t easy growing up a Chargers Fan just outside of Syracuse New York, with Buffalo 2 hours to my west and those trendy NY teams 4 hours to my east and the Steel City 5 hours to my south. Good thing the only thing to my north was Canada and the CFL. It didn’t matter, the Chargers are MY Team!
With Dan Fouts throwing the ball all over the field to John Jefferson (loved the goggles), Charlie Joyner and the real Kellen Winslow, nothing could be better. OK, maybe their defense could have been better during those years, who knows how many Super Bowls we could have won during the Fouts era with a solid D? Ok, so their 78-85 record during the 80’s was nothing to brag about but who could ever forget Chuck Muncie with the speed (and I’m not talking about his cocaine habit), the power, the agility and oh the fumbles. He could not hold onto the ball if his life depended on it. I hope he used some stick-um when holding any small children. With other running backs with names like Butts and Lionel (Train) James, and defensive powers like Gary (Big Hands) Johnson, Louie Kelcher, and Hank Bauer, they always played hard and were a fun bunch to watch.
The 90’s as a Chargers fan will always be remembered by 2 things: our first and only Super Bowl appearance and Jr. Seau! One of my favorite moments in MY Chargers history was when Stan (THE MAN) Humphries, Natrone Means( BUSINESS) and Junior Seau lead the Bolts into Pittsburgh on Sunday, January 15th , 1995 and held the Steelers to just 3 points in the second half and came away with the AFC Championship. Junior still to this day says that was his Super Bowl.
That was then and this is now… .
The LT era. Let’s not forget we chose LaDainian over some QB named Vick. I still remember the talk on sports radio about why the Chargers went that route. Funny… I don’t hear that talk anymore.
This game on November 8th in New York is huge, not only for Phillip Rivers but the whole Chargers organization. To travel across the Country and beat one of the best teams in the NFC, on their home field , in November will propel the Chargers to another strong, late season finish and yet another run at the Super Bowl.
Thus you Obviousman, should be sitting with New York’s #1 Chargers fan when this happens. I’m sick of seeing the Chargers play in Buffalo and I have not been fortunate enough to be able to go to sunny San Diego to see them play at the Q.
Which leads to how I feel about the New York Giants and Eli Manning. You know, I don’t like to use the word hate, just not my style. So I looked up a couple words I could use to describe it. My favorite is ABHOR- To regard with extreme repugnance. That pretty much says it all doesn’t it? The way the Manning family disregarded the Spanos family was classless. But just like when we picked up LT, The Chargers made out like gang-busters with Merriman and Kaeding being drafted with the help of the Giants picks.
I want to be able to tell the half dozen or so workmates that say they’re Giants fans, but never travel to the Meadowlands, that I’m going to see the Chargers in New York…with another Chargers fan! I would tell them all that you where buying the beer too, but they wouldn’t care about that. As a matter of fact, they’ll probably be on some wine tasting tour that day anyway.
Obviously, the weather in November wouldn’t be a bother with me being from Syracuse. Heck I might even be wearing just a tee shirt that day. OK probably a sweatshirt, but it will be a POWER Blue one and I’ll be wearing it proudly! Transportation and lodging will be simple for me coming from Central NY, again not a problem.
To put my long storied history in a nutshell for you, I am a true blue Chargers fan and it would be my honor to enjoy the game with one of my own.
Have fun with whoever you go with…GO BOLTS!
Oh, one more thing… I HATE THE RAIDERS!
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