Angry? Frustrated? Yearning for the 'good old days'?. Remember when the Bolts would have dusted off the Ravens like so much unwanted dandruff and would, at this point in the season, already be crowned the AFC West champs and be an odds on favorite for the AFC Division championship? Well, as of now, those days are officially over. The San Diego Chargers have now been admitted to that most wondrous of clubs, the Doormat League. That elite group of teams that are nothing more than a speed bump for other teams to steamroll over. Our little club includes teams like the New York Jets, the Oakland Raiders and those fearless leaders of incompetency...the Kansas City Chiefs. Teams whose coaches aren't so much on the hot seat but are already nothing more than smoldering embers. Enter the San Diego Chargers (sound the trumpets here).
Before last Sunday, any team playing against the SuperChargers would be concerned if they fell behind in scoring (as they would in any game), but now the Mighty Chargers have proven that no matter what, your never 'too' far behind. Just in case there are opposing players that might want to sleep in on game days, some teams might not even put in their starters for the first half. Behind by 34 points? No problem! The newest member of the Doormat League is happy to let you wipe your feet on their beautiful powder blue uniforms. The Chargers look unstoppable in the first half? Don't dismay, they will go into hibernation and you can gallop on to victory.
Until Sunday, there was still hope. Hope that we could rally and maybe, just maybe, get into the playoffs with a wild card. Hope that we could salvage a season that, so far, has been an embarrassment. But no. Our coach can't seem to stay awake long enough to finish a game, our defense can't defend, our RB can't run, our QB can definitely throw the ball, he just needs to keep in mind that he has to throw it to someone on his own team, and our GM seems to think that if the team shows any promise at all, it's obviously time to dump some of our key players and pick up some re-treads, has-beens, and players that spend their entire careers with one injury or another (but came really cheap).
Welcome to the Doormat League dear friends. They say it's lonely at the top, but that's just a rumor. It doesn't seem likely we'll ever find out for ourselves.