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Chargers invade MCAS Miramar
The Chargers held practice Wednesday on the base at MCAS Miramar and got the chance to thank the hundreds of service men and women in attendance for their service to the country. As Chargers players and staff made their way around the grounds of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Wednesday, they were bombarded by marines and sailors stopping to thank them for coming and wish them well on the upcoming season. While they were appreciative of the kind words, it was the Chargers who were just as thankful and appreciative.

Salazar: NFL, Chargers taking cue from NASCAR
Chargers fans, you are about to be tested by the NFL. It’s not about the 2009 schedule. The league is waiting to see how you react to ads on practice jerseys. The league gave teams permission to do business with state lotteries. Soon, you will be able to buy California lottery scratch-off tickets featuring the Chargers logo. The NFL says it’s all fine and dandy because scratching lottery tickets doesn’t affect the outcome of the league’s games. The tie-in with lotteries and ads on practice jerseys don’t signal the end of civilization. I see the moves as smart business decisions...And it’s not just NFL owners who will benefit from creating these new revenue streams. The businesses that will "shoulder" the practice jersey ads will get exposure for their brand or products. Any increase in lottery sales is good for the schools - or so it’s been marketed for the past 20 years.

NFL Top 10: Most Valuable San Diego Chargers - MVN Outsider
Not a bad list at all. Greg Trippiedi has obviously watched more of the Chargers than just the Sportscenter highlights.

NFL Betting: Chargers vs. Bears in Super Bowl (and other Futures) - NFL Betting Articles
San Diego Chargers +1615 to win the Super Bowl: What a difference a year makes! Last season, the Chargers were decimated by injuries coming into the season, as Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates were all coming off of serious injuries, and it showed in the performances of LT and Gates, although Rivers did come into his own despite coming off a torn ACL. All three of those studs are healthy now, and we look for Tomlinson to silence his critics that claimed he lost a step by regaining his 2007 form this year. Remember, although they finished at just 8-8, the Chargers may have been the best team in the NFL over the final month of last season, and with a healthy corps group from the outset this year, we feel this team is very capable of winning the whole thing at this great price.

Media-Newswire.com - Press Release Distribution - PR Agency
University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz and former Hawkeye football player and current kicker for the San Diego Chargers Nate Kaeding will host an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. All of the proceeds from the event, which will feature keynote speaker Joe Ehrmann, will benefit University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Shawne Merriman (shawnemerriman) on Twitter
I still can't leave my house because I look like a 270lb chipmonk so ill workout in my gym at home for the next 2 days (Shawne had some dental work done)

kassim osgood (kassimosgood) on Twitter
I'm gonna be doing a meet and greet at Qualcomm on Tuesday June 23rd from 5-730pm. Come check out the behind the scenes of our team!

Antonio Cromartie (crimetime31) on Twitter
About to run these sand dunes. If I want to be great have to do extra.

Jamaal C. LaFrance (MrLaFrance) on Twitter
gettin fitted for my tuxedo...LT dinner gala this weekend. might get to rub elbows w/chargers great, dan fouts