I’m going to throw this out there because I know a lot of you had the same problem as I did last night.
How hard was it for you to get some sleep last night?
Being out here on the West Coast, the game finished around the 9 o’clock hour. But we all know Chargers fans reach all over globe. So, our East Coast brethren saw the game wrap up around midnight, while those across the pond and beyond were watching the game finish past 5am!
BFTB’s own Jamie Sewell, who lives in England, had to experience that roller coaster of a ride while the rest of his surrounding world was fast asleep. As Sewell tells it, Chargers fandom has a way of overriding a body’s senses.
“I was exhausted before the game even kicked off, but I’d had to have in a much worse condition to even dream of missing the game,” Sewell said. “I can’t lie, I was slightly regretting my decision after the Chiefs had ran out to a 14-0 lead, but after that ending, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep properly for a week with all the adrenaline flowing through my body. Is there anything better than a primetime win like that - even on no sleep?”
Primetime, morning time, this season seems to be evolving into the Chargers time.
Most of us fans came into this game with a real sense of optimism. We were feeling good about the match-up. This was as good a Chargers team that we’ve been able to root for in a long time. As good a team to snap that 9 game losing streak as we could hope for.
And then the game started. And then the turnovers happened. And it was 14-zero. And it was that same maddeningly frustrating feeling we all felt in week 1 when the Chiefs raced out to their quick lead.
The texts from my Raiders friends began to roll in. I didn’t respond. I was not ready to concede the game yet. Hope was still in my heart.
And it began to happen. The defense started to clamp down. The offense chipped away. And as the 4th quarter tide shifted to the Chargers sideline, there was a growing hope that the Chargers could tie the game and actually send it into overtime. And I thought, ‘who knows what could happen then’…
But that’s not what happened.
Instead Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn decided to tell Chargers QB Philip Rivers ‘Hey let’s go win it right now’ and go for the 2 point conversion.
And they pulled it off with WR Mike Williams catching a wide open pass to win the game.
And that’s how The K.C Shocker game came to be.
And what do you think happened after that? At 9pm.
That’s when I poured me a nice pour of my best Whisky. And another one. And then I wanted some beer. And I wanted some wings, so I ordered some. And I wanted everyone who was watching the game with me to stay longer so I bought some pizza for them too.
The adrenaline running through my veins was shooting thru so fast that I began to wonder how the hell I was going to go to sleep felling like this?
Jamie told me he didn’t get to sleep till after 6 am. Think about that for a minute, so even after being exhausted, it took him another hour and a half to finally get to sleep. I’m sure there are many that had this same ‘problem’ extend past the midnight hour. I wonder if it was enough to even cause some of us fans to not even show up for work today.
Which, almost happened to me today. I almost called in ‘sick’ because, why not? It would have been a great way to start the weekend. Plus, I didn’t come off that K.C Shocker high till about 1 am.
Which got me thinking, and why I initially intended to write this article in the first place. Call it a call to action of sorts.
I think its time for all of us to begin to request February 4th of next year off. I have a sneaky suspicion that it might be another one of those very happy, sleepless nights.