With year officially starting and so many new visitors to the Halls of Justice, I have pledged to put my other obsessions towards the end of each post. However, it's fucking "Jerry Week," the week between his birthday and passing. Some call it "9 Days of Jerry" or "The Days Between," but that's a little too close to actual deification for me. Nonetheless, it's one of my favorite times of the year since it celebrates my favorite type of music. Actually "Elvis Week" will be next week, but that's only because he died on the 16th.
Anyway, there's a lot to discuss within the world of the San Diego Chargers. I have a feeling now that the world of social networking is so prevalent in way Boltheads connect, that each official post here will just be the starting point for a week-long discussion preceding each game. That's the way it should be. When I started putting my Lighting-laden angst out into the world via my writing, I never really thought there would be so many people to respond.
After my most recent post, I cited the U-T link where Ryan Mathews admitted that the pressure of "replacing" (he always claimed on record that is precisely what he was NOT doing) LT got to him. How did he respond, you ask? By not being ready for the upcoming season. He was winded during drills that other players (who don't have nearly as much to prove) found simple. Those last few clusterfucky days before the lockout officially ended, I heard the NFL Network guys saying that any player who didn't keep themselves in shape for it to end right about now was foolish. I mentioned last time out that Warren Sapp was saying something about Mathews not working out enough with the team during the lockout. Did anyone else read that at the time? I admit I haven't been as focused as usual but I would have noticed something like that coming over the Mojo Wire.
So there's one huge piece of our team I'm concerned about, more for what it might say about Mathews than his resulting physical condition. Gates and English are on the PUP list, where one of my old 1995 heroes, Aaron Hayden resided. No, that's not who I named my son after by the way.no comments
However, I think I have finally realized that it is not my readiness that matters anyway. As I mentioned last time out, this has been one crazy month for the Warner clan. Thankfully, my father-in-law appears to have survived colon surgery and on a lesser note, my DirecTv was finally set up in our new place. Unfortunately, the guy who installed it drilled a hole in a sewage pipe accidentally. So when a different guy shows up to repair the pipe, the first thing he notices is my 1994 Super Bowl poster. "You gettin' sick of Philip Rivers, yet?"
It turned out that he was some Steeler fanatic who had DirecTv himself. He mentioned how rough the AFC title game was in '94 and I don't think he was thrilled to find out I was there. He also said that if you'd told him before the last Super Bowl that the Steelers would have a chance to win with the ball in Roethlisberger's hand, he'd take that scenario every time. His buddies were Giant fans who had given him a ton of shit during the 2004 draft.
Of course, both those teams have rings with their QBs. But it's not Rivers I blame. He'd have a ring if he went to Pittsburgh, New York or even New Orleans. I truly believe that. Anyway, I figured I'd kick off 2011 season with some nice pics from the aforementioned game at Three Rivers. I never get sick of seeing Tim McKyer collapsing on the turf.no comments
Daniel Chang, one of the many benefactors of the original incarnations of JUSTICE, sent me a link to this interesting piece on Antonio Garay. Of course, my eyes automatically rolled when I read the author wondering why Garay didn't get more snaps over guys like Luis Glasstillo. "That's because they're the Chargers", would be my answer to that question. Sadly, that's my answer to a lot of questions. I also agree with Daniel's hope that Garay will be on the field simultaneously with our first-round draft pick. Check out this photo that the U-T ran of him and his family. I love the kid on the left getting ready to take a nap. It gets cut off on the right, but I see a little early 80s sneaking in the frame with those sunglasses. Maybe even the 70s, a la "The Warriors?"
This has been an especially weird off-season. Technically, there's no season upcoming but don't tell that to the NFL Network. They've been hyping that "Top 100" list like there's no tomorrow, which in the world of professional football, there technically isn't. I was happy to see our Air Coryell receiving corps get the top spot on one of their programs. I wasn't too happy to have to be reminded that "only a sub-par defense kept our #1 group from a Super Bowl championship." I saw that the channel was also running "Top Ten Snakebitten Franchises" and "Best Teams To Never Win A Super Bowl." We didn't make the former, surprisingly. They were, from 10 to 1: Bills, Chiefs, Jets, Lions, Saints, Oilers, Eagles, Bengals, Vikings and Browns. Yes, they did have an addendum that New Orleans won a Super Bowl in 2009. But it's pretty sad that many of the teams on that list have done better recently than we have. When you think about it, the Browns won a Super Bowl as the Ravens in 2000.
The "Missing Rings" Chargers of 1981 made the latter group. I believe it went 7) 1986 Browns 6) 2001 Rams 5) 1981 Chargers 4) 1998 Vikings 3) 1990 Bills 2) 1968 Colts 1) 2007 Patriots. I'm not so sure that the '81 team was better than the year before. The 1980 group had a better defense. I am also not so sure that we should be so proud of our "Missing Rings" inclusion that we need to include the episode in the History Of The San Diego Chargers DVD Set. I guess it's the only legacy we've got. I suppose it's like Jalen Rose said in the "Fab Five" documentary. We didn't win it all, but you remember us a lot more than the team that did.
Speaking of basketball, I was very happy to see the Heat LeLose. Although after the series was over, I don't think I wanted it to happen nearly as much as others did. You can certainly make a lot of comparisons between the Chargers and the Mavericks. Unfortunately, they at least had a Finals appearance before this year to go with all their first-round implosions. I don't know if we have the mettle that Dallas showed, but I do know that time is running out to show it. This has also been a turbulent time for yours truly, FAITHFUL READER. This week, The Warner Family will be renting a nicer condominium in a nicer town here in lovely Suffolk County. The DirecTV will be coming with us, although I'm not always so sure that's a positive. I would have led with the death of Clarence Clemons, but my father-in-law has been going through a tough time after his most recent colonoscopy and the passing of the Big Man quickly went off my radar.. However, it appears for Sam's dad that there may be a surgical solution in a couple of weeks so keep your fingers crossed.
The season hasn't officially been given a start date, but that doesn't mean I haven't started thinking about football. Sarah's 5th birthday is the weekend the Bolts will be in town to play the Jets, so I'll have to miss that one. I'll be honest, I don't think I'd have a great time at that one, anyway. As I told my buddy Mike, a die-hard Jets fan, if we win I'll complain that we can't beat them when it matters and if we lose I'll bitch about that. Plus, it might be hard to bring a cardboard LaDainian head with "Judas" written across it into the stadium. However, I'll be watching in a bar in Boca Raton after we return from Disney World that morning. Sadly, that seems an appropriate place for me to view that game. I am hoping to hit the Week #2 game at Foxboro with my buddy Bam Bam, provided that he doesn't mind leaving his fellow Pat fans to sit in the Charger fan seats I will undoubtedly buy from the team. Dick Lewis, the Chargers' Director of Player Outreach claimed by phone that he will get me a Rivers autographed ball to replace the Tomlinson one I sold last year. I saw PR interviewed on the NFL Network and asked about Eli Manning's absence on the aforementioned Top 100 List. Of course, they were trying to lure him into bad-mouthing Sheli and Rivers wouldn't take the bait. He mentioned that Manning had a ring and had played at a high level for the last few years so he probably didn't lose too much sleep over it. I think many Giants fans might dispute the second part of that statement, but Rivers was just being his diplomatic self. I actually had to explain to a Giants fan this past weekend at a wedding I attended that Rivers really wasn't a trash-talker in the negative use of the term. He told me that it was weird how Rivers was so much better than their QB but that they had won a Super Bowl with him. Yeah, wierd.
Speaking of our QB, Kelly Hair sent in these pics from Rivers' football camp this past weekend. His son attended and Kelly proudly told me that he caught his pass from Philip. He also said that Rivers was great with the kids. That is no surprise, although the pic I posted looks like PR is launching into some stand-up. I believe that the photo below is Kelly's son catching a pass. If it isn't I apologize and assure whoever's kid it is that I'm not nearly as creepy as I appear on the internet. Should the Bolts return to the postseason, my wife assures me that we will make the trip West and the kids will go to the Zoo while I glom onto Kelly's (or any other Bolthead's) posse. Since my son is too young to even grab a football with two hands, I picked up the hat pictured below for him. Sarah claims she wants an "Antonio" jersey for the coming season as well.
Lastly, I leave you with my most recent non-football contribution to the world of writing. It was written over a year ago, but celebrates one of my all-time favorite cheesy films. Just click on the JPGs to read the article. You'll see JIC getting a mention on the second page, although my age is mistakenly listed as 44. Then again, what 40-year old would love fuckin' Earthquake? On that note, I gotta get back to packing. Thanks to all 492 Twitter followers currently tracking the hot mess known as Justice Is Coming.
Talk to you soon,
PS Yes, that is the Electric Company theme I posted with Rita Moreno starting things off. I also posted a radio interview with Jerry Garcia from 1978, right before the JGB played the Rochester War Memorial. My buddy DJ pointed out that he mentions that he "really likes that band Cheap Trick." Can't argue with that.no comments
Thursday Morning (4/28/11)
After I posted my interview with Marty Caswell, long-time Justice Leaguer Tom Twomey complimented me on being able to maintain the blog with two young kids in the house. Well, Tom, I feel like I am barely maintaining JUSTICE right now. After today’s short post, I won’t be able to really check back in until days after the draft. Of course, I am going into the city to see Dark Star Orchestra’s 40-year tribute to the Dead’s final show at the Fillmore East. I know that some of the FAITHFUL READERS are similarly impressed that I can still get out for these events with Sam, Sarah and Aaron depending on me. I think you’d better credit my wife, Samantha for my ability to still keep a somewhat healthy concert schedule. Of course, I am repaying my wife’s flexibility by watching both kids on Saturday during the draft and on until Sunday afternoon, at which point I will be taking my daughter to see Disney's Imagination Movers in concert.no comments
Happy 4/20, by the way. No, I did not go to see The Grateful Dead Movie in its one day in theaters today. I have responsibilities, remember? I also own the movie and have seen it countless times. Speaking of adulthood vs. childish pursuits, the schedule came out yesterday. I have already seen Hacksaw Hamilton's suggestion that the upcoming slate of games will be too difficult. Last season was supposed to be easy and look where that got us. Plus, we all know who the Chargers' biggest rival is. The schedule is below, in the event you haven't seen it. Here is a pic of my 40th birthday celebration where I have found the poor man's Dan Fouts. If you can't read it, the Chargers shirt I am wearing says "Whale's Vagina." If you don't get the reference, go to another site immediately.
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Talk to you next week,
I know I’ve been away for a while. Sorry about that. Sam took both kids to Florida for 2 weeks, so I went into The City to catch the Allmans and what is left of the Grateful Dead. At the former show, I actually saw a scalper walking up and down Broadway in a Dan Fouts jersey. Yes, I checked to see that it actually wasn’t Dan Fouts or his doppelganger, Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man In The World.” But it served as a reminder that I needed to check back in to the Halls Of Justice. Of course, there hasn’t been much to talk about in the way of football. I purchased one of the Philip Rivers bracelets you see pictured to the right and they sent me an Aaron Rodgers one. Don’t let this be a reflection on the business, they let me keep it and sent a replacement immediately. Unfortunately, it was also a reminder of my responsibilities and burdens as a Charger fan. Check out the gift that my sister got me for my 40th. Unfortunately, it will need to wait for the next house. The Panic Room has been dismantled for my almost-2 month-old son. Such is life. Plus, I don't need a special room to panic about the Bolts in.no comments
I can't take credit for this photo, but I approve the message. Former JIC contributor Scott Scharer, now of Glorify The Past, took it. If there's one thing all Charger fans can agree on, it's a universal hatred of the Raiders. It's nice to be back in front of a keyboard. Welcome to all the Justice League members who have found us via Twitter. We're over 400 followers now. Those of you who are checking in via Facebook (where my Tweets are automatically duplicated) may notice that today is my birthday. You'll have figured that out from all the people who have no connection to me sending me well wishes. That's just one of the many reasons I hate Facebook. I could make a list, but that's just the kind of thing that people post on Facebook. Yeah, I'm forty today--just another old man railing against the system.no comments
Welcome back, FAITHFUL READER. Justice Is Coming will be a little more disjointed than usual. As many of you already know, Sammy and I have been trying to raise our 2-week old son, Aaron, while still giving the proper love and attention to our 4-year old, Sarah. Thanks for all those congratulations about the newborn. I am finding it a lot like trying to get reception on an old television with the rabbit ear antennas. When you finally get the picture right, you realize that you the only way to keep it that way is to stand in front of the set with your hands on it. That's what it's like at night with a baby. I guess it was the same way the first time around, but I can't remember. He's awesome, but I am happy that this is the last time we'll be doing this.no comments