Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Blue Bolt, Apr 19, 2011.
Rivers is back alright
Is that the highlight play?
Keystone Kops - but I note that Gates *was* open. <sigh>
Is that the throw back Rivers?
No Jacko sightings since the game.
He must be bummed at having to admit that Cam is better than PR.
I wonder which one makes the HOF first...
I can tell you which one will NOT make the HOF first
Newton, Panthers hammer Chargers
The genius of Steve Ballmer.......
Dell exec warned Microsoft that Windows RT branding would confuse consumers
By Sam Oliver
An executive at one of Microsoft's largest PC partners, Dell, warned that the "Windows RT" branding for its tablet operating system might confuse consumers because it does not run traditional Windows applications.
Jefferey Clarke, vice chairman at Dell and president of its PC business, said at the Dell World conference last week that he warned Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that the Windows RT branding could be detrimental to the product, according to CNet.
Ballmer, however, disagreed with Clarke, and argued that the Windows branding was too important not to be used in Microsoft's product.
Clarke may have been right: Microsoft has reportedly needed to revise its return policies for its Surface tablet running Windows RT, as a number of customers have apparently returned the hardware after discovering it cannot run traditional Windows applications.
The reason is Windows RT is designed to run on low-power ARM processors rather than traditional PC X86/X64 chips. As a result, Windows RT cannot be purchased separately — it is only available preinstalled on ARM-powered devices, such as the Microsoft Surface touchscreen tablet.
Further confusing matters is the fact that Windows RT features both the touch-centric Windows Metro interface, as well as a traditional-style Windows desktop layout. Windows RT also includes touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note.
However, even though Windows RT looks like Windows 8, the underlying architecture of the operating system is very different, which prevents legacy Windows applications from running on the new platform.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer made headlines last month when he said sales of the Microsoft Surface had gotten off to a "modest" start. The company began expanding availability of the Surface beyond its own retail stores just last week in an effort to boost sales and exposure.
While the entry-level Surface running Windows RT cannot run traditional Windows applications, Microsoft's forthcoming Surface Pro tablet will run the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system and will have access to legacy apps. The Surface Pro will launch early next year starting at $899 for the 64-gigabyte model.
Paris: Bolts hit rock bottom in latest loss
It was a stinker, the kind that clings no matter how many times one attempts to scrub it away.
The Chargers hit something on Sunday, and it wasn't the opposition. Instead rock bottom replaced the Panthers as a target, and on that note, the Chargers' aim was perfect.
The Chargers' blemishes were clear on a cloudy day: a rattled quarterback, an overwhelmed offensive line, an absent running game, a defense adverse to tackling and a special-teams rusher clobbering a punter, instead of a punt.
The Chargers' stumbling is no longer a surprise in a season featuring more steps back than forward. What the Chargers' third straight home loss did was crystallize what has gone wrong this dismal season.
That it came into focus by a 31-7 verdict against a last-place squad only illustrates the ground the Chargers (5-9) have given in missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
But if a team falls among a grove of empty seats, does anyone hear it? Good question, but at least we know the Chargers and their fans shared common ground on Sunday.
“We didn't show up,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said, and surprisingly, his assessment didn't echo off the thousands of unoccupied chairs.
Speaking of spikes, someone did just that with the announced attendance – uh, that wasn't announced.
The Chargers didn't splash the figure on the message board, as they routinely do. They didn't relay it over the press box microphone, either, where media types could roll their eyes and snicker.
But the numbers don't lie, although in this case, we make an exception. Buried in the box score was the attendance figure of 53,832, and if you believe that, I've got an embattled coach and general manager to sell you.
Not since 2004 had the Bolts hawked fewer ducats, with Sunday's game being the fourth to be blacked out this season.
The “crowd” was sedate, as if reaching for a white flag and a beverage at the same time. When the Chargers trailed 21-0 before many shut the tailgates of their pregame parties, the cheering stopped and the mockery began.
There were Bronx jeers for first downs. There were sarcastic comments when a Charger succeeded. There were so many boos we wondered if the patrons got their holidays confused.
It sounded like Halloween, with Christmas around the corner, and can the New Year come soon enough?
Apathy has replaced anger, with the most die-hard Chargers backers reduced to ridiculing a team they love, and long, to embrace.
When fans voiced their displeasure, at least you knew they were present. Otherwise, San Diego's new downtown library can only hope to match the stillness which Sunday brought.
Action is what's required, and it'll come after two more meaningless games.
Team president Dean Spanos has a duty, an obligation, to present a better product, one that doesn't require customers to take two fingers and pinch their noses.
That it took an extra season for the odor to reach Spanos' second-story office is an indictment on his misguided judgment.
When faced with replacing coach Norv Turner, and possibly general manager A.J. Smith, after last year's dreary season, Spanos chose continuity over change.
Now a transformation is on the horizon, as the depletion of talent from a once powerful roster is too glaring to ignore.
That's on Smith.
Spanos' coach has taken a 14-2 team and watched it slide, producing the first losing season in these parts since 2003.
That's on Turner.
That a dedicated fan base was subject to super heartache instead of Super Bowls?
That's on Spanos.
The Chill Pill is still on their PR department and that pile of ain't gonna go away soon either.
Just a random question. But I can't figure out how to start a thread? I'm sure the "thread-maker gods" are laughing at me right now
lol good point.
You didn't take yours??
Can I have them?
You've gotta go to 'Forums', click on the forum you want to start it in (eg http://bolttalk.com/forums/chargers-fan-forum.18/) then click the blue 'start new thread' button that's toward the top right hand side of the page.
holy **** that was a stupid pass from Sanchez.
This guy is toast.
Even in a year as bad as this for the Jets, Tannenbaum is looking better than AJ.
Crap punt from Titans--Jets on 25 yard line. Sanchez fumbles, Titans win.
Should have put Tebow in. God wouldn't have allowed that ****.
Missed the ending, but that sounds only too fitting for the Jets.
So - are they magically going to get well next week?
We don't travel well and neither do they, but the game is in New Jersey.
Acee: More than two changes coming for Chargers
It’s not just the general manager and head coach who will be gone in 2013.
Depending on who you talk to, the Chargers are a disaster in need of FEMA or just a few pieces from a full set.
We don’t know who exactly will be making the personnel decisions, so we can’t know all the dominoes that will fall.
But expect that a number of big names and longtime Chargers won’t be around in 2013. In fact, given the state of the team and status of so many contracts, it is likely the makeover will rival that of 2004, when A.J. Smith remade the roster in his second spring in charge.
You know, back when he was either really lucky or really good.
Here’s a list that the remaining decision makers -- Dean Spanos, Jimmy Raye, John Spanos, Ed McGuire -- and whoever else will be considering:
• The Chargers knew it was a risk when they signed left tackle Jared Gaither to a $24.5 million contract, given his injury history and reputation for milking those injuries and not working hard. They couldn’t have imagined it would be like this. Several teammates are absolutely finished with Gaither, and it’s difficult to see him being welcomed back into the locker room, despite the $9 million paid to him in 2012 bonus and salary and the $6 million cap hit his release would cost.
• The consensus among football people here and around the league is that outside linebacker Larry English just won’t ever be a difference maker at the NFL level – healthy or not. The Chargers’ 2009 first-round pick has one year left on his contract, but it’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario he is kept after playing fewer than 1,000 snaps so far in his career.
• Shaun Phillips is bouncing back in a contract year. But the man who has started 103 games over the past seven seasons and ranks second in team history with 67 sacks will almost certainly get his next paycheck from another team. He’ll be 32 in 2013, and he won’t be looking to be the other guy again, this time behind 2012 first-round pick Melvin Ingram.
• The Chargers were compelled to guarantee right tackle Jeromey Clary $6.8 million prior to the 2011 season. He’s due $4 million if he’s on the roster next season. Dependable and hard working, Clary’s struggle with speed has become too much of a liability. The $3.4 million cap hit the Chargers would take is a deterrent, especially with so many other moves to be made.
• If Clary goes, and with the likely departure of left guard Tyronne Green, free-agent-to-be Louis Vasquez is in an even more advantageous position than his consistent play in 2012 afforded him. With so many other holes to fill, it is almost imperative they keep Vasquez.
• If the Chargers keep running back Ryan Mathews, which his talent dictates they do for one more season, they at least need to find another top-flight back for his inevitable time out. Largely due to injury, but also because of fumbles and his inability to adequately pick up pass protection and certain parts of the offense, Mathews has played the equivalent of two seasons since the Chargers moved up 16 spots to draft him 12th overall in 2010.
• Both starting cornerbacks are due to be unrestricted free agents. Quentin Jammer is the longest-tenured Chargers, but the team has to weigh investing in legs that can still get it done but will be 34 in June. Antoine Cason has quietly had a fantastic second half of the season, and his future will depend on both the market and the Chargers’ belief in Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist.
• The $3 million cap hit the Chargers would take if they released Eddie Royal seems like a prudent move compared to risking $3 million if the injury-prone receiver is on the roster to start 2013.
• Takeo Spikes turned 36 today. He’s had to play more the past two seasons than he’d been asked to since he was a much younger man. It seems a certainty that he and tight end Randy McMichael will finish their careers at the end of this month.
• The team has to find a place for Robert Meachem, whose $5 million salary in 2013 is guaranteed. Maybe a different offense can make more use of him. It would be difficult to make less use. The man who dropped victory in Cleveland at the end of October has played just 29 snaps and had three passes thrown his way (two receptions, 18 yards) in the six games since that he has been active.
Is there a pool to enter for how many QB involved turnovers we can expect to see in that one?
Saban says Dolphins had picked Brees over Culpepper
Tebow-time. Book it.
A lot of cap hits and guaranteed salaries going to waste.
FC, have you seen this?
San Diego Chargers Salaries
Add it up and that is over 17 Million spent on O-linesmen that *weren't* on the field to finish last Sunday's game...
You roll the dice, sometimes you lose. You lose to many times and you won't be in the casino that lets you bet with other people's money.
Also note - by what Fox says, the Chargers were the 5th highest in salary spending... Ponder on that one.
My point was that in 2013 there will be a lot of cap hits and guaranteed salary going to waste.
...and my point is, "just like this year".
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