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Bolt Love - Can You Feel it ?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.chargers.com/news/headlines/caravan-finds-excitement.htm

    Caravan finds excitement in high desert

    Wednesday, Aug 08, 2007
    By Scott Yoffe , Chargers.com

    Three San Diego Chargers took a fun and exciting trip recently as the 2007 Chargers Caravan, sponsored by 10,000 RV, made its way to the Imperial Valley, Palm Springs and Las Vegas to share the excitement of the upcoming season with several thousand Charger fans.

    Working with the team’s radio affiliates in each location, the Chargers’ 2007 Caravan featured defensive end Luis Castillo, guard Kris Dielman, wide receiver and special teams standout Kassim Osgood and two Charger Girls.

    The Caravan departed San Diego early Monday morning and made its first stop in El Centro at the Imperial Valley Mall. When the Bolts and the Charger Girls arrived, they were greeted by more than 2,000 screaming fans, many of whom took the day off of work to meet some of their heroes from the defending AFC West Champion squad. KXO Radio AM 1230, the Chargers’ affiliate station in the Imperial Valley and Yuma, Arizona, hosted the morning’s festivities in front of the Burgers ‘n’ Beer Restaurant. KXO morning show host, Carroll Buckley, served as the morning’s master of ceremonies. One of the many fans who turned out was Alex Flores of El Centro. He brought his entire family out with him to share the morning.

    “Oh man, it’s awesome,” beamed Flores over a meal at Burgers ‘n’ Beer with his family. “I’ve never been to a game and this means a lot for everyone here. For every fan that can’t make it to a game, this means a lot. It’s awesome.”

    The players were seated at an autograph table in front of the restaurant, but when it became apparent that the Bolts would never move through the entire line in the allotted two hours, Dielman and Osgood made their way into the crowd where they were mobbed by adoring fans.

    Said Dielman of the reaction the players got from the fans of El Centro, “Man, I feel like the Beatles.”

    Another resident of El Centro, Mike Trujillo, brought his son, Jakob, along with him to the mall on Monday morning. He was almost at a loss for words when trying to explain what the Chargers visit meant to the citizens of the Imperial Valley.

    “It’s a big deal,” explained Trujillo. “We don’t get a lot of this stuff out here. The Chargers have a lot of support down here in the (Imperial) Valley and it’s a great thing that they come down here and recognize that. It’s awesome.”

    After spending a couple of hours at the Imperial Valley Mall, the Caravan turned north for its second stop of the day at the Westfield Shopping Center in Palm Desert. Fans began lining up at 12 noon and the players received another raucous welcome from the Desert faithful that numbered about 1,500 when they entered the mall. Fans filled the lower level and lined the rafters of the upper level at the center of the mall and were ecstatic when Castillo, Dielman, Osgood and the Charger Girls made their way in.

    Ryan Bitt of Palm Springs had the most unique outfit of the day, showing up in a set of Chargers’ scrubs. He talked about the excitement that had been building since residents of the Desert community found out that the Bolts were headed their way.

    “It means a lot to the community, especially for the kids, to see their heroes,” said Bitt. “These guys are stars who make lots of money, yet coming out here and just giving a little piece back to the community means a lot for kids who can’t go to a football game. These athletes come out and take the extra time, their own personal time, to come out and meet the kids and sign stuff for them really makes this something special.”

    KXPS AM 1010, the Chargers’ affiliate station for Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio and the Coachella Valley, played host to the festivities at the mall. The station’s “Truth on Sports” show, featuring hosts Brian Long and Pete Fox, broadcast live from the center of the mall and helped attract the overflow crowd. The players took turns on the air with Brian and Pete.

    Scheduled to appear in Palm Springs from 3-5 p.m., the Chargers stayed until well after 6 p.m. to make sure that every fan who showed up and waited in line received an autograph or a picture with one of their heroes. Following the visit to the mall, the players and staff were treated to an Italian dinner by the folks at KXPS before the Caravan loaded up and headed north once again to its final stop in Las Vegas.

    The Chargers Caravan and driver Nathi Hess finally pulled into Las Vegas at 1 a.m., capping off a 17-hour day. After a well deserved night of rest, the Caravan had a full day scheduled on Tuesday. The day’s schedule included a morning visit to two local radio stations, KOMP 92.3 FM and The Point, 97.1 FM; a luncheon with the local media, and a visit to Sunrise Children’s Hospital where the players visited several playrooms and took time to make stops in the rooms of several patients who were too ill to get out of bed.

    One such patient whom the Chargers visited was 17-year-old Zach Dupin. He was suffering from partial paralysis as a result of complications from surgery for scoliosis. Zach kept a journal in his room and asked each of his guests to sign it. All three players obliged and Osgood left a particularly heart-warming message that a few minutes later drew Zach’s mom, Heidi, down the hall in tears to thank K.O. for his writing. It was near the end of a long and tiring two days for the Chargers, but the visit to Sunrise Hospital was a rewarding experience for all.

    Before flying back to San Diego, the Chargers Caravan was capped off by its final public appearance at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Las Vegas, hosted by the Bolts’ radio partner for Southern Nevada, ESPN 920 AM. Seat Williams, host of ESPN 920’s Clubhouse Show, broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings as a capacity crowd of more than 500 fans filled the restaurant.

    “This is huge,” said Williams of the reaction generated by the Chargers’ faithful. “I know the Caravan started in the Imperial Valley and Palm Springs, but to come all the way out to Las Vegas is outstanding. You have a huge fan base of Chargers fans that live out here and this is a huge event. Everyone appreciates it.”

    One such fan was Las Vegas’ Enrique Deanda, a Vegas native who regularly watches the Chargers games at Michael’s Pub, one of several hot spots in Las Vegas to watch the Bolts on a Sunday afternoon. Deanda even delivered Michael’s Pub T-shirts to the players.

    “It means a lot to the fans and the Las Vegas community for the Chargers to be here,” said Deanda. “This is the Chargers town now. There’s a lot of Chargers stuff out there on the streets. Everywhere you look, especially on people’s cars, there are Lightning Bolts. You see them everywhere.”

    Even the local media hopped on board with the excitement generated by the Caravan. Michael Berk, a sports reporter at the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, KLAS-TV, Channel 8, which will carry three Chargers games in the preseason and many of the team’s games during the regular season, was impressed by the showing of the Bolts’ faithful in Las Vegas.

    “Anyone who knows anything about the sports scene in Las Vegas knows that it’s a huge San Diego Chargers town,” explained Berk. “There’s not only a huge fan base here, but a huge season ticket fan base as well. There are a lot of fans making the trek back and forth on a Sunday. No question, the Chargers have great support out here.”

    The Chargers 2007 Caravan proved to be a huge success, not only for the players, but for the fans and the media as well.

    Notes: The entire Chargers Radio Network for 2007 has been set. In addition to Rock 105.3 FM in San Diego, KXO, KXPS and ESPN 920, fans in the following areas can tune in to Chargers’ football in 2007: 710 ESPN in Los Angeles and Orange County; KTMQ 103.3 FM in Temecula and Riverside; KWDJ 1360 AM in Ridgecrest; KGEO 1230 AM in Bakersfield; KOCP 95.9 FM in Ventura; KNWH 1250 AM in the Yucca Valley, and KUTY 1470 AM in Palmdale and Lancaster. For the third-consecutive year, the broadcast team of Josh Lewin and Hank Bauer will call the games. Jim Laslavic will report from the sidelines during home games.

    All Chargers games can also be heard in Spanish in San Diego XERCN 1470 AM in San Diego simulcast in Los Angeles and Orange County on KWKW 1330 AM. Jorge Villanueva and Efren Dominguez are in their 15th year as the Chargers’ Spanish Radio tandem.....

    .........click on the linky for the pretty picture......
     
  2. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Yah let's get this ****** rollin' again :abq2: :abq2: :abq2: :icon_toast: :icon_party:
     
  3. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Hell Yeah!
    Keep spreading the word and the fan base and some day I won't have to deal with hardly any faider fans up here in LA!!
    :icon_toast: :abq2: :abq1: :flag: :abq1: :abq2: :icon_toast:

    GO F-IN' BOLTS!!!!!
     
  4. Thunderstruck

    Thunderstruck BoltTalker

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    Victory is near!
     
  5. oldschool1

    oldschool1 BoltTalker

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    Great story. I'm waiting for the Chargers to conquer the OC and LA eventually. Still lots of lingering Raider fans here and there.

    Oldie Out
     
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  6. megold0715

    megold0715 Well-Known Member

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    i wish i was able to make it to one of those things thats what sux about bein across country
     
  7. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    That article earlier today had a picture of two Charger girls in thier new uniforms. Wierd that it's gone now.
     
  8. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen the new girls unis are they hot?:wub:
     
  9. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    I could not see alot of the uni but, the cut of the top looks about the same, maybe a little tighter. I couldn't see the skirt. The colors have alot more powder blue. I didn't attend fanfest, were the cheerleaders there?
     
  10. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    we have made it to Vegas
    now on to glendale...(arizona)
     
  11. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

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    Now that will be an excellent day for you and Bolt Fans:yes: :yes:
     
  12. exodus

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    I love the chargers too. Up here, I never ever hear anything positive about the faiders and the community. They do nothing for Oakland. And Oakland has a lot of problems. Jerks.
     
  13. boltssbbound

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    You mean Stuart Schweigert's appearances at Larry the Lounge Lizard's Tuxedo Emporium aren't for the benefit of the community?:lol:
     
  14. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    I heard the raiders are doing a benefit by teaching poor inner city youths how to act like thugs and gangsters
     
  15. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    We win a Super Bowl, you'll see people wearing Chargers gear all over the nation!!!:bolt: :bolt: :bolt: :abq2: :abq1:
     

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