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Chargers annual FanFest event Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 6, 2010.

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    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Christopher Smith, Chargers.com
    Posted 3 hours ago


    The Chargers will hold the annual FanFest event Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. Get ready for $1 hot dogs, free parking and admission and an intense practice.

    SAN DIEGO – Five bucks won’t buy you a value meal at most fast food restaurants.
    Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium, it’ll get you parking and admission to an NFL practice (free), autographs for Charger Girls and players (free to kids 14 and younger) and five hot dogs ($1 each).
    Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for Chargers FanFest, an annual tradition in San Diego.
    That kind of atmosphere is sure to draw a crowd of Chargers supporters, adding life to the 13th full-squad practice of training camp. One week before San Diego kicks off the preseason against Chicago, fans get a more intimate chance to interact with the team.
    “There’s a certain level of energy that you just can’t replicate. That energy, you feed off it,” Stephen Cooper said. “You’re coming out here 30-something days. You’re in here early in the morning, coming out at 10 (p.m.). It drags.
    “When you can have the fans have a little bit of energy, a little bit of enthusiasm, it makes it fun to work and do what we love to do.”
    With one practice scheduled Saturday and none Sunday, expect the intensity to increase.
    “There’s no question they’ve got heavy legs (at this point),” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “(But) we’ll have a real aggressive, fast, high-tempo practice. What we really tried to do this morning is back off a little bit. Work on some teaching things.
    “Those of you that saw the practice Wednesday night, it was extremely fast. Changing the setting, going at night, having the fans there, all those things add to it. You raise the competition level and it’s extremely good for the young players. They get down there and it’s a little bit faster with what they’re comfortable with. It’s really a mock game. It’s really a rehearsal for the first preseason game and we get a lot of practice done.”

    NOT BACKING DOWN: Mike Nixon wasn’t a part of the mass undrafted free agent signing that took place days after the NFL Draft.
    Signed June 18, the linebacker wouldn’t be given good odds to make the roster. He played minor league baseball for four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, reaching Triple-A as a catcher before attending Arizona State. He tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions in 2008, but made as much of a mark in the classroom as he did on the field.
    Not that his chances have changed, but Nixon has competed this week. He flew past a tight end during a 1-on-1 pass rush drill and made an interception during 11-on-11s.
    “He’s active. I think he might be able to make a name for himself on special teams,” Turner said. “He has a feel for playing. He’s kind of a playmaker-type guy.”
    A high school quarterback/safety, now Nixon’s focused on honing his technique on kick coverage.
    “If you can show your versatility in camp, especially someone in my situation, I’m going to try to keep playing well on special teams,” Nixon said. “That’s the way you have a shot to make the squad.”

    BOLTS: Philip Rivers bought time with a fake handoff as Antonio Gates snuck into the back of the end zone for a reception … The Chargers continue to spend a lot of practice time in the red zone … Josh Reed and Seyi Ajirotutu made catches in stride deep down the right sideline during 11-on-11s … Stephen Cooper and Dante Hughes made textbook pass breakups in the end zone.

    MORNING PRACTICE WEATHER: Cloudy, 64 degrees.

    EVENING PRACTICE WEATHER: Sunny, 73 degrees.

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