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Chargers could be Super Bowl ratings spoilers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by BayAreaCharger, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. BayAreaCharger

    BayAreaCharger Well-Known Member

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    I didn't see this posted anywhere.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/page2/20080118-9999-1s18mediacol.html

    Chargers could be Super Bowl ratings spoilers

    The Chargers already messed up the dreams of CBS and most of the NFL by depriving the nation of a Patriots-Colts rematch in the AFC Championship Game.

    Guess what. Another win Sunday at New England would do the same thing.

    “A competitive Super Bowl with an undefeated New England potentially could be the most-viewed Super Bowl ever,” said Ed Goren, president of Fox Sports, which will televise Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3 from Glendale, Ariz.

    Fox really can't go wrong with either NFC team, although a Green Bay victory would set up a potential storybook matchup between Brett Favre and Tom Brady. If the Giants upset the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, Fox at least gets the New York market and the support of all the ex-New Yorkers (and don't we all know at least one of those?).


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    But what if the Chargers somehow find a way to upset the Patriots?

    “The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl,” Goren said. “Will we get a larger audience for New England? Of course we will. Ask me Monday if I'm disappointed San Diego advanced to the Super Bowl. And if you asked me Monday, I'd say not at all.

    “We will show up to Phoenix regardless.”

    Just as CBS will be in Foxborough, Mass., this weekend to carry the Chargers-Patriots game shortly after noon Sunday. The network will take “potentially a little bit of a hit on the ratings side” with Chargers-Pats instead of Colts-Pats, according to Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports. But the Patriots are such a “strong story” that CBS remains confident people will watch anyway.

    You know, to see the Patriots.

    “People like to be part of history and they like to witness history,” McManus said. “That added factor will make up for some of the fact we don't have Peyton Manning and the Colts. It's tough for me to imagine someone turning off the fact history is being made.

    “We're a little disappointed, but not as disappointed as if the Patriots had lost.”

    So, then, can the Patriots lose?

    “One thing we've all learned is these types of things occur,” Fox analyst Troy Aikman said. “I definitely think the Chargers go into that game with a fighter's chance.”

    Phil Simms, who will call Chargers-Patriots along with Jim Nantz (named this week as National Sportscaster of the Year for the third time), agrees with his counterpart, although when he was asked how he would go about beating New England, he said:

    “That's a tough question. Nobody else in the NFL has the answer, so it's hard for me. You've got to do a lot of things well. You don't have to play a perfect game, but you've got to create turnovers. And when you get the opportunity to score, you've got to score touchdowns.”

    Aikman agreed the Chargers will have to force New England into “uncharacteristic” mistakes. The Chargers forced the most turnovers in the league this season; the Patriots committed the fewest.

    “That's the only way New England gets beat,” Aikman said. “If New England plays its best game and San Diego plays its best game, I think New England wins. But you don't always play your best game. Dallas knows that. Indianapolis knows that.

    “It's a monumental task, no question, for San Diego. But that's why they play the games. You don't ever know which team's going to show up.”

    What about Rivers?
    Both former quarterbacks, who admittedly like Philip Rivers as a person and a player, discussed the hot topic of the week – Rivers' propensity to talk with fans and opposing players.

    Simms, who has spent more time with Rivers, called ESPN's comparison of him with Ryan Leaf “awful” and added, “Thank God they didn't cover the NFL like this when I was playing. Who knows what I was saying to people.

    “Some of the stuff on the field doesn't bother me the way it seems to bother other people. It's an emotional game. He's been an emotional quarterback.

    “Here in New York, they always complain Eli Manning doesn't show enough emotion. . . . That's who (Rivers) is, that's how he makes it work. Just don't yell at the fans.”

    Said Aikman, who met Rivers this summer: “He's got charisma, he's smart, he works hard. I told a number of people he's one of the most impressive quarterbacks I've been around. It's unfortunate with what has happened on the field with Denver and last week against Indianapolis. I'm disappointed now there's an image and perception of Philip Rivers that I don't think is accurate.”
     
  2. GreyHoodie

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    I really doubt that.

    How many football fans do you know that decide if they are going to watch the SB based on the match up?

    It is the SB. Even if you are the most casual fan you watch it, b/c it is the SB.

    Then you have group who watch it to see Peyton and his friends (no I don't mean the Colts I mean the ads.) If you don't see the SB you might as well not even bother going to lunch room or water cooler at work on Monday and Tuesday b/c all anybody talks about is the ads.

    Then you got the people that go to the SB parties, b/c it is a party. These folks don't barely spend anytime in the room which has the TV, but with the snack table and booze. They really don't care who is in it either.

    People will watch it no matter who is in it.

    But as the Patriots are going to win anyway it really doesn't matter.
     
  3. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    all true but the last line. :yes:
     
  4. PhatsR

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    Guys, the Patriots will strip away your dignity, but they can never take away your dreams.
     
  5. Electric Chair

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    Thank you for the deep thought, Jack Handy. Justice is coming....
     
  6. foober

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    From what I've heard from folks. They hate the cheating patriots and may not watch the super bowl game if the refs give the game to the pats tommorrow. Most folks except the ashwipe media wants the chargers in the super bowl. Chargers in the super bowl will be the hugest watched super bowl of all time.
     
  7. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    Your sister may strip at a partially nude club, but she still does a half *** job:icon_tease:
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    You should see his sister - would take all night to drive across half of her ***!! :icon_rofl:
     
  9. AnteaterCharger

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

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    dear media
    tough ****
    love,
    the chargers
     
  10. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    :lol::lol::lol:


    PS EMBRACE THE HATE FUKERS!!!!


    :abq1::abq2::abq1::abq2:
     
  11. WonderSlug

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    JT the Brick, yet another idiot sportswriter (YAIS), believes that if the Super Bowl was to be anything other than Patriots-Packers, people shouldn't watch it, and instead clean out their garages Super Bowl gameday.

    :unsure:


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22713314/


    Click on link for complete article.
     
  12. Retired Catholic

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    I can't wait to the egg dripping off his face.
     
  13. Thumper

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    It's hard to remember, but I believe there was once a time when sports in this country was about integrity, sportsmanship, and being the better team on the field. Now it seems it's about which matchup provides the best marketing opportunities.
     
  14. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA!!!

    WE ARE THE "PARTY CRASHERS!!!!!"
    :bolt: :bolt: :bolt:
     
  15. AnteaterCharger

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

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    Dear JT and Media
    If you didn't get the message before about us going to the Super Bowl,
    please suck on it. Suck it long and then suck it hard.
    Love
    Chargerdom
     

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