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Hanging out at Saturday's FanFest

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Tod Leonard

    August 8, 2009, 3:26 p.m.

    It's called FanFest. It should be FanFrenzy.

    Just over 19,000 people showed up at Qualcomm Stadium today to bake in the sun, and the most contact made all day was among the fans who were jammed against the rails in the designated autograph areas on the field. Honestly, there were little kids crying because they were getting squashed, but luckily no one seemed to get seriously hurt. The area was supposed to be for youth 14 and under, but there were some big "kids" who crashed the party.

    At one of these things, you realize how beloved guys like Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson are. When LT responded to the chants to come to the railing, pre-teens were jumping up and down and screaming, like the Jonas Bros had just taken the stage.

    On the field, the Chargers worked for more than 90 minutes, much of it in full scrimmage mode between the various first, second and third strings of the offense and defense. The highlights:

    Two outstanding plays by nickel cornerback Antoine Cason, including about a 50-yard return for touchdown on an interception of Billy Volek in the left flat. Cason also knocked down a Rivers pass at the goal line. Two things the team absolutely needs him to do when the real stuff starts.

    Tomlinson looked healthy and explosive, bursting through the line on several occasions. You could tell he wanted to give the fans a show, running out many of his plays into the end zone.

    Rivers was solid, moving well in the pocket and scrambling on numerous occasions. His most beautiful pass came when he hit Vincent Jackson perfectly in stride down the left sideline with what would probably have been a TD against the defense of Antonio Cromartie. Rivers' worst pass: While scrambling to his left, he had to throw across his body and pitched one right into the chest of Paul Oliver.

    Cletis Gordon had two interceptions.

    The favorite pass catcher of the day was backup tight end Chris Wilson, who caught at least five balls. He seems as nimble as Gates, but not as big.

    Malcom Floyd made three catches, including a leaping one-hander at the end zone, though the practice ref ruled only one foot came down inbounds.

    It appeared there were no serious injuries. However, linebacker Stephen Cooper did suffer what appeared to be a left ankle sprain. Cooper left the stadium with the ankle heavily taped, but was able to walk on his own. Following one play late in the scrimmage undrafted free agent linebacker Darry Beckwith, out of LSU, came off holding his right hamstring.

    Rookie linebacker Larry English (hamstring) missed his sixth straight practice.


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