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How A Dwayne Bowe Fumble Changed NFL History Forever

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Alex Johnson

    The National Football League is a league rich in history.

    There are many events over the course of the years that have changed the league's history forever.

    For example, consider back in the early days when Lamar Hunt was denied an NFL franchise. Therefore, he created the American Football League which later merged with the rival league.

    If Hunt was granted the franchise he wanted in Dallas there never would've been an AFL which means possibly we never would've seen the creation of some of the league's best teams ever.

    Or what if instant replay hadn't been implemented in 1999? The Patriots never would have even been in Super Bowl XXXVI. Who would be the dynasty of this decade?

    There are so many examples of events that changed NFL history, including one example that took place in the 2008 season.

    In the December 14 matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, the game came down to a San Diego onside kick with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs up 21-16.

    Mike Scifres' onside kick bounced right into the waiting arms of usually sure handed Dwayne Bowe—and bounced out.

    The Chargers recovered, scored, and won the game.

    History was changed.

    If Bowe held on, the Chiefs would've won the game. With a Kansas City victory most likely Chiefs President Carl Peterson wouldn't have stepped down the next day, opening the job later filled by Scott Pioli.

    Not only that, but with a Chargers loss Denver would've clinched the AFC West that day. With the Broncos in the playoffs, more than likely coach Mike Shanahan would not have been fired, and Josh McDaniels wouldn't have been hired.

    Therefore, Jay Cutler would still be the quarterback of the Broncos, and Kyle Orton would still be in Chicago.

    With a Chargers loss, they would've faced the Buccaneers the next week as a team out of the playoff race and nothing to play for. As a result, the Bucs likely would've won and clinched a playoff berth themselves because they wouldn't have been challenged by a rejuvenated San Diego team.

    Instead, San Diego beat Tampa which collapsed at the end of the season and missed out on the tournament resulting in the firing of coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen. Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik were hired as head coach and GM replacements respectively.

    If Tampa beat the Bolts, the Philadelphia Eagles would've been eliminated from the playoff race. Instead, Philly went all the way to the NFC Championship game. Who knows if another team could've beaten Arizona and gone to the Super Bowl?

    But after the Bowe drop, the domino effect resulted in Pioli hired as the Chiefs GM, who hired new coach Todd Haley, McDaniels as coach in Denver, Cutler traded to Chicago after a dispute with McDaniels, Morris as head coach of Tampa, etc...
    Wow...what one single play can do to history.



    Wow this guy is bored to... :lol: but I like it ....
     
  2. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    and in week 10 of the 1981 season, if Dan Fouts doesn’t throw 2 INT's and has 6 sacks, the Chargers do not lose 40 -17 to the Bengals. The AFC Championship Game would have been played in San Diego, not Cincinnati.

    Its History. Something the Raider fans are well versed in.
     
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  4. Buck Melanoma

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    Nice post, H8er. Keeping the tradition alive & strong. :tup:
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    If I hadn't moved to Michigan to get away from my son's psychotic mother, I would never have met my wife!!!


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  6. SDRaiderH8er

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    thanks. To understand where we are going, we have to keep in touch with where we have been.

    I was at that game where the Bengals came in here and tore us up. We did not know how much that game cost us as we were leaving that day.
     
  7. SDRaiderH8er

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    well I am glad things worked out the best for you.
     
  8. bigmike.x.09

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    And if Ryan Leaf didn't have a **** up career with San Diego, we would have never gotten LT from ATL for Vick. And if we had stuck with Vick, we would have been **** out of luck.
     
  9. RM24

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    Wow, what a nervewracking but exciting day that day was! We can't have KC (or any team) take a big lead like that and have us make that miraculous comeback like we did. After watching Gonzales score on us (again), I'm also glad he's in Atlanta now.

    Yeah, but that "domino effect" of Bowe fumbling is interesting. Man, when does the season start already!
     
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    We still would've beaten tampa... if no other reason than pride. And even if we didn't, Tampa still would've collasped. So I have hard swallowing that. But the rest of the article makes interesting points.
     
  11. SDRaiderH8er

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    If Gene Klien would of paid JJ the money JJ wanted instead of sending him to Green Bay
     
  12. LV Bolt Fan

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    If pro athletes would honor their contracts, I'd have more respect for them. :yes:

    If JJ hadn't been traded to GB, the Chargers would have never had Wes Chandler!
     
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    and on the same note, if they dont live up to them, they get released.
     
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    Yet, they still got paid for what they're contract states.:yes:
    It's not my fault they may have signed a "bad" contract. :no:
     
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    The problem wasn't JJ's contract, it was JJ's spending habits and stupid ways with money.
     
  16. Savage Lizard

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    I think the bigger problem was that Gene Klein hated Howard Slusher, the agent for JJ, Fred Dean, and I think even Fouts for some time. Seemed like Slusher was always in Klein's office with his hand out wanting more money for guys already under contract.
     
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    That was probably the biggest problem of all. Agents and all those players listening to them on how much they should get. He got his money, but wasn’t worth a darn after he left.
     
  18. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    You just have to wonder what J.J. would have done in an entire career with Air Coryell.
     
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    Could you imagine if it included JJ and Wes! :tup:
     

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