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How about one last media insult? - EMBRACE THE HATE!!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Thread_Killer, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Thread_Killer

    Thread_Killer Well-Known Member

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    Chargers as welcome as Mr. Floatie
    No offence, San Diego, but Toilet Bowl awaits if you were to kill the perfect Pats

    Cam Cole
    Vancouver Sun

    Saturday, January 19, 2008


    If you are the San Diego Chargers this week, you can't help feeling a little like that sinister, floating chocolate bar that cleared the swimming pool at Bushwood Country Club in Caddyshack.

    The unwanted element. No one exactly certain what you are, only that they would like you removed. With rubber gloves, if necessary.

    You must know this. The message from the mainstream media could not be clearer: Any combination of teams coming out of Sunday's conference championship games -- as long as one of them isn't the Chargers -- and Super Bowl XLII in Arizona will be a TV ratings bonanza and a veritable Pandora's Box-ful of wonderful stories for the descending hordes of scribes and microphone jockeys to impart to a waiting world.

    In other words, as long as no one gets between the 17-0 New England Patriots and a Feb. 3 shot at 19-0, all is well. And you're the only team that can.

    Look, everyone admires pluck, and you obviously have it. Going into the unfriendly cauldron of Indianapolis's RCA Dome last week and beating the defending Super Bowl-champion Colts answered all the character questions that may have been left over from the Marty Schottenheimer "Can't Win The Big One" era.

    (It also raised a few about the Colts, who abandoned the running game, had an insufficient pass rush, receivers who couldn't catch or hold onto the football and a quarterback who kept looking for the big strike down the stretch, when the little one was open all day. But that's another story.)

    The fact that you, the Chargers, overcame all that was against you -- losing MVP running back LaDainian Tomlinson early and quarterback Philip Rivers late with sprained knees -- is to your everlasting credit.

    Millions doubted whether Norv Turner, reclaimed from failures as a head coach in Washington and Oakland, had what it took to change the culture in San Diego, but he did, and you responded. And we admire you for it -- even if in doing so, you screwed up the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup that had the viewing public salivating for the AFC Championship game.

    But with Billy Volek at QB and Michael Turner running the ball, it's just not in the cards.

    The other side of the bracket, the NFC? All taken care of.

    Whoever wins on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field -- the Packers or the New York Giants -- it's immaterial to the folks at FOX.

    They, and we, either get the fabulous tale of the grizzled, grey-haired, reformed pain-killer junkie Brett Favre and the storied Packers on Super Bowl Sunday, or the suddenly red-hot team from Gotham City.

    Win-win, is what they call that.

    The Giants may not have the Favre sex appeal, as stories go, but then the Cowboys had it by the bucketful -- and sex, too, judging by Tony Romo's Mexican getaway with Jessica Simpson on the off-week -- and where did it get them? Romo played like an empty vessel down the stretch, with plenty of help from a centre who refused to launch and a wide receiver, Patrick Crayton, who was better with his mouth than his hands.

    The Giants may be homely by comparison, but that wouldn't stop the New York media from topping all previous Super Bowl records for largely unwarranted hyperbole. Still, quarterback Eli Manning having a chance to make his bones under the Big Top, a year after big brother Peyton laid his demons to rest by winning Super Bowl XLI, wouldn't be such a bad yarn.

    Naturally, we'd prefer Favre and the eternal Green Bay underdog story. But any Super Bowl telecast that has a hundred sideline shots of Giants coach Tom Coughlin writhing and grimacing at the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune would be good for comic relief.

    But the really irresistible tale is, and always was, New England's pursuit of perfection, and now that it's this close to being eligible for a make-or-break scenario in the season's ultimate game, nothing less will do.

    Whether you are blown away by the Pats' (even Randy Moss's!) unselfishness or are privately cheering for the historically unstable wide receiver's latest domestic blowup to undermine his team and prove that chickens always come home to roost ...

    Whether you grudgingly admire the relentless preparation, cool performance and take-nothing-for-granted personality of quarterback Tom Brady or are poisoned by envy of his dimpled chin and his Gisele Bundchen, because no one should have it all ...

    Whether you are delighted that Bill Belichick is two weeks away from being mentioned alongside Chuck Noll and Bill Walsh and Vince Lombardi as the greatest professional football coach who ever lived, or wish that his spying, micro-managing *** would get backed over by the team bus on the way to the game ...

    Whether you are ready for an honest-to-goodness dynasty in a league that tries to orchestrate parity, or hope that the Patriots get shelled because Boston is already insufferable enough, what with the Red Sox and the reborn Celtics ...

    Any way you slice it, the Patriots have to be in the game, or all the air comes out of the balloon.

    Sorry, Chargers, that's just the way it is. We hope you understand. We'd do our best, of course, to make you seem interesting during Super Bowl week, if you happened to get there, but our hearts wouldn't really be in it.

    So thanks. You've been fun, you've thrilled your fans, you've reaffirmed the belief that no overdog is unbeatable by knocking off the Colts. We love you guys. Really.

    But now your work is done, and you've proven your point, so we're hanging the Do Not Disturb sign on the door in Foxborough, Mass., this weekend, just in case the Pats leave it ajar and you are tempted to step through.

    We're asking you nicely. Please go away and let the New England Patriots try to deal, for two solid weeks, with the butterflies of approaching immortality.

    ccole@png.canwest.com
     
  2. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    LEAVE NO DOUBT...
     
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  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    :lol:

    Thanks for the extra helping of HATE this morning TK. It went great w/ my coffee, fresh bagel, and cream cheese.

    I canot wait for us to **** on the collective chest of the sports media empire.

    EMBRACE THE HATE AND LEAVE NO DOUBT!!!
     
  4. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Canadians change their support of NFL teams more often than their underwear. (speaking even from personal experience).

    "Canwest" is one of the main enemies of my employer. In terms of the "Toilet Bowl"... it takes one to know one.
     
  5. OverVolt

    OverVolt BoltTalker

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    WOW...what a jerk.
    I just hope that this idiot, and all his type are left eating their crap by the end of the game...SO HERE'S TO THE SUPER BOWL KILLERS!!!!:icon_toast:

    Go:bolt:'S
     
  6. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    Since when did we care what Canadian's have to say?
     
  7. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Probably when they stopped buying American made cars.
     
  8. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    Can't blame them there, for the most part.:lol:
     
  9. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    someones been reading my posts:lol:

    come on guys lets keep on being the turd in the postseason punchbowl:icon_toast:

    GO MOTHER F-IN BOLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:abq2:
     
  10. Retired Catholic

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    Well, if we win, maybe it will let some of the air out of the balloon around my waist.
     
  11. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Even the computer say we are fuc't :lol:

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080120/news_lz1x20compute.html

    Bolts about a 10-to-1 shot, computer says

    THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

    January 20, 2008

    More than 10,000 computer simulations of today's AFC Championship Game showed the Patriots beating the Chargers nearly 90 percent of the time.

    The simulations were conducted by AccuScore, which calculates how each team's performance changes in response to game conditions, opponent's abilities, roster moves, weather and more. Each game is simulated one play at a time and the game is replayed a minimum of 10,000 times to generate forecasted winning percentages, player statistics and a variety of game-changing scenarios.

    The Chargers would be heavy underdogs on the road even if Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates were not hurt. So what's the formula for a Chargers upset?
    Three players had radically different statistics between the simulated wins and losses.

    LaDainian Tomlinson must average at least 4.7 yards per carry for 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown.

    Tomlinson struggled this season in games against playoff teams, and averaged just 74 yards in the simulations against the Patriots. The chart below shows that for the Chargers to win, LT needs to massively outperform his baseline simulation numbers:

    Tomlinson simulation stats

    Car. | Yds. | Avg. | TD

    In losses: 17.5 | 70.7 | 4.0 | 0.4

    In wins: 21.6 | 101.8 | 4.7 | 1.1

    The Chargers defense needs to intercept Tom Brady twice. While the Chargers picked off two Peyton Manning passes last week, the chance of Brady throwing two interceptions is less than 10 percent. He has thrown just eight in 17 games this season. The Chargers, though, did lead the league with 30.

    The Chargers need to prevent a big play by Randy Moss, who had only one catch last week against Jacksonville. In the simulated Pats wins, Moss averaged more than five receptions, 90 yards and 1.3 touchdowns; in simulated losses, his receiving yards were down nearly 20 and he caught on average only 0.5 touchdown passes.

    One encouraging sign for Chargers fans: Going strictly by statistical analysis, Rivers' absence would not have a huge impact, according to the AccuScore simulations.

    While Billy Volek has played sparingly this year, his career completion percentage and touchdown rate are virtually the same as Rivers', though Volek has thrown 15 percent more interceptions.

    With Rivers the Chargers win 10.6 percent of the simulations; with Volek in that drops only slightly, to 9.8 percent.

    Simulation: Rivers vs. Volek

    Win% | Cmp | Att | Yds. | TD | Int

    Rivers: 10.6 | 19.8 | 32.8 | 214 | 1.3 | 1.2

    Volek: 9.8 | 19.1 | 32.1 | 206 | 1.3 | 1.3
     
  12. Holy_Bolt

    Holy_Bolt Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that must be some good medication you are on! Hey it is never too late to see the light…make that the lightening bolt!

    Go BOLTS!
    :tup:
     
  13. Buck Melanoma

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    :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: I love ya, man!!!!
     

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