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Merriman knows fire perils

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
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    By Kevin Acee


    October 25, 2007

    TEMPE, Ariz. – Shawne Merriman's tiny apartment burned to the ground twice when he was a child, a candle lit for warmth starting both blazes. He ran from his home once with only the clothes he was wearing. “As soon as I smelled it, I smelled that smell before,” he said of waking up to smoke Monday. “I knew immediately what it was.” The Chargers linebacker was much less frantic Monday as he left his Scripps Ranch home – the one with the giant wooden doors and theater in the midst of its 3,000 square feet. With help from his uncle and a friend, he packed some mementos and drove away three of his five luxury cars.
    But those are not the things that were on his mind as he left, unsure he would return to the 2-year-old home. That's why he and other players were empathetic as they spoke of their fellow San Diegans. “When you lose everything, you lose everything, no matter who you are,” he said. “I can go buy 10 more houses. I can buy 20 more houses. But what's in that house I can't replace – the memorabilia, scrapbooks, baby pictures, awards.”
    Work to do

    It's a good thing the Chargers got a little jump on preparations for the Texans during the bye week. Norv Turner could tell his team was a little behind yesterday.
    “We did a lot of good things in practice,” he said. “There are some things you could tell we've been off. We had a bye last week and we didn't get a practice Monday like we normally do. We have some catching up to do.”
    While his mantra to his team and media was shutting out distractions, Turner acknowledged that is easier said than done.
    “We're asking a lot of our guys,” he said. “Like everyone in San Diego, this thing has affected a lot of people. I like the way our guys handled today. . . . They're human. It's hard to say, 'Now just focus on football.'”
    None of the 24 players who were evacuated lost his home.
    The team helped players get their families out of town or into alternative lodging.
    “That's why Monday and Tuesday were important,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “They let us take care of everything that was important. That way, once that's situated, we can focus on the game. Fortunately, everyone was able to do that.”
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    [​IMG] Defensive tackle Jamal Williams (knees) did not practice but is expected to play against the Texans. Receiver Buster Davis (ankle) and cornerback Drayton Florence (knee) were limited in their work. Guard Mike Goff (thumb) worked with a gigantic cast to protect his surgically repaired thumb. He will play.
    [​IMG] Turner was contacted by the Cardinals about being their head coach before he took the Redskins job in 1996. He also interviewed to be offensive coordinator in 2001 before taking the job as the Chargers' coordinator.
    Texans' Schaub works out

    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub practiced, but is still listed as day to day with a bruised hip. While Schaub participated in a good portion of practice, backup Sage Rosenfels took most of the snaps in team drills. Schaub was injured when Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit.
  2. Buck Blincoe

    Buck Blincoe BoltTalker

    Sep 15, 2007

    Seau at Patriots practice, but distracted by wildfires

    Associated Press

    Updated: October 25, 2007, 1:55 PM ET

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Junior Seau has more to worry about right now than Clinton Portis and the rest of the Washington Redskins offense.

    The New England Patriots linebacker is also thinking about his hometown of San Diego, which has been ravaged by wildfires. Nearly 460,000 acres have burned in California this week, and losses in San Diego County alone total at least $1 billion.

    Seau said Thursday that at least one of his homes has burned and a restaurant he owns is being used as a shelter.

    "It's definitely not a normal week," said Seau, whose family, including his three children, live in San Diego.

    The 18-year veteran spent his first 13 seasons with the Chargers, earning 12 straight Pro Bowl selections. Seau has several houses in the San Diego area.

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