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Respect Must Be Earned

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
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    By Clint Muhe

    The perennial red-headed stepchild of the NFL (not the Cardinals, the other one) may finally be gaining some much deserved respect.

    The San Diego Chargers have long been the laughing stock of the AFC West. The glory days of "Air Coryell" have long been forgotten. The Super Bowl birth of 1994 is a now distant memory. With the burgeoning stars of Gates, Tomlinson, and Merriman, we may be witnessing a blue and gold renaissance.

    Much of the past decade it was a forgone conclusion that the "bolts" would inhabit the cellar in the AFC West, but no more.

    In the past two seasons the Chargers have claimed 21 wins in only 32 tries. More importantly (respect-wise), they have recorded a winning record in AFC West games (8-4) over the past two seasons as well. Even the arch-nemesis of the Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, must now show some respect when the Chargers step onto the field. The Chargers have gone 4 and 0 against the Raiders in their most recent battles. Actually they won by 71 points in those games, so maybe they shouldn't be referred to as battles so much as beat downs.

    Only one Monday Night Football venue has been offered to the Chargers in the past decade and now they are looking at two in as many seasons; they are slated for a Monday night birth to kickoff the season against the aforementioned Raiders. The Chargers were heralded as "the best team not to make the playoffs" by virtually every reporter covering the NFL. Perhaps the high expectations surrounding the team entering the upcoming season are mistaken, but the excitement in San Diego regarding the teams' level of talent is as high as I've ever witnessed. The fact that the NFL believes the Chargers are enough of a draw to finally receive Monday Night games is as good a proof as any that they have finally arrived.

    The beauty of the off-season is that fans can dream of things to come. Not only is every team undefeated, but every fan is uplifted as well. Hopes of glorious turnarounds and continued success fill the dreams of every NFL fanatic. The talent level in "America's Finest City" is nearing Super Bowl caliber and the respect that comes with that kind of ability is undeniable. Off-season dreams of Lombardi filled endings may run rampant for every fan, but in San Diego, those dreams may become a reality this season.

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