FiveThirtyEight.com: Gates is the second best tight end ever

Any Bolts fans is quick to point out just how awesome #85 has been for us over the years, even with his injury-plagued slower seasons.

However, it can be hard to convince the non-cognoscente of Gatesy’s skill set because they just kind of blow off the idea that a tight end without a ring is a player worth labeling with terms like “best ever” or “Canton-bound.”

“Sure he’s good, but what has the team really done with him? Meh.”

FiveThrityEight.com, a mixed-content news and views site by I think, ESPN, authored a terrific, stat- and proof-filled take on why Tony Gonzalez is just a bit better than our guy, Antonio Gates.

Written by Neil Paine, the argument is rich in facts and short on hype, which offers a lingering swallow of cold refreshment from the harsh landscape of today’s pop-culture fueled, scandal-ridden sports-writing environment. It’s worth your time.

San Diego Chargers Web Round-up

In case you’re looking for some more talk on the Bolts home win against Seattle yesterday, here are some of what the rest of the Web is talking about:

Kennan Allen: Sherman not a shutdown corner
He probably shouldn’t have said it. But, let’s not kid ourselves, Sherman is as big a mouth as there is in the league right now. His team’s tactics don’t even include him covering the other team’s best pass catcher. Instead, they leave him on the weak side in the hopes opposing offenses will just ignore half of the playing surface. Anyway, here’s some more on Allen’s comments and Sherman’s absence from post-game media events.

Seahawks Blog from The Seattle Times
If you want some perspective from the guys up in the top left corner of the country, here’s your rundown. Two different ‘Hawks beat guys take on three points each about the contest.

Quarterback Russell Wilson looked comfortable operating without huddling, and the Seahawks finally started to get in rhythm. It’s not the style the Seahawks want to play; they’d much rather play how the Chargers did …”

Official: Mathews has Sprained MCL
Sigh. We all kind of knew it. But now the writing is written all over the Q. This will be Ryan Mathews’ last season wearing a helmet with a yellow Bolt on it. It’s too bad, he’s been decent. But decent doesn’t cut it in the NFL, and owners don’t spend lots of money on decent.

It Seems Like Old Times as Chargers Stun Seahawks
The L.A. Times is working hard to make it sound like Gates and Rivers should have retired years ago, but it’s nonetheless a good read on the Canton combination, Gates being the sure induction of the couple.

“The three touchdown receptions by Gates moved him into 11th on the NFL’s all-time list with 90, passing Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (87) and Hall of Famers Andre Reed (87) and Don Maynard (88).”

San Diego Chargers Keep Sunday’s Win in Perspective
Bolts from the Blue is an SB Nation site that offers some nice content on the team. It’s definitely worth a bookmark for Bolts fans.

“It’s still one game,” head coach Mike McCoy said after the game. “Honestly, I mean we’re going to play one game at a time and this is a big win for us. We have to put it to the side now and enjoy it tonight.”

 

 

Chargers execute flawlessly in first win of the 2014-15 season

Superbowl.

Big-time defense.

Richard Sherman.

For most Chargers fans, these few phrases were enough to make their Sunday morning start with an all-too-familiar, “Well, I’m just hoping it’s a good game” attitudes.

After some coffee and a few desperate sighs of hope, they came to Section D3 to at least enjoy the pre-game festivities. (And boy, did we.)

You could kind of sense it though, right when our playlist started to up the ante about an hour before kick-off. Despite a rowdy and very fun crew of Starbucks stock-owning, sun-fearing ‘Hawks fans, some confidence—probably beer-based—filtered in through the heat. It was a confidence we would need come kick-off. And it helped.

Yesterday, the tailgate performance matched what we saw on the field. In an almost perfect balance of game plan and execution, the Chargers took down the reigning NFL Champions, a team so many have been very quick to crown as the team most likely to be lifting that big gold football again next February.

But here’s the thing: this wasn’t a fluke win. It didn’t come from a freak turnover or a ball end-over-ending inside a goal post with only inches and seconds to spare. There was a plan to this win, the same plan since Mike McCoy became head coach: keep the pigskin out of the hands of the guys who are paid to put it in your end zone and things will probably work out for the best.

However, the ‘Hawks hype is not without merit. That’s a damn tough defense. So McCoy’s plan needed to be taken seriously and rolled out with confidence. In a way, Seattle helped. Each of their scoring drives were quick; it’s not like they didn’t have chances to earn possession time.

Pete Carroll, one would think, would have recognized the toll the heat and offensive coordinator Frank Reich’s plans were having on their defense.

However, Seattle’s coaching staff clearly looked to their reputable, often vocal defense to hold Rivers and Gates in check, so why not just score as soon as you are able? It was a plan that didn’t go well for the team in neon green and blue.

In fact, it was the Chargers defense that stole the day, proving again what everyone knows: lightening is the best part of any “booming” thunderstorm.

Gates’ classic performance not withstanding, when Seattle needed to score quickly, at a time when it most critical, they were stymied by hard, clean tackling, quick route detection, and a booming Qualcomm Stadium.

After a few hours in the swampy humidity, the team more used to playing under the sun left with the W. And the team accustomed to shadowed cold and hard rains were left longing for it.

But put on a happy face Seahawks fans, at least you got to spend some time in San Diego, where the grey skies always clear up.

We’re Back!

Chargers vs. Seahawks
Sunday, September 14

But first … the tailgate in Section D3!

10:00 AM: Tailgate begins
10:30 AM: Tacos are served
1:00 PM: We walk from Section D3 to watch the Chargers first victory of the season.

Let’s kick off the tailgate season strong with Taco Guy. If you would like to eat tacos, RSVP by Friday at Noon.

As usual we’ll have tvs set up for NFL viewing. To quench your thirst, Sobieski Vodka cocktails will be available along with Canada’s Select Brews. For this week, we’ll wash down our tacos with Steamworks, a crisp, Canadian Pilsner.

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See you in a few weeks.

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“I signed it on the back for you Russ’.”

Welcome to this season

We’re a few weeks out of the 2014-15 season, the second for McCoy & Crew. New OC. Some new faces in the secondary. Maybe some linebacker depth?

I won’t even say it.

Let’s choose to enter this season with indifferent optimism. Hope for the best, drink more at worst. After all—technically—alcohol is a solution; and we’re in the tailgating business. Continue reading

What Position Would President Obama Play?

This image of Barack Obama in a Chargers jersey is making the rounds on social media. We live in a politically charged world (no pun intended), so it’s not surprising this picture has ignited Charger Nation.

Just wondering … what position would President Obama play for the Chargers?

Chargers Draft Recap: Marion Grice – RB – Arizona State

Marion Grice, Greg Henderson

Round 6 – Marion Grice – RB – Arizona State University

For the second consecutive season, the Chargers signed a productive running back to partner with Ryan Mathews. Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead and Mathews are the new three-headed backfield in San Diego. With the acquisition of Brown, most expected the Chargers to ignore running backs on draft week.

In the sixth round, Tom Telesco felt he couldn’t pass on the talented Marion Grice from Arizona State University. Telesco likes productive players from BCS schools and Grice fits that profile.

Check out these stats (24 games played at ASU):

  • 39 touchdowns
  • No fumbles in 409 touches
  • 91 catches for 868 yards
  • 294 rushes for 1,421 yards

Welcome to San Diego Marion Grice.

Chargers Draft Recap: Tevin Reese – WR – Baylor

With rookie minicamp underway, let’s take look at the incoming draft class for our San Diego Chargers.

Round 7 – Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor.

Of all the Chargers 2014 draft picks, I’m most excited to see Tevin Reese suit up. Why? Speed. Tevin Reese is a jet, something the Chargers receiving corp lacked the past few years. He’s a small dude but that doesn’t bother me. Watch the video below, then picture Rivers dropping back and launching bombs Reese’s way.

All Bets Are Off: This year’s weirdest Super Bowl prop bets

 

So Super Bowl XLVIII has ended; the Seattle Seahawks swept away the Denver Broncos by a landslide 43-8 score. The most prestigious football event, which happened at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, typically lured millions of fans to tune in via their television sets as the Seahawks pummelled the Broncos, even with Peyton Manning on the opposing team.

Because many sports pundits considered Super Bowl XLVIII a match between equally great teams, the odds for both teams were almost equal. One day before the event, ESPN highlighted that these two teams have their own strengths and weaknesses, which would turn the football event into a battle of attrition; a classic tight match that could go either way. Meanwhile, Betfair noted that Super Bowl XLVIII was a match between “the unstoppable enforcers versus the immovable project.” Unfortunately, the Broncos gave in first, which led to their defeat. The Seahawks’ victory paid off for punters who believed in the team’s unwavering strength in depth.

While people who wagered on the Seahawks’ win last Sunday would have been left happy, there are also other people who took their game to a whole new level and betted on, say, weird things. If you want to know more about some of the weird bets punters made, here are a few of the weirdest wagers from this year’s Super Bowl.

Bruno Mars’ hat during the Super Bowl halftime show
If you think the prop bets during last year’s Super Bowl were weird, this year took it to a whole new level. The bets are so weird that we are forced to take our hats off to those who came up with these ludicrous bets. Speaking of hats, some odd-balls decided that it was a good idea to bet on what kind of hat Bruno Mars would wear during the halftime show. The 28-year old singer behind hit tunes such as ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ (the “oh yeah yeah” song) and ‘Treasure’ is known to sport a fedora hat. While you may need to put $100 to win $66, there were other options for users to bet on such as him wearing a fur hat, tuque, or even no hat whatsoever.

Victory showers are orange-colored
During the 80’s, New York Giants defensive tackler Jim Burt drenched coach Bill Parcells in Gatorade when they won the Super Bowl XXI. This started a new trend where players would soak their coaches in the country’s famous sports drink as part of the winning tradition. One of the biggest prop bets every for the Super Bowl was the color of the Gatorade that was poured on the winning team’s coach—which this time you’d have though was orange. While it is important for teams to pick their Gatorade according to their team’s colors, some of them go against the grain. And true enough, the Seahawks went against said grain.

Season of Shirtless Shows
Bruno Mars opened the halftime show with drumming, which was followed by Anthony, Josh, and Chad’s electrifying performance. While some people will remember Red Hot Chili Peppers through songs like ‘Californication’ and ‘Scar Tissue’, others will always see the band as the musicians that played nude in front of hundreds of thousands of people. One interesting prop bet for these four heroes was that whether or not they would play shirtless right in the middle of the freaking winter! The results? Let’s just say the results were even 50-50. Anthony and Flea, as expected, appeared shirtless at the MetLife Stadium.