The Justice Files

I'm sorry I couldn't do this yesterday<br> And tomorrow I am busy and what<br> It is I can't say<br> And saturday's no good<br> I got a show<br> So it's got to be good friday<br> Then it's so long

That song was appropriately written by the Black Crowes, whom I was fortunate enough to see on Tuesday in their first official concert in four years. Not only was it a great show, but my friend DJ got to shake the hand of Kurt Russell (lead singer Chris Robinson's de facto father in law), who was sitting in the balcony. DJ has gone out for Halloween every year as one of Kurt's characters--Snake Plissken, Wyatt Earp, Captain Ron, Elvis, etc. I could barely see up to the balcony due to an intake of bourbon and the fact that I had attended the two best Allman Brothers shows of my life on two of the preceding three nights.

Why am I sharing this with you and what could it possibly have to do with the San Diego Chargers, you ask?

Friends, this is the first weekly installment to 'The Justice Files' at

This week, I've traded the Isle of Manhattan for beautiful Long Island, but I've brought my Chargercentric universe with me. In that universe, good music, film, food and drink are all essentials.

With less than a month to go before the NFL draft, which The League may yet keep in New York in an effort to force a new stadium on its residents, the Bolts have been following A.J. Smith's "Patriot Model" religiously. First, the Head Coach and General Manager were inked to long-term extensions. Then Drew Brees returned from The Land Down Under to sign on for a year, with a big raise to boot. Keenan McCardell, who was a blessing after Reche Caldwell went down, was also rewarded by The Organization.

Now Steve Foley, who energized the defense right from the season's start in Texas, has been deservedly rewarded with a long-term contract. In just one season, Steve Foley has become the player I epitomizes the mantra JUSTICE IS COMING most fully since John Parrella. Foley was the only defender who really brought the fire during the playoff loss to the Jets, which I still haven't gotten over. In fact, I actually bought a blank white jersey off eBay in order to have his #53 sewed on it. His contract extension assures me that the jersey won't need to sit in my closet full of ex-Chargers'. Yes, I have two #97s in there.

So what's next for The Organization? A.J. Smith continues to shy away from the flashy signings. He brought in Jue from Green Bay to help out with what is still a young secondary. I was happy to hear Quentin Jammer at least admit that when you're ranked as low as ours was last year, you need all the help you can get. It's not very comforting to know here on the Right Coast that he was in on what was Chad Pennington's longest throw of the year. I'm obviously having a tough time moving on.

However, it will be interesting to see how Smith's sound planning will affect the Bolts as they face a much improved group of opponents. With two picks in the first round, the Chargers can really shore themselves up in a hurry. Defensive end, safety and wide receiver appear to be where they are focusing their efforts. But if we learned anything about A.J. Smith a year ago, it's that he's not giving away any tips. Unlike Marty Schottenheimer, I have faith that he knows what he's doing.

Anyway, that's all for now. I would like to thank Denis Savage for the opportunity and the forum to put my two cents out there. I'd like to dedicate this installment to Danny Joe Brown of Molly Hatchet, John "Dean Wormer" Vernon and, of course, the late, great Hunter S. Thompson.

See you next week,

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