The Justice Files

I guess it's a slow week for the Bolts when the top story is the possible hiring of a new radio play-by-play man.

Actually, that's a pretty important job. Those are the calls that narrate all the NFL Films clips.

I STILL get chills hearing Hacksaw Hamilton's call of the AFC Championship game I attended in Pittsburgh. Hamilton was just hokey and repetitive enough to be a good "homer."

Phrases like "everybody into the pattern," "a play to save the season" and "show me your lightning bolts" were used to describe ANY game from preseason to the Super Bowl. It was a shame to see Hacksaw move to Seattle, but he probably would feel outdated in the 21st century. Plus, it's a colorful commentary of Hank Bauer that's fueling Charger broadcasts right now.

Actually, there is other NFL news coming out of California. 49er scrub Kirk Reynolds' bootleg instructional video for incoming NFL rookies has just been unearthed. It's not exactly on par with the discovery of "Deep Throat," but it's a funny story nonetheless. When I heard about it this morning, I thought they were talking about BURT REYNOLDS. The publicity for The Longest Yard has been a little much, so it didn't seem like that much of a stretch.

Of course, the real important news from the Chargers was the announcement of Jamal Williams' new contract. As I've mentioned over the last few weeks, I agreed with A.J. if he was looking to see how Williams' health held up or how the new blood on the defensive line fared before offering up a new deal. It seemed like a safe business move in a game that increasingly requires GM's to do such things. On the other hand, Jamal is more valuable than ever in the 3-4 defense.

It's almost common knowledge among NFL "experts" that he should have made the Pro Bowl. Previously, only Charger fans really recognized his value as the anchor of the then-front four. His aforementioned injuries also kept his name from getting out there. If A.J. Smith didn't make a commitment to him, it's safe to say that he'd have quite a few suitors. The new contract makes even more sense for the message it sends. Much like LaDanian Tomlinson's deal amidst the disaster of the 2003 season, Smith is reminding the rest of the Bolts that if you are a player who leads by example that The Organization will recognize you and take care of you. Williams has excelled at his position for a while now.

Antonio Gates, who unequivocally deserves a new deal, will take notice.

That's all for this week. I picked up the first of what I'm sure will be a summer full of NFL preview magazines over the long weekend. Pro Football Weekly picked us to go 10-6 and win the division. With our schedule, that sounds pretty good. This year, maybe I'll bet the Chargers to win it all when I am in Vegas.

At least I can act confident on the outside.

-RLW


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