Why am I mentioning this? Well, it's Groundhog Day. Not only is that the title of one of my favorite movies, but the plight of Bill Murray's Phi Connors in the film. As I get ready for Super Sunday, I feel like I've been through this exact scenario before. Once again, the Bolts aren't in the game. So what do I do? In 2002, I put all my energy into rooting against the Traitors as they were installed as the favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy IN OUR STADIUM. When Tampa crushed them, I wrote Jon Gruden a thank you note for keeping Oakland from winning the title. Of course, I got some Buccaneers "fan pack" full of stickers in return. It didn't matter. I only cared that I got a chance to express myself. I'm sure you know by now that's something I enjoy doing.
Last week, as I sat in the studio audience of Stephen A. Smith's "Quite Frankly" show when LaDainian Tomlinson was on, I thought about how spiteful I can sometimes be. LT was talking about how he was pulling for the Steelers because they are the AFC representatives and he knows firsthand how hard they hit. I'm rooting for Seattle because I don't want one of our close competitors to win it all. Sure, they deserve it, but it doesn't mean I have to accept it. Plus, Seattle is playing just as well, albeit in a weaker conference. It was interesting to read this week about the Seahawks return to the NFC (they were there in '76) and how it hinged on the Chargers desire to remain in a division with their old AFL rivals. I wouldn't have it any other way, but it's funny how the Bolts become the brunt of someone else's fortune no matter how remote the connection.
Speaking of spite and the AFC West, here's a message I received in the mailbag:
I was just wondering what the official "Justice" position is on T.O.? Owens met with Denver and this morning ESPN radio was pushing the idea that KC would be interested as well - now that Edwards is there.
Is it worth trading a late-round draft pick, renegotiating TO's contract, and the dealing with the press coverage... just to keep him from signing with Denver or Kansas City? Didn't the Chargers once threaten to pick Deion Sanders up off of waivers and then stick him on IR, just to keep him off the Traitors?
Can we cover TO with Larry Johnson in the backfield twice a year? How about playing the "No Right To Be Here" Broncos, but now with a 5-time Pro bowl WR?
Thanks for JUSTICE IS COMING and taking the time to read this!
Ironically, Terrell Owens' departure from Philly began with the game against us. It was his bitching after a game where he did very little (even though he caught a touchdown) that the Eagles didn't stop the game for his 100th TD that greased the skids for his exodus. I know that almost every Charger fan on the planet would vomit uncontrollably if The Organization signed him. I am one of them. I like the spite angle. I don't think he would put KC or Denver over the top. He'd pollute the locker room yet again. However, we do have matchup problems, especially with KC. When I asked LaDainian why we couldn't get him more involved in the passing game, I was thinking those screen passes to Larry Johnson on Christmas Eve. We need to make better use of our talent in the coming year.
As Springsteen says in "Tunnel of Love," you've got learn to live with what you can't rise above. Enjoy your Super Sunday. It all goes back to square one on Monday.
Yours In Justice,