As for the Bolts, we're in that dead period between mini-camp and training camp. I still can't shake that feeling that we didn't do enough to upgrade our squad this year. A.J. didn't opt for the flashy draft picks. That doesn't bother me. If Cromartie and McNeill's rookie contributions even approach those of Merriman and Castillo's we'll be in great shape. The focus this year seems to be on winning more games at home. 3 of our last 4 games are in San Diego, as opposed to the December trips to Indianapolis and Kansas City from a year ago. However, the Chargers need to remember not to stumble out of the gate so that that last month is meaningful.
Ironically, I may be the only Charger fan not worried about how Philip Rivers is going to react. The last time we opened in Oakland, we were defending the AFC title. Remember that one? It was the Traitors first game back there. I vaguely remember a fumbled kick early on, either by Coleman or Gordon. Darrien would melt down later that season on Monday Night before Dwayne Harper saved his ass and the Chargers won their last five games.
Rivers strikes me as a guy who can handle the pressure. He's about to have his third daughter, if that tells you anything about him. At least he's into motorcycles. Besides members of the Allman Brothers Band, I can't think of anyone who should LESS be allowed to drive a motorcycle than top (and extremely well-paid) draft picks. What else is new with the Bolts? I saw that they were given the "best uniforms" title from Maxim. That's not a surprise. Rolf Benirschke appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Where Are They Now?" issue this week. They mercifully omitted any reference to "Wheel of Fortune." They did, however, include a nice tidbit about him adopting two Russian kids with a rare disorder that prevents them from showing affection to their caregiver. On top of all that he's already overcome, the guy is quite a saint. I won a copy of his book, "Alive And Kicking," a few years back at a Charger Backers luncheon. It might be time to dust it off. After all, I did read Blaise Winter's book. It wasn't bad, actually.
I also read this tidbit in Pro Football Weekly from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar G. Goodman "Las Vegas is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. A new person moves here every six minutes. A new house is furnished every 20 minutes. I'm thirsting for a major-league team. After January, I'll see whether the Chargers want to talk business." If the Bolts were to ever move from San Diego, I have a hard time imagining them relocating to Sin City. Especially with Sammy 6 months pregnant, it would make coming out for games even better. While I won't be making my scheduled trips to Baltimore and Buffalo this season, with the arrival of our daughter and Sam's birthday falling on the latter date, I will make the trip to the Left Coast should the Bolts reach the postseason. Here's hoping. I'll talk to you after the 4th: Look for an exclusive interview on www.justiceiscoming.com shortly with Luis Castillo. I should also have some words from the always accommodating Jim Steeg on the stadium situation. Enjoy your holiday.
I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am; Been hidin' out in a rock and roll band. Shake the hand that shook the hand of P.T. Barnum and Charlie Chan. Shine your shoes, light your fuse. Can you use them ol' U.S. Blues? I'll drink your health, share your wealth, run your life, steal your wife. Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.