And as a lifelong San Diego Chargers fan, I believe that although disappointment is as familiar as a 75 degree, sunny Christmas Day, the Bolts are a team that should NEVER be discounted. Ever.
A friend texted me earlier today, say that we [San Diego] got lucky because “the Bengals basically imploded on themselves,” and though I agree that the Bengals phoned it in, I would not say that our win was due to luck. We showed up to that field today ready to win and to play with heart. Sure, we should’ve capitalized even more so on the four turnovers we forced, and we could’ve had more first downs in that second quarter, but overall, our team looked good, and in the zone.
Rather than hanging our heads on plays that didn’t go our way, we rose above it, and came out with a WIN, and there was nothing lucky about that. I full-heartedly believe that the Chargers can do whatever they set their mind to, especially under the new leadership of Mike McCoy, (holla for the new hot coach!).
In the same breath, I will say that, just maybe, the Chargers had some extra help; some help from above.
You see, even though this is a time of major celebration for our city, it is also a time of mourning as within one week, we lost two beloved San Diegans, Loren Nancarrow and Jerry Coleman. Both men were high profile media figures in our community and both of them were dearly loved: Loren was a weather forecaster and activist for as long as I can remember and Jerry Coleman was the radio announcer for the San Diego Padres, since, I don’t know, possibly the beginning of time. For those of us who have lived here for any substantial amount of time, our collective hearts are heavy, as we mourn the loss of these two courageous, endearing, kind souls who served our city with joy and fervor.
So no, we, the Chargers, did not “get lucky” in today’s game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some bells ringing in Cincinnati after that final whistle.
RIP Loren & Jerry. And in their memory, Go Chargers!
P.S. Even though Jerry was the announcer for the Padres, any San Diegan, or at least most of us, will tell you that we root for BOTH of our city’s teams, the Pad & the Bolts, regardless of how hard it might be sometimes.