the san diego chargers and an angel or two

I believe that miracles can happen, dreams can come true, and that “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

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. 



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    caroline wohl says:

    Mary: Loved your comments about Loren and Jerry — I agree they were there and it brought a tear to my eye!

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    We honestly aren’t big into football – but I must admit – we are looking forward to watching the progression of this season & routing for the Chargers =)

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    Alli says:

    San Diegans did lose two greats this week. What a great post. Go Chargers!!!

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    We are big fans of both the Padres and the Chargers in this house too (even if for me it is merely being a fan by way of marriage). We’re rooting for a BIG sports year here in 2014!

    When I saw Sam the Cooking Guy’s post that Loren Nancarrow had passed I immediately went to his blog and the last blog entry of his seemed to be telling that he could sense his time was nearing and tears came to my eyes while reading what messages he left for each beloved family member. What kind of courage it takes to share his battle with brain cancer in a public manner and want to STILL do more for others. That speaks volumes about his character.
    Jerry Coleman was a well decorated war hero and really wouldn’t let other introduce him with a long list of accomplishments. His voice can never be matched when it comes the Padres broadcast booth. When we were season ticket holders we used to watch the game and still listen to Jerry on the radio – a fabulous way to watch the game! I loved his phrase “You can hang a star on that one!”

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    Deepa says:

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    Beautiful pictures…Your thoughts on rain and raindrops reminded me of my trip to 'Nandi hills'long time back…mist, rain drops, chill in the air and a beautiful view from uphill:)it's a memory that I still cherish.

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    These are terrific — very anti-Halloween. The skeletons aren’t frightening but are bustling with joy, immersed in everyday activites, and captured in the throes of festival celebration.Thanks for the extensive bibliography on the artist, too.Your blog reveals new and wonderous treasures each time I visit.

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    Hi Pete–Agreed, both are necessary. To use a sports analogy, cutting expenses is your defense, earning money is your offense. You can win games with a strong defense, but you still have to score points. And scoring a lot of them feels a lot better than always digging in to prevent losses.

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    I wouldn't change a thing, Ian is really cute! The twine, the DP and the star add just the perfect touch to your design. Tell your family their crazy, the card is perfect just the way it is. :o)

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