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Hey there sports fans, glad to be here. A little about me - I'm a native Oregonian, living in Eugene. Played college football back in the early '90s; also been a high school assistant coach over a decade. I regularly attend several college footall and basketball games each season too. What else? My teams are the San Diego Chargers, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Mets, Edmonton Oilers, Southern Oregon University Raiders, and a few others.

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Predicting the Chargers record in 2009 posted on 09/13/2009

Here on the eve of kickoff for the San Diego Chargers 2009 opener, I will take my annual stab at predicting the Bolts win-loss record.

In Las Vegas the Over/Under total for the club has been about 9.5 wins. I said it last year, and will say it with greater emphasis this time around, but this season has got to be the greatest odds for a division title that the Chargers have ever seen. And it's no stretch to say they will probably be favored in all six divisional contests.

9/14 at Oakland (WIN) - Chargers currently have franchise-record 11 game win-streak vs. the Raiders. No reason to think it stops now.

9/20 BALTIMORE (WIN) - This should be a very tough game, and perhaps low scoring. I'll take San Diego at home but wouldn't be surprised if they drop this one, knowing the slow-start history under Norv Turner.

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The 50 Greatest Chargers? posted on 06/02/2009

The San Diego Chargers are coming up on their 50th season this fall, and the team is doing many things to celebrate and acknowledge its history.

Recently the club posted a list of the greatest Chargers players. Fans are invited to vote to select the 50 players. The fan vote will be split with a vote of franchise Hall of Fame members.

Here are the candidates:

Dan Fouts - John Hadl - Stan Humphries - Jack Kemp - Philip Rivers - Tobin Rote

Gary Anderson - Marion Butts - Ronnie Harmon - Keith Lincoln - Paul Lowe - Natrone Means - Chuck Muncie - Lorenzo Neal - Dick Post - LaDainian Tomlinson - Don Woods

Lance Alworth - Wes Chandler - Gary Garrison - John Jefferson - Charlie Joiner - Tony Martin - Anthony Miller - Don Norton

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Early look at 2009 lines posted on 05/30/2009

The 2009 NFL season is still several months off, but now is a good time to take an early look at how the oddsmakers see things shaping up.

Let's start with the Over/Under lines on regular season wins.

There are a few that stick out and may catch the eye of fans. The Miami Dolphins are set at 7 wins. Some may think, "well, they went to the playoffs last year," and jump on the over. On the flip side, some of the so-called experts have tabbed them as one of the teams most likely to disappoint this season. The Dolphins have a first-place schedule to contend with, and let's not forget they get to see a Tom Brady-led New England Patriots club twice.

The Pats enter '09 with an over/under total at 11.5 wins, the highest mark. I think it's a little too high. Sure the return of Brady is the biggest reason, and they did post a winning season in 2008 without him. However, I just have a hunch that they don't go 12-4 or better. Seems like a bit too much to pick the over.

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End of the season; end of an era? posted on 01/12/2009

Much credit to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC Divisional playoff win over the San Diego Chargers 35-24.

The Chargers simply were beaten by the better team. It's easy to look back at a couple fluky turnovers (the one-play drive in essentially the red zone where Philip Rivers was intercepted on a deflected pass, and the muffed punt return off Eric Weddle's helmet), but truly the deciding factor appeared to be the Steelers ball control - final drive of the first half and opening drive of the second half. In what's been a problem for the Chargers all year, they allowed Pittsburgh to move down field and take its first lead on a touchdown drive starting with under two minutes left in the second quarter. Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, the Steelers used up about 8 minutes to begin the third quarter for a killing TD drive and jump up 21-10.

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Cheers for the Chargers, and on to Pittsburgh. posted on 01/05/2009

What a fantastic performance by the San Diego Chargers in Saturday's AFC Wild Card 23-17 overtime win against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Darren Sproles, Mike Scifres, Antonio Gates, the Charger defense...so much credit to go around the whole team. It was great to see balance in that way - it wasn't just a huge offensive performance, or a shut-down "D" but all sides contributing. Scifres, the punter, was perhaps the most valuable player in the game with four punts placed inside the 10-yard line. None were more important than his final punt in the game with around three minutes to go that put the Colts near their own goal line.

It was a mild surprise seeing an effective LaDainian Tomlinson early on. It had me thinking his injury wasn't as severe as some were speculating. However, LT didn't last long in the game and it looks like he may be out this week. Thankfully there was Darren Sproles ready and waiting for his chance. The multi-dimensional Sproles totaled over 300 all-purpose yards before breaking off the winning touchdown run.

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