Introducing the new Chargers staff writer!


Hello one and all, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Greg but when i’m online I go by The Greg One. The Great One was already taken by Gretzky so I figured close enough…I have been a devoted, fanatic and incurable Chargers superfan since I was a boy which got me thinking of my question to you all. When did you become a Chargers fan?

My story goes back to being a seven year old boy sitting on my dad’s lap as he watched the game with the guys at our house. We had one of those huge floor model Zenith color tv’s (remember those?). That was the 80′s equivalent of a flat screen today. Usually four to six guys would come by every week and they would eat chicken and slam beers while whooping it up at the action on the screen. They would attempt to keep me involved by asking my opinion on who would win the game.

While I barely knew anything about what was going on I would pick the team with the best looking helmet and suffice it to say the Chargers always had the best looking helmets in my book. After enough sundays with the guys I learned what was going on and the first set of multiplication tables I learned was 7′s. Even though I grew up in North Carolina where we had to watch the Redskins every week, NBC had an AFC game in the afternoon and I got my Charger fix there. The Air Coryell system was where it began for me and my loyalty never changed.There will be a lightning bolt on my tombstone and probably a Chargers casket. Charger raised, Charger bred and when I die i’ll be Charger dead. Probably because of having my football initiation with Air Coryell, I love teams that prove themselves offensively. Right now I like the Colts, Saints, Patriots (sometimes), Falcons and Eagles (despite Michael Vick).

I will defend my Chargers to the end but when they’re screwing up I will voice it in my columns. It will be out of love and my desire to see them win multiple Super Bowls before I am Charger dead. I have plenty on the way from who the Chargers should draft to the first of many shreddings of the Raiders. Raiders, you may have got the first wins in the last eight seasons from us last year but you’re still our bitches!! Two wins out of the last 15 games is no reason to break a wrist patting yourselves on the back!

So that’s me. What about the other Charger superfans out there? When or where did you decide the Chargers were your number one team? One last thing, The Greg One loves the ladies…female superfans we definitely want to hear your stories. Speaking for all the male superfans, nothing is sexier than a female Chargers superfan (especially when she’s rocking the jersey….mmmmmmmmmm).  That’s a blog for another day.  ANYWAY, come in and share your stories with me and the rest of Charger Nation. It is my pleasure to share my love of my favorite sports franchise with all of you through my writing and I look forward to your comments (good or bad). I am very opinionated, sarcastic and I mix in some humor the way you sprinkle a steak with seasoning to make the flavor pop. Not everyone will agree with me so the floor is always open to a good debate. That’s all for now. Good day to you all from The Greg One!

  • bill king

    Like the story, reminds me a little of mine. I just turned 30 so by the time i can remember my first Charger game it was mid to late 80′s. Not a great period of football for my bolts.But my dad was sitting there every Sunday, usually by the radio, but listening none the less. And i was sitting cheering with him and getting bummed out with him. So now i’m all grown up with a 2 year old boy whos sleeping with his charger blanket right now. Its a wonderful circle.
    Cant wait to read some articles. Lets hope this stupid cba situation gets resolved soon. And that the Lombardi trophy will get a tan when its basking in the San Diego sunshine next year.

    • Swift

      “…with a 2 year old boy whos sleeping with his charger blanket right now. ”

      Right on, i have an 8 1/2 month old son and he’s got some charger bibs. It’s a family sport/tradition. Got my car all charger decked out. Gotta love them bolts.

  • MachoMenos

    I was a Baltimore Colt fan when I was a boy. As soon as he became a Bolt I became a Charger fan. It didn’t hurt that Dan Fouts became a Charger that year too.

  • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

    Great job the greg one!! Definitely will look forward to your posts!

    I became a fan as a kid with junior seau, tony martin, stan humphries and company were running the show with boss ross leading the charge. I just got into it cuz all the kids in school were talking about it and I wanted to be part of it.

    I then led my father to become a chargers fan and my little brothers also. I converted my wife from a dallas fan and will only teach my son charger football.

    • Swift

      “…and will only teach my son charger football.”

      I hope you teach him more than just that :D j/k

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  • Swift

    “Not everyone will agree with me so the floor is always open to…” a pit full of alligators. :D

    Anyways, all jokes..er..some jokes aside, let me tell my short story. I am 22 now. I was born in Oceanside, CA and i love SD. I wasn’t a fan until i moved up here to Alaska and there wasn’t much for me to do during the winter. Well my mom’s bf is a hardcore Chargers fan. So we started drinking a few beers and watching the game, and so, here I am. A Chargers fan till the end.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      dang… up from the AK!!! you ever hit up chilchoot charlies? (dont even know how to spell it) i just remember going out to that place when i was out there!