October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following a 35-24 win against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

I Know You Saw It Coming Too

October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner argues a call during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE



With each and every score in the first half I became more and more nervous.  I found myself without even an ounce of false confidence.  I was down right terrified.

While talking with my dad before the game we agreed very clearly that there were only a few things that could stop us from winning this game.

3)  Rivers being flustered into making poor decisions and/or throws due to lack of protection

2)  Letting off the gas by either the players or the coaching staff

1)  Norv Turner


Well, what do you know?  A perfect storm in the second half showed that all three will most likely continue to plague this team for the rest of the season.

Before I go any further, please allow me to point a few things out. This is not 2001 where the Chargers achieve their only victory late in November and finish 1-15. These are not the years where the only great player on the Chargers wore number 21. These are also not the years when we went into a season knowing the Bolts had no chance to make the playoffs.

All of that being said, last night was one of the lowlights in my 30 years of being a Chargers’ fan. For those of you that know me, or have spoken to me on the phone, I’m sure you can guess the “colorful” words that were being tossed around left and right at my home during the second half.

I wasn’t going to write anything today. But I must admit that I have to just to get it out. I am disgusted and embarrassed right now.

We should not be able to see that outcome on the horizon despite a 24-0 first half lead. But we did. I feel extremely confident in saying that I can speak for 90% of the fans that they did too.

It’s truly sickening on so many levels. I am fully aware that there are still 10 games left to play with our next two being against Cleveland and Kansas City (after the bye). I also know that we are tied for first place in the AFC Worst. But, quite frankly, I don’t care right now.

I really want to chalk these feelings up to the loss still being so fresh. But it feels different this time. It feels as though there is no solution in sight.

Forgive me for venting via this article. Although I haven’t said much I think you all get the point. What a devastating loss and most of us saw it coming despite a 24 point lead at halftime.

In the same conversation that I had with my dad, he told me that if we find a way to lose the game that he would be writing Dean Spanos. Well, I look forward to reading that letter.

Sorry you had to read this.




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  • Brian Haslip

    I wish this team was the kind of team that I felt comfortable with them having a 24 point lead at halftime. As soon as Denver scored that first TD, I could feel the wheels starting to fall off. I stopped watching once Denver went ahead…it just hurt too badly to keep watching.

    • http://twitter.com/BoogaP #TheBoltFather

      It’s kind of sad isn’t it? I had no faith going into the second half that we would keep the lead. It’s almost like an involuntary defense mechanism.

      • Brian Haslip

        A guy commented at halftime on one of my “Go Bolts” posts on Google Plus saying “This game is pretty much over. No way they can blow this big of a lead.”

        Right then I knew that, not only could they blow the lead, but it was becoming more and more likely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Half way through they were up and I told my husband that it looked good, but I had a feeling they would lose. We all felt it. We don’t have a team that plays with power or really goes at it radically for the entire game.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    dropped my wife off at the mall at halftime and she told me, ‘it looked like it was going to be rough when the game started, but didnt look like it would be as easy as it was’

    …. responded, “still have a whole half to play”


    • http://twitter.com/BoogaP #TheBoltFather

      Ugh!!!!! Said the same exact thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      Just dropped in to see if they fired Norv yet… LMFAO!!!
      You guys be sure to launch fireworks, and have a parade on here if that happens. Not holding my breath, but one can dream, right ; )

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Hahahaha. I am sure you will know

  • Leonardo Velazquez

    The thing is, the protection wasn’t AWFUL. I’ve been defending Rivers for over a year now because he has not had good protection for a long time, but last night he had pretty good protection, except at the end when it was an obvious pass. Last night was on him mostly.

  • Ignatius

    I listened to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd today, as I usually do for my morning comute, and he made a really good point about the Chargers, if management doesn’t care for a champioship team, mistreats some players and keeps an arrogant GM then why should we care? Why should we pay those ridiculous ticket fees and whatnot? For what, this piece of crap? Norv Turner doesn’t even care during press conferences and Rivers is just going through the motions in an apparent reflection of disgust.

    Listen to the first minutes of Colin’s podcast and he hits it right on the head. The Chargers maybe 3-3 and tied for division lead but it sure feels like 0-6, hopeless.