February 4, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard/forward Brian Oliver (top) and Pittsburgh Panthers guard Tray Woodall (bottom) chase a loose ball during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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I guess the world turns to college basketball for now. There is also NBA and NHL action, but the NFL is on hibernation for a couple of weeks until the NFL Combine.

Today is National Pancake Day, so you can get a free stack of pancakes from IHOP. That is my favorite price!

SAN DIEGO — Walt Sweeney, a standout offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 71.

The Chargers drafted Sweeney with the second overall pick out of Syracuse in the 1963 AFL Draft. A standout guard, he made nine consecutive All-Star Games/Pro Bowls from 1964-72. Sweeney was an ironman, playing in 181 consecutive games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins.

A: Funny you should ask that as I am working on an article for the website for later this week. Many of the coaches have compared it to the first day of school.  They are getting to know each other while also building a rapport.  Besides spending large amounts of the day in meetings, everywhere you go in Chargers Park you find them chatting in the hallways or in the lunch room talking about both football and personal topics as well.  Like Philip Rivers said last week, the goal of this game is to win a Super Bowl, but the people you play with over the years are just as important.  So seeing that process of team building in its early stages has been a pretty neat experience.

Walt Sweeney, a former Chargers guard named to All-Star teams and Pro Bowls for nine consecutive years, died on Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

The Chargers drafted Sweeney in 1963 with a first-round pick. He had played defensive end and tight end at Syracuse, but Chargers coach Sid Gillman moved him to the offensive line, where he became a 12-year starter.

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