November 10, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks off the field after a failed third down attempt during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Raiders won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It's All My Fault!

What is happening bolt fam. Just wanted to send some love your way. I have been rocking out with Bolt Beat for a long long time now and I have a confession for all of you…

I may be a huge bad luck charm. I was wondering this for a minute. In the three years that I have been writing for Bolt Beat, we have not made the playoffs once!!!! Not once!!!

How many times in a row did we make it before I took over the site? We were the dominant team of the AFC West and everyone else was garbage in comparison to our teams. We were favorites to win the Super Bowl every season before I took this thing over. We were so ridiculously good looking !

Then what?

Then….. I became the editor of Bolt Beat!

It has to be it! That has to be the jinx. I’m not vain and I don’t think that everything is about me, but some things just make more sense than it should. How else do you have the top ranked offense and defense in the league and still miss out on the playoffs? All me! Vain? Meh.

To divert blame, we can point the finger at AJ and Norv for the last 3 seasons, but what happens if we miss the playoffs again this year? Norv and AJ are gone and can’t take the blame anymore. There is only one more person to point the finger at.

I know this is ridiculous. It’s like thinking that a certain pair of underwear will make the Bolts win on that day…. But those underwear are magical and nobody else knows it! In honesty, I have stopped writing certain post for the sole reason that I thought the Chargers would do better when I didn’t write that post.

I may be developing a complex. The Chargers need to make it into the playoffs or I may have to sit out for the good of the team.

Anyway, I don’t want to provoke a “it’s not your fault!” Reaction. I want more to know what ridiculous superstitions you have developed over time? This is one of many ridiculous things I do and think throughout the season and felt that I needed to share. Maybe it will break the jinx. What are your ridiculously vain superstitions?

…and yes, it is all our faults that the Chargers have not made the playoffs! Someone didn’t wear their lucky hat or shirt on gameday like they were supposed to! Your fault!

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  • Edward Moretti

    What to do? What to do?
    Seppuku (切腹?, “stomach-cutting”) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honor code, seppuku was either used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely suffer torture), or as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed for other reasons that had brought shame to them. The ceremonial disembowelment, which is usually part of a more elaborate ritual and performed in front of spectators, consists of plunging a short blade, traditionally a tantō, into the abdomen and moving the blade from left to right in a slicing motion.[1]

    • Edward Moretti

      This might be a little too drastic. Maybe you should try wearing your Charger jersey inside-out on game day instead.

      • Ernie Padaon


      • Stefanie Smith

        Good one, Edward!

  • Rob Base

    Dude quit trippin it’s not you I’ve been a fan of this site for years now. What happened was douchebagg AJ and Norv were the jinxes to our Bolts. You just keep pumping out killer articles. We all will continue to support the new movement that Telesco and McCoy are bringing in and things will fall in to place. Bolts will come back strong! Also wear a lucky hat or jersey to rid the bad mojo. :)

  • Peter Thompson

    Lets be real… Its because I couldn’t hold it… Went to take a leak… And when I came back, McCree had given the game away. If only I had just wet myself, we would have that trophy in the case!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Dang it Pete!!! Why!!!

    • tubbs45

      Man I thought it was my fault, because I took a sip of beer after an interception. A well known no-no while sitting in section 52. Glad you cleared that up PT!

  • 619chargers4life

    i go through through this weird thing where if i get up and go to the fridge or to the head during any part of a game except halftime we lose . Basically if the game is on commercial or not i am glued to the tube. lol it sucks

    • Ernie Padaon

      Oh my gosh!!! I think I do the same!!!

  • tubbs45

    If I am watching the game at home I start with a series of rituals I won’t bother you with. The most serious of all my in game jersey swapping (only if shit is not going right). Means, butts, Chandler, Bennett, Winslow, Seau, Harrison, Gates, Weddle and the NEVER game worn English. Lets just say there’s been a lot of jersey switching at my house. The good news is Means is the new steelers Kryptonite!

  • Jordan Denning

    Charger Nation, I apologize for I believe that this terrible three year playoff drought is my fault. Three years ago, I left our beloved city to go to school in Denver. And since I made the move here, our team has not won the division as it had in the previous seasons and Denver has won the division the last two seasons. This season I plan to start a new ritual: A holy pilgrimage to San Diego to watch the Chargers beat up the donkeys! Perhaps now, the football gods will look favorable upon us!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Dang it Jordan!!!!!!!!!!

  • FitzWilly

    Thanx for coming clean Ernie lol
    have you thought of changing the name of the site to DonkeyBeat, or BeatTheDonkey (whichever)
    and write about those Monkey Diddlers
    Just to see if your theory holds water
    Just a thought :)

    • Ernie Padaon

      Interesting… I may have to try such theory out. Haha

  • thegorn

    No, I take the blame since I honestly thought the Chargers were growing up as a team in Norv’s third season. With all those come-from-behind wins, I thought they were developing real toughness. But you know what, they let me down again, losing to the Jets in a mental-mistake ridden game to the Jets. The Chargers no longer teased, they sucked after that.

  • Scott Lee Miller

    The name mccree makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Bernie Thomas

    two things have to happen this year….1. I cannot watch a single snap, they seem to play better when I am not watching. They will be rolling, I’ll turn the game on and they suck. I turn it off and they roll again. That goes for the radio too.
    2. Sorry E, but you’re fired…..

  • Saul Lopez

    Just like any other Charger fan I like to collect autographs whenever I go to training camp. I usually take footballs, gloves, proline helmets, pics, pretty much everything but the one item that has never really interested me are the mini helmets. I just don’t like them. Well last year while at training camp my girlfriend decided to buy me a mini helmet to get signed along with the football I had brought. I didn’t want to get it signed but it was a gift so I thought what the hell. So as the players made the rounds I held out both items most signed the football & only 5 signed the mini. Those 5 were Garay, Vazquez, Cason, Jammer & Phillips. All gone now!! I’ve wondered if it was my fault for having them sign that mini when I didn’t want them to. Or maybe my girlfriend is bad luck. What does everybody think?

    • Ernie Padaon

      Hahahahahahaha….oh boy. The mini helmet for sure.

  • Bolt buddy

    Dwight Freeney – DL – Free Agent

    NEWS: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Chargers are closing in on a deal with free agent Dwight Freeney.

    ANALYSIS: Freeney, 33, met with the Chargers on Wednesday and Thursday before skipping town without a deal. His fit in the 3-4 defense is questionable, but the Chargers are desperate for pass-rush help after losing OLB Melvin to a torn ACL. Pro Football Focus credited Freeney with 34 hurries last season.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    Ok, this is bad. I do different kinds of crafts that I put into project bags. Well, some lady was making project bags and I bought a Chargers bag, but also a Broncos bag (because the fabric looked cute)… was even pondering buying a Ravens bag. I knew it when I did it that I put out the bad whammy. The Broncos bag is gone now.

    A guy at work said “No Broncos s**t at work–only Charger stuff is allowed.”

  • arnie

    So you’re saying it should have been, fire norv, aj and Ernie? naw, we can fix this. just no writing or editing on sunday.

  • FitzWilly

    Terms have not been announced, but Freeney was expected to be seeking roughly $4.25 million per year.
    Rapoport was told that Freeney wanted to play with a quality quarterback who could build leads — more fertile ground for sack totals — and that Philip Rivers fits the bill.

    Suck On That Donkeys :)

    Fingers crossed this works :)

  • Cgoodness13

    Get out Ernie!!!! Lol Jk we love ya bro

  • Blue&gold_blood

    I feel the same way . I get Rivers jersey right right after the 2010 season , and we all know what’s been going on the last two years. Then I get Ingrams jersey, and we all know the end of that. I’m bad luck too.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Well, every time I read the bible last year we lost that week. Just a thought…