December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks during the post game press conference after a win against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Ghost of Norvous Past

Ahhhh… the good ole’ San Diego Chargers. They love to torture us, don’t they? They came out of the gate swinging like Mike Tyson, and then proceeded to lay down like a puppy getting scratched behind the ears… except not as cute.

The first half of last night’s game against the Texans managed to rekindle the “homerism” in the most calloused & skeptical of Bolt fans. There was rejoicing, a feeling of new energy, and seemingly new play calling. After the first TD drive of the 3rd quarter… we had almost washed the taste of Norv Turner out of our mouths completely.

Then, we started to see the familiar signs of a team that couldn’t finish a phone call, if they wanted to. In their usual over the top Three Stooges-like performance… they let yet another good team fight back to overcome a huge lead, and plunge their dagger right into the heart of San Diego.

At this point, most Charger fans are immune to the pain & sickness that these constant performances bring, much like a terminally ill patient on a morphine drip. The oh-so-familiar meltdown has become somewhat of an inside joke to most fans, even if it isn’t that funny. No game is in the bag. No lead is ever safe. Trying to predict the nature of each meltdown might be the most entertaining part of it, as they find new & inexplicable ways to gift wrap the game for their opponent.

I wonder if Norv Turner is having a little chuckle at our expense today, and was jumping up & down in front of the TV last night, screaming “Told you it wasn’t me”!!!!! Of course, any fan knows that it was (in fact) Norv’s fault, and he deserves to kick rocks with the rest of the failed coaches in this league. He was awful for this team. But, like Jacob Marley from “A Chrismas Carol”, the Ghost of Norvous Past roamed the hallways of Qualcomm Stadium yesterday night… rattling his chains, and moaning “Change your game plan…. Don’t let what happened to me, happen to yoooooooou, Mike McCoy”.

AND, it happened anyway.

So, what do we make of this? We have all had some time to shake off the stomach punch that we have become so accustomed to. We have had almost 24 hours to digest the multitude of mental breakdowns, and try to come to terms with how this team can look so electrifying in the first half of a game, and so terrible in the second half. Is this team capable of being that “contender” we see in the first 30 minutes? Or, is it that sputtering version of the Keystone Cops we see on the field, as they cue the Benny Hill music? (That one was for you Sergio).

What I AM sure of is that Dean Spanos can’t be happy about last night. Tom Telesco can’t be happy about last night. Mike McCoy CERTAINLY can’t be happy about last night. Who could be happy about pulling a “Norv” on national television on your first outing in the NFL? I would feel a little bit humiliated, if I were Mike McCoy, simply for being mentioned in the same conversation as a “Norv-type meltdown”. It was his job to stop that trend, and nobody dreamed he was a coach that would stand for that. Everybody had hoped those days were behind us, and we were to welcome a new era of Charger Football. Last night did not seem much different.

I really hope that game was as big of an eye-opener for them, as it was for the fans. Merely shuffling around players & coaches isn’t going to get this team back into contention. It is going to take a lot of hard work, and attention to detail. Dare I say attention to the “absolutely obvious”? That play-calling was no less predictable than Norv’s, and looked eerily similar. Despite the fact that these players need to execute the plays consistently, the coaches need to put them in a position to succeed. We have heard the talk, now they must walk the walk.

As a fan, I am prepared to give them a mulligan. They were no worse than the team that dropped the same type of games, to the same type of contenders last season. But, the fans will not tolerate much more of this type of play. It’s time for TT & McCoy to erase the reputation of this team being soft, and self-destructing. It’s time for them to become the team from the first half for entire games.. and say goodbye to its Mr. Hyde personality.

So, Mike McCoy… a word to the wise…. Don’t let what happened to Norv happen to you… or more importantly, to San Diego.


Keep Bolting Toward Excellence

Peter Thompson

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  • PakMaN

    “Charger fans are immune to the pain & sickness that these constant performances bring”

    I wish I were that strong, that shit hurt. Today’s my bday and it still fucking hurts.

    • Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha! Happy Birthday mang ; )

      • PakMaN

        Thanks bud!

    • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

      Happy Birthday!

      • PakMaN

        Thanks bud!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Happy birthday!!! And it stings like diarrhea after eating spicy food

      • PakMaN

        hahah Thanks Ernie!

    • Nick in PB

      I hear you PakMan… my birthday was the day before the game and all I wanted was for the Chargers to play well, and they did for nearly 3 quarters, then they started to look like Norv Turnovers Chargers. There’s a lot of work to be done. That one hurt big time. No doubt the penalty call shifted the momentum.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Well said. I’m all in with details being polished. This team is not the same as last year’s and this taste of whackness needs to be forgotten. Unacceptable loss. Learn and move on. Fans are not immune to the loosing. Improvements are needed so get to work!

    • Peter Thompson

      Let me clarify what I meant by “At this point, most Charger fans are immune to the pain & sickness that these constant performances bring”, as it may have come as a surprise to some.

      I don’t know about everyone else, but after 30+ years of being a bolt fan, I’m pretty immune to this. It comes with the Charger territory. So are most of my other Charger friends. Think about it… What is this? The 50th time we’ve blown a game like this? I’m not saying I don’t care… I have just learned to not let it ruin my day anymore, like I used to in the past. My Dad taught me that at an early age (Miss you Pops!!!). Hence, my comment about the morphine drip (being numb to the pain). I refuse to get so emotionally involved that it affects my life. If you do, it will… trust me. (kicking the dog, etc… lol)

      I see people talking about how angry & sick they are the next day. If you’ve been around for a minute, you have probably learned not to get so upset. It’s nothing new. And, honestly… I think the team will improve.. maybe that will happen in 2013, maybe it will happen later. Who knows?

      FYI – that’s about as pessimistic an explanation (or article) as you’ll ever get from me, as I am a really positive guy. I was pretty much just making light of it, as us old-schoolers have to laugh at this point, or go crazy thinking about it. ; )

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        I understand and also take a similar approach. Sitting at The Scoreboard in CV with a fat burger infront of me I commented to the guy next to me “it’s hard being a Chargers fan” he told me not to worry because the game wasn’t over but I saw what was happening. I like how McCoy has responded so far and I do believe they will improve sooner than later. Even though games like this still rip my heart out, it doesn’t ruin my day or week just that moment. Taking it one moment at a time. That’s my moto. Much respect for you Peter!

        • Peter Thompson

          And to you also <3

      • Nick in PB

        Peter, I can’t help myself. I am shit the day after a Charger loss. The Chargers are my number one when it comes to sports and I have a lot of teams I root for, some good, some not so good but I truly feel pain when the Chargers lose and that pain lingers. I have to hit rock bottom until I can climb back up again and start thinking about the next game.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Rivers mystery 3rd quarter helmet headset malfunction:

    Whiz: Ok Philly here we go first and ten we are running the……..bleep blooop blahhhh
    Rivers: Hellooooo
    Norv: Ok buddy I’m gonna guide this one home
    Rivers: Coach Turner?
    Norv: Oh you know it buddy better hike the ball
    Rivers: Up the gut?
    Norv: What else is there

    • Peter Thompson

      Bwahahahaha!!!!! Nice.

    • Joel Ayala

      Hahahaha classic!!! How I miss Norv. jk

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    I just read an article on that says the ref made the wrong call when Cam Thomas touched the center on that field goal. You are allowed to touch him,
    Just not allowed to take shots at the neck or head area. This is coming from a former referee. Ladies and Gentlemen, we, the fans of the San Diego Chargers, have once again been fucked over by dumbass zebras.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      “Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, said Tuesday on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access,” that the wrong call was made when Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after making contact with Texans long snapper Jon Weeks.”

      “No, this was not a correct call. This is not the intent of the rule as it was written,” Blandino explained. “The rule is to protect the snapper on a field goal or extra point from a direct forcible blow to the head or neck area, or with the crown/forehead/hairline parts of the helmet to the body. It was not designed to prohibit any contact with the snapper, which is what happened on this play.”


      • Alex Pitrofsky


      • Peter Thompson

        Too bad you can’t get a W back : /

    • Peter Thompson

      I just posted an article on it over at SD Bandwagon. You should give it a read.

    • Mark G

      There is no better way to say it. Amen.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    After last night, what do you guys think our record will be?If we would’ve won that I think we could’ve gone 10-6 and got a wildcard. Now, I think 9-7. I might also be saying this because I’m in a terrible mood, espicially after reading the article about the penalty

    • Gunnar Martin

      After seeing the upside this team has in that game, I think we can beat Washington and KC at least once. Have a chance with Denver. Really, we have the capability of beating every team we play for the rest of the season. Just have to fix the little things.

      I think we go 9-7, but 10-6 could very well happen as well.

  • arnie

    LOL Peter, i’m betting some players will be unemployed before MM will. McCoy has already made it clear, he doesn’t care who you are, is you don’t perform, you’re gone.
    Translation, “…I ain’t gonna get fired for nobody. Your fault, the texans fault, the refs fault, nobody’s fault. i’m gonna fire you first.”


    We’ve talked about the bad but now let’s talk about the good.

    Who or what impressed you?

    I gotta say the O-Line impressed me a lot….Especially DJ Fluker!!

  • Craig Hasan

    Another HORRIBLE call ends up killing the W. what else is new? These refs are worse than WWE refs

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  • Mark G

    Wow Peter, you know how to clarify the life of a Charger fan. And of course you proved it again with “As a fan, I am prepared to give them a mulligan”, we hide our heads but we never really go away – hope eternal for some reason…