Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

To most San Diego Chargers fans, there is nothing wrong with Qualcomm Stadium. If Angel Stadium can be remodeled into the great place it is, then the same can be done at Qualcomm and the Spanos family has the money and the construction connections to get it done. Add a few men’s restrooms, improve the sight-lines for people on the field level, paint and decorate the place to give it a very SoCal flavor, celebrate its funkiness like they do at Fenway in Boston and Wrigley and Chicago, and the party continues. …

Without me realizing until just now, the San Diego Chargers have released a list of their 2012 opponents for the regular season. The scheduling of games has yet to be released, but we at least now know who the Bolts will match up against. Here we go:

Such sports and music conversations certainly won’t be pre-empted by talk of a new San Diego football stadium any time soon since the Mayor’s Office moved its deadline to release a financing plan from March to September. In discussing the Farmers Field EIR, Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani sounded optimistic a San Diego deal would be struck eventually, but with Mayor Jerry Sanders leaving office in December, its prospects seem as uncertain as ever. A new mayor would be the third that the team has lobbied to get a new stadium, and, if it comes to it, Sanders’ inability to get a stadium financing plan on a ballot measure for voters would turn years of team talks with him into one unsuccessful drive. (At least Chargers fans are used to those….)

Next up on this pass rusher preview series is USC Junior DE Nick Perry. Some Bolts From The Blue readers may recall an article by jkvandal that shed some positive light on Michigan-native-turned-So-Cal-collegian. It mentions how using combine numbers to determine explosiveness Nick Perry ranked #1 among pass rushers. His combine numbers were also better than past draftees like DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller, two of the prototypes for the position. It also talked about how if you looked at the college stats for each of the pass rushers that Perry ranked #2 in plays/game. These numbers, while not definitive indicators of future NFL success, are nice little reminders of how interesting a prospect the young Trojan defender is.