Electric Atmosphere: Forecast of Thunder Bolts and Lightning


Nov 1, 2012; San Diego CA, USA; San Diego Chargers fans react during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Chiefs 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Sunday morning to all of you.  I am writing this article from my home here in Charlotte, North Carolina.

My flight from San Diego arrived last night.  I had a great time and miss the city I love already. To say that I had a great time is actually an understatement. It was awesome, as expected,to hang out with the “usual suspects” and meet a decent amount of other BoltFam members as well.

The obvious highlight of my trip was the Thursday night game versus the Chiefs. To see our team come out there and execute at such a high level in all three phases of the game was absolutely great.

I’m aware that our 31-13 victory came against the lowly Chiefs. To me it was more about the Chargers not beating themselves as they had in the last three games. But I’ll have an article that is directed more toward the actual gameplay later this afternoon.

This article is about the fans. This article is about you.

I can’t say enough how proud I am of the fans for the way they supported the team on Thursday night. Despite having quite a few empty seats, the stadium was extremely loud. The atmosphere at the Murph was electric even prior to the kickoff.

There was something in the air that night. It seemed to me that every single fan in the stadium had one sole focus and that was to support the team to the best of their ability. If that indeed was the goal, it worked and I loved every second of it.

I can’t help but think that the fans did their part by letting the players know that we were behind them 110%. I can’t imagine that the players didn’t feed off of the energy and support from the fans.

I also feel very confident that the folks watching the game at home or at their favorite sports bar were doing more than their part as well. As I wrote the other day, we as Charger fans have had a serious roller coaster of emotions over the last couple of seasons. I suppose I could correct myself and admit that my 30 plus years of fandom has been consumed by both peaks and valleys. We all have our ways of dealing with it and I understand each and every emotion.

The Chargers didn’t win the Superbowl on Thursday night. Heck, we’re still not even leading our division. But we are now about to start the second half of the 2012 season. The Bolts are 4-4 with 8 “one game seasons” left on the docket. The team needs to continue to take this season one game at a time.

And as for the fans, we need to do whatever we can to continue to show our support for the players. Perhaps the reason the fans were so loud was because they had something to cheer about. It’s hard to say. But the bottom line is that we are still in this and I hope that, as fans, we all do our part to ride or die with our team. I feel pretty darn good that we’ll all be there for the duration. Here’s to hoping it ends in New Orleans with the hoisting of the Lombardi trophy. I’m all in regardless.

Thanks a lot for reading.