FedEx! I’m calling you out man! How can you leave my boy off the list of nominees for the Air Player of the Week. Luck? You put Luck on there? The guy threw a pick. C’mon man!
Do not worry friends. I will not let this shortsightedness by some discourage me. No! I will keep telling the stories of Felipe Rios whether the experts want to acknowledge him or not….
And without further ado, I bring you the second installment chronicling the adventures of our hero…
This week our hero, Felipe Rios The Gunslinger, headed north to a land of scum and villainy – a place known by many as the Black Hole. Our hero was not afraid but he knew the task would be tough, so he put together a posse gathering The Beard, Pink Floyd, Bo Alvaro, The Flea and some of the most skilled men he knew.
The day did not start out how Felipe had imagined. The enemy struck quickly. Rapido Hodges surprised them. At this point, panic may have struck lesser men, but not Felipe. He knew this was just a sign to cinch up his gun belt and go to work, which he did.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) celebrates in the end zone after he caught a ball for a touch down during the first quarter while being defended by Oakland Raiders strong safety Usama Young (26) at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
At first he hit his enemy with a few jabs. Some may have guessed that this was to weaken the enemy, but Felipe was just toying with them like the way a cat plays with a mouse. Then suddenly, as if he grew tired of the game, with the flick of wrist he unleashed a bomb to one of his trusted men, Edgardo. The bomb was as accurate as if it had been thrown from 5 feet away and Edgardo did not even need to break stride to even the score with the villains from the north.
Felipe’s posse, led by The Beard, went to work keeping the villains from scoring and getting the ball back to Felipe.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd (80) celebrates after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
This time The Gunslinger choose to utilize the long tall weapon known as Pink Floyd. He got the drive going by finding his target with a 19 yard back shoulder toss to the left. A few plays later Pink hauled in a 20 yarder with a man hanging all over him. The gunslinger smiled. These guys were no match for his arm and the weapons he brought with him. A few plays later Reich sent in a play to confuse the enemy. A simple cross route and a quick flick of the trigger by the Gunslinger and Pink was standing in the endzone with the ball. All seemed to be going right in the world again.
But the enemy refused to lay down. A young upstart gunslinger by the name of Carr started firing shots left and right, and before Felipe knew it the game was tied again.
He put his belt back on. It was time to get to work again. He was back in the field firing right and left finding Royal and Green. All was going according to plan until something unforeseen happened – Zebras. It is still unknown where they came from or why they came to this land, but they showed up vicious and angry, tossing yellow flags all over the place. They foiled Felipe’s plan. Was our hero frustrated? Was he worried? Could we see concern on his face? Felipe holstered his gun… he knew his day was not over yet.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers (not pictured) against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
The enemy struck quickly and Felipe found he and his men in a hole again, but he did not worry. The belt was back on. He began to toy with them again but his patience ran out quickly. He reached back a little deeper than usual and unleashed another bomb to Pink Floyd, deeper than the one before. His sure handed friend gathered it in for him and they were on the doorstep. Moments later you could see that familiar smile on the Gunslingers face as he looked to the left and found that only one man was defending his main man Gatesy. “When will these guys learn?” he whispered to himself. Seconds later it was tied again.
Again, surprisingly, the enemy rose to the occasion. Fighting harder than they had ever fought and soon they found themselves on top again.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the game at O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Felipe adjusted his hat and put his belt back on. It was time to finish this. He came out firing everywhere, 16 to Gates, 19 to Allen, 15 to Floyd, 20 to Oliver. But then our hero stumbled. Had he lost his edge? Had the heat gotten to him? He signaled to his friend Novak to give him 3 and he did. Then he winked to The Beard. No words were needed between those two. The Beard knew what needed to be done. Time was running short. He rallied his troops and took them to the battlefield. They stuffed the run. They sniffed out a play and JJ almost got a pick. Then The Beard took it upon himself and charged up the middle. His battle cry, “For the beard!!!” could be heard throughout the stadium. Carr panicked. He threw the ball in desperation. He now understood the difference between him and Felipe Rios. Felipe did not panic. He always kept his cool.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver (43) reaches for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
But the villains were still in the lead. There was work to be done. The Gunslinger, devised a new plan. He would holster his gun and give the ball to the new kid Alvaro. No one would suspect it. They would all be expecting Felipe to save the day. It was brilliant. Plus Felipe knew something they didn’t – Alvaro was one special kid. Alvaro went to work and bodies bounced in all directions. It was not long before the enemy yielded to his strength and The Gunslinger and his men were on top again.
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) intercepts the ball against Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler (12) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
One last chance for the wannabe gunslinger Carr. One more chance to come out on top. The kid looked good. His skill was sharp, if unrefined. The fans worried as the upstart moved his team. But Felipe did not worry. He knew his men. In particualar there was one man that he knew Carr should not test, The Flea. For while he was small he could jump to amazing hieghts. But Carr did that thing he should not and the Flea did not disappoint Felipe. He jumped high in the air grasping the prize from his foe. Victoriously his arm shot into the air before he even hit the ground. The day was over and Felipe and his compadres had won. They had faced down the Black Hole and left victorious.