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An old-timer chimes in on the Chargers

Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the playing of the national anthem with the NFL Salute to Service ribbon logo at midfield and fireworks before the game between the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the playing of the national anthem with the NFL Salute to Service ribbon logo at midfield and fireworks before the game between the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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This is my first post, so be gentle.

Dad got season tickets to the Bolts’ first year at Balboa stadium. We still have ’em-different stadium, but still… Watching Lincoln, Lowe, Karas, Faison and so many others run around that Jr. College Stadium was my highlight every week (not the best elementary school student.) We’d park at a dry cleaners and walk seven blocks uphill to the stadium. No bag checks, no wanding for weapons, just present the ticket, have half of it ripped off and you’re in!! My mom, my dad and I sat on cement bench seats a few seats down from Mickie Finn and her husband (they owned the bar that supplied the touchdown cannon, sometimes accidentally pointed toward the players as they scored…fun to watch!!) I’d cut colored paper into confetti every week and would throw it into the air when the Bolts scored a TD, field goals weren’t good enough. In those days I almost always ran out of confetti, as, under Gillman, there were lots of touchdowns.

Best game??? 1963 AFL championship game win against the Boston (yes, Boston) Patriots. 51-10. Ran out of confetti, again. Public address announcer broadcasts something like “Ladies and Gentlemen…your San Diego Chargers are AFL champions!!”, with five or so minutes left in the game! Incredible. Lincoln (Game MVP) set all kinds of records that day, 203 yards rushing on 13 carries, 123 yards receiving, even threw a 20 yard pass. Fun to watch!

Yeah, we can always go back to that one. Hey Pats’ fans, you got us in ’07 (’06 season) and have been to all those Superbowls but we got you in ’63. Take that!!! ?

Worst game?…well, maybe later, still high thinking of ’63, don’t want to spoil it.

A couple of trivia questions…no fair checking the internet, let’s see how many old- timers are out there! Good luck!!

  1. Who was the quarterbac for the Chargers in the ’63 AFL title game?
  2. Why did Gino Cappelletti ,(Boston Patriots) lead the AFL in scoring almost every year the old AFL was in existence?
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