Ben Kaplan

I have been a diehard Chargers fan since 1992 and followed the team ever since. The only slight difference between me and your standard fan is that I have always lived across the country from the Bolts. New York City to be exact. My posts will cover the team from the perspective of someone who is remote and try to give a "diaspora" viewpoint.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of Los Angeles Chargers during the warm up before the match aginst Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca on November 18, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: The best (national) debate so far on Philip Rivers

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KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Steven Nelson #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: Two national TV games in a row

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 27: Melvin Gordon III #25 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: First game in person of the 2019 season

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is wrapped up for a sack by Terrell Edmunds #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: Sunday night frights

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CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Pouncey #53 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: How injuries are literally decapitating the Chargers

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CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers yells to teammates in the game against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: Where does Philip Rivers rank in the 2004 draft class?

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CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes for a gain against defensive tackle Al-Quadin Muhammad #97 of the Indianapolis Colts during overtime at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: Austin Ekeler is the NFL’s next big running back

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CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after warm up before the game against the Denver Broncos at StubHub Center on November 18, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Chargers Fan: National media starting to pay attention

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball as Rudy Ford #30 of the Arizona Cardinals attempts to make the tackle during the first half of the NFL pre-season game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Diaspora Fan: Watching preseason Chargers at 10:30 pm

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