It was an unseasonably hot Sunday in Southern California…perfect weather for some football. The Miami Dolphins made a cross country trek to battle the San Diego Chargers in a game that was played more for pride than a chance at the playoffs. Both teams, sporting mediocre records, are long shots at making the postseason considering that there are three better teams in the AFC West with seven wins each. Realistically this was a game that had little playoff relevance, but that doesn’t mean it was a game played without entertainment value. For surely, it was…especially if you were a Dolphins fan.
In a tightly contested game, Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to move past John Elway for eighth place on the career list with 301. But he also threw four costly interceptions, included two bad ones in the final four minutes that sealed the fate of the home team.
Final Score: Dolphins – 31, Chargers -24
It was the Chargers’ Salute to Service game and as you would expect, the Charger Girls wore special military themed uniforms for the event. And because the Chargers play in San Diego, where the weather is always good, the Charger Girl uniforms were damn skimpy…uh, um…damn sexy. See for yourself!
With a 4-6 record and three aforementioned AFC West teams with 7 wins, it appears that the Chargers playoff aspirations are at an end. There’s just not enough games left in the season to improve in the standings. But that’s okay…I still have the Charger Girls to justify the 120 mile trek down the 15 freeway.
So let’s begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls wearing special military themed uniforms with the Captains: Bridget, Teran, Marissa, and Delani.
Continue reading Philip Rivers Turns San Diego Into Pick City
NFL teams that hosted games during week 9 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers
On a balmy autumn Sunday, Melvin Gordon rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chargers in an outburst of scoring that proved to be too much for the visiting Tennessee Titans. Charger quarterback Philip Rivers chipped in 275 passing yards and two touchdowns and a resilient Bolts defense added two defensive scores to top off the points spasm.
Final Score: San Diego Super Chargers – 43, Tennessee Tuxedos – 35
With the victory, the Chargers improved to 4-5 on the season and kept their thin playoff hopes alive. Remember this was a team that was leading in the fourth quarter of three of the first four games, only to lose in a most tragic fashion. The boys in blue could easily be 7-2 and among the division leaders, but alas…they are not.
So, let us turn our attention to the state of the Tennessee Titans. Although their record suggests mediocrity, you can see positive things happening. Second year quarterback Marcus Mariota is showing the tremendous potential that inspired the Titans to draft him second overall in last year’s draft. He threw for 313 yards, three passing touchdowns and had one rushing touchdown. But he also threw two costly interceptions, one a pick six to Charger defensive back Brandon Flowers. However, you could see the promise in the young signal caller.
And the Titans have a good rushing attack with the resurgence of running back DeMarco Murray, the old Dallas cast off. Even though the Chargers held him in check for most of the game, Murray is the second leading rusher in the NFL and I am not too ashamed to say that I am riding him to a fantasy football championship…but I digress. Yes, good things are happening in Tennessee.
But enough football chit chat…bring on the Charger Girl photos. Well…here you go!
Last game, I was able to sneak a few posed photos of two of the Charger Girl lines at the Bud Light Power Party and this week I photographed the other two. Here’s a few teaser images from this week’s shoot.
I’ll post the remainder on my personal blog on Friday.
Well, let’s begin this week’s coverage with the Captains: Bridget, Teran, Marissa, and Delani.
Continue reading Chargers Run Over the Titans En Route to Victory
NFL teams that hosted games during week 6 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.
San Diego Chargers
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
The Chargers have an annoying history of losing games they are leading in the fourth quarter. Four times this season, the Chargers took a lead into the fourth quarter, only to lose three of them in a rather disappointing fashion. Mistakes, lack of effort and poor execution have led to what can only be called as three epic meltdowns. It’s not that the Chargers opponents played exceptionally well in coming back…they did enough to win, sure enough…but it was the way the Chargers played in the last few minutes, essentially giving those games away, that has caused so much disappointment and frustration. The opposing teams didn’t win the game; the Chargers lost them…and lost them…and lost them.
And history has a way of repeating itself, at least in San Diego. Before a nationally televised game, the Chargers dominated the defending Super Bowl Champions for 3 1/2 quarters, taking a 19 -3 lead into the fourth quarter. On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Broncos were penalized in their own end zone, giving the Chargers a safety and a seemingly insurmountable 21-3 lead considering how poorly the Broncos’ offense had played up to that point.
And then the tide turned. With 8:18 minutes left on the clock, the Broncos scored a touchdown on a short pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler to cut the lead to 11 points. The sleeping giant had awoken and started moving the ball against Chargers defense. The hometown fans breathed a sigh of relief when a touchdown pass from Siemian to C.J. Anderson was called back and a fumble two plays later was recovered by the Chargers with 3:43 left on the clock. But the meltdown was only beginning.
Unable to get a first down or milk the clock, the Chargers punted the ball back to the Broncos with 3:03 left to go. I tried to reassure my fellow seat mates that, surely, we would win the game, leading by 11 points with only three measly minutes left to kill…but I was on slippery ice.
The Broncos moved the ball down the field, taking a two and a half minutes to kick a field goal…and yet they were still 8 points down. I mean the Chargers should be in good shape as the Broncos took almost the whole remaining time left to score one measly field goal and they were still down by a touchdown and two point conversion. All we had to do was recover the onside kick and kill 30 seconds…something that should be rather easy to do…but nothing comes easy for the Chargers this season.
With 27 seconds left, the Broncos recovered the onside kick and Charger fans could sense another fourth quarter meltdown. Even head coach Mike McCoy sensed the obvious and assumed the universal sign of despair by holding his head in his hands. Given the past history of this year’s team, if the Broncos scored a touchdown, they would surely score the two point conversion to send the game into overtime and we would find a way to lose another game…badly.
But a funny thing happened…the stars aligned just right, world peace broke out and a Charger made a play. On the last play of the game, a desperation heave by Trevor Siemian was knocked down by safety Dexter McCoil at the two yard line to preserve the victory for the Chargers. The San Diego Chargers found a way to win.
Meltdown averted…just barely.
Final Score: Gnarly Dudes – 21, Super Bowl Ringwraiths – 13
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Whew! I need a break…so let’s take a look a this week’s lead off photos from Thursday Night Football!
Night games are always a challenge for me to shoot. I have to use a flash, which decreases the number of photos I take and for each photo taken, I have to use a lower shutter speed and blah, blah, blah…what does this mean? Nothing much…just…never mind.
Let’s begin our regular coverage of the Absolutely Fabulous San Diego Charger Girls with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.
Continue reading Fourth Quarter Meltdown Averted As The Chargers Find A Way To Win
NFL teams that hosted games during week 4 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.
New York Jets
New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Is the Jacksonville mascot wearing a San Diego Charger jersey? I believe he is.
SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 4. Click here to view the gallery.
San Diego, CA. (October 2, 2016). The Saints came marching in and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Yep…they sure did. Looking to exploit a weak Saints defense, the Chargers took a 13 point lead deep into the fourth quarter, only to turn the ball over twice in their own territory. The Saints, led by former Charger quarter back Drew Brees, scored two touchdowns to turn what should have been a humiliating defeat into an improbable victory.
Final Score: Beignets – 35, Crispy Fish Tacos – 34
I heard an odd statistic on the drive home. The Chargers are 1-2 this season while leading by 13 points in the fourth quarter while the rest of the NFL is 25-0 in similar games. That’s quite an indictment against the Chargers, who cannot seem to finish games strongly and win. This past Sunday was particularly disappointing in that the Saints were a team without a win, playing on a short week and reeling from a crushing loss to division rival Atlanta on Monday Night Football.
This was a winnable game…a game that the Chargers should have won easily. But Melvin Gordon returned to his fumbling ways, putting the ball on the ground late in the fourth quarter and on the next possession, a fumble by Travis Benjamin with 4:50 left in the game, set up the dramatic come from behind win for the Saints.
So disappointing. But Sunday wasn’t a total loss…if you see what I mean.
We begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Line Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.
Continue reading Snatching Victory From The Jaws of Defeat in San Diego
NFL teams that hosted games during week 2 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.
Detroit Lions (Yes, they have cheerleaders this year!)
New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers
Tour De Force: \ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs\ noun – an impressive performance or achievement that has been accomplished or managed with great skill.
This past Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars roared into town to play the San Diego Chargers, who were fresh off a disappointing meltdown loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Things would be different this week as the Chargers stormed out to a 35 point lead and never took their foot off the accelerator. Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, tying a career high, and Melvin Gordon ran for 102 yards and another score. A strong defensive effort by the home team doomed the hapless Jaguars, who crossed midfield only six times during the game. This game was over at half time.
Final Score: Navy Blues – 38, Teal Blues – 14.
However, the news wasn’t all good. For the second week in a row, the Chargers lost a key player for the year due to injury. Versatile running back Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and joined Keenan Allen on injured reserved. Who’s next? Philip Rivers?
Well…on to the good stuff…the hottest dance team in the NFL, your San Diego Charger Girls!
I play fantasy football (five championships and counting!) and I have never seen a beginning to a season like this, where there have been so many serious injuries to key players…star players. It’s mind boggling. Let’s hope this misfortune doesn’t plague our favorite sideline entertainers, our beloved cheerleaders.
Okay, let’s begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.
Continue reading The Chargers Ride The Jaguars To Victory
The Chargers closed preseason against the San Francisco 49ers in their annual Salute to the Military game. Special performances and appearances by current and former military personnel highlighted the festivities. San Diego is a military town and the irony was not lost in that this game would be played against the 49ers, whose controversial quarterback, Colin Kaepernick would be heavily featured.
In a surprisingly high scoring affair for a week 4 preseason game, the Chargers took a 21 – 9 lead into the fourth quarter only to surrender three touchdowns to lose the game.
Final Score: Sourdough Sams – 31, Bolt Men – 21.
Okay, so 49er Christian Ponder was a star for a day while leading his team to victory, but in the whole scheme of things, none of this really mattered as anyone of significance, except for the aforementioned Colin Kaepernick, did not play. What does this mean? Not a whole lot. Anyone who made a difference in this game is not likely to be on the team come the regular season and if they are and playing meaningful minutes…your team has big time trouble…including the aforementioned Colin Kaepernick. This was a scrub city game, through and through.
For me, the highlight of the evening was seeing the Charger Girls in military themed uniforms. Woo! Hoo!
Now before we all get excited and everything, I want to take time to mention the lengths I had to go to get these shots. Once again, the game management people, in all their wisdom (sarcasm) decided to place a HUGE stage with flood lights in front of my section, which virtually obliterated our view of not only the field, but the Charger Girls as well.
Yeah…that’s my seat with the clear bag…and you can imagine the view at eye level. (Click on the image above to see my field of view.)
This has become an ongoing issue over the years, but as long as they continue to obstruct the view of our section, I will mention this stupidity for all to read. Good luck in getting my vote for the new billion dollar stadium ballot measure. Of course my vote wouldn’t matter, because I live in Los Angeles….LOS ANGELES. Maybe it will someday…when they move up here and want another public subsidy.
Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box…until next time…which I hope is next season, but I fully expect it to be sometime later this season when all of this happens again.
So let’s begin this week’s coverage of the hottest dance team in the NFL with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.
Continue reading The Charger Girls Salute To The Military – NFL Preseason Week 4
On Friday, the Arizona Cardinals flew into town to play the San Diego Chargers in a game that saw the home team mount a stout defense and kick four field goals en route to a 19-3 victory. But before we get ahead ourselves, this was a preseason game and the starters for both teams played sparingly. This contest looked like a typical preseason game…lots of errors and uninspired play. On their second series, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw an interception to defensive back Brandon Flowers, who returned the pass for a pick six. That would be the only points needed to win the game for the boys in blue and there were more than 50 minutes of game time yet to play. Several Charger drives sputtered to a premature end, forcing them to kick four field goals…which was a good thing for Josh Lambo fans, but for most of us the lack of big play touchdowns was somewhat of a disappointment.
But hey…its a preseason game. And I didn’t drive 120 miles to see second and third string football players struggle to secure a roster spot. No, I came to see the new crop of Charger Girls and I was not disappointed.
For the San Diego Chargers, 2016 is a season of change. I know several season ticket holders, long time fans, who have changed their allegiance and no longer support the team because of the attempt to relocate to Los Angeles. That may still happen and judging by the number of empty seats at Qualcomm stadium, things look bleak. And while the Chargers are desperately trying to secure approval and funding for a downtown San Diego stadium project, that seems to be a long shot at best. So what does the future bode for the home team? No one knows for sure…but things cannot remain the same.
We hope that it is a season of change for the play on the field. Melvin Gordon, the second year running back, has looked surprisingly good this preseason. We hope that he is fully recovered from microfracture surgery and becomes the dynamic back that fans hoped he would be when he was drafted last year. And there is a new sense of urgency and hopefulness in that the team can be competitive in an AFC West division that looks more open than ever and that success on the field can propel voters to approve the downtown stadium ballot measure in November.
For what is the alternative if the ballot measure fails? Will the Chargers take the NFL’s one year offer to move to Inglewood’s two billion dollar stadium? Or will the Raiders snatch the option to relocate to Los Angeles if the Chargers pass on the opportunity. And if they do, what does that mean for the Chargers. Will Southern California support three NFL franchises within 100 miles of each other? Certainly there are the numbers…people and dollars, sure…but that’s a tough sell if you don’t put a competitive product on the field and we all know what happens to teams that don’t.
So, this year is shaping up to be monumental for the Chargers…the team and its fans.
Let’s see if I got this correct and start our coverage off with the 2016 Line Captains: Marissa (welcome back!), Delani, Bridget and Teran.
Continue reading Chargers Kick the Cardinals into Submission – NFL Preseason Week 2
Top: Bridget, Blake, Melissa, Shelby, Rose, Lauryn, Courtney, Sydni, Whitney
Middle: Teran, Elaine, Kayla Ann, Anna, Delani, Shelbi, Madison, Karissa, Glory, Angelica
Bottom: Denise, Marissa, Kayla Nicole, Tina, Rebecca, Tawnie, Devin, Emily, Tyler
April 08, 2016
After deciding to hang up her gold pom poms three years ago, Marissa never fully imagined this day would come.
The former veteran was a Charger Girl for a trio of seasons before deciding to take a break to start her own business. But on Thursday night, she did what few have done, and inked a spot on the hottest dance team in the NFL after a lengthy hiatus.
“My heart is on this team, I’m brightest when I’m on this team and I wanted to be a bright light for my teammates once again,” she said after she took her team photo. “It’s indescribable. It doesn’t feel real. I’ve been wanting to come back for so long. I still have friends on the team so for me, it was hard to see them on the field (performing without me). I’d help out on game days, but I really just missed being out on the field.”
This season, America’s Finest City will be represented by 15 veterans and 13 fresh-faced rookies. The group features a veterinary technician, pediatric nurse, medical sales representative and real estate professional. There are also eight local students on the roster, including four from San Diego State University and four from the University of San Diego.
According to Marissa, coming back wasn’t any easier this time around than it was three years ago. Having been a veteran, she felt that familiar pressure Thursday night.
“It was a lot more difficult this time around. I knew what to expect and I knew what (the judges) would expect of me. But I also knew that they’d be watching and making sure that I knew what it took to be able to come back on the field.”
Veteran CG Delani echoed Marissa’s sentiments and added that although the competition is fierce, knowing what being a Charger Girl is like and all that comes with it is something she wasn’t ready to give up.
“I’ve been a dancer since I was three years old so the pressure is always on for me,” said the veteran entering her third season with the team. “But I guess this is a good thing because it just means that I care about it. If I didn’t care, I probably wouldn’t be nervous… Being on the team, you realize how incredible it is and how many amazing experiences you have. You never want to lose that, so coming back each year makes it that much scarier.”
Marissa and Delani were two of hundreds who auditioned on Saturday for a coveted spot on this year’s squad. After two rounds of cuts, Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons and a panel of judges sent 70 women through to finals. After rigorous interviews through the week, the 70 convened downtown on Thursday night one final time. They performed two routines – a pre-choreographed dance that they did in groups of three and then a solo, the latter being the final opportunity to showcase their individual strengths and leave everything out on the dance floor.
After a long, arduous deliberation process, Simmons narrowed the 70 down to 28.
“We welcomed a lot of new talent at this year’s audition which was really refreshing for us as judges,” Simmons said. “(But) our job was extremely difficult tonight. We had so many incredibly talented, unique, gorgeous and dynamic women who auditioned and made it to the final round. We are confident we put together the best possible team for this year’s squad.”
Talent was aplenty and Simmons even had to bid farewell to a few veterans from last season who re-auditioned. While she closed doors for some, she opened ones for others and said her favorite part of the evening is calling out the numbers of the girls who made the team.
“It’s always a pleasure to be the one to call out their numbers and see those ladies who have continued to audition year after year after year who don’t (originally) make it, but make it tonight. To be a part of that journey with them is one I hold dear to my heart and it’s a real exciting time for us tonight.”
As one of the lucky ones who heard her number called, Rose said it took some time for the reality that she’s a Charger Girl to set in.
“I, for some reason, can never (comprehend) my number being called,” said the rookie. “I always assume it’s someone else’s and then all the girls next to me said, ‘Oh my gosh, Rose! That was you!’ I was like, ‘Are you sure? Really? There’s no way they called my number.’ But they did!”
New not only to the team but also San Diego, Rose is excited and eager to cheer on the Bolts in the city she now calls home.
“I’m most looking forward to just representing the team, immersing myself in the city and being part of the culture. I moved out to California out for adventure and since I grew up in Texas my whole life, this is the best way I can give back to a city I’m new to.”
The Charger Girls held open call auditions this past Saturday and the Chargers have posted a large gallery of images on their website. Click the photo below to see the images.