Broncos Kick The Chargers When They Are Down

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Another week, another big game.  This time, it was the Denver Broncos who rode into town to play the Chargers and like the Patriots last week, the Broncos brought a whole lot of orange clad fans to watch the festivities.   And if you like field goals, this was the game for you as the Broncos kicked five of them in route to a convincing victory over the suddenly listless Chargers.

Final Score: Bucking Broncos – 22, Sparkless Chargers – 10.

With the victory, the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West title and secured a spot in the playoffs.  As for the Chargers, well…we have the Charger Girls in their blue velvet Christmas uniforms!

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It was another beautiful day in San Diego…stop me if you heard this before…beautiful blue skies and sunshine.  What that meant for me, photographically speaking, was mixed lighting in the first half and shadows in the second…just another day in paradise.

Okay let’s get on with our final game day report of the season and begin with the Captains: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph and one that I can always count on for a great shot…introducing Angela M.

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Angela is getting married soon, so this might be her last year on the squad. And I hear there might be a few more retirements among the more veteran Charger Girls…and I thought last year was a bad one with 14 veterans leaving the team. Well, I would encourage them all to reconsider retirement because you rarely get a second bite of the apple. And I got a $100 bucks for one CG in particular, if she returns…you know who you are.

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Katelyn is the Pro Bowl Charger Girl

The votes have been counted and veteran Charger Girl Katelyn has been chosen to represent her team at the 2015 Pro Bowl. Congratulations Katelyn!

Local students learn their teacher is a Charger Girl

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From pencils to pom poms, there are two sides to the stunning dancer and teacher, who proves with beauty comes brains. Her students had no idea of her career outside the classroom, until our San Diego 6 cameras were rolling. That’s when Dominique broke the news that she is a Charger girl, “now you know I’m also at those games and I’m on the sideline.”

She explained to her students some people may think of cheerleaders as ditzy but she knows firsthand that the San Diego squad squashes those sterotypes. A doctor, a lawyer, and a physical therapist have been on the team. And Dominique, who is the daughter of long-time local educators, earned her master’s in education. Assistant principal Melanie Brown said “as she is multi-talented, she wants her students to be multi-talented.”

Juggling both jobs, is a choreography of its own. For example , back to school night was on the same night as the Charger Girls’ calender unveiling party. “Who else can say I have to go and meet with parents and go and sign a swimsuit calender on the same night?”

They practice every Wednesday and perform at every home game, “we get their five hours before the game.” When I asked her her favorite part of game day she got emotional, “I’m going to start crying, I love game day.”

From the moment she runs out on the field, she’s living out a lifelong dream, “it’s been such a great year and I’m sad the seasons almost done.” Dominique made the team her first time trying out, showing passion prevails. She tells her students “no matter what people say it’s important to do what’s in your heart.” Real life lessons, from a real-life Charger girl.
Dominique will be performing with the squad on the sidelines at Qualcomm Stadium as the San Diego Chargers take on the Denver Broncos, 1pm Sunday.

Patriots Strong Second Half Dooms Chargers

[This article was originally published on Thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.]

This past Sunday, the New England Patriots were in town to play the Chargers in a nationally televised game.

This was a big game.  An important game.  One that had playoff implications for both teams.  The first half was a see saw affair, with the Patriots scoring first on a 22 yard field goal by Stephen Gosktowski.  But the Chargers scored the next fourteen points on a touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Malcom Floyd and a 53 yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by defensive back Darrell Stuckey.  It was the Patriots turn next and they scored ten points to end the half.

After the break, you got the feeling that the Patriots were on the verge of something big.  An injury to punter Mike Scifres in the first half meant that kicker Nick Novak would have to take over punting duties for the Chargers and in the second half the Chargers lost the battle of field position.  Every Patriot possession seemed to start from their 40 yard line because the Chargers couldn’t seem to move the ball beyond their 30 yard line.  And though Tom Brady wasn’t having a particularly Tom Brady-like day, when you start your drives near midfield, you are eventually going hit pay dirt.

And in the fourth quarter, the Patriot struck gold twice, scoring 10 points that would be the difference in an otherwise, tight game.

Final Score: Minute Men – 23, Scoreless Second Half Chargers – 14

Sunday Night Football always attracts a big crowd and there were many Patriot fans in attendance.  They must have heard about the great weather we were having out here and decided to join us for this game.  I overheard some fans with distinct northeastern accents mentioning how that this was great…if I recall correctly, they said the weather was “wicked good”.  Okay, I made that wicked good part up, but they were having a great time and did mention the mild weather…as if to lord it over their relatives and friends who were stuck in the cold back east.

We did have good weather.  It was about 70 degrees at kickoff and I came to the game wearing shorts.  Weather this good in December means that the Chargers Girls get to wear the equivalent of “shorts”, their regular skimpy uniforms.  Same old, same old.

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Once again, I ventured out to the Bud Light Power Party to visit the Charger Girls and take some posed photos of the other two lines that I didn’t snap the last game.  Here’s a few samples of what I got.

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The rest will be posted on my personal blog in a few days.

Since this was a nationally televised game, the Chargers organization arranged for a special half time performance of local band P.O.D.  What that meant for me was the return of the big stage in front of my section…so I got no photos of the Katelyn’s line and only a few photos of some of Clarisse’s line…heavily cropped photos and not what I would consider my best stuff.

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Fortunately, they moved the stage after half time and my view of Angela’s and Natalie’s lines were blissfully unaffected.

So let’s begin with the three line Captains that I did get some photos of…Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.  My apologies to Katelyn and her girls.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is our first two time winner of the season. She’s a second year veteran who hails from San Diego and someone whom I refer to as the CG’s golden girl. Introducing…Lindsay!

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Lindsay was killing it during this one sequence.

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Send A Charger Girl to the Pro Bowl!

Your vote counts!  This year, the three candidates for Charger Girl Pro Bowl cheerleader are:  Angela M., Katelyn, and Tina.  But they need your vote.

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The winner gets an all expense paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl.  Be part of the action by voting for your favorite San Diego Charger Girl among the top three candidates chosen by the ladies themselves. The lucky winner will be announced on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Standing Tough – Chargers Last Minute Goal Line Interception Preserves Win Over Rams

[This article was originally published on Thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.]

There’s an old saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough go get an interception”. Okay, I made that up, but it is a fitting description to the events that transpired last Sunday in the fiercely contested game between the visiting St. Louis Rams and the San Diego Chargers.

Backed up to their own four yard yard, the Chargers intercepted a Shaun Hill pass on the goal line with 56 seconds to play to hold off the surging Rams and preserve a three point victory.

Final Score: Chargers – 27, Rams – 24

With the win, the Chargers stay in contention for the AFC West title and remain one game behind the Denver Broncos. As for the Rams, at 4-7 they are out of the playoff race and if to make matters worse, there are persistent rumors of an impending move back to Los Angeles.

As for the Charger Girls, well things are pretty much as they always are…wonderful.

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I stopped by the Bud Light Power Party to visit with the Charger Girls and snap a few posed photos during a lull in their calendar signing. Here’s a few samples.

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We begin this week’s coverage with the Captains: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a San Diego native and second year squad member, introducing…Tina.

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Just Another Day In Paradise: The Chargers vs The Raiders

[This article was originally published on Thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.]

It was another beautiful day in sunny Southern California. The weather was a warm 73 degrees and it finally feels like fall has arrived. Yeah…fall for is us 70 degree weather and clear blue skies…just another day in paradise.

And what a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with some football. This week the Oakland Raiders were in town to test their mettle against the Chargers. After losing the last three games, the Boys in Blue were looking to get healthy against the win less Raiders. Everyone wins against the Raiders. It’s been a year since the Raiders last won, that’s 16 straight losses.

In a rather dull affair, Charger quarterback Philip Rivers threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd on the third play of the game and that was the only points needed to vanquish the Raiders as they could only muster two field goals all game. The Chargers added two field goals of their own to finish the scoring.

Final Score: Chargers – 13, Raiders – 6

Where was I? Oh yeah, paradise. When you live in paradise, this is what your cheerleaders wear in November.

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It was Salute to Service week in the NFL, so the Charger Girls donned sexy military themed uniforms to celebrate the occasion. No parkas and dance pants for the Charger Girls, booyah!

As is customary, we begin this week’s coverage with the Captains: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M., and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day was born in Delaware and raised in California, introducing…Denise.

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Chiefs Shock the Chargers on a Last Minute Field Goal

[This article was originally published on Thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.]

You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting game with a last minute field goal deciding the outcome. Unfortunately for Charger fans, you could have asked for a better outcome as it was the Chiefs who kicked the winning 48 yard field goal to end the Chargers five game win streak.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith deftly managed the ebb and flow of the game, passing for an efficient 221 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 28 passes. Jamaal Charles added 95 yards on the ground and the Chiefs defense held the Chargers to 251 total net yards.

Final Score: Chiefs – 23 Chargers – 20.

All good things come to an end, like five game winning streaks. But as far as the Charger Girls and their fans are concerned…the good times continue to roll!

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The Charger Girls changed the order of the lines this week, so let’s begin by introducing the Captains in the order they appeared in my section: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M, and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a six year veteran and four year Captain…introducing Santa Maria’s own Natalie.

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The Chargers Ground the Jets

[This article was originally published on Thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.]

Everyone who plays fantasy football knows that you need a good quarterback. He’s the most important player on your team because of the impact that he…one player…can have on your future success. If you want to win a Championship, you need an elite quarterback, one that can actually win your fantasy match up on his own…a difference maker.

Real football is a lot like fantasy football. If you don’t have a serviceable quarterback, you can’t move the ball. And if you can’t move the ball, you can’t score. And if you can’t score, you can’t win.

For the most important position on the field, you need a guy that can influence the outcome of the game, a winner. And the Jets don’t have one…yet. And that’s why this past Sunday, the Chargers held the Jets to 151 total net yards in route to a 31 – 0 slaughter.

In a stark contrast, the Chargers have a serviceable quarterback…a good quarterback…a former league leading quarterback in Philip Rivers. And he was able to move the ball at will with a group of journeymen receivers and an undrafted rookie running back as his supporting cast. Rivers threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns against a team with a fairly decent defense. This is what a good quarterback can do for you.

Final Score – Well you know that already.

Fantasy football doesn’t have cheerleaders, but if they did…you have to have a squad like the Charger Girls…difference makers!

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You know it’s going to be hot when you look outside and it’s like the world is overexposed by two stops.

I heard a rumor that Fall is finally here, but you wouldn’t know it in Southern California. It’s still Summer and it was another scorcher Sunday, 100 degrees on the field.  I can’t help but wonder if the hot temperatures affected the play of the Jets, like it did the Seahawks a few weeks ago. I mean, the Chargers can’t be this good…can they?

Oh well…as is custom around here, we begin this week’s coverage with Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn, and Clarisse.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a rookie who hails from Ladera Ranch, CA…introducing Delani!

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Only Half Good: The Jaguars vs The Chargers

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This past Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars leaped into town to play the surging Chargers.  In an effort to shake things up, the winless Jaguars started their quarterback of the future and Blake Bortles showed us why he is so highly regarded.  With a strong arm and a fearless mentality, Bortles completed 29 of 37 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown.  But he also threw two interceptions and showed off why he is the Jags’ quarterback of the future, not the present.

The Jaguars scored 14 first half points, but were held scoreless in the second half as the Chargers put together two solid halves of football and scored 23 unanswered points.  Charger QB Philip Rivers played a complete game, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, leading the Boys in Blue to the victory.

Final Score:  Chargers – 33, Jaguars – 14

With the victory, the Chargers improved to 3 -1, good enough for first place in the AFC West.  The loss drops the Jaguars to 0-4 and keeps them in the running for the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft along with the winless Oakland Raiders.  Might I suggest Todd Gurley, RB from the University of Georgia…or perhaps an offensive lineman or two in next year’s draft.

Well if the Jags were only half good…the Charger Girls were good…all…game…long.

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So a little birdie told me that the Charger Girls were wearing new uniforms…new in the sense that they were newly made, but the same classic Angela King design that is one of the most iconic uniforms in professional cheerleading…if I may say so myself. And if you look closely at some of my prior week’s photos, you could tell the old uniforms were getting threadbare under the sleeves, but these newly made uniforms looked neat, crisp and classy. I guess what I am saying is that the Charger Girls looked sharp…all shiny and brand new.

Well enough uniform chit chat. On with the show! Let us begin with the lovely Line Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.

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I call this week’s Charger Girl of the Day, the Charger Girls’ Golden Girl because…well…she looks golden on the sidelines. From the first day she stepped on the field to this past Sunday, she has always caught my eye with her on field personality, dance ability and All American good looks. This week’s CGOTD is a native San Diegan…introducing second year veteran Lindsay.

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Hot and Bothered in San Diego: The Seahawks vs The Chargers

It was hot in San Diego. Unseasonably hot.  Blazing hot. This game, which on paper seemed to overwhelmingly favor the defending Super Bowl Champions, was really not all that competitive. I mean as the game progressed, it appeared that the Seahawks were being outplayed, out-muscled and out-executed, if that is a word.  They just weren’t really in it after the second quarter and I think it was due to the heat because the Seahawks played like I felt…lifeless.

[Update: Per ESPN it was 118 degrees on the field.]

Final Score: Chargers – 30, Seahawks – 21.

Hot and bothered. I mentioned the heat. Now the “bother”. I was looking forward to this game. It was a day game. It was against the defending Super Bowl Champions and I was hoping to get some great shots of the Charger Girls in a mid afternoon game setting. When I arrived at my seats, my old nemesis was there again…the big, black mobile stage. The stage that I wrote about in the past. Anyway, not to rehash this issue, which you can read about it here, this was a bad thing. Essentially, preventing our section from seeing half of the game. Thus, the “bothered” portion of the title.

My apologies to the first two lines (Angela’s and Natalie’s ) as I did not get the type of images that I would have liked, but I did my best and managed to get a few keepers during the day.

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I guess that’s how it’s gonna be sometimes. If there’s going to be a field performance with a stage, it’s going to be located in my section.

We begin our regular coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.

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Our Charger Girl of the Day is one of the more popular Charger Girls and has developed a loyal fan following. And I count myself as one of them…introducing Shelbi.

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Charger Girls Unveil 2014-15 Swimsuit Calendar

Ricky Henne, Managing Editor
Chargers.com
September 4, 2014

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The hottest dance team in the NFL debuted their calendar Wednesday night.

For the Charger Girls, nothing beats cheering on the Bolts from the sidelines of Qualcomm Stadium each and every home game.

However, their annual swimsuit calendar is an awfully close second.

“This is definitely second to game day, and at this moment right now it may even be first,” said Natalie, a team captain and longest tenured member of the squad. “It’s just a different experience when they unveil the photos because you don’t know what to expect. You were there and wore the outfits but you don’t know what it looks like until tonight. So this is a really nice surprise for all of us and it came out great.”

The Charger Girls honored San Diego by shooting against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Team photographer Mike Nowak has shot the calendar since 1999, and this year’s ranks among the most proud finished products of his tenure.

“We went back to the beach this year, but we had the opportunity to shoot at the Hotel Del,” he said. “You can’t beat that because it’s iconic San Diego with the hottest dance team in the NFL! The girls are amazing to work with. They’re all professional women, amazing dancers and are very easy to work with. They make every day fun to go shoot on location, and the calendar came out great.”

Overall, Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons is particularly proud of the 2014-15 calendar because of this iconic tie to America’s Finest City.

“This year’s calendar is extremely special because it represents San Diego in a way we’ve never been able to capture it,” she said. “Shooting at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, we were able to get the beautiful surrounding beaches and the unique parts of the hotel that truly represent San Diego and what a beautiful city it is.”

The shoot occurred over a four-day stretch earlier this summer, and the finished product was held tightly under wraps until Wednesday night at Moonshine Flats in the Gaslamp Quarter. With the entire team in attendance, Simmons unveiled each photo to loud cheers and a standing ovation. The girls also learned who would grace the cover, which was especially moving for veteran Tawnie who was selected to be on it for the first time.

“Seeing my photo on the cover, I just couldn’t believe it!” she said. “When they showed it my view was kind of blocked, but then all the girls starting shouting ‘Congratulations’ and then it kind of hit me. It’s an incredible honor to be on this team, so it’s incredible to even be on the cover.”
Be the first to showcase the 2014 Charger Girls Cheerleaders to your home or office! The 2014-15 Charger Girls Swimsuit Calendar is now on sale for $17 or get an Autographed Calendar, signed by all 28 Charger Girls for $45

2014 Charger Girls

The San Diego Chargers website has been updated with individual profiles for this year’s Charger Girls. Click here for more!


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Chargers and Cards Kick Up Their Heels In Preseason Finale

The Arizona Cardinals flew into town to play the Chargers in the preseason finale, a prelude to the season opening rematch in Phoenix next week. Their were high kicks a plenty all game long…unfortunately I’m not talking about the Charger Girls. When the final gun sounded, both teams combined to kick seven field goals in a predictably dull game. Without the starters playing for either team, that was the best that could be expected.

Final Score: San Diego Field Goalers – 12, Arizona Field Goalers – 9.

At least the Charger Girls were in mid season form.

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I have said this pretty much every year that I have written for this blog and I will say it again…the only thing good about preseason games are the Charger Girls. It’s just, plain bad football and we get to drive out on a Thursday night and pay full price, we season ticket holders, to watch some football played by guys that won’t be on the team in 48 hours.

The only redeeming aspect is the Charger Girls.  This game was my first chance to see the girls in their regular game day uniforms and that was worth the price of admission.

Okay, enough of the annual diatribe against preseason football…let’s get on with our regular coverage of the Absolutely Fabulous San Diego Charger Girls. We begin with the Captains: Angela, Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.

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SI.com: NFL 2014 Preseason

NFL Preseason is here! Click here to check out Sports Illustrated’s first NFL cheerleader gallery of the season.