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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 15 – The Dolphins vs. The Chargers: The End of an Era?

I’ve been going to Charger games in San Diego since 1995 and I have been a season ticket holder since 1999. That’s a long time.  And the guys that sit next to me have been going to games for 25 years, but I only seem to remember sitting next to them for about eight of them.  It could have been more, but I don’t remember.  And over the years, I’ve gotten to know some game management people, who are always in my area…the first few years blocking my view of the Charger Girls with an EMT cart or some portable stages for guest performers, but I’ve gotten to know them by asking them to help me out by moving their stuff to the side and they did do their best.  And I’ve meet some security folks that staff the gate I go in every week and other people like the video board camera man and his cable puller.

These are some of the relationships that I have made over the years…people you see at every game…people who are working for the organization or other Chargers fans, season ticket holders such as myself.  And even though these are just people, who like myself, enjoy watching the Chargers play, we share a bond.  One that I didn’t quite understand until this past Sunday.

You see this game felt like it was the last Charger game played in San Diego.  For those of you that may not know, the Chargers are one of three teams that have let it be known that they would like to relocate to Los Angeles.  I didn’t believe it and as recently as that morning, I felt that the Chargers would be playing in San Diego at least until next year because…there is no stadium in Los Angeles and won’t be until 2018 at the earliest.  I couldn’t believe that any team would be playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or the Rose Bowl for two years until the new one was ready.  Maybe one year and that would give the NFL enough time, another twelve months or more to come up with a consensus as to which team or teams would win the relocation lottery.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the NFL owner’s meeting in January.  This game was different than all the others I have attended and it left me with the feeling that this was the end.  There was a different vibe and the San Diego fans in attendance were very loud and vociferous, cheering on the Chargers to victory.  Midway through the fourth quarter, the video board played a retrospective of some the the great Charger players of the past.  They even pulled Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates from the game so that the crowd could applaud them one last time.  Some of the Charger Girls became a bit teary eyed as the game came to a conclusion, perhaps thinking this was the end of something special.  And when the game was over, a few thousand fans gathered near field and just stood there, taking in the atmosphere as the Charger Girls danced for what seemed like an unusually long time.  The security people who normally try to shoo you out of the seating area in the time it takes me to put away my camera equipment, they let us stay and enjoy the moment.  They just stood there, along with the rest of us.  And the sound people played songs of remembrance, like “Auld Lang Syne” and Green Day’s, “Time of your life”.

It was surreal and it did feel like this was the last time that the Chargers would be playing in San Diego.  I mean if the stadium staff and Chargers management were sending us a message, it was loud and clear.  This was an end of an era.  Heck, a guy wearing a game management badge came up to me and introduced himself, saying that he enjoyed my Charger Girl photos…I thought that this was one of those instances where you come by and pay your respects when you know things will never be the same.  I had never met him before, but he wanted to say “hi” or was it “goodbye”.

And then it dawned upon me that this may have been my last game in San Diego…the last time I will shoot the Charger Girls here at Qualcomm.  I became a little sad and felt a loss, if this was in fact the end of the Chargers in San Diego.  It was something that I really didn’t believe possible…until that very moment.

It was my time to leave, so I said my goodbyes to my game day friends and as I hugged my seat mates, something I’ve never done before, I got the sense that in doing so, this was the last time that I would ever see them.

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I understand why the NFL wants to relocate a team to Los Angeles, the second largest market in the nation.  But I don’t understand why they want two to move.  Perhaps its because they want to collect an additional $500 million relocation fee or perhaps the era of the NFL dangling the L.A. market out as bait to extort other localities has run its course.  I don’t know.

It makes sense to me why the Rams would want to move to Los Angeles.  By changing their address, owner Stan Kroenke can triple or quadruple the value of his team.  And I get why the Chargers and Raiders want to explore the Los Angeles market…they have crappy stadiums and why should they have to do with out what other owners get to reap, the financial rewards of a modern venue.

But something deep inside of me says that the Chargers belong in San Diego.  San Diegans deserve the Chargers, heck they’ve only supported them for 54 years.  And if the Chargers do relocate to Los Angeles, it just won’t be the same.  Even though I live in L.A., I enjoy going to Chargers games in San Diego.  I enjoy the laid back vibe of city.  I enjoy the people I meet at the games.  I enjoy photographing my San Diego Charger Girls.  I enjoy the long drive home, where I get to relax my mind as I listen to audio books on CDs.  These are all a part of my game day experience.

Yes, if the Chargers do come to L.A., I probably will buy season tickets…but it won’t be the same.  And if this was the last Chargers game in San Diego, it was the end of an era…and you won’t ever see this again.

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Our Charger Girl of the Day is one of many CGs that call Yorba Linda home…introducing Bridget J.!

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 13 – The Broncos vs. The Chargers: Winning is a Habit

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said, “winning is a habit. ” It is a part of a process of doing the right things repeatedly. He also said, “so is losing”. It may also be said, that losing is a part of a process of doing the wrong things repeatedly. And this past Sunday, both facts were in evidence.

The Broncos continued their winning ways by doing the things that they have been doing right all season long, mainly playing solid defense and running an offense efficiently, if unspectacularly. In contrast, the Chargers continued their losing ways by turning the ball over, playing inconsistently and showing a general lack of toughness that elite teams seem to exude.

So the outcome was not unexpected and the Chargers lost their ninth game of season, while the Broncos won their tenth. The Broncos are playing for home field advantage. The Chargers are playing for the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Final Score: Manning-less Broncos – 17, Chargers – 3

I think Coach Lombardi said it the best:

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

Me? I just hope the Chargers select Alabama running back Derrick Henry with the first pick in the draft next year.

Well, here’s something that will cheer up some Charger fans…

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a rookie from Ladera Ranch, California…introducing Taylor.

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 11 – The Chiefs vs. The Chargers: A K.C. Masterpiece

This past Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs came to town to battle the San Diego Chargers.  The game was originally scheduled to be a prime time affair, but it was “flexed” to a 1:05 pm kickoff to reflect the won loss records of both teams.

How was the contest?  It was a one sided affair with the visiting Chiefs dominating the host Chargers in all phases of the game.  It was perhaps, a wise choice for the NFL decision makers to move this game from a national prime time telecast to a more modest viewing audience as this game was a stinker through and through.

Final Score: Chiefs – 33, Chargers – 3

With the loss, the Chargers moved into a tie with the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns for the honor of being the worst team in the NFL.  At least the Chargers will get a high draft pick for this season’s efforts.

The only consolation for the die hard Charger fans in attendance…the hottest dance team in the NFL, your Charger Girls!

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With the flexing of this game, a night game became a day game and the late November date posed some problems with the lighting.  As the game started, there was some direct sunlight which gave way to a mix of shade and spotty sunlight which was succeeded by direct shade with strong back lighting in the fourth quarter…all of which led to some inconsistent and challenging shooting conditions.  Geez, I would have preferred the consistent dim light of a prime time game to this and who knows, perhaps the Chargers would have played better at night.

Okay, enough misery. Let’s get on with the fun stuff and begin this week’s coverage with the Captains: Kayla, Tina, Tawnie, and Katelyn.

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The Charger Girl of the Day honor goes to the cheerleader who game me the most memorable photos and it is somewhat of a rarity that a girl wins this award more than once in a season, but indeed we have a two time winner this week…introducing Delani…a two time Charger Girl of the Day.

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 9 – Da Bears vs. The Chargers: A Renewal of an Old Rivalry

Da Chicago Bears came to town and brought some fall like weather with them for another titanic Monday Night Football clash.  With this game, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler renewed a long standing rivalry with Charger quarterback Philip Rivers, a rivalry that goes back to 2006 when Cutler played for the Denver Broncos.  Those games were marked by competitive play and a noticeable amount of animus between the two signal callers.  And this game was no different.  The Chargers took an early 13 point lead, but Da Bears countered with a one yard Jay Cutler touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett to narrow the score.  The teams traded scoring opportunities until the fourth quarter when Da Bears scored the go ahead touchdown on a circus catch from Cutler to Zach Miller with 3.19 to go, dashing the hopes of the Chargers.

Final Score: Da Bears – 22, Da Chargers – 19

With the loss, the San Diego Chargers drop to 2-7 on the year, further depressing the enthusiasm of those local fans who have yet to give up on the team.  You may recall that the San Diego Chargers have announced their intention to move the franchise to Los Angeles and that intent has been an albatross on the team, leading to a decrease in Charger fan attendance.  And Monday was no exception.  It almost seemed like a Bears home game with all those fans wearing orange and blue.

But alas, it was not a Bears home game.  It was in fact, a Chargers home game.  And how could you tell…Da Bears don’t have cheerleaders and Da Chargers do!

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It was the annual Salute to Service game and the Charger Girls donned special military themed uniforms to honor our servicemen and servicewomen.  Hmmmm. I wonder if the Department of Defense paid the Charger Girls to wear these special uniforms.  Well done if they did!

Enough chit chat.  Let’s begin this week’s coverage by recognizing the Captains: Kayla, Tina, Tawnie, and Katelyn.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a second year veteran and native San Diegan…introducing Elizabeth.

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 7 – The Raiders vs. The Chargers: Halloween Comes Early to San Diego

Halloween came early to San Diego.  Hordes of Raider fans with painted faces and wildly bizarre costumes, descended upon the friendly confines of Qualcomm Stadium.  Friendly in that the host Chargers displayed the kind of points scoring generosity to the Raiders as one would give handfuls of candy to costumed kids on Halloween.  To say that Raiders kicked the Charger’s ass was an understatement and somewhat of an unexpected surprise.  I guess all those years of finishing last in the AFC West is paying out handsomely in a bevy of young draft talent, namely quarterback Derek Carr and future all pro wide receiver Amari Cooper, who combined to scare the heck out of Charger defenders.  And if the final score seemed close, it was only because the Raiders defense decided to take it off in the fourth quarter, well after the outcome was decided.  After all, the Raiders scored all the points they needed in the first half.

Final Score: Scary Pirates – 37, Hapless Chargers – 29.

Well if the game play was a trick, the Charger Girls were a treat!

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Its the end of October and its still hot out here in Southern California!  Hey, I like warm weather as much as anyone, but c’mon man.  85 degrees and humid?  Its autumn.  In a month and half it should be winter.  But I am not complaining (okay, I am) because good weather means, good shooting!  However, a cool and crisp fall Sunday would be a nice change of pace.

The Charger Girls changed things up a bit and mixed the order in which their lines showed up in my part of Qualcomm, so let’s begin this week’s coverage with the Line Captains as they appeared before my section: Kayla, Tina, Tawnie, and Katelyn.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is one of three former Arizona Pommies on the CGs…introducing first year Charger Girl Allie!

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 5 – The Steelers vs. The Chargers on Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football is always a big deal and a game with the Pittsburgh Steelers is a big, big deal.  Their fans always travel well and for a Monday Night Football game, there were Steeler fans coming out of the woodwork.  Every where you turned, they were people wearing black and yellow.  In fact there were hundreds of Steeler fans at the Bud Light Power Party, most of them lined up in front of the Charger Girls booth.  Heck, it was like they never had seen NFL cheerleaders before…that’s right, they don’t have them!

Well as it would turn out, Steeler fans were doubly lucky.  They pulled out a close win on the last play of the game AND they got to see the hottest dance team in the NFL, your Charger Girls. Psst!  Between you and me, if I had to choose between a win or the Charger Girls…I choose the Charger Girls.

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Night games are always tricky to shoot because…its at night and there’s not a lot of light…okay not a lot of good light, just that sickly yellow green tinted mercury vapor illumination.  And for a Monday Night Game there were double the amount of people on the sidelines…you know, ESPN vested guys, NFL vested guys, Media vested guys…all of them conspiring to get in the way of my shot of the Charger Girls.  And the Chargers, in their infinite wisdom, brought back a huge stage in front of my seats.  Its a wonder, I got the images I got.

Let’s begin with the Charger Girl Captains: Tawnie, Katelyn, Kayla, Tina.

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Our Charger Girl of the Day is a rookie who calls Mission Viejo her hometown, introducing…Rebecca.

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Road Trip 2015 – The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

This past weekend, I made a road trip to visit the Phoenix area and to see the 2015 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders in person. I have covered their auditions over the past several years, but this year I was not able to attend and I was very interested in seeing the new squad in person. They have a new director, Kristina Ferdig who was a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and I was looking forward to seeing the changes she brought to the sidelines being that it has been a couple of years since I last attended a game here.

And I was very pleasantly surprised. The girls are gorgeous and there are more opportunities to photograph the girls interacting with the crowd, which for me was the reason why I came to Phoenix.

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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 1 – The Lions vs. The Chargers

An old proverb says that it is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Well if that day was Sunday, it might have been better if the Lions were sheep because at least the Rams won.

The NFC North division Lions made a rare appearance in Southern California and many of us fantasy football players were excited to see how a couple of rookie running backs would play. Lion Ameer Abdullah played like…a lion and had himself 129 all purpose yards and a touchdown, while his Charger counterpart, Melvin Gordon, had 51 rushing yards and a costly fumble. Well at least the Chargers had Danny Woodhead to bail them out.  He scored two clutch touchdowns. Quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 404 yards and threw two second half touchdowns to rally the Chargers to victory.

Final Score: Chargers – 33, Lions – 28.

Well Philip Rivers wasn’t the only one having a good day, so was The Hottest Dance Team in the NFL, your Charger Girls.

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It was another hot and sunny day in San Diego…I can’t wait for cooler weather because I really hate being all hot and sweaty…but that’s how it usually is for me when I photograph the Charger Girls. And speaking of hot things, let’s begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Tawnie, Katelyn, Kayla, and Tina.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a former Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader who found her way back home to California…introducing Laguna Niguel’s own Roxi.

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2015 NFL Preseason Week 3 – The Seahawks vs The Chargers

Week 3 of the preseason saw the Seattle Seahawks fly into San Diego to play the Chargers in a titanic battle of…okay…it was just another preseason game. The defending Super Bowl Champions…uh…Super Bowl runner ups survived the unseasonably hot weather to prevail in the last minute on a 60 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, 16-15.

If you like kicks, this was a game for you as three kickers combined to score six field goals. Yawn. Me? I like kicks of a different sort.

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The San Diego Chargers honored the men and women in uniform at this past Saturday’s game, holding their 27th annual Salute to the Military celebration. The Charger Girls were adorned in military themed uniforms to cheer on the boys in blue, but it was to no avail as the Chargers succumbed to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.

Side note: I never played a down of football in my life, but I am smart enough to know that if you are on the opponent’s one yard line in the Super Bowl with seconds left in the game and you have a player nicknamed “Beastmode”, you feed him the ball…on second down…on third down…and on fourth down.

I am a proud San Diego Chargers season ticket holder and a Charger Girl fan…like most of you reading this article. So let’s kick off this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the captains: Tawnie, Katelyn, Kayla, and Tina.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a second year veteran who really caught my eye this year…introducing Delani!

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2015 NFL Preseason Week 1 – The Cowboys vs The Chargers

NFL football is back! And its better than ever…okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration…okay, that’s more than a bit of exaggeration.  But hey, it’s football…preseason football…but football nonetheless. And if you are like me, tired of watching the glacial paced Major League Baseball, preseason NFL football is a god send.  Why?  Because MLB doesn’t have cheerleaders…at least not like the NFL.

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I do like watching preseason football.  Not because it is good, per se, but because I play fantasy football and I am always trying to glean some tidbit of information on up and coming players or some sort of intelligence on new coaches with new schemes in new places.  For example, many years ago, I was intrigued at the prospects of a young and talented running back from the University of Tennessee, named Arian Foster.  He was an undrafted free agent and definitely under the radar, but after watching a preseason game in which he rushed for a touchdown and had another one called back, he was a player to watch.  And when draft day came around, I selected him and rode him to a fantasy football championship.  He has been a productive player for several years, before injuries ravaged his hamstrings and groin.

So what did I learn this past weekend when the Dallas Cowboys came to visit the San Diego Chargers…not a damn thing.  There wasn’t much passing.  There wasn’t much rushing.  There wasn’t much quality football played.  And what did I learn about Tony Romo or Joseph Randle?  Nothing because they didn’t play.  Or what about highly touted Charger rookie Melvin Gordon?  Not much from his six carry, eleven yard performance.

The starters played only one or two series, if they played at all, and the rest of the game was relegated to scrubs and guys who won’t even make the 53 man roster.  Heck the Cowboys even played Lache Seastrunk…Lache Seastrunk?  The last time I read about him was when he left the University of Oregon in a cloud of mystery surrounding his recruitment.  That’s how bad it was.

But quality football was not the reason why I drove 120 miles to San Diego.  No.  It was to scout out a different sort of fantasy football team…the Charger Girls.  And they did not disappoint.  So let’s take our first look at the 2015 Charger Girls and we begin with the Captains: Tawnie, Kayla, Katelyn, Tina.

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This year many of my favorite Charger Girls from years past retired, but there was one special girl who returned for her third year and she happens to be our first Charger Girl of the Day for 2015…introducing Shelbi.

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Little known fact about Shelbi – she was crowned third runner up in this year’s Miss California USA pageant!

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Road Trip: The 2015 Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is a fun filled week of activities for the football fan…or at least it was when I went back in 1995 and 1996. Back then, it was held in Honolulu, Hawaii and it was pretty much five days of football fun set in the most beautiful tropic resort area in the United States. If you tired of schmoozing with retired NFL greats or shooting the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders, you could always check out one of the many attractions that Hawaii has to offer or hang out in the North Shore, like I did.

Good times.

So when I heard that the Pro Bowl was coming to Glendale, Arizona, I was intrigued by the possibilities. And when Mad Max, our former Arizona Correspondent who now lives in the Midwest, invited me to go to the game, I was excited at the prospect of shooting the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders once again and checking out this new fangled, NFL fantasy football game they now call the Pro Bowl.

Well to make a long story short, the game is not what it once was and the NFL may be struggling to figure out how to maintain the Pro Bowl’s relevance in an era where All Star games are more like MTV’s old Rock N’ Jock than real sports play.

At least the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders were the same…and by that I mean top notch!

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Weekend At Bernie’s – Part Deux

This past weekend, I spent some quality time over at Bernie’s. That would be Bernie Lilavois and the Ontario Fury of the MASL. Indoor soccer is fast and furious, kind of like what Arena Football is to NFL football. The action is non stop, the scoring is sudden, and this weekend…physical. I went to see some indoor soccer and a hockey game broke out.

Yes, there is boarding in the MASL and like hockey, when you slam a player into the boards, that’s a penalty. And yes, there are goons in the MASL and like hockey, when you cheap shot a guy, there will be retaliation.

I saw a lot of hockey type action in the two Fury games that I attended…and as a spectator…it was a lot of fun to see. Fast break action and thuggish play to boot! Well, I guess that’s one way to try to stop the Fury…or not…both opponents, the Turlock Express and the Las Vegas Legends, lost to the home team.

But the real reason for my return visit was the Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Lynae de Leon, the director of the dance team, let me know that the Ladies of Ontario Fury were going to be performing a special Cowgirl themed dance on Sunday, so I was eager to forgo my NFL Championship Game watching to be able to photograph the hottest dance team in the MASL one more time.

So here is a collection of images taken over the course of two days with the lovely Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Broncos Kick The Chargers When They Are Down

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

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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Patriots Strong Second Half Dooms Chargers

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

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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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