Chargers are my team and my obsession - to the point where I
joke with friends that I need professional psychiatric help. After
family, nothing compares to the rush on gamedays at the Murph. Football
is a very special game, and I love to see the Chargers punish other
opponents, especially the Raiders.
in San Diego are my extreme emotional release. The anticipation
builds up throughout the week leading up to gameday. Work is only
a minor detail.
gameday, including the tailgate party, is a major operation, I have
a checklist of things to pack and do for the game. Most preparations
are handled by Saturday evening, including setting the VCR to tape
the game. Final preparations on Sunday morning are done to the sounds
of the NFL Films CD "The Power and the Glory" - the ultimate
NFL fan's CD. Although I live up the hill from the Murph, I cannot
get to the stadium parking lot early enough - that's why I arrive
before the gates open at 6 am to join the other hardcore faithful.
Once there and in the shadow of the Murph, the Bolt Pride party
tailgate party alone is a 4-6 hour Charger family event. Then at
game time, I throw on the game gear, grab the Bolt Pride banners
and head for the Power Corps. My game gear includes a #1 Charger
jersey and black workout gloves. For the record, the #1 represents
my team - not a player, and the gloves make high-fives more violent.
Everything in the Thunder Zone is done
with passion, including high-fives!
seasons are relatively short, and every game is critical. Once the
game starts, like our players, we give it all we've got. When the
game is over we are usually physically and emotionally drained.
It then takes at least 2 days to physically recover and regain our
voices. A Charger win feels good all during the following work week.
While a loss burns in the mind until the Chargers' next game - when
the gameday process is repeated.
or lose - the Chargers are my team, and I love gamedays!