It’s quickly coming into focus. In 20 days, the National Football League will begin its 2013 regular season. Fans and fantasy owners dismiss the first two weeks of the preseason schedule, citing the lack of playing time for regulars and embracing the lazy talk show fodder of preseason ticket prices. The first jaw-dropping hit of […]

As I wrote in my “Lineup Calls” piece on FOXSports.com, my excitement about the Thursday night tilt between Kansas City and San Diego has waned since my initial perusal of the 2012 schedule. I was expecting a battle for the top of the AFC West, and but for Robert Meachem drop against Cleveland (more on […]

I understand that Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and even Jake Locker were banged up heading into the Week 2 contest against San Diego. I understand that there are issues on the offensive line. But, Johnson’s first two weeks of the 2012 season have been an absolute wreck. — He produced four yards on 11 carries […]

The Chargers sustained another huge injury to an offensive weapon when it was revealed that Vincent Brown broke his ankle against the Cowboys. Brown caught a touchdown pass and paid the price when he was hit by Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego estimates that Brown will miss approximately eight weeks because of […]

Each year, I make several long treks along our nation’s highways to take in the glorious sounds of crashing helmets, popping pads and air horns. Yes, I said air horns. It’s a Pavlovian experience. You might not understand. There is a magic in the air that surrounds training camps. You’re not watching NFL players under […]

Fans, pundits and athletes, current and former, have spoken about the shocking death of Junior Seau. I was set to record a podcast when the news broke, news that put me into a strange state. I was rendered speechless. Everyone who knows me understands that that phenomenon just doesn’t happen often. I tried to take […]

The personnel changes came at a rapid pace early in the week. Fans here in southern California were counting the minutes until the San Diego Chargers parted ways with Norv Turner and A.J. Smith. Those fans raised their eyebrows and exclaimed “Huh?” when it was announced on Tuesday that the embattled coach and GM would […]

Amid the fallout of the Buster Posey collision, the start of the NBA Finals and NHL Final and myriad other sports stories came a line on the crawl about former San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf. The embattled former No. 2 overall selection underwent surgery nearly two weeks ago to remove a benign tumor from […]

He stands 6-foot-9. Seriously, he’s got to stay low and drive to keep those passing lanes open. Solder is a converted tight end who used his hands well and learned quickly — he was a finalist for the Outland Trophy in 2010. The Patriots have a ton of picks, as you well know, so they’ll […]

Let me be among the first to reference the classic (in my mind, anyway) film “Rounders” to describe the thoughts of every San Diego fan (and fantasy owner) as Thursday’s game unfolded. “Pay the man his money.” Vincent Jackson, who had appeared in only two games prior to kickoff following an extended holdout and an […]

You can smell it in the air. As sure as the smell of burning firewood and the month-long gluttony that is the holiday season, the Chargers are set to begin their late-season push to the playoffs. The Chargers fell behind 7-0 early, as Kyle Orton went to work ahead of a Knowshon Moreno touchdown plunge […]

Mathews posted a solid yardage total on Monday night’s sloppy track in Kansas City, but he lost a fumble at the end of his biggest run of the night. He also disappeared down the stretch. We watched Mike Tolbert rumble for a 23-yard early in the fourth quarter and Darren Sproles on the field for […]

As we approach the holiday weekend, I thought it only appropriate to do a quick-hit, rapid-fire run through the news stories hitting the wire as we race out the door to barbeques, college football tailgates and face-painting design meetings. Did I go too far? Let’s run through five stories on the wire right now, starting […]