If this isn't "news you can use," I don't know what is. Here's a link to the story we discussed on the show about getting bigger portions at Chipotle:
Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez made it 78 years without hitting a shot like this one. Now, he owns the ultimate golf blooper.Yes, Chi Chi hits himself in the Cha Chas:
At 4-6 and riding a 3-game losing streak, the last thing the Chargers need is bad publicity, but that's exactly what they're getting right now, and it's coming from an unexpected source.
I receieved an email last week alerting me to an article in the Gallaudet University student newspaper, the "Buff and Blue." You may not know much (anything) about Gallaudet (I didn't), but it's a Washington, DC-area liberal arts college for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Impressively, the Bison have a strong NCAA football program, and are headed to the Division III playoffs this season after winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title.
The Gallaudet football field also happens to be where the Chargers practiced on the Saturday before their game against the Washington Redskins earlier this month. The visit by the Chargers wasn't publicized, but word got around campus, and a handful of students, including some football players, dropped by Hotchkiss Field to watch Philip Rivers and company walk-through their gameplan for the Redskins.
Anyone familiar with NFL and Chargers policy probably knows what happened next. The students were turned away by security guards. Chargers practice was a closed affair.
In response, William Gordon III wrote an editorial in the "Buff and Blue" headlined, "The San Diego Chargers Disrespect Gallaudet."
That article was brought to my attention in the following outraged email from a Gallaudet alum:
My first instinct was to laugh. NFL teams guard their secrets closely, and would never let outsiders observe a Saturday practice. After all, the Redksins could send spies down to Gallaudet to learn exactly what plays the Chargers might run on 1st & goal from the 1-yard line. The level of outrage in the email was absurd. Karma cost the Chargers the game? Really?
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I'm the one who's out-of-touch here. I'm sure the Chargers weren't intentionally rude, and certainly not disrespectful of Gallaudet's deaf students, but unless you're familiar with the deadly serious business of the NFL, it probably seems very reasonable that students could walk over to their own football field and enjoy seeing some genuine professional athletes practice their craft.
The NFL and the real world are two very different things, and the Chargers (and every other team) would do well to remember that what may be standard procedure at team headquarters could be viewed as downright rude in other parts of the country.
Of course, I don't believe the Chargers disrespected Gallaudet University or owe anyone an apology, but it's something to think about the next time they're on the road, and using someone else's facilities.
Time once again for my Chargers "3 Questions" blog...a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Chargers vs. Dolphins edition:
QUESTION ANSWERED: Will the Chargers sneak into the playoffs in 2013? Sadly, it appears the answer to this question will be no. Had the Chargers won yesterday's game, they would have moved into the 6th slot in the AFC playoff chase by virtue of a 5-5 record and a conference record tiebreaker over the Jets. The loss was costly, though, dropping the Chargers all the way to 13th in the AFC standings, losing every tiebreaker to other 4-6 teams like the Titans, Raiders, Ravens, Steelers, and Browns. To have any shot at the playoffs, the Chargers will now need to go 6-0, or at least 5-1 with a great deal of help. Bad news in Bolt town.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: How do the Chargers solve their problems in the red zone? Once again, settling for field goals instead of touchdowns likely cost the Chargers a win, but the problems extend beyond the 20-yard line. As solid as Nick Novak has been this season, the Chargers should expect at least 3 points every time they drive inside the opponent's 35-yard line. Well, that happened on 8 of 10 possessions against the Dolphins. Just kick a field goal every time, and the Bolts score 24 points, enough to win the game. Once again, however, the Chargers gave up too many negative plays (sacks and penalties) once they got within shouting distance of the endzone, converting just one touchdown and three field goals out of those 8 opportunities.
QUESTION CREATED: What area of weakness will be the Chargers' biggest concern in the offseason? While secondary play remains a huge problem, drafting one cornerback will hardly fix the team's defensive issues. Cam Thomas has struggled as an every down nose tackle, and the Chargers still need more help on the offensive line to protect Philip Rivers. Tom Telesco and his scouting department will be busy over the next few months.