I just had an epiphany. Ok, maybe I knew this before, but today just reassured what I already knew in a big way. I am addicted to San Diego Chargers football. Not just football, but the thrill of a Chargers victory. My epiphany is that I get why people jump out of the bandwagon. The taste of victory is so much better then the taste of defeat. While one is sweet and you want to savor it as long as you can, the other is bitter and you cannot wait to get the bad taste out of your mouth.
This would explain why so many San Diegans claim to be Bronco, Patriot or Green Bay fans (just to name a few) because over their lifetime they liked the taste of victory and simply chose their team based on their need. Well, my Bolt faithful, I know you, like me, do not understand that. Because, it is not just about the win, it’s about the Chargers win, and that is what we got today.
There were times today when I put my hands on my head and worried. I would look around at the almost 70,000 other fans sitting with me at Qualcomm and I would see others with the same posture. But we didn’t give up. We took our hands off our heads, lifted our heads high and kept rooting for our team. The Chargers, it has always been the Chargers and it will always be the Chargers and that is why we are who we are.
Victory is sweet and the Chargers beat the Cowboys 30 – 21 on a perfect San Diego day. Rivers, Gates and Mathews all made the milestones I had suggested they might make this morning. Rivers threw for his 200th career touchdown, Gates passed Ozzie Newsome for fourth all time in receptions by a tight end and our finally healthy Ryan Mathews got enough rush yards to catch Keith Lincoln (2,698), the become the Chargers’ seventh all-time leading rusher.
Perhaps the victory is sweeter when it is not easy.