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Greeting, Gameday Extra

Posted by Christopher Smith on June 25, 2010 – 6:15 PM

Chargers Park has cleared out, the World Cup still is more than 12 hours from resuming and I’m an hour from my Friday workout in the weight room here.

I figure this is as good a time as any to introduce myself and what I’ll be doing for you, the fan.

My athletic career fizzled at the small Division I level. I ran track at Samford University and specialized in the 800-meter dash, although I did compete on the 4×400 relay team with Pro Bowl cornerback Cortland Finnegan of the Titans.

I’ve spent the last several years bouncing from place to place, starting with an internship with the Broncos in Denver, then to Nashville with the Titans, D.C. with the Washington Post, Farmington, N.M. with the Farmington Daily Times, back to Birmingham a few times and now to San Diego.

The only other time I visited, I took what I remember as a cab ride in excess of $30 to buy a couple of double-double combos at In-N-Out on Dec. 23, 2007, in advance of the Monday Night Football game between Denver and San Diego on Christmas Eve.

In my travels, I’ve found a common thread for all parts of the country.

Our weather here is crazy, everyone says. Only, crazy is a relative term. It’s normal for cities to have deep variance in their weather patterns. The only place that hasn’t claimed that word? San Diego, which has the craziest weather that I’ve seen. A regular 10-degree window for a 24-hour period into June that centers around room temperature is a rare find in the United States, although they’re well-documented in the Southern California tourism department.

So about the site. I’ve been here about a month now, and I’ve just launched a Twitter account (@SDchargersdude) and this blog.

Please check back here, as I’ll do my best to bring you the minutiae you might not find from the other media. Expect extra tidbits, more quotes from the players and anything that doesn’t quite make it to the main story on the site.

There will be plenty of overflow here during training camp. Can’t get enough practice reports? Expect a more detailed, hardcore football fan report here, among other things.

If you have any questions, or you’d like me to address something or cover something, e-mail me at christopher.smith@chargers.nfl.com.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on some new ideas to infuse some life into the Gameday publication. Today I scrounged for a two-page spread in the static section, which does not change from the beginning of the year to the end. I crunched some numbers on the AFC West since 2004.

I won’t give away everything, but to understand San Diego’s sheer dominance, here’s the point differential for all regular season games for each franchise during that span:

San Diego: +782
Denver: +63
Kansas City: -274
Oakland: -773

Enjoy U.S.-Ghana tomorrow.

Stay true and keep pounding,
Christopher


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6 Responses to “Greeting, Gameday Extra”

  1. By Boltning - DFW Fan on Jun 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Chris!

    Welcome home man. Cant wait to see what you have in store for us!

  2. By Michael on Jun 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m excited very for the new blog. Welcome to Charger’s country! Whose jersey will you be wearing?

  3. By sonorajim on Jun 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Chris! Welcome. I like the sound of minutae, extra tidbits, more quotes and a more detailed, hardcore football fan report.
    Bring it on.
    Thanks, Jim.

  4. By JoeChaegerPower on Jun 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Christopher,

    After reading your entry I see that you have (and are) enjoying three of the main reasons to love San Diego, the Chargers , the weather and In-And-Out Double Doubles…

    We’ve had season tickets for 32 years and have really enjoyed the last decade (for the most part) as far as a higher win count for our beloved Chargers. We hope this year proves to be great for you and our team.

    Welcome to San Diego!

    Joe

  5. By JoeChargerPower on Jun 28, 2010 | Reply

    You’d think that after 32 years I’d know how to spell “Charger” correctly…as in “JoeChargerPower”

  6. By Joel Price on Jun 28, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome aboard Chris, good to have you here.

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