I’m probably not making any big posts tonight due to my attention being focused on the Broncos/Chargers game. Usually I’m able to blog during Monday Night Football, but I’m too focused on this game to collect any thoughts.
As I watch this game, the more I realize how much I loathe the Chargers. I think there are some teams that the national media becomes infatuated with, maybe it’s due to the supposed level of talent, or a specific player they want to rally behind – but it seems like the Chargers are one of those teams that the media is simply in denial about. The Chargers have been pretty sub-par for the last two years, yet the media still tries to see them as a Super Bowl team.
Even tonight, when the ESPN pre-game show was going across their screen, they had 3-4 of the commentators going for the Chargers. Never mind the fact that they’re injured on their offensive line, that Shawne Marriman isn’t the player he once was before he got injured, or that LaDainian Thomlinson has fallen from grace. Somehow they manage to ignore that and still see the Chargers as the darlings of the AFC West, which they’ve penciled into their playoff brackets.
Media infatuation aside, I also loathe the Chargers because of Phillip Rivers and the way he gets a pass for all of his trash-talking that he does. He always looks like a spoiled kid whenever they are on top, but if they face a shred of adversity he’s nowhere to be found.
So yes, it was fantastic watching the Broncos win tonight and continue to prove the national media was wrong: both about the Chargers and about the level of play coming from the Broncos.