Broncos Kick The Chargers When They Are Down

Another week, another big game.  This time, it was the Denver Broncos who rode into town to play the Chargers and like the Patriots last week, the Broncos brought a whole lot of orange clad fans to watch the festivities.   And if you like field goals, this was the game for you as the Broncos kicked five of them in route to a convincing victory over the suddenly listless Chargers.

Final Score: Bucking Broncos – 22, Sparkless Chargers – 10.

With the victory, the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West title and secured a spot in the playoffs.  As for the Chargers, well…we have the Charger Girls in their blue velvet Christmas uniforms!

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It was another beautiful day in San Diego…stop me if you heard this before…beautiful blue skies and sunshine.  What that meant for me, photographically speaking, was mixed lighting in the first half and shadows in the second…just another day in paradise.

Okay let’s get on with our final game day report of the season and begin with the Captains: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph and one that I can always count on for a great shot…introducing Angela M.

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Angela is getting married soon, so this might be her last year on the squad. And I hear there might be a few more retirements among the more veteran Charger Girls…and I thought last year was a bad one with 14 veterans leaving the team. Well, I would encourage them all to reconsider retirement because you rarely get a second bite of the apple. And I got a $100 bucks for one CG in particular, if she returns…you know who you are.

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The Portraits – 12/07/14

Here are the remainder of the portraits of Natalie’s and Clarisse’s line from last Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

I don’t feel too bad snapping these pics because there’s always a lull during their calendar signing. It seems like there’s a line up of autograph seekers when the girls arrive and after the last one is finished, there’s a lot of time for people to snap some individual shots.  And let me say, there were a lot of Patriot fans asking to pose for photos with the Charger Girls…seems like they’ve never seen professional cheerleaders before, judging by the way they were lustily posing with the Charger Girls.

Here’s a nice shot of Shelbi for her fan club. She will be competing in the 2015 Miss California USA pageant in January along with former Charger Girls Jenny Ting and Alexis Swanstrom.

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And this is Natalie, a sixth year veteran that has only two more years to tie the record for longest tenured Charger Girl.  (Hint, hint)

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Here’s Gabrielle with a classic cheerleader pose.

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Elizabeth is Muy Caliente!

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Is this Devin or Whitney?

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The astute reader will have noticed that I am kind of posting these in reverse alphabetical order, so it’s DEVIN!

(I hope I am correct…no, it’s Devin…yeah I’m sure…Devin)

“Hello, Clarisse”, he said with an Anthony Hopkins intonation. Yeah…that never gets old.

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Up next are a pair of Bridgets, who attended two different PAC 12 schools…ASU and Oregon.

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Up next is Alexis. You know, I’ve often wondered what kind of car she drives? My guess…a Lexus.

(Hey, you wanna see the photos, you gotta put up with the puns! Dems the rules, Pal-ly.)

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There were more than a few Patriots fans at the Bud Light Power Party, ogling the Charger Girls and trying to be “too cool for school”.  So I happened to mention to them that Alexa was a former New England Patriots Cheerleader and that her father was former Patriot and Charger QB Doug Flutie. That seemed to impress those “townies”.

Maybe this will impress them too.

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And we conclude with Alexandra from the great city of La Canada, CA, home to many scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was a former Clippers Spirit dancer and member of the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team.

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That’s all for now.  Next week…the Christmas Uniform game against the Denver Broncos.  Woo Hoo!  Go Chargers!

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Okay, one last test…Devin or Whitney?

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa will once again be in the Bud Light Power Party Bearing Gifts!

He will be checking his list to see if the Charger Girls were naughty or nice.  And this Santa prefers his Charger Girls to be a little naughty, but that’s beside the point.

On a serious note, I will be handing out disks of the images that I took throughout the season, for each and every Charger Girl.  This is my way of thanking each and every one of you for giving me so much pleasure in photographing your performances throughout this season.

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If your line is not appearing in the Bud Light Power Party this Sunday, please note that I will give your disks to one of the Captains in attendance (the last one to make an appearance there).  So make sure you check with them, to get yours.

Merry Christmas, Charger Girls!

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Patriots Strong Second Half Dooms Chargers

This past Sunday, the New England Patriots were in town to play the Chargers in a nationally televised game.

This was a big game.  An important game.  One that had playoff implications for both teams.  The first half was a see saw affair, with the Patriots scoring first on a 22 yard field goal by Stephen Gosktowski.  But the Chargers scored the next fourteen points on a touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Malcom Floyd and a 53 yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by defensive back Darrell Stuckey.  It was the Patriots turn next and they scored ten points to end the half.

After the break, you got the feeling that the Patriots were on the verge of something big.  An injury to punter Mike Scifres in the first half meant that kicker Nick Novak would have to take over punting duties for the Chargers and in the second half the Chargers lost the battle of field position.  Every Patriot possession seemed to start from their 40 yard line because the Chargers couldn’t seem to move the ball beyond their 30 yard line.  And though Tom Brady wasn’t having a particularly Tom Brady-like day, when you start your drives near midfield, you are eventually going hit pay dirt.

And in the fourth quarter, the Patriot struck gold twice, scoring 10 points that would be the difference in an otherwise, tight game.

Final Score: Minute Men – 23, Scoreless Second Half Chargers – 14

Sunday Night Football always attracts a big crowd and there were many Patriot fans in attendance.  They must have heard about the great weather we were having out here and decided to join us for this game.  I overheard some fans with distinct northeastern accents mentioning how that this was great…if I recall correctly, they said the weather was “wicked good”.  Okay, I made that wicked good part up, but they were having a great time and did mention the mild weather…as if to lord it over their relatives and friends who were stuck in the cold back east.

We did have good weather.  It was about 70 degrees at kickoff and I came to the game wearing shorts.  Weather this good in December means that the Chargers Girls get to wear the equivalent of “shorts”, their regular skimpy uniforms.  Same old, same old.

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Once again, I ventured out to the Bud Light Power Party to visit the Charger Girls and take some posed photos of the other two lines that I didn’t snap the last game.  Here’s a few samples of what I got.

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The rest will be posted here in a few days.

Since this was a nationally televised game, the Chargers organization arranged for a special half time performance of local band P.O.D.  What that meant for me was the return of the big stage in front of my section…so I got no photos of the Katelyn’s line and only a few photos of some of Clarisse’s line…heavily cropped photos and not what I would consider my best stuff.

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Fortunately, they moved the stage after half time and my view of Angela’s and Natalie’s lines were blissfully unaffected.

So let’s begin with the three line Captains that I did get some photos of…Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.  My apologies to Katelyn and her girls.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is our first two time winner of the season. She’s a second year veteran who hails from San Diego and someone whom I refer to as the CG’s golden girl. Introducing…Lindsay!

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Lindsay was killing it during this one sequence.

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Send A Charger Girl to the Pro Bowl!

Your vote counts!  This year, the three candidates for Charger Girl Pro Bowl cheerleader are:  Angela M., Katelyn, and Tina.  But they need your vote.

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The winner gets an all expense paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl.  Be part of the action by voting for your favorite San Diego Charger Girl among the top three candidates chosen by the ladies themselves. The lucky winner will be announced on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

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The Portraits – 11/23/14

I don’t often bring a camera to the Bud Light Power Party at Qualcomm Stadium and I don’t usually take photos of the Charger Girls working the autograph line. But I thought I would mix it up and get some posed photos, if there was a lull in the signing. There was and here are the photos from 11/23/14 game against the Rams.

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Standing Tough – Chargers Last Minute Goal Line Interception Preserves Win Over Rams

There’s an old saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough go get an interception”.  Okay, I made that up, but it is a fitting description to the events that transpired last Sunday in the fiercely contested game between the visiting St. Louis Rams and the San Diego Chargers.

Backed up to their own four yard yard, the Chargers intercepted a Shaun Hill pass on the goal line with 56 seconds to play to hold off the surging Rams and preserve a three point victory.

Final Score: Chargers – 27, Rams – 24

With the win, the Chargers stay in contention for the AFC West title and remain one game behind the Denver Broncos.  As for the Rams, at 4-7 they are out of the playoff race and if to make matters worse, there are persistent rumors of an impending move back to Los Angeles.

As for the Charger Girls, well things are pretty much as they always are…wonderful.

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I stopped by the Bud Light Power Party to visit with the Charger Girls and snap a few posed photos during a lull in their calendar signing.  Here’s a few samples.

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We begin this week’s coverage with the Captains: Katelyn, Clarisse, Angela M. and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a San Diego native and second year squad member, introducing…Tina.

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