Chiefs Shock the Chargers on a Last Minute Field Goal

You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting game with a last minute field goal deciding the outcome. Unfortunately for Charger fans, you could have asked for a better outcome as it was the Chiefs who kicked the winning 48 yard field goal to end the Chargers five game win streak.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith deftly managed the ebb and flow of the game, passing for an efficient 221 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 28 passes. Jamaal Charles added 95 yards on the ground and the Chiefs defense held the Chargers to 251 total net yards.

Final Score: Chiefs – 23 Chargers – 20.

All good things come to an end, like five game winning streaks. But as far as the Charger Girls and their fans are concerned…the good times continue to roll!

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The Charger Girls changed the order of the lines this week, so let’s begin by introducing the Captains in the order they appeared in my section: Kaitlyn, Clarisse, Angela M, and Natalie.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a five year veteran and three year Captain…introducing Santa Maria’s own Natalie.

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Some Outtakes from the Chargers vs Jets Game

There may be more famous and renown cheerleaders in the NFL, but I like my squad…the Charger Girls.  I like them a lot.  We have some of the most beautiful girls in the NFL and they wear one of the most iconic uniforms in professional cheerleading.   Yep, the Charger Girls are hot.

So…here out some of the outtakes from the Jets game.

I’m going to start with a few images of one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph…Shelbi.  She’s very photogenic and quite beautiful.  But it’s her personality that makes for an interesting photograph and she seems to really enjoy being on the sidelines, a natural performer.

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She has this all American look about her, which is great…but then she’ll thrown down one of these sexy vamp looks that is killer.

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I think she enjoys being a Charger Girl…and I enjoy her being a Charger Girl.

Another Charger Girl who is very popular is Anjelica.

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In addition to being very hot, it was also very bright and most of the Charger Girls were squinting as they were looking into the sun when they were performing for the crowd.

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The Chargers Ground the Jets

Everyone who plays fantasy football knows that you need a good quarterback. He’s the most important player on your team because of the impact that he…one player…can have on your future success. If you want to win a Championship, you need an elite quarterback, one that can actually win your fantasy match up on his own…a difference maker.

Real football is a lot like fantasy football. If you don’t have a serviceable quarterback, you can’t move the ball. And if you can’t move the ball, you can’t score. And if you can’t score, you can’t win.

For the most important position on the field, you need a guy that can influence the outcome of the game, a winner. And the Jets don’t have one…yet. And that’s why this past Sunday, the Chargers held the Jets to 151 total net yards in route to a 31 – 0 slaughter.

In a stark contrast, the Chargers have a serviceable quarterback…a good quarterback…a former league leading quarterback in Philip Rivers. And he was able to move the ball at will with a group of journeymen receivers and an undrafted rookie running back as his supporting cast. Rivers threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns against a team with a fairly decent defense. This is what a good quarterback can do for you.

Final Score – Well you know that already.

Fantasy football doesn’t have cheerleaders, but if they did…you have to have a squad like the Charger Girls…difference makers!

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You know it’s going to be hot when you look outside and it’s like the world is overexposed by two stops.

I heard a rumor that Fall is finally here, but you wouldn’t know it in Southern California. It’s still Summer and it was another scorcher Sunday, 100 degrees on the field.  I can’t help but wonder if the hot temperatures affected the play of the Jets, like it did the Seahawks a few weeks ago. I mean, the Chargers can’t be this good…can they?

Oh well…as is custom around here, we begin this week’s coverage with Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Kaitlyn, and Clarisse.

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This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a rookie who hails from Ladera Ranch, CA…introducing Delani!

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Some Outtakes from the Chargers vs Jaguars Game

I was fortunate last Sunday in that the weather was bright and sunny and that there wasn’t a large stage blocking my view of the Charger Girls.  So needless to say, I took a lot of photos…most of them not suitable, in my opinion, for inclusion in my article.  But, there are always a few leftovers that can be shared here.

The Jaguars have more of a regional following, so there weren’t as many photographers and media people in attendance in comparison to the previous home game against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.  That meant that there were less obstructions on the sidelines and I was able to take more full body shots of the Charger Girls, especially when the Jags were on the other side of the field.

And it is rare that my side of the field is so bereft of game day personnel that I am able to get so many clean shots of the CGs.  So, here are some of the outtakes for your viewing pleasure.

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Look! See the lack of sideline personnel on either side of the field…the Jags had a difficult time getting the ball across the 50 yard line at some points during the game, leaving our half of the field, blissfully absent of all those cameramen, sound guys, game day staff and NFL sychophants! Normally there are people to the left, right, in front and behind the Charger Girls and I have to shoot tight into small windows to get a clean image.

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I always seem to have a lot of good photos of Shelbi…she’s so photogenic and seems to have a great time on the sidelines…all of this makes for an interesting photograph or two.

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Only Half Good: The Jaguars vs The Chargers

This past Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars leaped into town to play the surging Chargers.  In an effort to shake things up, the winless Jaguars started their quarterback of the future and Blake Bortles showed us why he is so highly regarded.  With a strong arm and a fearless mentality, Bortles completed 29 of 37 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown.  But he also threw two interceptions and showed off why he is the Jags’ quarterback of the future, not the present.

The Jaguars scored 14 first half points, but were held scoreless in the second half as the Chargers put together two solid halves of football and scored 23 unanswered points.  Charger QB Philip Rivers played a complete game, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, leading the Boys in Blue to the victory.

Final Score:  Chargers – 33, Jaguars – 14

With the victory, the Chargers improved to 3 -1, good enough for first place in the AFC West.  The loss drops the Jaguars to 0-4 and keeps them in the running for the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft along with the winless Oakland Raiders.  Might I suggest Todd Gurley, RB from the University of Georgia…or perhaps an offensive lineman or two in next year’s draft.

Well if the Jags were only half good…the Charger Girls were good…all…game…long.

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So a little birdie told me that the Charger Girls were wearing new uniforms…new in the sense that they were newly made, but the same classic Angela King design that is one of the most iconic uniforms in professional cheerleading…if I may say so myself.  And if you look closely at some of my prior week’s photos, you could tell the old uniforms were getting threadbare under the sleeves, but these newly made uniforms looked neat, crisp and classy.  I guess what I am saying is that the Charger Girls looked sharp…all shiny and brand new.

Well enough uniform chit chat.  On with the show!  Let us begin with the lovely Line Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.

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I call this week’s Charger Girl of the Day, the Charger Girls’ Golden Girl because…well…she looks golden on the sidelines. From the first day she stepped on the field to this past Sunday, she has always caught my eye with her on field personality, dance ability and All American good looks. This week’s CGOTD is a native San Diegan…introducing second year veteran Lindsay.

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Hot and Bothered in San Diego: The Seahawks vs The Chargers

It was hot in San Diego. Unseasonably hot.  Blazing hot. This game, which on paper seemed to overwhelmingly favor the defending Super Bowl Champions, was really not all that competitive. I mean as the game progressed, it appeared that the Seahawks were being outplayed, out-muscled and out-executed, if that is a word.  They just weren’t really in it after the second quarter and I think it was due to the heat because the Seahawks played like I felt…lifeless.

[Update: Per ESPN it was 118 degrees on the field.]

Final Score: Chargers – 30, Seahawks – 21.

Hot and bothered.  I mentioned the heat.  Now the “bother”.   I was looking forward to this game.  It was a day game.  It was against the defending Super Bowl Champions and I was hoping to get some great shots of the Charger Girls in a mid afternoon game setting.  When I arrived at my seats, my old nemesis was there again…the big, black mobile stage.  The stage that I wrote about in the past.  Anyway, not to rehash this issue, which you can read about it here, this was a bad thing.  Essentially, preventing our section from seeing half of the game.  Thus, the “bothered” portion of the title.

My apologies to the first two lines (Angela’s and Natalie’s ) as I did not get the type of images that I would have liked, but I did my best and managed to get a few keepers during the day.

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I guess that’s how it’s gonna be sometimes.  If there’s going to be a field performance with a stage, it’s going to be located in my section.

We begin our regular coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Angela M., Natalie, Katelyn and Clarisse.

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Our Charger Girl of the Day is one of the more popular Charger Girls and has developed a loyal fan following.  And I count myself as one of them…introducing Shelbi.

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Some Outtakes from the Chargers vs Cardinals Game

The wonder of digital cameras is that while I used to shoot about 8 rolls during the film era, with digital photography I shoot about 1,300 images per game.  That’s a difference of about 1000 images.  You had to be quite deliberate taking specific photos during the film era, but not quite so discriminating these days.  You can just let ‘er rip during their dances.  As a consequence, there are many photos that go unused after discarding the obvious throwaway shots with those extraneous people in the background (which I hate with a passion) or uninteresting subject matter/awkward poses. So, here are the some of the leftovers from last weeks preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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I was very pleased to see that Angela M. was named a Line Captain this year because she is one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph and being in the middle of the line ensures that I get a nice angle of her when she performs.

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