2016 Charger Girls – The Portraits

This past Thursday, I made the trek to the Bud Light Power Party at Qualcomm Stadium to visit with the Charger Girls and snap a few candid photos.  It was a couple of hours before kick off when I arrived.  Usually, there is a long line of people waiting to get an autograph, but for a Thursday Night Football game that kicked off at 5:20 pm local time, there weren’t a lot of people at the event.  I guess a lot of fans were still getting off of work, but this was fortuitous as I was able to get some quality time that I might not normally have gotten when there’s a long line of admirers.

So here’s some snapshots of Delani’s line: Delani, Shelbi, Lauryn, Shelby, Sydni, Rose, and Courtney.








And here are a few snaps of Teran’s line: Teran, Tawnie, Karissa, Blake, Elaine, Kayla Ann, and Melissa.








Normally two of the four lines appear in the Bud Light Power Party to sign autographs.  And if the line isn’t too long next time, I hope to get the other two Charger Girls lines as well.  We shall see, but that’s all for now.

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Fourth Quarter Meltdown Averted As The Chargers Find A Way To Win

The Chargers have an annoying history of losing games they are leading in the fourth quarter. Four times this season, the Chargers took a lead into the fourth quarter, only to lose three of them in a rather disappointing fashion. Mistakes, lack of effort and poor execution have led to what can only be called as three epic meltdowns. It’s not that the Chargers opponents played exceptionally well in coming back…they did enough to win, sure enough…but it was the way the Chargers played in the last few minutes, essentially giving those games away, that has caused so much disappointment and frustration. The opposing teams didn’t win the game; the Chargers lost them…and lost them…and lost them.

And history has a way of repeating itself, at least in San Diego. Before a nationally televised game, the Chargers dominated the defending Super Bowl Champions for 3 1/2 quarters, taking a 19 -3 lead into the fourth quarter. On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Broncos were penalized in their own end zone, giving the Chargers a safety and a seemingly insurmountable 21-3 lead considering how poorly the Broncos’ offense had played up to that point.

And then the tide turned. With 8:18 minutes left on the clock, the Broncos scored a touchdown on a short pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler to cut the lead to 11 points. The sleeping giant had awoken and started moving the ball against Chargers defense. The hometown fans breathed a sigh of relief when a touchdown pass from Siemian to C.J. Anderson was called back and a fumble two plays later was recovered by the Chargers with 3:43 left on the clock. But the meltdown was only beginning.

Unable to get a first down or milk the clock, the Chargers punted the ball back to the Broncos with 3:03 left to go. I tried to reassure my fellow seat mates that, surely, we would win the game, leading by 11 points with only three measly minutes left to kill…but I was on slippery ice.

The Broncos moved the ball down the field, taking a two and a half minutes to kick a field goal…and yet they were still 8 points down. I mean the Chargers should be in good shape as the Broncos took almost the whole remaining time left to score one measly field goal and they were still down by a touchdown and two point conversion. All we had to do was recover the onside kick and kill 30 seconds…something that should be rather easy to do…but nothing comes easy for the Chargers this season.

With 27 seconds left, the Broncos recovered the onside kick and Charger fans could sense another fourth quarter meltdown. Even head coach Mike McCoy sensed the obvious and assumed the universal sign of despair by holding his head in his hands. Given the past history of this year’s team, if the Broncos scored a touchdown, they would surely score the two point conversion to send the game into overtime and we would find a way to lose another game…badly.

But a funny thing happened…the stars aligned just right, world peace broke out and a Charger made a play.  The San Diego Chargers found a way to win and avoid another late game meltdown.

But a funny thing happened…the stars aligned just right, world peace broke out and a Charger made a play.  On the last play of the game, a desperation heave by Trevor Siemian was knocked down by safety Dexter McCoil at the two yard line to preserve the victory for the Chargers.  The San Diego Chargers found a way to win.

Meltdown averted…just barely.

Final Score:  Gnarly Dudes – 21, Super Bowl Ringwraiths – 13

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Whew! I need a break…so let’s take a look a this week’s lead off photos from Thursday Night Football!











Night games are always a challenge for me to shoot.  I have to use a flash, which decreases the number of photos I take and for each photo taken, I have to use a lower shutter speed and blah, blah, blah…what does this mean?  Nothing much…just…never mind.

Let’s begin our regular coverage of the Absolutely Fabulous San Diego Charger Girls with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.





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Flashback Friday – Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Whitney Isleib

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The Dallas Cowboys have been coming out to California for training camp, off and on, since the 1960s. And I have been covering the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at training camp, off and on, since 2006. It is truly a magical experience to see them perform up close and personal. They are that impressive.

I took this photo back in 2012 and it is a image of Whitney Isleib, who was one of those special DCC that really stood out on that day.

If you get a chance to see the DCC in person, you should avail yourself of the opportunity because they are really something special.

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Snatching Victory From The Jaws of Defeat in San Diego

San Diego, CA. (October 2, 2016).  The Saints came marching in and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.  Yep…they sure did.  Looking to exploit a weak Saints defense, the Chargers took a 13 point lead deep into the fourth quarter, only to turn the ball over twice in their own territory.  The Saints, led by former Charger quarter back Drew Brees, scored two touchdowns to turn what should have been a humiliating defeat into an improbable victory.

Final Score: Beignets – 35, Crispy Fish Tacos – 34

I heard an odd statistic on the drive home.  The Chargers are 1-2 this season while leading by 13 points in the fourth quarter while the rest of the NFL is 25-0 in similar games.  That’s quite an indictment against the Chargers, who cannot seem to finish games strongly and win.  This past Sunday was particularly disappointing in that the Saints were a team without a win, playing on a short week and reeling from a crushing loss to division rival Atlanta on Monday Night Football.

This was a winnable game…a game that the Chargers should have won easily.  But Melvin Gordon returned to his fumbling ways, putting the ball on the ground late in the fourth quarter and on the next possession, a fumble by Travis Benjamin with 4:50 left in the game, set up the dramatic come from behind win for the Saints.

So disappointing.  But Sunday wasn’t a total loss…if you see what I mean.










We begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Line Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.





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Flashback Friday – San Diego Charger Girl Sara Beth Guterman

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Affectionately known as “Big Red” by Charger fans, Sara Beth Guterman was a crowd favorite back in the day.  Check out the old school uniform…a far cry from the modern day Charger Girl uniform.   Wow, how things have changed!

By the way, this image dates back to 2004 and I took it with my first digital camera, the venerable Canon EOS 1D.

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Ladies of Ontario Fury Announce Dance Team Auditions

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Click Here to Pre-Register Today!

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time: Registration Starts at 9:30am (Auditions begin promptly at 10:00am)

Location: Anthony Munoz Community Center (1240 W. Fourth St, Ontario, CA 91762)

The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field. During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Final round dancers will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the auditions will be closed. No guests or spectators allowed.


  • Perform at Ontario Fury home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena
  • Participate in the annual team photo shoot
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Fury organization as well as the Inland Empire Community
  • Be a role model to young dancers and children in the community through Jr. Dance Clinics and various appearances
  • Media exposure
  • Possible travel opportunities
  • Give back to the community through the Fury Foundation and other charity events
  • Invaluable friendships and memories with fellow teammates


  • You must be at least 18 years old by date of audition
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be able to attend all Ontario Fury home games
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9
  • Rehearsals every Sunday from 3:30pm-6:00pm

Application Procedure

  • All interested applicants should complete an application
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $20 Pre-Registered Online or $25 Walk-Up Applicant (cash only)
  • A 5×7 or larger (head shot or full body shot) photo is required (photo will not be returned)

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Editor’s Note: I have been covering the Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts for several years now and Lynae de Leon has a knack of developing dance talent that make it onto major league dance teams in the NFL and NBA. This past season, four of her 2015-2016 Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers (Sativa-Skye, McKenzie, Lizzie and Kellie) made it to the Rams Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Clippers Spirit and Sacramento Kings Dancers. And several others on that squad were finalists.

So if you are an aspiring professional cheerleader, you might want to hone your skills with Lynae de Leon and the Ladies of Ontario Fury.





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The Chargers Ride The Jaguars To Victory

Tour De Force: \ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs\ noun – an impressive performance or achievement that has been accomplished or managed with great skill.

This past Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars roared into town to play the San Diego Chargers, who were fresh off a disappointing meltdown loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.    Things would be different this week as the Chargers stormed out to a 35 point lead and never took their foot off the accelerator.  Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, tying a career high, and Melvin Gordon ran for 102 yards and another score.  A strong defensive effort by the home team doomed the hapless Jaguars, who crossed midfield only six times during the game.  This game was over at half time.

Final Score: Navy Blues – 38, Teal Blues – 14.

However, the news wasn’t all good.  For the second week in a row, the Chargers lost a key player for the year due to injury.  Versatile running back Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and joined Keenan Allen on injured reserved.  Who’s next?  Philip Rivers?

Well…on to the good stuff…the hottest dance team in the NFL, your San Diego Charger Girls!










I play fantasy football (five championships and counting!) and I have never seen a beginning to a season like this, where there have been so many serious injuries to key players…star players. It’s mind boggling. Let’s hope this misfortune doesn’t plague our favorite sideline entertainers, our beloved cheerleaders.

Okay, let’s begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.





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