NFL football is back! And its better than ever…okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration…okay, that’s more than a bit of exaggeration. But hey, it’s football…preseason football…but football nonetheless. And if you are like me, tired of watching the glacial paced Major League Baseball, preseason NFL football is a god send. Why? Because MLB doesn’t have cheerleaders…at least not like the NFL.
I do like watching preseason football. Not because it is good, per se, but because I play fantasy football and I am always trying to glean some tidbit of information on up and coming players or some sort of intelligence on new coaches with new schemes in new places. For example, many years ago, I was intrigued at the prospects of a young and talented running back from the University of Tennessee, named Arian Foster. He was an undrafted free agent and definitely under the radar, but after watching a preseason game in which he rushed for a touchdown and had another one called back, he was a player to watch. And when draft day came around, I selected him and rode him to a fantasy football championship. He has been a productive player for several years, before injuries ravaged his hamstrings and groin.
So what did I learn this past weekend when the Dallas Cowboys came to visit the San Diego Chargers…not a damn thing. There wasn’t much passing. There wasn’t much rushing. There wasn’t much quality football played. And what did I learn about Tony Romo or Joseph Randle? Nothing because they didn’t play. Or what about highly touted Charger rookie Melvin Gordon? Not much from his six carry, eleven yard performance.
The starters played only one or two series, if they played at all, and the rest of the game was relegated to scrubs and guys who won’t even make the 53 man roster. Heck the Cowboys even played Lache Seastrunk…Lache Seastrunk? The last time I read about him was when he left the University of Oregon in a cloud of mystery surrounding his recruitment. That’s how bad it was.
But quality football was not the reason why I drove 120 miles to San Diego. No. It was to scout out a different sort of fantasy football team…the Charger Girls. And they did not disappoint. So let’s take our first look at the 2015 Charger Girls and we begin with the Captains: Tawnie, Kayla, Katelyn, Tina.
This year many of my favorite Charger Girls from years past retired, but there was one special girl who returned for her third year and she happens to be our first Charger Girl of the Day for 2015…introducing Shelbi.
Little known fact about Shelbi – she was crowned third runner up in this year’s Miss California USA pageant!
I am sure most of you are waiting to see the new girls on the squad, so let’s introduce the Charger Girl rookies: Allie, Aussie Angie (Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!), Beatrix, Collette, Hailey, Jenna, Rebecca, Roxi, Taylor, Teran, and Tyler.
Wow! That’s a lot of rookies.
And we have a returning veteran after a few years absence…Lauren.
And let’s take a look at the returning veterans from 2014: Angelica, Bridget J., Brittney, Delani, Devin, Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Jayme, Karissa, CGOTD Shelbi, and Whitney.
Well, the first preseason football game is in the books and while the football is not very good, at least the NFL has good sense to jack up the entertainment value of the event by mandating cheerleaders. And we did get our money’s worth here…for me, as a season ticket holder…full regular season price!
(You didn’t actually think I would forget to include my traditional rant against the ridiculous pricing of NFL preseason tickets, did you? No!)