It’s mid March and audition season is well under way for NFL, so it’s an appropriate time to take a look back at the 2016 Charger Girls of the Day.
The 2016 season was momentous as it turned out to be the final season for the Chargers in San Diego. The unthinkable happened and after more than a decade of trying to secure a new stadium, the Chargers finally gave up on San Diego and accepted the NFL’s offer to relocate to Los Angeles. Overnight, the Chargers tripled the value of the franchise, but the move up north is not without consequence. The bottom line is that the franchise is starting over in terms of developing a fan base that they can leverage financially and that will be a challenge with the Rams already staking a claim to the nation’s second largest market. And for long time season ticket holders like myself, the Chargers did themselves no favors by raising ticket price from $110 to $255 per game. Sometimes it makes you wonder what they are thinking, other than squeezing every last dollar of revenue they can.
Well we shall see what the 2017 has in store for fans like myself. But for now, let’s take a look back at the 2026 Charger Girls of the Day, those girls that provided me with the most outstanding photos of the day.
Our first honoree is a Tina, a former Captain and one of the most talented dancers on the team. She has always been wonderful to photograph and was in the mix for a couple of Charger Girl of the Day honors.
The second preseason game of the year was a tribute to our military and the Charger Girls wore these special military themed uniforms. Many Charger Girls were outstanding, but the CG that stood out the most was a beautiful rookie named Madison. With a fresh face, great dance moves and a rare photogenic quality, Madison left a very positive impression throughout her rookie season.
2016 saw a number of memorable rookies join the team and another one of those special rookies clearly deserved the title of Charger Girl of the Day for the first home game of the regular season. Kayla Ann caught my eye because she is quite beautiful, but also because she takes some very compelling photographs while dancing and that in my book is what I find worthy of consideration.
Our fourth honoree of the season is one of my favorite Charger Girls of all time…Shelbi. She is as beautiful as they come and she’s a great dancer, but the most compelling thing about her is that she is extremely photogenic. I never take a bad photograph of her and pretty much every photo I take of her, I find something in it that I absolutely love.
2016 might be called the season of the rookie because another rookie earns the title of Charger Girl of the Day. Glory is another one of those special Charger Girls that stand out. Perhaps it’s her flaming red hair or perhaps it’s her wonderful smile. Whatever the reason may be, Glory stands out. And for week 6 of the regular season, she was very memorable indeed.
Our honoree for week 9 was a Captain and one of the best dancers on the squad. Delani has been one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph over the years because she has it all…great looks, great dance ability, and she is extremely photogenic. She is always in consideration for Charger Girl of the Day for these reasons and for week 9, she was the most outstanding Charger Girl of the Day.
Did I mention that 2016 was the year of the rookie? I did? Well, our next honoree is another one of those amazing rookies and this one comes from Baltimore, MD. Shelby caught my eye from day one. Those people that know me, know that I have a soft spot for leggy blondes and Shelby is definitely a leggy blonde. In addition to being leggy and blonde, Shelby is a great dancer and I got many, many great photos of her dancing. In week 10 of the regular season, there was only one choice for Charger Girl of the Day and her name was Shelby.
Our next honoree is a repeat winner! Delani is one special cheerleader and always gives me amazing photographs. I generally don’t like giving out repeat awards, but I always believe in doing what is right. There must be a reason why Delani was named a Captain this year and named the Charger’s Pro Bowl Cheerleaders…I suppose those are the same reasons why she is a two time CGOTD award winner.
Our final Charger Girl of the Day for the 2016 season is another Captain, who has often been in the conversation for this award. Bridget has been on my radar ever since the made the squad a few years ago and she had been in the running for this award several times over the years. This award has evolved from the best photo of the day to the best series of photos of the day. This award has become more competitive as the caliber of girl has improved over the years. And on this week, Bridget, by far, gave me the most memorable series of images on this day.
Well that’s a wrap for the 2016 season. I only went to nine games, but they were memorable ones. I don’t know what the 2017 season will bring, but it will be a season of change. A new city. A new stadium. And a new squad of Charger Girls….Los Angeles Charger Girls.