NFL Combine Recap: Aztecs are Athletes, Too

March 8, 2017

In many ways, the NFL Combine is a silly and over-commercialized endeavor. There’s no doubt that watching large men in tights go through drills meant for practice fields may not be worthy of the level of attention it draws. Even for NFL coaches and executives, little may truly change in terms of their player evaluations based on a player’s broad jump or 40 time. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t…

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USD Baseball: The Hidden Jewel on the Hill

February 19, 2017

The banners overlook the concourse behind the first-base dugout, watching over the beautiful grass of Fowler Park. On one, Brian Matusz, the 2008 National Pitcher of the Year, readies to deliver a fastball. On the other, Kris Bryant, the 2013 winner of the Golden Spikes Award (college baseball’s Heisman) and now one of the best three or four players on the planet, amps up for another home run hack. The…

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The Three-Man Rotation, Revisited

January 25, 2017

“Dream in a pragmatic way” – Aldous Huxley. In November, still dizzied by the intoxicating ridiculousness of Andrew Miller’s postseason, I dreamed up the concept of a re-imagined pitching staff for the hometown team. The article centered around the possibility of a three-man rotation (to be referred to as the TMR from here on out) that would allow for smaller, though more consistent, workloads for every arm on the staff….

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Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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What To Do When Your Football Team Bolts

January 17, 2017

Wednesday night. I’m sure you heard the news, an update that felt strangely overlooked by national media and the talking heads on SportsCenter given the weight it carried in America’s Finest City. “The Chargers plan to announce that they will move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season; the announcement could come as early as Thursday.” Given the rollercoaster ride this entire San Diego stadium saga has taken local fans…

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Four Quarters & The Hail Mary That Wasn’t

January 15, 2017

  It is a beautiful day here at Balboa Stadium. The sun gleams off the faces of locals, interested to see what this new franchise here in America’s Finest City has to offer. As head coach and general manager Sid Gillman leads his team onto the field, fans stand and cheer, aroused by the anticipation of this so-called “American Football League.” Finally, it’s time for kickoff. It’s a decent return…

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Your Official Chargers’ 2017 Head Coaching Search Tracker

January 4, 2017

We are no more than a week into the San Diego Chargers‘ search for a new head coach after Mike McCoy proved unable to get the job done over four disappointing campaigns and was consequently let go following the Bolts’ final game of the 2016 season. With the rumor mill already spinning faster than many can keep up with, the search is beginning to offer a truly dizzying array of possibilities for…

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Now Hiring: Chargers’ Coaching Candidates for the 2017 Season

January 2, 2017

  Yes, we can all finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Mike McCoy era in San Diego has mercifully come to an end after four trying seasons. Within an hour of the Chargers’ 11th defeat of the 2016 campaign (and McCoy’s 37th in four years with the Bolts), the organization released a statement that they would be relieving the embattled head coach of his duties and immediately commencing a…

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San Diego Chargers Week 16 Recap: The Underside of Rock Bottom

December 25, 2016

Fourth and eleven. Ball on the fourteen. Three minutes and forty-nine seconds on the clock. In a game that had been nothing short of the epitome of a season’s worth of football in San Diego, kicker Josh Lambo and the Chargers stood a short field goal away from saving the holidays and avoiding a loss (at least temporarily) to the winless Browns. It should’ve been easy. And yet, deep down,…

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The Awkwardness of an All-Time Mark- The Dayne/Pumphrey Situation

December 18, 2016

Records, they say, are made to be broken. They signify the highest level of personal achievement in sports. They accompany the proverbial G.O.A.T.’s of our day, “Greatest of All Time”’s like Phelps, Ruth, and Jordan. They let us know, simply and suddenly, that we have witnessed something that has never happened before. This Saturday, a record was broken. It happened on a toss play to the right, a red-and-black clad…

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The Sad State of San Diego Sports

December 14, 2016

Jane Goodall is an anthropologist and animal rights activist who once said, “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” In what I’m sure comes as a fun little surprise for you, this is not an article about Jane Goodall. Nor will this article focus on her famous relationships with the primates she cares for. This is, however, an article about apathy. And the future. And, in a much, much…

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Implementing a 3-Man Rotation Would Put Padres WAY Ahead of the Curve

November 9, 2016

I am absolutely enamored with Andrew Miller. Yes, his talent is undeniable. One could make a case that his disappearing slider, paired with that exploding fastball, coming from a missile launcher attached to a lean and lanky 6’7” frame, could be rendered illegal in some states. However, beyond his lethal arsenal, I am far more enamored with his workload. When he was traded to the Cleveland Indians prior to the…

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