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Are you ready for “Monday Night Rally” and so what if ESPN won’t be there.
But thousands are expected to arrive at Qualcomm Stadium, eager to let their voices be heard.
As the Chargers’ search for a fresh stadium starts another week, tonight’s turnout could help the cause.
Then again, unless someone is passing the hat to pay for a venue expected to cost $1 billion, we’re not sure how much will be accomplished.
But the clock is ticking and the Chargers know they no longer run it. The NFL’s Los Angeles push is moving faster than its traffic.
It appears Mission Valley has trumped downtown as the site where the new digs could be dug. Although I’m still digging out from the nonsense that moving a downtown bus yard would take seven years!
While Chargers president Dean Spanos is seeking government money to fund the stadium, isn’t he asking the wrong people.
Why not have two wealthy San Diego men reach for their wallets and be done with it? If real estate baron Doug Manchester and Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs can join forces, Papa Q could be the new Chargers home. …
SDSU laid an egg Saturday night, getting beat again by Boise State. Instead of clinching the Mountain West title, the Aztecs got stage fright.
This gang never could shoot straight, but compensated for it by playing tough defense and being stingy on the boards.
But the Broncos found enough separation to get off shots and out-rebounded the red and black as well.
Suddenly the regular-season’s final week is interesting in the run-up to the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas. …
Here’s to Dwayne Polee II getting his medication right and returning to action. His absence was felt as much emotionally, as physically, in the loss to Boise State.
Yep, Boise State is coached by Leon Rice. He was considered the other leading candidate, with Bill Grier, when the University of San Diego was looking for Brad Holland’s replacement. …
Dwight Freeney had a long talk with Kobe Bryant after the Lakers’ preseason game in San Diego last fall. Not sure if they chatted about hanging on too long, but Freeney is returning for one more season.
If I’m the Chargers, I turn the page on the 35-year-old. At one time, Freeney was a force but those days are long gone: he has nine sacks in three seasons.
Then again, considering the Chargers’ tepid pass rush, maybe he returns at a discounted rate? …
Speaking of pass-rushers, how’s Larry English working out. That’s right, he’s long gone and let us say happy retirement to A.J. Smith.
The ex-Chargers general manager — who drafted English over Clay Matthews; gave the Chargers Norv Turner as a head coach — is leaving the game.
Before he exits, I wonder if he ever made nice with No. 21, some guy named LaDainian Tomlinson? When he mocked LT during contract negotiations, it was telling and small-minded.
Yes, we know, and we’re not going to mention that Smith retires with his nickname intact: ‘Lord Of No Rings.” …
Great baseball sweep for visiting USD against No. 8 Texas over the weekend. After losing its first three, Rich Hill’s crew got a big dose of confidence with those two victories. …
So Marshawn Lynch sits down for a lengthy TV interview in Turkey and said he expected the ball before Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s baffling call for a pass over the middle with the Super Bowl hanging in the balance. Can’t argue with that, but the collision of Lynch, who was mum during Super Bowl week, and Turkey, is too good to pass. …
Nobody, it seems, passes Jimmie Johnson as the El Cajon resident continues to dominate on the NASCAR circuit.
Here’s an idea: let Johnson drive Spanos and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer around — doing gut-wrenching donuts — and don’t let them out until they have a deal!
+ Contact Jay Paris at jaris@bcaradio.com

 

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