9/17 TMM: Matt Kemp continues his solid season

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Kemp’s HR sends Cashner, Padres to victory – Padres.com
Matt Kemp’s three-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Padres rallied to beat the D-backs, 4-3, on Wednesday night. Now that he’s hit 22 HRs and has 97 RBIs, people have stopped questioning his performance and are starting to blame the players around him for the team’s poor record.

D.J. Fluker may only miss a couple weeks – San Diego Union-Tribune
Chris Hairston spent the brunt of practice Wednesday working at first-team right guard. He seems poised to start there Sunday against the Bengals in place of Fluker, who was carted off with an ankle injury during a Sunday win over the Lions. There was thought Fluker might miss four to six weeks, although the team did not release an official timetable. Fluker is expected to miss only a couple, a source said Wednesday.

Familiar Story, Next Man Up On Bolts’ O-Line – Mighty 1090
How will Chris Hairston do, trying to fill in as the San Dieog Chargers starting Right Guard on Sunday in Cincinnati?

The NFL’s Most Notorious Underachiever Wants A Doctorate In Psychology – BuzzFeed
There’s a statue venerating San Diego’s own Ricky Williams outside the University of Texas football stadium. Sixteen years and one tumultuous pro career later, he’s back on campus – with a very different purpose.

Car accident latest of Fely’s obstacles – San Diego Union-Tribune
In his sixth year with the Aztecs because he’s been sidelined at junctures by four different injuries, Jake Fely added the oddest of his misfortunes this week: car accident.

Stevie Johnson Says Chargers Not Intimidated By Pacman’s Tactics, Verrett On Bengals Offense
This 1-0 Chargers team is feeling awfully confident, and very tough after coming back from a huge deficit against the Lions.

Battle for Benefits, Part 1: “Why do I have to fight you now?”
NFL players have to deal with the repercussions of playing professional football for many years after their careers are over, so why doesn’t the NFL provide benefits that can actually help? SDSU alum and former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Turley talks about life after the NFL, and the benefits that are supposed to be there, but aren’t.

Melvin Gordon Learned Something “Crazy” From Keenan Allen – Mighty 1090 (video)
What “crazy” thing did Chargers rookie RB Melvin Gordon hear from Keenan Allen after the game Sunday? Click the link to find out.

How The NFL Convinced Prosecutors To Give Them (And No One Else) The Greg Hardy Photos – Deadspin
Deadspin collected e-mails between the NFL and the District Attorney who had pictures of Greg Hardy’s girlfriend after she was beaten, and the negotiations from the two sides is rather disconcerting.

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