Have the Chargers fixed their issues?

DS Philip Rivers

AUDIO: Phil Simms: “Effort, Enthusiasm, Whatever You Want To Say, Is Never A Problem With The San Diego Chargers”
CBS Sports Analyst Phil Simms discusses the Chargers as well as Odell Beckham, Jr.

Bolts look to avert Norv Redux v. prolific Falcons – San Diego Union-Tribune
The ’12 Falcons slowed the Chargers by unveiling a new-look defense that, in addition to forcing a Ryan Mathews fumble in the red zone, led Atlanta to a 27-3, Week 3 victory as a three-point underdog at Qualcomm Stadium.

In response, Chargers bosses made Mathews a scapegoat. Turner scaled back the running back’s duties, and General Manager A.J. Smith, without naming Mathews, spoke ominously of what happens to fumblers.

Can the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs? – Bolts from the BlueBen Higgins and John Gennaro discuss, with newfound optimism, the possibility of the San Diego Chargers turning their season completely around.

AUDIO: Hank Bauer: “I Have Hope Again For The Chargers”
Hammer Time! Hank Bauer joined Scott and BR to talk about the Saints beating the Panthers, Cam Newton’s presser, Odell Beckham Jr love for nets and why he has hope for the Chargers going forward.

Raiders Secure Funding for a Stadium in Las Vegas – Bolts from the Blue
Last week, both houses of the Nevada State Legislature voted to approve a tourism tax increase which would put $750 million in public money towards a proposed $1.8 billion stadium in Las Vegas.

Earlier today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law.

There are few things NFL Ownership likes more than getting a significant public subsidy, and there’s simply no understating the value of an approved $750 million subsidy backed by taxes generated from hotels along The Strip.

AUDIO: Shawne Merriman On Bosa, Newton, Chargers: “You Are What Your Leader Is”
Shawne Merriman on why Joey Bosa is a game changing player for the Chargers, why he thinks they need to be more aggressive defensively & why Cam Newton’s podium session is who he is.

MLB wants international draft in new CBA with players – ESPN
Major League Baseball is pushing for an international draft as a centerpiece of change in the next collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association, according to sources familiar with the proposal.

The current agreement expires in December, and the two sides have been in negotiations.

Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.

Trevor Bauer’s bloody finger turned into worst-case scenario for Indians – USA Today
The entire night turned on a moment in the first inning. After a pitch to Troy Tulowitzki, Bauer felt blood on his ring finger. If he looked down, he would see it on his gray pants, his cleats and even the baseball. He tried to hide it, cradling his right hand in his jersey and finding a way to retreat to the dugout to have it treated.

But he walked Tulowitzki with two outs. There was no hiding it anymore. Toronto manager John Gibbons noted it. The umpiring crew walked out to the mound, followed by the Indians infield and Francona. After just 21 pitches and two-thirds of an inning, Bauer was done. It was now time for a boffo relief corps to try to pull off its greatest feat yet this month.

Hindsight: The Craig Kimbrel trade – San Diego Union-Tribune
Whether you believed in the talent the Padres gave up to contend in 2015, their farm system had essentially dried up before the Kimbrel trade breathed new life into the Padres’ player development department. Margot ended the season ranked No. 2, according to MLB.com, Guerra is sitting at No. 7, Allen is No. 17 and Asuaje is 20th – and all it cost was a pitcher who threw just 59 1/3 innings in the organization and was due to make $11 million for a team without a clear avenue toward contention. If only Preller had an elite closer to deal every offseason…

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