DAILY LINKS: Will Sunday be Philip Rivers’ last game in San Diego?

Rivers: No reenacting 2015 home finale – San Diego Union-Tribune
The final Chargers home game in 2015 saw quarterback Philip Rivers walk into the locker room shoeless; he had signed and given both cleats away to fans. Safety Eric Weddle made snowless snow angels on the white-painted helmet at midfield of Qualcomm Stadium. That came more than an hour after a Dec. 20 win over the Dolphins.

“It was a wide range of emotions,” Rivers said of his approach entering a 30-14 win. “It was mostly good memories you had, thinking about being in that stadium and the games that were coming to mind. Shoot, I felt like it was truly the last time I was probably ever going to step foot there. It was all of that bottled up in one, and we won a game in what was a tough year, only our fourth win. …

“I just don’t know if you can say, ‘Let’s do that all over again.’ Even though we are kind of in the same boat, I feel like you only get one shot at that, and it was pretty special. I don’t think you can reenact that.”

Get ready for the 2nd Annual “Maybe Last Time in San Diego” Chargers Game – Bolts from the Blue
John Gennaro and Ben Higgins attempt to figure out how the fans will react to yet another “Maybe Last Game in San Diego”. Will there be another outpouring of positive emotion, or is it possible that the crowd will be angry and the scene will turn ugly?

VIDEO: Joey Bosa On Anger After Browns Loss, Melvin Ingram & Why He Feels For Mike McCoy
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa on why he was overly upset after the loss to the Cleveland Browns, why he hopes the team brings Melvin Ingram back, why he feels for Mike McCoy and being a Star Wars nerd.

The future of the Chargers’ offensive line – Bolts from the Blue
We know the San Diego Chargers would like to retool their offensive line this upcoming offseason, but the contracts that they’ve signed might just prevent them from being able to do so.

AUDIO: Jim Trotter: “Don’t Think It’s A Lost Cause. I Didn’t Say That At All, I Mean There’s Still The Chance For A Miracle.”
From ESPN, Jim Trotter explains his tweets about the future of the Chargers, how they can stay and also other NFL headlines.

Comeback Denied – SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls (11-11-2-1; 25 pts.) fell 2-1 in overtime to the Ontario Reign (15-6-5-0; 35 pts.) in front of 8,717 fans at Valley View Casino Center. Paul LaDue scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 40 seconds left in the extra session and goaltender Jack Campbell made 38 saves as Ontario defeated the Gulls for the third time in four meetings this season.

Minnesota outlasts Washington State in sloppy Holiday Bowl – ESPN
There was a time when the National Funding Holiday Bowl could be counted on to produce games to remember. It paired high-powered offenses that lit up the scoreboard and left onlookers satisfied with what took place.

Minnesota’s 17-12 win against Washington State on Tuesday was not that.

Both defenses deserve credit for their roles in the third-lowest-scoring Holiday Bowl in the game’s 39-year history, but let’s call it what it was: horrible offense.

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss end engagement – Sports Illustrated
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss have ended their engagement, the couple announced on Twitter.

Jackson proposed to Buss over the Christmas holiday in 2012. They had been dating since 1999.

Bartolo’s blast among strange but true feats that make MLB great – ESPN
Hank Aaron hit his last home run — No. 755 — when he was 42 years, 166 days old. Bartolo hit his FIRST home run when he was 42 years, 349 days old. Nobody in history had ever waited until they had logged that many years on earth to hit their first home run. But this guy was pretty much the perfect candidate for that feat, right?

There Is a Quarterback Controversy in Dallas – The Ringer
With one game to go, Prescott’s 23 touchdown passes ties him with Andrew Luck for third on the all-time rookie list, now behind just Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson (26). His completion percentage (68.1) is the best for a rookie passer ever (minimum 150 attempts). His interception percentage (picks per throw) is less than 1 percent (0.89), which is the lowest ever for a rookie, and his 23–4 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best of all time. His passer rating (105.6) is the highest ever (post-merger) for a rookie, and let’s not forget his ability to run: His six rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth-most ever.

No matter how you slice it, Dak Prescott’s season stacks up against all of the best rookie performances.

Russian officials admit to widespread doping operation at Olympics – Sports Illustrated
Russian officials have admitted to working a far-reaching doping operation that implicated dozens of Russian athletes at not just the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but across several Olympic Games, the New York Times reports.

“It was an insitutional conspiracy,” Russia’s national anti-doping agency acting director Anna Antseliovich told The Times.


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