It’s a Monday morning where you catch your breath and ask “Did we survive?”
Yep, at this end of the screen anyway.
It was a weekend in which the Chargers landed a running back, the Padres launched a broom, American Pharaoh hoisted a winning mint julep and the fight of the century featured a few exchanges, with the biggest sucker punch saved for the sport’s fans.
And if you note San Diego State men’s golf team won the Mountain West title, man, you don’t miss much.
The Chargers didn’t swing and miss when it came to attacking their woeful running game.
Last year they were 30th in rushing and first in being frustrated when needing 1 yard close to the ground — hello, Kansas City game, with the season on the line.
So they threw their draft line into the college waters and reeled in a winner in Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
He led the nation in rushing and we can’t wait until Philip Rivers — he’s still on the team! — sticks the football in Gordon’s midsection. Rivers, who didn’t do a Tennessee Waltz to the Titans, will be all-the-better with Gordon in the backfield.
The rest of the draft?
The Chargers tipped their hand regarding their play at inside linebacker.
With two established starters atop the depth chart in Donald Butler and Manti Te’o, and the club selects Miami’s Denzel Perryman, a run-stopper in the second round? Odd, considering all the
holes the third-place Chargers had to fill.
It’s a reminder to never listen to what NFL clubs say, instead evaluate their actions.
Or don’t you remember Chargers GM Tom Telesco raving about his stable of running backs and his confidence in Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown? In the run-up to the draft, Telesco said he was fine with that group and then took Gordon — which we like, even if the price was of the Saks Fifth Avenue variety.
The rest of Telesco’s draft?
We’ll see but was I the only one thinking of Bobby Beathard, the Chargers’ former mad-scientist GM, always looking for a needle in a college haystack?
Telesco went with small-college prospects in Texas State cornerback Craig Mager in the third round and North Dakota State linebacker Kyle Emanuel in the fifth.
Good luck making the jump and do you recall the old saying after Beathard’s draft: “He’s trying to corner the market on prospects whose games aren’t televised on Saturdays.” …
One guy not drafted – but he was a stiff — by San Diego was quarterback Jim McMahon. We’re reminded of the former Chargers quarterback when spotting his picture in this morning’s U-T San Diego.
McMahon wasn’t very good and his manners were worse.
Once McMahon blew his nose in the direction of then-LA Times beat writer T.J. Simers, after Simers sought a few comments. So Simers gave McMahon among the best nicknames ever, considering San Diego’s Navy connections: “Director of Nasal Operations.” …
You can’t blame McMahon on Beathard as it was his predecessor, Steve Ortmayer, who swapped a second-round pick for former Bears great. You can give Beathard credit for later trading for Stan Humphries, the only Chargers quarterback to point them toward a Super Bowl. …
The Padres swept the Rockies, their first three-game blanking of the season.
There should be more as the Padres lead the majors in runs and was that a future plate of bacon which just passed by?
OK, pigs aren’t flying and Satin’s digs aren’t freezing over. Instead the Padres are legit, and if their biggest shortcoming is middle relief, this is where I chill, look toward the pitching coach and chant, “IDBWT.” You know, In Darren Balsley We Trust, and see where that takes you. …
Outfielder Wil Myers is quickly becoming a must-see Padre.
He’s not a lead-off hitter, yet he’s taking walks and scoring runs.
He’s not a centerfielder and proves it on many routes. Still, he usually snags the ball and so what if Wil isn’t short for Willie, as in Mays.
He’s not a shrinking violent and displays a youthful enthusiasm which is impossible not to embrace. Hours before the gates swing open, Myers fields balls at third base, turns double plays with the middle infielders and then goes over and scoops balls at first.
All with a “gee-whiz” look that tells you he’s having more fun than anyone else. …
The Preakness, like the Kentucky Derbry, will have a Cali feel with so many Golden State horses at the starting line. Trainer Bob Baffert not only works with American Pharaoh, but with Dortmund, who for a stretch, looked like the Kentucky Derby winner before finishing third. Firing Line, another California product, was second.
A rematch of the Cali horses would make the Preakness, which Baffert has won five times, even more special. …
Speaking of rematches, anyone for Mayweather-Pacquiao?
Those plucking down cash for Saturday night’s dance card would likely decline.
If this was the Fight Of The Century, the Wall Street Journal said it best: good thing there are 85 years to eclipse it.
Now word comes that the one-armed bandits weren’t restricted to the casinos’ slot machines. Pacquiao had a bum right shoulder which restricted him greatly. Instead of postponing the fight because of an injured boxer, the event went on as millions of customers were hoodwinked.
Boxing is great regarding two things: hype and hiding the truth. …
That the Aztecs took another MW golf championship isn’t surprising. It was their third one in five years and congrats to coach Ryan Donovan and a group led by Xander Schauffele (67) and Ryann Ree (67) in the final round to beat Nevada-Las Vegas by a stroke. …
Last add golf: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer an item. Seems Vonn wanted to concentrate on her downhill skiing instead of a boyfriend with a golf game going in a similar direction.