Silver_sussex_rooster

Aussie fan

  • joined May 25, 2009
  • last login Jul 29, 2013
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I'm a Melbournian (Australia), who got his love for the Chargers and Padres from my SD cousins who I visited semi-regularly as a kid. Between them and my beloved Western Bulldogs (Aussie rules football), I know more than I want to about pain and suffering.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB San Diego Padres
  • NBA Los Angeles Lakers
  • NFL San Diego Chargers
  • NHL Calgary Flames
  • Soccer Holland
  • Cycling Cadel Evans, M Rogers, McEwen, Gerrans etc
  • Tennis Ivan Lendl
  • General Western Bullodogs (AFL Aussie Rules Footy)
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Dream Diary - Not So Scrappy Playoffs

The other night I had a fun Padres dream. Part of the context involves a confession (surely appropriate for a Friars blog), a request for penance and a question as well. So I'll take a detour, but...

NFL Strategy: Darren Sproles and the Rise of the Space Player

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How the New Orleans Saints create space for the RB to create havoc Interesting piece on Sproles. How much are we missing him?

Flores rumoured to have opted out of minor league contract

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Found this while enjoying the schadenfreude of a visit to the purple row blog :) Doesn't sound like he was making the strongest of cases to be promoted, but I did wonder if we had attempted to find any trade partners before his deadline came (as one of the posters suggested we should have).

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Game Thread - 5/5 Friars v Unjolly Rogers

I'm sure this will be trumped and fair enough, but couldn't find the game thread, and I wanted a to chat about our Pads before having to go off and buy some chooks (Aussie for chickens). As I write...

Hoyer knows that, once again, he will go as far as his starting pitching and bullpen will take him....

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Hoyer knows that, once again, he will go as far as his starting pitching and bullpen will take him. He says speculation that he will trade All-Star closer Heath Bell should end. "He’s our closer, and we need our bullpen to be very good," he says. "To win in Petco, you have to win close games, and we’re excited about bringing our bullpen back nearly intact."

This makes me happy, but perhaps I'm too easily pleased...

Bell confirms he wants to stay with the Padres

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Not big news, but he has said in the past that he'd take an SD discount to stay here, and implies this again (while trying not to piss his agent off too much).

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Greatest Baseball Trip

So my baseball trip ended with a glorious bang, but to understand the complete (mini) epic nature of it it's worth going back to the beginning. My father's sister and parents moved to SD when I was...

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Research into the joy of sport statistics

  As well as being a Padres fan I make a living teaching and researching about the passions of sports fans. I'm going to be in and around San Diego in early June (after going to a sports history...

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Advice on getting to, and watching the Padres play the Mets

I'm coming over to the US in a couple of days for a sports history conference in Orlando, and will be coming to LA and San Diego after the conference. Among other things I'm hoping to go to a...

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Research into the joy of sport statistics

As well as being a Chargers fan I make a living teaching and researching about the passions of sports fans. I'm going to be in and around San Diego in early June (after going to a sports history...

It's time for Dean Spanos to write a check payable to Vincent Jackson -- and for a lot more than...

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It's time for Dean Spanos to write a check payable to Vincent Jackson -- and for a lot more than $3.268 million. It is with reluctance that I spend Spanos' money. I like to think I generally understand the economics of the NFL and the Chargers better than most, and I'm usually the one preaching patience and that there is a plan ... - KA

Time to pay VJ KA's got me convinced, :)

After talking with numerous people inside and outside the Chargers over the past several hours, I...

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After talking with numerous people inside and outside the Chargers over the past several hours, I would almost be willing to bet it is just as likely that Darren Sproles won't be here as that Jamal Williams will be here. What?! The Chargers decided to put the first-and-third tender on Sproles rather than risk losing him to free agency, and they released the soon-to-be-34-year-old Williams. But indications are that Sproles can still be had for the right deal -- and it won't take a one and a three. I don't know what it will take, but I hear there are teams willing to make a deal. Williams was let go simply because the Chargers don't believe he is worth $6 million (a $1 million roster bonus and $5 million salary). The great nose tackle will test the market, but the Chargers desire to sign him back for less money. He would be well worth half that $6 mil, even though I think the plan will be to play him about 30 snaps a game to keep him strong and healthy. KA

The rest has more on the rest of the Free Agents (of various types), and some more on Cro as well
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My mini Merriman?

I'm not sure if Shawne would approve, but my youngest one (now 3 months old) has pretty much had a mohawk from birth that reminds me of the one he had.  The pictures my wife took don't quite...

Also a bit curiously, Corey Clark was among the offensive lineman at practice, even though he was...

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Also a bit curiously, Corey Clark was among the offensive lineman at practice, even though he was waived Monday. It's believed the Chargers changed their mind and released another offensive lineman instead, but nothing has been made official yet. - ka SD-UT Chargers Blog

Maybe we might be saying goodbye to Norman anyway? The rest of the blog is interesting in noting that the Chargers had the canned noise up loud, perhaps to try and combat the 'trap' nature of this game...

Norv Turner said he expects right tackle Jeromey Clary, who left Sunday's game with an ankle...

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Norv Turner said he expects right tackle Jeromey Clary, who left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, to play against the Broncos. He also expects Tim Dobbins, out the past two weeks with a sprained knee, to play in Denver. As for center Nick Hardwick, Turner said, "He's doing pretty good and we'll start the process again. I'm sure he’ll practice Wednesday or Thursday and we’ll see where he’s at." Hardwick has not played since tearing ligaments in his right ankle in the season opener. He practiced some the past two weeks. Also today, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the status of quarterback Kyle Orton won't be known until later in the week. Orton sprained his left ankle and was unable to finish Sunday's game at Washington. -- KEVIN ACEE

Good news - if Dobbins comes back then I guess Holt will be made inactive...

Brandon Siler will start at inside linebacker, his first time in the starting lineup. Siler is the...

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Brandon Siler will start at inside linebacker, his first time in the starting lineup. Siler is the fourth ILB on the roster, primarily a goal-line performer. He played about 40 plays last week against the Raiders. The other inactives: Dante Hughes, Tim Dobbins, Nick Hardwick, Tyronne Green, Buster Davis, Vaughn Martin, Kevin Burnett. -- ka

Hopefully Siler can continue to impress, and Holt helps shore up our ST coverage unit. Pity Hardwick isn't back yet.

James Holt promoted from practice squad to active roster, takes Chambers' spot -- ccpearce

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James Holt promoted from practice squad to active roster, takes Chambers' spot -- ccpearce

Interesting, I thought Beckwith was favoured for this. Is Holt going to be better against NY's run? At least it wasn't Zach Thomas because then we'd need a new leader for this blog (after John did himself in). (And of course I found this in the twitter-links on the side, but thought it should be raised for discussion).

The Chiefs have been awarded former San Diego WR Chris Chambers after making a waiver claim --...

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The Chiefs have been awarded former San Diego WR Chris Chambers after making a waiver claim -- kb_kcstar

Good news re salary, but a pity that he'll improve a foe in our division, especially as we're still to play our second game against them (though of course that is at home).

Nick Hardwick is on the field practicing with his teammates in what appears to be a limited...

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Nick Hardwick is on the field practicing with his teammates in what appears to be a limited role. Hardwick suffered a sever ankle sprain in the season opener and had surgery to repair torn ligaments. His return was originally projected to be mid-to-late November and is likely still a game or two away. - ka

San Diego Union Tribune weblog Not sure, but hopefully he's a bit ahead of schedule

Cromartie hears inconsistent knock

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Charger says he must play with ‘more urgency’...

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What I Learnt About This week: Offensive Play-Calling

I'm enjoying trying to think more about this game you call football :), so I thought I might do one or more posts along the lines of  - a view from Oz - in the hope that it might help me learn more...

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