Football Fan

Tonight my team (San Diego Chargers) are playing the Denver Broncos.  I am not sure when I became a fan of the Chargers.  I think it was when I first moved to San Diego from Meridian, Mississipi.  I was 8 years old.  How did I come to follow the Chargers?  Well, my mom joined the church choir at our local Catholic church.  They lovingly called themselves the “High Noon” choir.  That’s because they sang at the 12:00 mass.  As a child, I remember going with my mom to the Saturday night practices.  These happened at choir members’ homes.  Everyone would take a turn hosting the practice.  There was singing.  Then, there was dinner.  After dinner, that’s when the card tables and chairs would come out.  All the adults got themselves ready to play Mahjong.  Don’t ask me how to play, because I don’t know how.  No matter how often I watched, I could not pick up how to play.  In the meantime, the children of the choir members would hang out.  We would sing along to record albums.  When we were old enough to drive, we’d take ourselves to the movie theater.  On Sunday, the choir would sing.  If the Chargers were playing, we would go to someone’s house after church to watch the game and the adults would play more Mahjong.  I think this was the start of my love affair with the San Diego Chargers.  It’s more a love-hate relationship.  🙂

If I am to be honest, I believe my love of football came from my father.  I remember sitting on the couch with him to watch the Charger games on TV.  He always hoped the Chargers would win the Super Bowl one day.  They had their chance in 1994 when they played the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.  But, they lost 49-26.  I can still hear Kathie Lee Gifford telling Regis Philbin on their TV show how her husband, Frank Gifford, was so bored watching this Super Bowl.  Whatever, Kathie Lee!  Anyway, if the Chargers ever win a Super Bowl, my brother, sister, and I will go to dad’s grave and place a Charger pennant there.  The way the Chargers are playing, they may not even win a Super Bowl in my lifetime.  My children already have instructions to place a pennant on their grandfather’s grave, and then, they need to place one on my grave, too!  🙂

So, here I sit, trying to keep busy.  It is hard to be a fan when your team is having a lousy season.  Statistically, there is a very slim, and I mean slim chance, that they can beat the Goliath of football, Peyton Manning.  That slim chance is what keeps me hanging on and hoping.  I am refusing to watch the TV coverage of the game.  I am, however, DVRing it.  I do have the radio on and am listening to local coverage of the game.  If they win, I will watch it.  If they lose, I will delete.  It pains me too much to watch my team lose.  Right now, the game is tied 10-10.  Go Chargers!  🙂