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November 20, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
LaDainian Tomlinson ran by Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith and, with supremacy in the AFC West at stake, all those poor souls in Broncos blue. Tomlinson scored four touchdowns Sunday, leading the San Diego Chargers to a stunning 35-27 victory over Denver, one that included a 17-point comeback in the final 1 1/2 quarters. "We're a relentless group of guys," said Tomlinson, whose team overcame a 21-point deficit to win at Cincinnati a week earlier.
August 4, 2006 | Sam Farmer
Philip Rivers has a most-valuable-player candidate in his backfield, a transcendent tight end in his sights, an up-and-coming defense in his corner, and the future of an NFL franchise in his hands. But is Rivers, who has yet to make his first pro start, the right quarterback to lead the San Diego Chargers where they want to go? One of the most respected offensive minds in football -- an AFC competitor, no less -- has no doubt about that.
January 11, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The Chargers have dropped plans to put a stadium proposal on the November ballot, casting doubt on whether the NFL franchise will stay in San Diego. A major stumbling block, the Chargers say, has been finding a development partner, essential to building a privately financed stadium. Team officials say a chaotic political climate in San Diego and the city's budget crisis have scared away prospective investors.
December 16, 2005 | Sam Farmer
Although he typically lines up in front of LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego fullback Lorenzo Neal is unquestionably the man behind the Man. In each of the last nine seasons, Neal has paved the way for a 1,000-yard back -- Tomlinson, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Warrick Dunn and Adrian Murrell -- yet he himself has never run for more than 175 yards in a season.
December 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fewer arrests of rowdy fans were made at Sunday night's Chargers-Raiders game than at any such game on record, officials said Monday. Fifty-two people were arrested, 46 on suspicion of being drunk. An average of 30 arrests are made at Qualcomm Stadium during San Diego Chargers football games, but when the Oakland Raiders visit, the average climbs to 120 to 130, officials said. Increased police presence and chilly weather were cited by officials as helping to diminish trouble.
December 2, 2005 | Sam Farmer
San Diego Charger receiver Keenan McCardell has been with five NFL teams. He has been on practice squads, Pro Bowl teams and a Super Bowl champion. He has played in just about every situation imaginable. But the one game he won't play is the "what-if" game. What if the Chargers hadn't benched Antonio Gates for the opener against Dallas? McCardell doesn't want to hear it.
August 18, 2005 | J.A. Adande
The best player in the NFL is right down Interstate 5, but the view is blocked by a big head 3,000 miles away. The best player in the NFL speaks in a soft voice, but even when you're nearby he's drowned out by the cacophony generated from the other side of the country. Two men were standing a few yards from the BPITN as he practiced the other day, but he wasn't the subject of conversation. "What do you think of T.O.?" one said to the other. "He's an idiot," was the reply.
June 21, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Despite their completed plan for a Super Bowl-quality football stadium, public park and urban village, the San Diego Chargers are finding it "extremely difficult" to attract development partners willing to make an investment in the project because of the city's political uncertainty, a team spokesman said Monday. "There are a lot of people interested, but the problem is the situation downtown is so chaotic," said Mark Fabiani, point man for the Charger stadium proposal.
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