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Monday, January 14, 2008

A Plea To Groton Submariners: Do The Right Thing

Groton submariners will have to decide this week where they stand -- do they stand for Good, or for Evil? I hope they choose wisely.

Groton, CT, is about halfway between New York and Boston -- this placement, in addition to ensuring that the two casinos in the area have plenty of customers, causes it to be a flashpoint for sports fans as they're asked to choose between the New York teams and Boston teams. This week, though, I'm calling on submariners in the Groton area to resist the pressure to choose between the New England Patriots and New York Giants and support the team that represents Good in the remainder of the NFL playoffs -- the San Diego Chargers. It's not that they're inherently Good, it's that their opponent this Sunday, the Patriots, are inherently evil.

The undefeated Patriots, led by their Evil coach, are best known for cheating and poor sportsmanship, but are favored against the virtuous Chargers. However, since no NFL team has ever won 18 straight games to start the season, it's clear that history is on the side of San Diego. Submariners should remember that San Diego is a real Navy town, where people support the military. In Boston, on the other hand, locals are probably planning protests at the USS Constitution as we speak. There's only one choice to make as the country splits this week along natural fault lines -- Submariners should do what is right, and Speak Truth to (Patriot) Power. Go Chargers!


Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

1) If you ain't cheatin' you ain't trying. I equate what Belichick did as equivalent to looking at the waterspace scheme when trying to find the Orange submarine.

2) Belichick's press conferences are a model of information operations.

3) San Diego fired their last coach after going 14-2. ????

4) The Patriots got Randy Moss for a 4th round pick. AYFKM!

5) Red, White and Blue beats Powder Blue.

6) Belichick's day coached/scouted for Navy. Bill donated his father's football library to the school.

7) Kyle Eckel scored a TD against the Cowboys.

1/14/2008 5:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't follow baseball. I don't even know how many goals their center scored.

1/14/2008 10:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to burst your bubble about San Diego, but my Dad, who went through boot camp there in the late 60s, told stories about the "No Dogs and No Sailors on the Grass" signs. Not the perfect Navy town by any stretch.

1/14/2008 11:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've stated in past post's comments that I'm not a big fan of living in San Diego. That's because I lived or worked there for fifteen years. That being said, I do think that San Diego is a super city to visit and a great place to have fun.

I'm also a huge Padres and Chargers fan. I figured the Bolts would loose in a close one to the Colts. I always figure they'll loose. That way I'm not so disappointed if they do. Anyway, what a game it was. Lots of offense both ways. In the end the Chargers got it done with considerably less than their best lineup.

How sweet it would be to ruin the NE "perfect" record. I think doing it will provide a huge motivational factor to an already motivated underdog team.

Watch out NE. You'll be facing the most talent you've seen all year.


1/14/2008 11:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why plea to the Groton guys? They probably already have tickets for both games.

As a native La Jollan I encourge all sailors to be their best and select the best.


1/14/2008 11:51 AM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

Good luck getting folks in Groton to root for Chargers if they are not already Charger fans. There may be a tendency to root for the Giants because of the 'dirty deal' that the Patriot owner pulled on Hartford some years ago when he was negotiating a new contract with the folks im MA for the Foxboro stadium but I suspect that all is forgiven. Also, as noted in a previous post, the Patriot coach does have a connection with the Naval Academy. His Dad was a football coach at Navy for years. Sorry.

1/14/2008 1:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet there was no mention yet about the team that will be the Super Bowl champion

The Green Bay Packers

Now there is the Good in the last four teams

1/14/2008 6:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Joel!

One said that the Chargers are not inherently good. The Chargers are awesome! No team has the same combination of heart, talent, and grit as them!
Yeah, the Patriots are undefeated, Brady, Moss, blah blah blah...
The only player on the Patriots with the comparable traits to those I mentioned of the Chargers is Junior Seau, who will always be a Charger at heart.
And Subbubba...I've heard those stories about the signs in every Navy town around. says they're all urban legends. San Diego is an excellent Navy town, and I wish I could afford to still live there!
Especially when the Chargers return with the AFC Championship!

1/14/2008 8:41 PM

Blogger Subvet said...

As a native to New York there are two teams I'll root for; the Jets and whoever plays the Patriots.

And like stsc (ss) I've also heard those "keep off the grass" stories wherever I went. Funny how those signs always seemed to have been recently removed when I arrived.

1/14/2008 9:30 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I expect Junior Seau to realize his true loyalties during the week, and work to ensure a Chargers victory. First, he'll "accidentally" mess us noted thug Rodney Harrison during practice, then beg to play fullback, and run Tom Brady down. Then he'll cheer as LT breakdances on the Patriots logo after his many touchdowns, and he'll end by laughing in Belichick's face as he returns to the sideline where he belongs -- the winning Chargers sideline.

1/14/2008 10:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you guys just don't get it . Every team this season has tried & failed to nuture up a way to get a "win " over the Patroits but that team is like the old Elvis song " I'm a steamroller baby , I'm gonna roll right over you "

Go Pats 19 - 0

1/14/2008 11:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can guarantee that once the Chargers lose, they will whine about something.....lack of respect, referees, hang nail ...anything except being beat by a superior team.

1/16/2008 7:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, Joel opened this can of worms, so let's face facts:

Something went haywire last Sunday.

The powers that be (the NFL, the media, and the advertisers), were planning for the big Colts/Patriots showdown this weekend.

The lowly Chargers upset the big scheme by whomping Peyton Manning and the Colts. They did it through pure grit and determination...scraping, scrapping, and ekeing out the win.

The referees tried to hold them back (no doubt at the behest of the powers that be) by making bizarre penalties against the Chargers (i.e., the mysterious "someone committed the crime of holding but we can't exactly say who, what, or where") when the Chargers returned for a huge touchdown, among other flagrantly pro-Colts officiating maneuvers.

Suffice it to say, there is a conspiracy, led by the media, carried out by the referrees. Expect some equally wacky calls in the upcoming game.

It's definitely a conspiracy, along the lines of the mysterious officiating in the Super Bowl (can I say that without infringing on copyrights??) two years ago, when the referrees ensured the Steelers stole the game from the Seahawks.

Mark my words, no matter what the Chargers do, the Patriots will face the Packers in the Super Bowl (tm).

Okay...that was sarcasm. Can the Chargers beat the Patriots this Sunday? Sure. Will they? No, definitely not. Do I hope that they will? Absolutely!

Go Bolts!

1/16/2008 8:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Boston:

sorry... couldn't help myself....

1/22/2008 5:13 PM


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