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  • Most Memorable Season Openers?

    Does anybody else have a most memorable season opener or just great memories you have about one?

    I am always ready for the opener like I am sure most people are. But I got to thinking about opening games I have seen in the past and there is one I remember more than most. Sept. 7 1981 against the Browns on Monday night. I think this game sticks out for a number of reasons. Growing up in Boise we always had Denver as a regional team and Seattle as the backup since they were still in the AFC West at that time. Long story short SD was rarely on TV. Only got to see the Chargers on TV if

    1. There was a double header on and they were playing in a national game and neither Denver or Seattle were playing at the same time.
    2. If they were playing Denver or Seattle and if they were playing the Seahawks at the same time Denver was playing it was a no go.
    3. If they were in a Monday night game.

    Since those were always the main two teams on TV around here there were tons of Broncos and Hawks fans and I took a lot of crap for being a Chargers fan. I loved football though so I would watch whatever games they had on television. That opening weekend my 7th grade self couldn't wait for Monday night as I knew I would be able to see Fouts & Co. play that week. Had a Chargers shirt I wore every week and heard a lot of trash from Denver fans on Monday when I went to school. Seemed like the day lasted forever and even when school got out had to wait until 7 P.M. for game time since it is the mountain time zone. I know I spent some time after school throwing the football outside with some friends as I totally ignored home work.

    When game time finally got there I wasn't disappointed. The Chargers decimated the Browns with a 44-14 win! Had to love it Fouts threw for over 300, Muncie ran for 160 and Joiner ended up with nearly 200 yards. It was a great night for a much younger me. Even though I saw the game I was still excited to get up the next morning and read about it in the sports section of the paper.

    What about anybody else? Any openers stick out in your mind for any reason?

  • #2
    IIRC they played at the Broncos in 94 , they were down big and came back, Seau sealed the win with a pick

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    • #3
      I was at that Broncos game in 94 and the silence in Mile High after that game was crazy. I have written about my experience at that game many times on here so I won't bore you but that game is my favorite opener ever.
      I'll ride the wave...where it takes me.

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      • #4
        Gary Anderson goes airborn...
        Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
        LL Cool J

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wu-dai clan View Post
          Gary Anderson goes airborn...
          Excellent! The exact game I was thinking of, Wu. Great minds should drink beer together.

          TG
          Like, how am I a traitor? Your team are traitors.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Heatmiser View Post

            Excellent! The exact game I was thinking of, Wu. Great minds should drink beer together.

            TG
            Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
            LL Cool J

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            • #7
              i thought about the gary anderson airborn tuck and roll for a TD. but didnt we lose that game?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jubei View Post
                i thought about the gary anderson airborn tuck and roll for a TD. but didnt we lose that game?
                We won that game, but it was a bad season.
                Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
                LL Cool J

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wu-dai clan View Post
                  Gary Anderson goes airborn...
                  This! Always this!

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                  • #10
                    2009 at Oakland, comeback win with Sproles running it in for the winning TD.

                    Then next week it was Sproles stuffed on 4th down against the Ravens.

                    2009 was an interesting year....13-3 with not a great roster IMO, exposed against the Jets in that miserable divisional game. Ugh.
                    ESPN Screename: GoBolts02

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                    • #11
                      2008 was bizarre one, Merriman played for a half and got shelved for the season. Panthers QB Delhomme was killing us all day and they won on a last second TD pass. It wasn't a win but a memorable opener as well. That was also the day I finally got fed up with Norv and hopped on the fire Norv bandwagon.

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                      • #12
                        September 4th, 1994.
                        Beat the Donkies in mile high.
                        Leading to the greatest season and only SB appearance.
                        2019 Adopt - A - Bolt

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