Discussion in 'Classic San Diego Chargers Discussion' started by Norespectatall, Apr 14, 2010.
Set your dvrs or turn it on now, great story with a sad ending, but good history lesson.
I have had this on my dvr for a year now. Very sad indeed.
As sad as the 14-2 (2006) and 13-3 (2009) Chargers that both pancaked at home to lesser opponents?
I would say so, because Hank is such a hilarious guy to watch and listen to in the interviews, and Dan Fouts is such a badass, and Kellen Winslow is so classy and awesome, you would root for those guys if they took the field today. The entire episode makes me pine to have been born a few decades earlier to have been around to see such an awesome group of guys play. Muncie, Fouts, Coryell, Breuner, Means, these guys are pillars of Charger lore. To have been done in by what essentially amounts to weather conditions when they could have gone all the way is just sad. Also marked the beginning of the Spanos family era, since they took over the team ownership in 82 I believe, but in the process gutted the team of a lot of the magic that made them so much fun to watch =(
Still, I love history lessons, and this one is a good one. They will probably show it all week.
I just wish they would couple it with that overtime playoff win over Miami, that was a great game and they show so many classic NFC games on that channel already =/
Spanos actually bought controlling interest (60-65% I think) in '84 and slowly bought out the rest over the next 5 years. He really didn't make his mark on the team until '86...when Fouts announced his retirement.
Hah, man, I wasn't even born yet. All I know is Klein wanted out. Dude seemed like a dick anyway.
Fouts retired after the 87 season.
Gene Klein had health issues throughout the latter part of the 70's and 80's. Any of you remember when Al Davis, just to be an asshole, had the Chargers/Raiders games blacked out in San Diego because he said the fans could drive up? Then Klein would have a heart attack and try to sue Al Davis for causing it! That hatred was RIDICULOUS!
Here is some info on the former Chargers owner...
Davis, the greatest front office turncoat in NFL history.
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