Brandon Mebane shares heartbreak at Chargers

Costa Mesa, CA – Chargers HQ’s

Heartbreaking news today at Chargers HQ’s as Brandon Mebane disclosed the loss of their daughter. No words seem to be appropriate or enough to give to someone who has lost a child.

As a journalist or reporter it is my job to report what’s going on however as a person who loves people and honors their privacy during difficult times it’s a challenging one to navigate, as it was today at the Chargers.

In the presser Coach Lynn was asked about the status of Mebane for Sunday vs. Patriots, he said he’s working today and expecting him to play, unless something happens.

I saw Brandon in the locker room I stopped to shake his hand, believing that it was a good sign to see him, and say that my prayers are still with him and his family. I had no idea that his daughter had passed last Thursday, no one did at this point.

As things proceeded in the locker room, as they do with different media interviewing different players, Brandon’s locker became swamped with five times the amount of media for practice than normal, he was surrounded, too many to try and get close. This is when he disclosed the heartbreaking news that his 7-week old daughter Makenna, died Thursday.

“I’m still thankful, and I thank God every day,” Mebane said. “I still pray. We’re taking it one day at a time.”

I had honored his privacy today, I just welcomed him back and shared my continued prayers being a very sensitive and personal manner with his family, and what they have endured the last 7 weeks with his infant daughter in the hospital, but he did share his heartbreak.

 

I wanted to kick myself in some regards and in another regards I’m grateful I didn’t ask more, however would that have been better for him, to hear, that I wanted to ask how his daughter was doing?

My prayers, thoughts and healing love continue to be with Brandon, his wife Amena, and their two children, Mahailey and Makai during this heartbreaking and devastating time.

Eric D Williams broke the story and has had a long friendship with Brandon since his time in Seattle, so I will share his link here.

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ITL: Wildcard Sunday Chargers head to Ravens

ICYMI January 3, 2019 episode ( LAC vs BAL week)

Inside The Locker Room with Desiree always raw and unedited with ambient noise.

Wildcard week, Chargers head to Baltimore to face the Ravens for the second time in 3 weeks. I spoke with Mike Williams and Russell Okung on the match up, the advantages and the similarities with other championship teams these two have been apart of.

After Eric D Williams, ESPN beat writer for the Chargers and I spoke on the match up, again more advantages vs a team twice especially on a quick turn around and Eric even tossed in his predictions.

Up now on Itunes and Soundcloud.

Enjoy Wildcard Weekend!

And as always thank you to the Chargers PR for the opportunity and to you all for your support.

The Desiree SHOW airs on Wednedsay’s 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, this is a special episode during the Playoffs.

Make Sure to follow both @desiree_Astorga @TheDesireeSHOW on IG for upcoming guest along with not missing the BTS IG stories at the Chargers.

Black Monday

Black Monday! A dreaded day unlike Black Friday for avid sale shoppers (which I do not partake in) this morning five head coaches were fired, last night one and the tally now is up to 8 head coach openings in the NFL. Yes, this is something one knows going into the position however remember these individuals are people, ones with families. Couple that with the irony of it landing on New Years Eve, not what anyone hopes for.

This morning the below head coaches were fired.

Vance Joseph (Broncos)

Steve Wilks (Cardinals)

Adam Gase (Dolphins)

Marvin Lewis (Bengals)

Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers)

Todd Bowles (Jets) last night 

Week 13 Mike McCarthy (Packers) 

Week 8 Hue Jackson (Browns)

Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone and Panthers’ Ron Rivera will return for 2019 season.

Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson Inside the Locker Room with Desiree




This week was big, an AFC West showdown on prime time in Kansas City for Thursday Night Football vs. The Chiefs.  On the ITL 12-11-18, Inside the Locker Room at the Chargers HQ’s, a special on The Desiree Show. I spoke with Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson.

There is truly something special I have seen in this locker room this season and on the field, this team has a phenomenal unity. It’s tight, there is mutual respect, a fight together and a special something one can’t quite put a figure on, the ingredients of a championship team.

Donnie Jones, Damion Square and Justin Jackson.

I asked Donnie Jones about the specialness of this team, the Super Bowl and BCS Champ told me ” Probably the best locker room I’ve been apart of”

On the similarities of championship teams he has been apart of  three time  BCS Champion, Damion Square simply stated,
“Respect! We respect each other”

Also, some cool background on Justin Jackson’s current and past jerseys.

The ITL is a regular special on the show.

ICYMI on Dash Radio which aired 12-12-18 on the Desiree SHOW for your convenience its up on ITunes and SoundCloud.

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Marc Johnson on The Desiree Show

I welcomed the extraordinary MARC JOHNSON November 13, 2018 to the show or perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World as I played to introduce him.

Seriously one of the most interesting humans I’ve had the opportunity to get to know!!

From North Carolina to Virginia, back and forth to hopping in a Honda Accord at the age of 16 with 80 dollars in his pocket and heading west to Nor Cal, SF, Santa Cruz onward south to San Diego. Although he left prior to graduating high school, he did home school and received his high school diploma.  He also went on to take classes in college and had hopes to even get a masters in math at Berkley had it not been for the explosion of travel for his skateboarding career.

He comes with a list of accolades ( too many to list) but including

Thrasher Skater of the Year 2007 (SOTY), over 34 video parts, he’s a company owner and all around creative minded authentic individual. One of the most technical and phenomenal skaters ever,

“He’s one of the best skateboarders ever”, Giovanni Reda.

We skimmed or hit on many points including MySpace perils, his first skateboard with a story never heard, where his SOTY award resides and ironically on National Pickle Day ( who knew), which is the key ingredient to his infamous breakfast sandwich.

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Heads up also for Business and Company board release with an ETA of February 2019.

Also, stay tuned to Marc’s return as so much we couldn’t even address, (talks of a mini series on the forecast).

Warm thanks to Jai Tanju, Giovanni Reda, Michael Burnett and Ben Colen for their quotes and time. 

And obviously BIG THANKS to Marc!  Look forward to having him back in studio.

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Chargers loss a case of one less vs Broncos, But the sky is not falling

Chargers loss a case of one less vs. Broncos
but the sky is not falling.

One less mistake, one less penalty and one made PAT or special teams play and they would have won.  This was  their first game back at home since October 7th, that is in 5 weeks, but came up short  by one  23-22 Broncos.

Won the coin toss once again, Joey Bosa’s first game of the year, but the 6 game winning streak was haulted.

14 penalties for 140 yards, one negating an INT, another successful fake punt for their opponent, and a failed conversion gave the Chargers their first loss since September 23rd vs. the LA Rams.

But the sky isn’t falling the Chargers still find themselves only 2 games back from the Chiefs and tied with the Patriots & Texans with the second best record in the AFC and in the number one spot in the wildcard (yet we aren’t even in December).

Penalties, special teams errs and .
Had Philip Rivers taken a sack, the Chargers run on 3rd and 7 and we would be taking about another gritty win. All the variables one brings up after a loss, the what if game.

But despite the loss … the good point (no one will agree) one got a loss out of the way, they had an off day, but more directly so,  a big slap to tighten up before they fly to Heinz Field ( 12/2) and Arrowhead (12/13) in the coming few weeks to face The Steelers and The Chiefs.

Third most penalized team in the NFL.

the hype or anticipation of Joey Bosa has been documented he made an impact, but wasn’t the messiah ( which is ridiculous to put on anyone) . This defense has been stellar without him, but need him now and he did show the brilliant impact the number 1 draft Ohio state player can add to this roster.

Anthony Lynn on Bosa: “I thought he looked good from the sideline. On a couple snaps I saw him edge rush, but I’ll know more when I watch the tape”.

Another loss on the day, Corey Luiget, however the next man up mentality is prevalent and productive with this stellar adaptable defense and Darius Philon will step up once again.

Chargers rack up more miles to Seahawks

Chargers rack up more miles in the air, but this game will be on the ground.

A somewhat delusional month or 2 week bye feeling for Chargers.  Not only on the road non-stop from Cleveland to London with a game commencing at 6:30AM PST followed by a bye week.   It has felt almost like a 2 week bye add Halloween follow with another business trip to Seattle and the Bolts have played on the road the entire second quarter.

 

The road trip winning Chargers have been flying under the radar a little, which suits this team as they sit at 5-2.  Let me remind you their only 2 losses were to the 7-1 Chiefs and the 8-0 Rams.  Bolts find themselves with the 3rd best record in all the AFC behind the Chiefs (7-1) and the Patriots (6-1). In all the NFL they are tied with two other teams with the fourth overall record at (5-2) Panthers and Redskins.
I hate to use a comparison from another team but Todd Gurley going down before a gimme TD illustrated  complete unselfishness and true team move, that’s what I see in this Chargers team!  I can’t, but we can mentality, a true team.

Milestone for Philip Rivers on Sunday, toughness personified as this one is really special.  Philip will have his 200th consecutive start!  Beyond awing, and will join a very short list of QBs; Brett Farve, Peyton and Eli  Manning.

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The last time Rivers played in Seattle (2010), he threw for 455 yards which is the second most passing yards of his career. But almost more importantly his respect from his teammates.  I’ve spoke on his demeanor shift or this more calm or less worrisome face,  his love for football and this team somehow appears even stronger this season.  There is a playfulness in him, in his body language,  it has even been illustrated and captured in celebration photos, another thing I’ve not seen, not this way at least.

Melvin Gordon on Philip Rivers: “He’s out there playing chess. And when you’re a master at chess, and you know what moves are made before they’re made, it’s kind of hard for people to beat you.”

At Seattle

At CenturyLink yes, home field advantage always an asset for Hawks and the 12s are LOUD!  Both share in a few similarities the first a sad one, loss of their owners’ Alex Spanos and Paul Allen this last month and both wear decals on their helmets.  Secondly they see themselves in the two best divisions, trailing the NFL’s top two teams and both seem to have to prove themselves despite their records and streaks. Add the loss to the Rams and lastly have shared DC Gus Bradley, which in my mind nullifies any advantage.

Defensive minded Hc Pete Carroll vs Offensive minded HC Anthony Lynn.

Seattle struggled early in this season, but have looked to find their stride with a 2-win streak, 4 out of 5 wins, including a 2-pt loss to division rival Rams and a big win at Ford Stadium vs. the Lions last week.
Chargers come in to continue their 4-win streak and come with a restful bye week. Fourteen days since they have played along with racking up flight miles and add to their month long of road trips with a total of 11,229 miles, Cleveland to London and back to Orange County adding a mere 978 miles to Seattle to total 12,207 for the quarter and that includes a bye week!  Headed to the northeast a quick flight comparatively to their flying month.

Pressure, pressure, and more pressure on QB Russell Wilson, I’m sure Gus Bradley has it all set in stone (and don’t forget he also was at Seattle with Pete as DC, knowing how he thinks) however you have to believe the same true for Pete Carroll knowing how Gus thinks).

Brandon Mebane also a connection , this however I believe more vital as the vet will lead the defense  with vengeance. There is a bit of revenge there.   No Bosa, but Bolts are fairing well without him, just think how his contribution will impact  when he returns however.

This should be a close game, the spread indicating Seattle (-2).

Chargers can handle noise and a hostile environment, they come with rest, a prolific offense, a bonus love from London fans along with time with their families, as well as a special cohesiveness and comradery with the team.

Look for Ekeler to have a prolific game, more so with catch and runs, and Gordon, (although listed as questionable that is usually a yes) with a productive day on the ground.  Both Williams and Keenan Allen impacting with a big game, as well.  Seahawks will most likely be attentive to all the threats that the Chargers have, but there are just too many weapons to cover. But this game most likely will be on the ground as rain and a wet field will be prevalent.  Along with a physical disruptive defense and a special teams whom have found consistency.

Weather at CenturyLink Field for kick off rain and a wet field forcasted! Chargers have cohesiveness but on the flip side Seahawks have seemed to gel, as well and have their Legion of Boom.

Both teams find themselves in the 2 toughest divisions trailing the NFL’s top 2 teams and both looking to continue and add to their W columns.
Injury reports (as of Friday)

Chargers

OUT:  Joey Bosa, Christopher Landrum, Kyzir White.

Questionable: Melvin Gordon

Seahawks

Doubtful:  Jordan Simmons & Neiko Thorpe

Questionable:  Chris Carson, Bradley McDougald, K.J. Wright

 

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