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.
Words are hard to come by with the passing of Brandon Mebane’s infant daughter, Makenna.
We are heartbroken.
Please join us in keeping Brandon, and his family, in your thoughts and prayers.
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.
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Enjoy Wildcard Weekend!
And as always thank you to the Chargers PR for the opportunity and to you all for your support.
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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.
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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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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
“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.
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 head to Cleveland to face America’s new favorite sweethearts the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks, but the Bolts don’t see them as darlings.
If you have football Tourette’s as I do you also watched it, and if your the kind of person or sucker I am you wished they could just get a win, learn or relearn how to. Just like how life sometimes is hard with multiple adversities hit you, you start to expect the shoe to drop, on a personal note I know I have had to shift my thinking to get thru similar hard times. Human interest or the common rooting for the perpetual underdog, is obsolete in this scenario, the Browns first win this season was the first in 635 days when they beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016.
It’s not a trap game, not for LA. Although many variables have changed in those days (635) the exclamation point of loosing to the win-less Browns on Christmas Eve is not forgotten and will not be overlooked.
Chargers played their most complete game this season vs. the Raiders last Sunday and are 3-2. Rank in top offense with yards, both rushing & passing. Phillip Rivers showcasing something special with this team as epitomized Sunday with the celebration TD photo! Quite a rarity! Something cool is brewing with this offense or gelling.
Chargers have experience and success with new quarterback’s ( Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and C.J Beathard) whom also come with little film, they’ve been able to contain, disrupt and pressure them successfully. And vs the run last week the defense contained Marshawn Lynch to 31 yards, Sunday they will face Carlos Hyde.
The special teams woes addressed with the reuniting of former Eagles teammates, the addition of Donnie Jones last week however Caleb Sturgis may be out on Sunday and Michael Badgley is on stand by.
The kicking game is one aspect that these two teams have had in common one that both teams have had issues with this season.
The Browns who started the season not with a loss but a tie are at 2-2-1. They have a new king at the helm number one draft pick Baker Mayfield coming in with 3 TDs and 3 INTs whom made his debut in their first win. Sunday will be his third start, although the hype has been on him, Browns defense led by DC Greg Williams are first in the NFL in takeaways with 15.
The Browns are 2nd in rushing and their defense 12th allowing 22.9 points a game (reminder they contained Drew Brees and the Saints to 21 points in the 3-point loss). They handed the Ravens their 2nd loss and the Steelers a tie in OT. This team has some grit and probably the most loyal fan base in the NFL, ones whom no matter what the record or the temperatures are at FirstEnergy Stadium. They have a new mascot as well whom showed up at their first win vs. the Jets, a possum, another showed in their win vs. the Ravens.
A few connections
Adrian Phillips played against Baker Mayfield when he was at Texas Tech and Chargers are familiar with Todd Hailey (KC HC 2009-11 and OC Steelers 2012-2017).
IMO prediction: Chargers win, no way they go back into Cleveland with this group and not come out with win.
I welcomed two amazing men on October 2, 2018 for The Desiree Show, which broadcasts on Tuesdays and airs on Wednesdays 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio.
Michael Gehlken beat reporter for the Raiders for The Las Vegas Review Journal and former beat reporter for the San Diego Chargers, a great perspective especially with the LA Chargers hosting the Raiders Sunday. No better person with a more unique perspective having covered both teams than Michael.
Also, on the show via New York, the Godfather of skateboarding, the tour guide, a mayor, and the list goes on…… the one and only Alex Corporan. Former pro skateboarder whom helped brand Supreme as we know it today, Skate Night in NY, El Senor among a slew of other brands he has had his hands on. One whom is always giving back to the community and impacting all the lives he touches. Alex also has a board dropping in December on Raised Fist Propaganda.
The King of Lower Manhattan! Part city historian, part black Anthony bordain, full time tour/party/spot guide, full time tastemaker, full time rad dad, full blown NYC skate legend, and all the way New York.
Every out of town skater who’s ever visited New York has learned the ropes from Alex…Thank you Bro!
Chargers (2-2) and Raiders (1-3) reunite in LA, both have had their share of LA as their title, however this one is the Chargers. I also am reuniting with the blogging so please bare with me as this will be all over the board, a quick whip around, just so I get my rhythm rolling, so hear it goes!
This will be the second time in decades that the match up is in Los Angeles, with either as the host team, obviously last year was at the Stubhub Center, but the last time that the LA Chargers hosted before last year was November 27th 1960 where the LA Chargers walloped the Oakland Raiders 52-28, and the final time before The Raiders departure from LA, The San Diego Chargers edged over the LA Raiders 26-24 September 25th, 1994.
This rivalry started November 27th 1960 since the two have met up 117 times including 1 playoff and combined have been in multiple cities, the Raiders lead the series 63-52-1 however the Chargers hold the longest win streak (2003-2009) along with the current win streak of 2 (2017).
Oakland has a new head coach as you know, John Gruden at the helm, whom finally had his first win in nearly 10 years, even though the Raiders play with passion on the field they have shown an inability to finish games, that is until last Sunday vs. the Browns, where the received their first W in OT in the 2018 season.
Chargers came out with a W vs. the Niners, putting them at 500 but perhaps not as big as what was forecasted however many positives, but a few struggles, third down conversions and the kicking game slightly dimed the positives.
Inside the NFL kicked off their highlights this week with the fantastic NFL Films with Mic’D Up Phillip Rivers, pretty fabulous! If you didn’t get a chance to see it here it is for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Philip Rivers said that it was more balance of an offense, I have seen something else a more of a je ne sais quoi something I can’t put my finger on but, it definitely looks like there’s some cohesiveness
and a bit more of a relaxed demeanor for Phillip on the field and in his pressers.
He seems just more at ease, less strained maybe the last few years mayhem or change surrounding the moving, commute, the new city and a temporary stadium struggles have finally ebbed, but there just seems to be something different with Philip Rivers -something I haven’t seen in the 11 years I have been covering the team.
The cohesiveness with this offense coupled with the duel threat productivity in the run.
The physicality and passion in Melvin Gordon’s running, not by mistake he’s out there doing foot drills daily and has been strengthening his leg throughout the off season, (Great piece by Sam at the Athletic). And then the other half Austin Ekeler with great hands, catch and runs as well as his ability to utilize suggestions from his coaches are visibly seen.
Couple that or triple it with the big presence of Mike Pouncey and add the receivers sharing the catches and the blocking duties for the run.
All seem to be ingredients of a TEAM, no “I”, a strength of unity perhaps by a challenging few years with the move and the double edged sword of living in a place where most any away teams fans would want to come visit and take over the stadium.
Rivers has had a big stretch of success vs the Raiders actually the longest win streak between the two, and then a hiccup since last season and currently with a 2 win streak vs. Oakland.
Gus Bradley was LB coach Under Gruden at Tampa, Anthony Lynn friend of Gruden since NY days ( Presser) but the biggest one in my eyes is NT Brendan Mebane and RB Marshawn Lynch former team mates and vets both at Cal during a very special time and SB Champs with the Seattle Seahawks. There is something to practicing against some one on the daily, plus there is a long history.
At age 32, Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch hasn’t lost his touch. “He’s a lion. He just refuses to ever die. He refuses to ever let anything else beat him. He is the apex predator. Period. He’s a freak show.” https://t.co/MhdiGGBBi1
Shift with Special Teams, Chargers announced that they had released Punter Drew Kaiser ( whom was also the holder) brought in retired P and SB Champion Donnie Jones
Coach Lynn spoke on shaking things up a bit with the crucial holding position and brings in a familiarity with former team mates, both having played for the Eagles last year that and the fact that he is an experienced holder and Punter. Donnie Jones had retired after the SB, so prior to his calls, or I should I say missed calls from his agent he had been at Home Depot getting Halloween decorations, that evening he was on a flight to LA and signed the following day.
Hayley Elwood spoke with him on Wednesday on the last 24 hours.
Welcome back to DT Corey Luiget who returns after his 4 week suspension, his presence will be visibly seen and the team announced Saturday he was activated for Sundays Game and to make room, Chargers waived DT T.Y.McGill, whom has not played.
Gruden’s complimentary praises to Rivers, and Derwin James, even on Bosa, whom will not be playing on Sunday.
WR Travis Benjamin (foot), * to miss 2-3 weeks
On how Raiders plan to contain Rivers and company…….
Paul Guenther asked if his DBs are fast enough to limit big plays:
“Well we got what we got. We gotta do the best job with what we’ve got right now.”
ICYMI: Tuesday Michael Gehlken joined me on the the Desiree Show, he shares a very unique perspective having covered both teams, former UT SD beat reporter for the SD Chargers and currently Raiders beat reporter for the Las Vegas Review.
Take a listen if you missed it!
Chargers find a way to get their 3rd win at Stubhub despite it most likely being a mini sea of the Black Hole, continue their streak at get to 3-2, before hitting a 4 week road tour.
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INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Désirée
Join me for this weekly locker room visit at the Chargers HQs
Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa.
It’s odds and ends, the third dimension, b-day cheers, games, some stats, high school & college roots and more, Its fun, quick and RAW.
Essentially a little get-to-know some of these LA Chargers players.
Join me weekly for this special on the Desiree Show