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Bolts & Dawgs

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  Human interest or the common rooting for the perpetual underdog, is obsolete in this scenario, the Browns first win this season was the first in 635 days when they beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016.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.

 

 

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Michael Gehlken & Alex Corporan on The Desiree SHOW

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!

Chris Pastas

 

You can follow Michael on Twitter also on The Las Vegas Review Journal and Alex on Instagram, Twitter or his Facebook page.

The Desiree SHOW Broadcasts on Wednesday 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, Dash Talk.

Make sure to follow her IG & TW @Desiree_Astorga @TheDesireeSHOW on IG and Twitter @TheDesiree_Show

 

ICYMI live on Dash radio, it is up on The Desiree SHOW Itunes and up on SoundCloud.

 

Chargers and Raiders reunite in LA

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

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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.

gordon7058Couple 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.

Connections;

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.

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
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Raiders Injury report

 

On how Raiders plan to contain Rivers and company…….

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.

 

Stay up to date for the ITL a special weekly series on the Desiree SHOW on Dash Radio, also on Itunes and Soundcoud.

INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Désirée

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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

INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Desiree

Welcome to ITL
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Desiree.

A few weeks ago I was granted the opportunity to come to the Chargers on a regular, weekly basis.

My intent and it still is to cover the team on all my platforms, a weekly quick hits on The Desiree SHOW on Dash Radio  including locker room interviews, blog entries, social media posts and in addition I came up with a fun idea.

Having the opportunity to have access is something I am super grateful for. I have covered the Chargers on many levels throughout the last 9-10 years, from shooting still photos for ESPN the Magazine, KUSI Sports for TV coverage, multiple media outlets for events on all giving back the Chargers do for the community, helping document, via photos and words or packages for KUSI-PPR among other outlets and obviously for The Desiree SHOW.

I thought that it would be pretty cool to let you all get to know some of these players on a different level from inside the locker room, with that I would like to welcome you to ITL!

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Join me for this weekly locker room visit at the Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa, The Chargers HQ’s.

It’s odds and ends, the third dimension, birthday cheers, games, some stats, high school & college roots and more…. It’s fun, quick and raw.

Essentially a little get-to-know some of these LA Chargers players.
Join me weekly for this special only on The Desiree Show.

Warm thanks to all the Chargers PR Department and to all the players whom have given me time and to those who will in the future.

Also, would like to once again thank the ever so talented Mark Penxa for the art, I did make some changes, but he designed the Desiree SHOW logo, this one I have kept and found that it worked perfectly for this special on my show with one quick addition.

 

Make sure to tune in to The Desiree SHOW on Dash Radio on Wednesday’s 4-5 PM PST for my weekly hits, quick interviews and please make sure to subscribe to the Desiree SHOW on Itunes and SoundCloud and on IG and twitter, so you don’t miss anything!

Last Day of Chargers Training Camp & Joint Practices with the Saints

Last Day of Chargers Training Camp & Joint Practices with the Saint.

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Beautiful day in Costa Mesa at Jack Hammett Sport Complex where the Los Angeles Chargers hosted the New Orleans Saints for a second day of group practices many fans, media and player’s families in attendance.  The set up truly beautiful with regal white pillowy shade canopies for the fans and media, although many fans made their way as close to the field as possible to take in all the action.

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This was my first time at Jack Hammett and my first time back since OTA’s in May this year. As to be expected a special buzz of excitement as football is back and week 3 of the Preseason is here and kicks off tonight with the Browns hosting the Eagles. Saturday the vibe will be different, as Chargers will host the Saints at Stubhub Center 5 PM PST for game 3 of the Preseason.

 

One of the special things about Training Camps is that families are present, and that fans have the unique closeness to their rooting teams.

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Another is the bond from college that go beyond the line of scrimmage for life.   Football truly is family! Throw in two head coaches, Anthony Lynn and Sean Payton whom have a history both working under Bill Parcel’s for the Cowboys, 2 Quarterbacks Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees whom have a strong long bond connecting to their families. Alabama BCS champion teammates Damion Square and Mark Ingram and even Coach Payton’s daughter Meghan shadowing Chargers Team Reporter Hayley Elwood.  That’s just part of the special atmosphere that happened on Thursday for the joint practice.

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Scrimmages make for a real quality connect as well, not just for the players, but also to the fans. For the players it is a chance to compete with another pro team and for the fans it’s well, just exciting, plus they get to get some autographs of their favorite players and be really close to the action.

 

Chargers second round draft pick, Trojan and rookie Uchenna  Nwosa spoke on his first scrimmage,

 

” It’s kind of cool to be able to go against another professional team in practice I’ve never had that happen before, to be able to get that field atmosphere, see how things go around, fans come out and watch it’s all a great feeling.  I just try to embrace it and come here prepared to work.”

– Uchenna Nwosa

Although Saturday’s Exhibition game at StubHub between the two will be disparate, passions will be flying for prospective players having the chance to make it on the field vying to make an important impact on coaches to make the final 53-man roster. Normally teams that have scrimmages play starters minimally, but because it is week 3, Anthony Lynn stated his intentions were to play the number ones for 30 plays or a half as the starters won’t play that much the final preseason game in San Francisco next Thursday.

“We are still going to play our starters 30 plays,  a half, we are still going to do that, it just happens to be the third game.

Usually when you practice against a team you can pull them back a little bit, but we need to see those guys play a little bit, because they won’t play much the following week.”

-Anthony Lynn

The cut from 90 to 53 is coming soon, September 1st. This year marks the second year to have one cut vs. the older 2 cut scenario. As you all know there are many competitions going on to make an active roster, for the Chargers a few specific battles going on, the kicking game probably at 1, at number 2  the Backup QB, along with the RBs and who will fill the void without Antonio Gates or Hunter Henry?

I will assume if your reading this that your aware that the ‘easiest spot’ to get on an active roster is on Special Teams.

JJJonesAUtograph7067As visually seen last Saturday vs. the Seahawks J.J. Jones made an impact with his 72 yard punt return for 6, and a combined total of returns (kick and punt) of 114 yards, he also received quite a few fans at the scrimmage.

 

RB Rookie Detrez Newsome also making an impact last week with 19 carries for 78 yards.

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I asked Detrez what it was like walking out to play his first NFL game vs. Cardinals, he smiled

“I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous one, as all no way, but as soon as I got the first contact I was all good, that’s all I need was that first contact to get me in the zone.”

Super excited to be able to bring you weekly coverage on the Chargers both on and off the field, from x’s and o’s to giving back and everything in between!

Stay tuned for weekly coverage of the 2018 LA Chargers season, here on the blog also tune in to The Desiree SHOW on Dash Radio 4-5 PM PST on Wednesdays, and make sure to also subscribe to the Itunes where more interviews will also be and best follow Desiree Astorga and The Desiree Show on IG  so you don’t miss any of the stories, or upcoming guests or interviews and Twitter.

 

 

Football is BACK !!

 

 

Desiree

Updates, Promises & Quick Hits

Updates, promises and a quick whip around.

First, this may be all over the place, please bear with me, it also maybe long winded, but I want to say or pledge to be more active on here, that meaning at least a weekly post.

A plethora of going-ons all over sports, with The Desiree Show and myself.
Probably one of the most amazing Series just finished up, NFL through week 8 surprises, upsets and trades. Plus the tally on Beat the Outsiders after the first 2 quarters for the weekly NFL pickem by skateboarders and a small hold on the show.

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As previously mentioned, I will be posting at least one blog a week coinciding with the show and a catch up on past shows that you may have missed. Reminder the Desiree SHOW broadcasts at Dash Radio in Hollywood on Wednesdays, it airs 4-5 PM PST. In addition the show re-ars multiple times throughout the week. I might add some great news as well coming from DASH, which you will patiently need to wait for. The show also is uploaded to Soundcloud and ITunes.

The hold, just a small one I had a procedure two weeks ago on my leg, 13 staples and have to lay low, which is extremely difficult, but I am trying to be a good patient so I don’t have any repercussions, I’ll say make sure you are always covered with sun block and I won’t share the photo with the 13 staples, but I say that ALL was removed successfully.   I just need to let my leg heal now, something a bit challenging for a non stop human, but I am.

Since the show moved to DASH, I’ve had some amazing guests both in studio and via the phone and a slew of slated guest lined up.

8/2 LANCE MOUNTAIN & HARVEY ARMSTRONG
8/9 STEVE OLSON & DREW PINNOCK
8/16 CHRIS PASTRAS & ERIC D WILLIAMS
8/23 JERRY HAIRSTON JR & BILL WILLIAMSON

9/6 BEAT THE OUTSIDERS EPISODE 1
STEVE OLSON, SAL BARBIER, KENNY HUGHES & MYSELF
WITH ROB WELSH, CHRIS PASTRAS, LANCE DAWES AND PACKY FANCHER calling, (video dropping soon thanks to Ted Newsome)

9/13 NEEN WILLIAMS & MICHAEL GEHLKEN

9/27 KWAMIE LASSITER & JIM STEEG
10/4 GIOVANNI REDA & JIM LAZLAVIC
10/11 BEAT THE OUTSIDERS EPISODE 2
SAL BARBIER, STEVE OLSON & MYSELF with KENNY HUGHES calling in.

This Series Dodgers / Astros World Series welcomed two over 100 win teams, the Dodgers with 104 and the Astros 101 and had surpassed many World Series. Was one of the most prolific scoring, new balls and some big time hitting. Congrats to the World Champion Houston Astros on their first tittle ever and heads high although the outcome will always produce a second place, LA Dodgers had a phenomenal run. And please no hate on the players or the GM, it’s sickening to me to see all the rants and dismissals of this team. Remember there are no losers in the WORLD SERIES, no player or GM sucks, ok…I use that as I saw that all over also asking for Dave Roberts head. Maybe you question Roberts pitching line up decisions, blame the loss on Darvish having 2 bad games, leaving 10 on base in Game 7…….doesn’t matter nor does it warrant hate, one of these teams was going to walk away the champion and the other not. This was a GAME 7 series as well!  I will say that I was pretty awed at all the players looking really nervous amplifying the importance of this game to all on the diamond.

Thank you and the utmost respect to both teams on the most amazing baseball series I have seen! Congratulations also to Correa’s to be as we all witnessed one of the most amazing proposals post game.

On to the the NFL, trade deadlines offered some shocking news, and predictably non predictable outcomes through the first 2 quarters in the season. here’s a quick I mean really quick whip around, today Colts placed Andrew Luck on IR, Ezekial Elliot will be suspended 6 weeks. The league has 2 teams still unable to get a W, and I have to confess after reading Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself’ recently, a must read, I have had expectations of the 49ers in the belief that they can shift the outcome of this newly rebuilding team.  That has yet to happen however they acquired Jimmy Garroppola from the Patriots for a 2nd rounder in the 2018 draft with Hoyer making his way to New England the following day with trade to the single QB roster of the Patriots. Unfortuantely their are still 2 teams whom have yet to get a W, the poor Cleveland Browns, whom I also secretly root for weekly and the Niners.  Best record in the NFL the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles.   There have been devastating injuries throughout, Aaron Rodgers, JJ Watt, Odell Beckham Jr, Dalvin Cook, DAvid Johnson, Julian Edelman, Andrew Luck and  more just too many to address however most currently and scary Bear’s Zach Miller, Joe Flacco’s almost decapitation from Kiko Alonson and sadly also Cleveland Browns longest starter OT Joe Thomas who now missed his first snap in 11 years. He is however doing some journalism via MMQ

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Sadly just before I was finishing this post it has been reported that Houston’s DeShaun Watson is out for the season with a torn ACL sustained during practice.

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Beat the Outsiders, we have had two episodes on The Desiree SHOW it’s all outside the NFL, skateboarders picking NFL games, yes I wish I could show you our text thread, however it would probably take you 3 weeks to read it and see all the gifs. As of week 8, Rob ‘Patriot’ Welsh takes the last two weeks with back to back impressive 13/15 and 12/13 bringing him in 4th with a prolific texting Cowboy Kenny Hughes in the first place, Steve ‘SKOL’ Olson in the 2nd and JT ‘Bolt‘ Aultz, I might add very quiet in the thread in 3rd. I tanked last week, made 3 changes 20 min before the AM games all for losses, but no crying in football or baseball for that matter.

Here’s the full current overall list and stay tuned for more in depth on all the players!wk8overall.jpg

Thursday Night Football kicking off in 4 hours, AFC EAST showdown.

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The (5-2) Buffallo Bills at the (3-5) NY Jets. Bills find themselves a game back from the Patriots with two consecutive wins, while the Jets looking up but not out of the picture either however with 3 back to back losses. I will take the Bills tonight.

Have a dynamite week! I’m out!

Desiree
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Episode 2 of Beat The Outsiders, NFL Weekly Pickem by Skateboarders

The Desiree SHOW Episode 2 of Beat The Outsiders, NFL Weekly Pickem by Skateboarders.

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Well episode two of The Desiree Show’s “Beat the Outsiders” was as much fun as expected and as much smack talk as I had hoped plus you got a glimpse also of our actually text threads but a little censored, something I would love to share with you, but I believe you can just visualize from the show. You just can’t see the pictures.

Steve Olson and Sal Barbier join me at the Dash Studios, while Kenny Hughes called in via NYC. Raw and unedited with lots of smack talk, strong biased NFL opinions and picks, competitiveness, sass and lots of laughs!!

Also alot of protectiveness over their picks, especially the birthday to boy, Cowboy Kenny.IMG_1365(1)

Sensitivity by Sal for “his” Saints, Tigers and of course his spirit stick, (which we are all still patiently waiting to actually see even a photo of).

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While first place (after week 5)  Mr SKOL Olson stays his calm self with witty jabs and subtle words throughout the show

On the thread or in The Desiree SHOW Weekly NFL Pickem, Rob Welsh, Lance Dawes. Chris Pastras, Chris Ray, Packy Fancher, Vinny Ponte and JT Aultz.

Stay tuned for episode 3, 4, and 5 and….. we will try quarterly, but just like skateboarders we did it our way, after week 5.  Hopefully the entire crew can make it in once, plus special guest including Jeff Ament, GLove and Ben Harper are slated as well.

Heads up on the video dropping from our inaugural show that kick it off, thanks to former center Ted Newsome.

If you missed the show on Dash Wednesday, October 11th you can listen to it in its the raw and unedited form on Itunes TheDesireeSHOW or via Soundcloud.

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