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
I have the special treat of being able to have variety of amazing individuals on my show, many friends and or new friends that I get to share with you.
This particular Wednesday the 13th of September was no exception, after months and months of corresponding and scheduling I was super thankful to welcome ripping skateboarder Neen Williams in studio, and via Raider’s Training Camp in Alameda in his new home, with a new team, always thankful to welcome a journalist I hold in high regard Michael Gehlken’s whom is the current beat writer for the Raiders for the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“Neen is one of the most inspiring and determined people I’ve ever met. It’s been awesome watching the positive transformation and everything he’s accomplished”
Such a treat to have Neen Williams at the station for the show, someone whom obviously rips on his skateboard but he shares such a slew of positive ways which others rarely share to their fans. His passion for cooking, recipes, an organic and sober lifestyles along with his work out routines all over his Instagram stories are only a glimpse of this special soul. We need more Neen’s in this world.
“Neen Williams might be the ultimate modern day renaissance man – a charming top tier athlete who personifies healthy living, with good looks and cooking skills to boot. Neen is a well traveled bloke who exudes positivity and has some of the crispiest tricks in the game.”
– Oliver Barton.
Michael Gehlken the former beat reporter for the San Diego Chargers for the Union Tribune and currently in the bay covering another AFC West team the Raiders for the Las Vegas Review Journal. With a move to Nor Cal and new team Michael always has a great perspective and shares the transition into a new city and locker room. Always tremendously grateful for his time and insight.
“I’m a big fan of Gehlken’s. He’s bright, intellectually curious and has a dry wit I appreciate from a reporter. In a world where people in that profession often desire attention and want to make themselves the story, Michael is refreshing in that he never purposefully does that. He’s not a phony.
Plus, his eating habits are fascinating. Water without ice, salad without dressing and more Quinoa consumption that anyone I know. He’s an original.” -Darren Smith
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NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN, 8/7)
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 11-15
Dallas at Los Angeles (ESPN, 8/13)
Carolina at Baltimore
Cleveland at Green Bay
Denver at Chicago
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Houston at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Jacksonville at NY Jets
Miami at NY Giants
Minnesota at Cincinnati
New Orleans at New England
Oakland at Arizona
San Diego at Tennessee
Seattle at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
Washington at Atlanta
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 18-22
Arizona at San Diego
Atlanta at Cleveland
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at New England
Cincinnati at Detroit
Kansas City at Los Angeles
Miami at Dallas
Minnesota at Seattle
New Orleans at Houston
NY Giants at Buffalo
NY Jets at Washington
Oakland at Green Bay
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Denver
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 25-28
Atlanta at Miami (NBC, 8/25)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay (CBS, 8/26)
Tennessee at Oakland (CBS, 8/27)
San Diego at Minnesota (FOX, 8/28)
Arizona at Houston (FOX, 8/28)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville (NBC, 8/28)
Buffalo at Washington
Dallas at Seattle
Detroit at Baltimore
Green Bay at San Francisco
Kansas City at Chicago
Los Angeles at Denver
New England at Carolina
NY Giants at NY Jets
Philadelphia at Indianapolis
Pittsburgh at New Orleans
WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 1-2
Baltimore at New Orleans
Buffalo at Detroit
Chicago at Cleveland
Denver at Arizona
Green Bay at Kansas City
Houston at Dallas
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Los Angeles at Minnesota
New England at NY Giants
NY Jets at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Carolina
San Francisco at San Diego
Seattle at Oakland
Tennessee at Miami
Washington at Tampa Bay
I usually record my show live, however when I have a great friend, 4 x Pro Bowler and a man who has played in the NFL for a quarter of the teams, I have to take it. Warm thanks toLorenzo Neal for making the time for a few minutes on The Desiree SHOW, which will air tonight on the show.
We hit on Raiders week in San Diego, as the Chargers host the Raiders Sunday, Seattle Seahawks coming to San Francisco for Thursday Night Football and the role of the full back.