Chargers are the kid who took a cheat sheet into his SATs and got into Princeton.
Chargers are George O'Leary, 'cept they didn't get caught.
They're frauds; they're imposters, elevated to the playoffs by a band of bumbling in striped shirts, frauds and imposters themselves. And then, the whole sordid affair is swept under the rug, shielded from scrutiny by the frauds and imposters who run the National Football League and the assembled sheep of the fourth estate who go along with it.
I don't really believe the fix was in, if by fix one means that there was a pre-determined outcome to the game that eventually decided the playoff fate of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But if one takes a more nuanced view of fix, one that includes providing certain advantages to one contestant over another, to include flags being stuck in one's pocket, do-overs, mulligans, etc., then the fix was surely in for the game in San Diego during the NFL's final regular season weekend. And like all good fixes, this one includes cover-up as well. And this cover-up was brazen, well-conceived. The powers that be ceded the portion that Side Judge Keith Parham stood still like a zombie, unable to count to seven when the Chargers lined up illegally on a Chiefs missed field goal attempt. The Chiefs were the ones due the do-over.
When it came to the fake punt though, the brass put the kabosh on....didn't comment for a couple days, when it did, had the Boy Wonder Dean Blandino tell us what we were seeing on the screen behind him, even though we saw something completely different. Then, to further legitimize the play that should have rightfully sent the San Diego Chargers to their usual post-season abyss, the Goodell minions rewarded Head Linesman John McGrath, the zebra that not only called a play dead that still had sufficient life but then marked the ball, conveniently right on the 30-yard stripe, with a playoff assignment in Cincinnati the following week, most likely as an honored guest of the San Diegans.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, never have been. I believe that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK sans assistance. I believe that Al Queda brought down the twin towers....and....I've never even believed that the New England Patriots gained an advantage in the 2001 AFC Championship Game by taping the Steelers defensive signals. If the Patsies knew what the Steelers were running on the defensive side, don't you think they would have scored more than one touchdown that day?
Now that my non-conspiratorial cred has been established, my positon is that this whole thing stinks. And it really doesn't matter if the Fix was in or not, because the Chiefs-Chargers game played out as if the Fix was in. Sorry, defenders of the Shield, but the NFL has reaped what its sown on this one; they've lend credence to every one out there that sees a spy on every street corner. No alleged nefarious intent is beyond belief in today's National Football League.