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Carlo and Hacksaw – TKF Pod #107

This week the guys wrap up on the 2017 Padres. They look at the state of the rebuild and what to expect with the team moving forward. Then they call frenemy Carlo Cecchetto for News 8 San Diego. He’s a Dodgers fan (one of the good ones) and going through what all Padres fans hope to someday experience with his team in NLCS. Will Clayton Kershaw and his squad finally get it done? We hope not! Finally, they check in with Lee Hacksaw Hamilton to see where he’s at with the Padres organization, the Spanos family’s NFL introduction to LA, and the catastrophe that has become US Soccer.

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Losing That Loving Feeling

Being a San Diego sports fan often feels like you’re trapped in a hyper sexualized volleyball game where you’re the only one playing who needs to hide their body with a shirt. On the Saturday night before the LA Chargers lost to the Miami Dolphins in their first home game at the StubHub Center, I went and saw Top Gun at the Ken Cinema. With a few friends and about 40 other people I watched, laughed, and cheered along with the defining pop culture snapshot of San Diego in the mid 1980s. After Tom Cruise (call sign: Maverick) and his sidekick Anthony Edwards (call sign: Goose) get notified that they’re going to the top naval aviation school in the world, a title card comes up on the screen that reads Miramar, Calif. FighterTown, USA. At this moment, everyone in the theater erupted with applause. In the film, San Diego was the place to go if you wanted to prove you were the best.

When the Chargers finally moved to LA, many San Diegans needed to project an angle on how they were going to respond to the pain. Some picked new teams. Others just kept pulling for the Bolts and adjusted to location. After spending more than thirty years of my life rooting for an entertainment product owned by the Spanos family, the person I was, someone who looked at the NFL and needed to believe in the success of any one squad, died. I spun out, hit eject too late, and broke everything. Now I’m a Hate-Watcher. I only really like football when San Diego’s former team loses.

Before the matchup between the LA Chargers and the Denver Broncos on the first Monday night of the season, I started to feel it. Anger and fear grew inside me throughout the day leading towards kickoff. Would Dean Spanos’ plan work out? Would the LA Chargers beat an old rival and force me to defend something about San Diego? The most jarring part of the Chargers final years here and their subsequent departure was the national media glossing over the situation by assuming that San Diegans were bad fans. The narrative many believed was that Spanos had to leave because the character of the city was too aloof to sustain his family business. The Broncos, in front of a sellout crowd in Denver, dismantled LA on national television in the best and most familiar way. The Chargers lost on a blocked kick at the end and it was glorious.

The Anthony Edwards performance in Top Gun is what jumps out the most every time I see it. His character risks his career and life by choosing to fly with a talented but obviously dangerous pilot. However, Goose always stays loyal to the choice he made. The best scenes in Top Gun are when Goose defends Maverick to the other top pilots. Their exchanges are exactly like every conversation I’ve ever had with any true Dodgers or Raiders fan throughout the years. When fellow sidekick Rick Rossovich (Call Sign: Slider) openly talks trash about Maverick, Goose acknowledges the underdog situation he’s in, but doesn’t flinch. He has a snappy comeback every time.

Then Goose dies.

The most harrowing scene in the movie is where Meg Ryan (Call sign: Hot Widow) is consoling Tom Cruise after the accident. She doesn’t blame Maverick and affirms that he will always be family, while sobbing in a chair behind her son, who appears to be 3 or 4. Maverick receives the message, but still internally blames himself, knowing that his dangerous flying finally ended in tragedy as people had predicted. Goose is still gone and his world where he’s invincible has come crashing down. Cruise does all this with his face, solidifying himself as the next great American movie star. In the story, Goose is a side character who had to die to teach Maverick a lesson.

I called my Dad the day after the Miami game. We laughed at the Stub Hub Center crowd and the horrible PR the Chargers had dumped onto the national stage. The relief we both shared was very similar to the elation we would feel if the San Diego Chargers had won in their home opener. This time we didn’t have to defend them. Because of the horrible roll out and beginning of the season for the Chargers, people are starting to see the dysfunction this franchise has consistently had under the Spanos family’s control. They burned their audience and now they have to play their games in front of that hallow reality. Kansas City barbequed LA’s new team in front of a sea of red in Week Three and it was validating to know that even Meg Ryan couldn’t cheer Dean up.

If Goose had lived and raised his family in San Diego, Goose Jr. would’ve grown up in the Spanos Family Era as well. He’d probably have a podcast called Great Bolts of Fire and lived through all of it. I like to think we’d be hate watchers together. Anthony Edwards has never been able to shake Goose his entire career. Each performance he gives feels like a reincarnation of Maverick’s fallen sidekick. In ER he was playing Goose as a doctor. In The Client he was playing Goose as an assistant to Susan Sarandon’s spunky lawyer. However, in David Fincher’s Zodiac he plays a detective trying to solve one of the most complex murder mysteries in American History with his partner Mark Ruffalo, who is exhaustively obsessed with finding the killer. After years and years of failing to solve the crime, Anthony Edwards finally quits the case and his detective job. He explains to Mark Ruffalo that he can’t do it anymore and that he wants to watch his kids grow up. In the most polite and genuine way possible, he essentially says there are more important things to him than going crazy. Edwards leaves the movie and completes another solid performance, but I always see it as closure for Goose. He got another chance to make the smart choice and took it.

I didn’t watch the Eagles game on TV. Instead I took my son to the beach at Mission Bay where Steven Soderbergh filmed Traffic. I put the game on the radio and casually listened from about ten feet away. Someday I’ll explain to the boy why it was important for Don Cheadle to confront Catherine Zeta-Jones at the playground. She was a rich person living in a bubble and he needed to shatter it. I want Dean Spanos to live the rest of his life in that same startled state. Significant public money will likely never again be used to fund a football only stadium in California and a part of my city had to die to make that clear for everyone. While my kid played I listened to the Chargers lose with a smile on my face. It was a beautiful day in FighterTown, USA (Call Sign: San Diego).

 

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Take A Knee – TKF Pod #106

This week the guys have no guest and decide to mix politics and sports. Hey, it’s the thing to do! They talk Colin Kaepernick, the Chargers, Donald Trump, and the NBA. It’s fun, scary, and necessary!

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A Team Meeting with Coach Lew – TKF Pod #105

This week the guys check in with Scott Lewis from the Voice of San Diego AKA Coach Lew AKA @chargersflubs on twitter. They talk about the PR disaster that is going on in the early part of the LA Chargers 2017 Season. Is this mess sustainable? Is the entire story heading towards a tipping point where the league has to step in? These are questions that need to be answered and it’s hard to see how it’s going to play out. The one thing we do know is that it’s a lot of fun to watch for San Diegans that went through years of hell rooting for, trying to appease, and slowly saying goodbye to, this seemingly rudderless franchise.

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Paul Reindl – TKF Pod #104

This week the guys chat with Paul Reindl from the Mighty 1090. Paul is the producer of the Dan Sileo Show and hosts his own podcast The Reindl Report. They dig into the experience of watching the first game of the LA Chargers by discussing the outcome and the reaction from fans in Los Angeles and San Diego. Will this be a disaster for the NFL moving forward? It’s too early to tell, but it’s not off to a good start and it’s amazing to watch.

Then they talk about the winding down 2017 Padres season. What will happen in the offseason? Does the franchise have a clear vision on what they’re going to do throughout this building (not rebuilding) process? Paul produces the weekly segment called Padres Wednesday for the Sileo Show where Ron Fowler and other team officials come on and explain the team’s position. He gives the guys insight into what it’s like to experience that first hand on a regular basis.

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Summer Finale – TKF Pod #103

It’s the end of summer, so we decided to have some TKF regulars on to talk about where San Diego sports is going this fall. VOSD’s Andy Keatts stops by to talk about the announcement that San Diego is getting a “Box Lacrosse” team. They talk about the differences between indoor and outdoor lacrosse and what having a new pro sport in town will mean for the community.

Then after some brief Mayweather/McGregor chat, Locked on Chargers podcast host John Gennaro comes on to defend his podcast and go toe to toe with Dallas about the future of sports media in San Diego. It gets heated, but hey, there are some killer drops!

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James Clark (EVT) – TKF Pod #102

This week the guys have a fun chat with James Clark from East Village Times. Before talking Padres, Dallas goes on a rant on the problems he has with the Chargers still being a part of the San Diego Sports conversation, while Nick tries to calm him down. Then they talk about the Padres 2017 Tanking/Building/Rebuilding/Developmental season and the different factors that have gone into the results so far. They look at the Hunter Renfroe demotion, the Andy Green extension and the overall future of the farm system that needs to shine through in order to have success come San Diego’s way.

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David Jay and Johnny Bolt Pride – TKF Pod #101

This week the guys sit down with David Jay from Mad Friars to talk about the current state of the Padres minor league system. They look at possible September call ups, the Anderson Espinoza injury, and the accumulation of talent that seems to be cropping up at Fort Wayne.

Then they call up their old friend Johnny Bolt Pride from the Save Our Bolts movement to talk about his trip to Canton for LT’s Hall of Fame induction and iconic speech. They talk about the state of the San Diego’s sports identity and ways to stay positive during this painful time of transition.

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TKF Pod #100

It’s our 100th episode so we got together and made a clip show from throughout our run so far. Thanks to all the guests and supporters who’ve helped us out along the way!

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TKF Duets: The Hand Deadline (Part 2)

The MLB Trade Deadline is a difficult time for all baseball fans. Nicholas McCann and Nick Burmeister AKA Padres Haiku wrote to each other for an entire week about it. Here is part two.

PADRES HAIKU – July 28, 2017 at 2:37:28 PM PDT

So the Rays got their guy from the Mariners. This might mean that Brad Hand stays put. A last-minute deal is still possible and exciting. However, I don’t think Milwaukee has made a move yet but they’re 2 yrs early on their rebuild so parting with a prized prospect is unlikely. There might be a quantity over quality move on their part to get Hand. This weekend’s series with the Cubs will clear that up. Speaking of the Cubs, they might want the lefty but might be leaning starter. Verlander is my guess for them.

Hand is closing games. This is for sure an interview for him. I’ve seen articles that say that Hand has never pitched in playoffs or a pennant race. This is true but if you’re Hand and you know every contender in the majors is scrutinizing every pitch right now. that’s a lot of pressure too. Not the same but still. I guess AJ wants a Miller/Chapman type return. Does that seem reasonable? It does for Britton. Maybe not Hand. What do you think would be a good return for Hand? Do you think it still happens?

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

I was at the game last night. Brad Hand is our closer. It’s crazy they keep putting him out there and he keeps delivering, almost daring the rest of the league to not take him.

Sure, he’s not pitching in high pressure situations, but I think they can get a haul. We know how these playoff series play out. It becomes so much about the bullpen and how managers navigate those low scoring high pressure games.

Also, Pirates fans need to remember that 6burgh doesn’t apply to baseball. Calm down.

PADRES HAIKU – Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 11:19 AM

I guess AJ was taking calls and walking around the field last night [tweets] Hand might still be on the move but he pitched three nights in a row. Do you think he pitches again before the deadline?

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM

He shouldn’t pitch tonight just because we don’t want to over work him. Andy Green has made his point. I think Hand might go in on Sunday, but that’s it. The case has already been made. He’s an asset and this could go to the wire.

Monday will be fun. After the deadline the San Diego sports conversation will be centered on whether or not media and twitter heads should talk about the LA Chargers. SAD!

PADRES HAIKU – Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 7:29 PM

Oh for sure local media centers it’s coverage on the Chargers. San Diego still loves Rivers and Gates, but it’s not that weird to support an LA team (see Lakers/Clippers/Kings/etc) and local honks need the content to fill time. It’s gonna be weird. Radio guys will convince you that you’re still Chargers fans and watching Gates break that record will help make their point. It’s gonna feel really really weird-get used to it.

I don’t think Hand pitches again at all. Unless he stays put, he’s done in a Padres uniform. The Nationals made an early move and might want a second helping from the deadline pool. With all the chatter I’d be surprised if Hand DOESN’T get moved.

Travis Wood was pretty good last night; we should try to flip him. That would be amazing. I’d make t-shirts.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 1:55 PM

I had fun last night at Sycamore Den. Thanks for inviting me out. That place is hella Mumford and Sons. I wish we could transcribe what we talked about, but it was mostly yelling over loud music between well whiskey shots and High Life (the way geniuses drink). The Dodgers fan at our table needs to get over Verdugo.

24 hours left and we can all exhale. The Padres are finishing their series with the Pirates and our good (possibly great) reliever Brad Hand is still a Padre.

This time tomorrow it will all be over. What do you think we’ve learned so far? For me, the anxiety of the fan base being ramped up is probably more fun than we realize. After the deadline the Padres will fade away into what they’ve been all along: just another bad baseball team

Chargers training camp started. I’ll get mad about that next week. This is Brad’s time.

PADRES HAIKU – Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Thanks for coming out. I’m pretty sure A Bourbon with a Beer-Back was Einstein’s order.

I get that people fall in love with prospects but our friend having “Verdugo” tattooed across his knuckles was…unsettling.

Midnight deal for Hand is still on the table. Never doubt Preller. Once the deadline is done we’re gonna see the tank in full force. It’s gonna be ugly. Those players that thought they could get traded are gonna stop caring. They weren’t that good before and they’re gonna be worse now.

Once the Padres are buyers the feeling this time of year will be more intense. I remember getting excited when Tejada and Ludwick got added to the team. I want that again. What I don’t want again is a night of drinking Rusty Nails and the Champagne of beers.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 8:03 AM

We’re coming in hot this morning. Will AJ wait for the winter to deal Hand? We’ll find out soon. Astros might be in I guess. Mets got three good prospects for Addison Reed!

PADRES HAIKU – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 8:45 AM

That’s a lot of arms for a Reed rental. If that’s the market, Hand should bring back a number of quality prospects. Feeling cautiously optimistic about this…

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 9:20 AM

The team is definitely trying hard to make it look they’re totally fine waiting for the winter. I don’t know what to believe. Nothing is real.

PADRES HAIKU – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Outwardly I’m fine waiting for a winter deal. Inwardly, this is pure torture. If Cersei Lannister was going to kill me, she’s just stack the Padres with lefty relievers and make the trade deadline last until my mind finally crumbled before her.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 10:24 AM

I’m really feeling her hair this season.

If Hand stays the reaction will be mild. If he then has elbow tightness next week, I’m deleting my Twitter app.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:39 PM

I need a cigarette.

PADRES HAIKU – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:48 PM

My. Heart. Is. Beating. So. Fast. Right. Now.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Let’s savor this time when Hand could still get traded.

((((DEADLINE PASSES))))

PADRES HAIKU –  Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Welp…

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:51 PM

Darvish is a Dodger. If Dave Roberts doesn’t take them to the World Series he should be fired.

The Padres didn’t do anything with Brad Hand, but if Esteury Ruiz works out this could be a good deadline. I can’t look at Padres Twitter right now. People want to fight about things they can’t control. Oh well, I guess we just have to watch this team now.

PADRES HAIKU – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 4:19 PM

UGH! Darvish as a dodger seems scary. They’d have to go to the World Series for this to be a successful season. Maybe someone makes a move at the waiver wire. If Chacin gets moved I bet it’s on waivers. Did the Cubs make a move? I can’t remember. This has really been…something. I know I said I’d fine with an off season move of Hand but now I’m less sure. I wanted it now. I need to not care about football for another week. I hate life.

I wonder if we need to look at the Hand non-deal in relation to other trades this year. Would you rather have gotten very little back like the Sonny Gray trade? Beane kinda blew that one didn’t he? Is no deal better than a really bad one?

NICHOLAS MCCANN – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 5:49 PM

I think if Hand finishes strong and healthy it’s all going to be fine. It’s also possible they just want to keep Hand and start competing for real next year. The next two months are going to be big for the franchise. If they get to 75ish wins, what will that mean for ownership moving forward?

PADRES HAIKU – Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 5:52

No move at deadline/ action-less activity/ no one is happy

 

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