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Last Sunday should have been one of the best days in the history of San Diego sports.
The Chargers won a playoff game. San Diego State won a game in Kansas against the Jayhawks — maybe the most important win in school history. Yet, by the end of the night, San Diego sports fans wept, for they had lost their leader and the best fan the Padres ever had.
Jerry Coleman was an icon in the sports world, not just San Diego. His passing, at the age of 89, shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and yet it was impossible to ever imagine the Padres without him. Coleman was not just the voice of the team, he was its heart and soul. The Padres will never replace him or forget him, and the city itself could not ever adequately thank Coleman for his service to the fans, the team and his country.
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Chargers Win First Playoff Game in Five Years
• The Chargers were the biggest underdog of last weekend, but came away with the most lopsided victory of the weekend. It was a dominant, nearly boring game that saw San Diego accomplish everything it tried to do on both sides of the ball.
• Ken Whisenhunt, who is largely credited for the turnaround of the Chargers offense and Philip Rivers, is in high demand around the NFL. By the time the Chargers face the Broncos on Sunday night, Coach Whiz will have interviewed for the vacant head coaching jobs with the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.
• Whisenhunt’s focus on his job interviews is one of six reasons why I am afraid of the game against the Broncos this weekend. Not to worry, there are also plenty of reasons to believe the Chargers can win another game in Denver this season.
• I wasn’t the only one remembering Jerry Coleman this week. Padres Public did a great job of rounding out some of the more notable people writing or talking about Coleman. SDSU’s “The Show” did a wonderful tribute to Coleman during the team’s close win over Boise State. Deadspin collected a large number of “Colemanisms” worth reading and laughing along with.
It seems that everyone has a good story about Coleman, either of him being friendly, funny or humble. All of them carry the same message: The world lost a wonderful man this week, and San Diego lost part of its legacy.
Stories You May Have Missed
• Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald caused quite a stir this week when he revealed he had turned his Baseball Hall of Fame vote over to Deadspin as a protest to the voting process. Meanwhile, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas and former-Padres pitcher Greg Maddux received enough votes to get into the Hall of Fame.
• Bill Conlin, formerly of the Philadelphia Daily News, died this week at age 79. Unfortunately, what Conlin is best known for isn’t the great columns he put out about the Philadelphia Phillies over the years, but the allegations that he had molested several children that led to him quitting the Daily News in 2011.
• Nine-year-old Jaden Newman is good at basketball. Really good. So good, in fact, that she’s one of the best varsity high school basketball players in Orlando. Watch this video of young Jaden schooling girls twice her age.
• GIF of the Week: New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was fined $50,000 after untying the shoe of Mavericks forward Shawn Marion during a free throw attempt. Was it stupid? Yes. Was it expensive? Certainly. But, was it funny? You bet.
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