Found April 30, 2012 on isportsweb.com:

While making my standard rounds through my favorite Chargers websites this weekend waiting for each of the rounds of the Draft to start, I came across a very interesting set of articles. This series is called Fan Perspective and it gives fans a very rare opportunity, the chance to be interviewed like the players. I thought this was a wonderful idea as it gives fans a chance to be in the spotlight for once. So I talked to the man behind the idea, Dave Peters aka BoogaP. After a friendly bet on Twitter (which I lost) I got the opportunity to let BoogaP take center stage as I interviewed him.

So let me get out of the way and let this very talented writer take the stage for his moment in the spotlight.

Since I figured he probably knows himself better than I ever could, I let BoogaP give his own introduction.

“My name is Dave Peters and I am a staff writer at BoltBeat.com. I write as BoogaP because Booga has been my nickname since I was a baby and P stands for my last name, obviously. Plus, my awesome editor, Ernie Padaon, asked me what I wanted to write as and I gave him the options of Dave Peters or BoogaP. In a response email he replied, “Of course, I chose BoogaP!” As I had mentioned, I now live in Charlotte, NC. I am a stay-at-home dad with a hot, amazing wife and the two most beautiful children in the history of kiddos because they look like my wife!! ”

Chargers fans come from all over. Some are born with lightning bolts, others find their thunder later. I asked BoogaP when and why he is a Chargers fan.

“My dad has been a Chargers fans since 1967 when he got out of the Marine Corp. Therefore, I was born into the Bolt Family and haven’t looked back since. Although I was born in Kalamazoo, MI my little sister was born in La Mesa, CA.”

While talking to him I came to learn that he lives all the way out on the east coast in North Carolina. Currently living in Denver and growing up a “Military Brat” (including 10 years in England) I know how it is to be a displaced bolts fan, so naturally I had to ask how his experience has been being a fan all the way across the country.

“Being on the East Coast is tough in the sense that I don’t exactly run into many Boltheads. But DirecTV Sunday Ticket certainly eases the pain , so to speak! ”

With all the additions and departures during this time of year with the draft and free agency I asked him who his favorite current and retired Chargers are.

“My favorite player that is currently on the roster is Philip Rivers. Although he had a rough season overall last year, we all know that he was trying to do too much. In 2010 when a healthy Peyton Manning had a career high for passing yards in a season, he finished second to Rivers.
My favorite retired player is Lance Alworth. My “go to jersey guy” @Boltfan53, is hooking me up with a ridiculously sick Alworth jersey. If LaDanian Tomlinson does retire this year the answer would be simply put with two letters….LT.”

After recently getting into writing/blogging myself, I am always curious how people got into writing. BoogaP gave me the story of how he got started.

” I’ve always wanted to have my opinion on the Chargers be heard by the masses. When I saw that BoltBeat.com was looking for writers, I immediately inquired. That’s why I now do my “Fan Perspective” articles, giving the fans a voice while being featured in an article about their love as a true Charger Fan. ”

With BoogaP being out on the east coast I asked him who his most and least favorite AFC East teams are.

“My least favorite and favorite AFC East teams are “two” in the same. They are New England Patriots and the New York Jets. Least favorite in that I can’t stand, but respect Bill. As Far as the Jets are concerned, Rex Ryan is, well, Rex Ryan. I don’t believe that I need to get into the playoff losses against both teams. They are my favorites due to the known fact that to be the best you have to beat the best. I am completely sick and tired of losing to both teams whether it be the regular season or post season. ”

One of the biggest decisions this off season was the decision to keep Norv Turner at head coach and AJ Smith at general manager. For the most part fans were either all for the idea or they were ready to “Occupy the Q.” Here is BoogaP’s take.

“To be quite honest, initially, I was dumbfounded that, after two seasons of not making the playoffs, they were retained. I was also in the middle of a cross-country move from Walla Walla, Washington to Charlotte, North Carolina. Once I had a second to take a deep breath and reflect, I was ok with both having another season to prove themselves. Now that the draft is over, and A.J. completely CRUSHING the draft, I think it is now up to Norv and his coaching staff to put these uber talented players in the right place at the right time, all of the time. Too many weapons on offense and the additions on defense, through free agency and the draft, leave no excuses for Principal Skinner look alike Norval Turner.”

I recently did an article with my pre-draft predictions for the Charger’s season. I called my 11-5 prediction very optimistic, but it was run of the mill compared to BoogaP.

“I predict that we will go 13-3. The three losses being only one in the division and two where we just happen to make too many mistakes throughout the game. With that being said, I truly believe that the San Diego Chargers will bring home a Superbowl Championship to it’s beloved fans and the city of San Diego. It’s about time isn’t it?”

I’d like to thank BoogaP for letting me borrow his idea for this article and for taking the time to answer my questions. Fans like him make Chargers a great team to root for. So keep up the good work Charger fans and remember that you are just as important to the team as the players and coaches. It may not feel like it all the time, but hey without us buying tickets and jerseys and coming to their stadiums to buy hot dogs and beer, they wouldn’t be able to get paid to play a game that we all love.

He asked that I end the article with this:
“I’d like to thank Matthew for the interview and give one piece of advice to all of the BoltNation….BOLT UP!”

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