Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/21/12

As if blowing a 24 point lead to a division rival, on the road, on Monday Night Football, heading into the bye week wasn’t bad enough, an equipment manager for the San Diego Chargers was allegedly caught by the game official trying to take some kind of sticky substance onto the field to the players during a time out.
The official apparently saw the substance (ESPN’s article says it looked like tape) hidden in a towel carried by the equipment manager, but the Chargers’ employee refused to give it to the official. Should the accusations be proven, the Chargers could face fines, suspensions, and even the loss of draft picks as punishment.

And all this while blowing a 24 point lead. I can’t think of anything more representative of the Norv Turner years for the Chargers than this.
Not only is the team disorganized, inconsistent, and unable to close out what should be easy wins, they can’t even cheat properly. It’s perfect. From the moment GM A.J. Smith fired Marty Schottenheimer until now, the Chargers have experienced nothing but calamity. And I’m saying this as a fan who was supremely happy when the team made their run to the AFC title game in 2008. Since then, the Chargers haven’t won a playoff game in three chances and did not make the playoffs at all in 2011.
I suppose the most damning thing is the fact that the Chargers only have three drops on the entire season. That doesn’t look so good when an equipment manager was supposedly carrying sticky tape onto the field. Quarterback Phillip Rivers is also completing 66.5 percent of his passes in 2012, which is not  very different from his career average. I have no idea how that statistic changes this at all.
Either way, if true, this is a further embarrassment for the Chargers, and maybe one more nail in Norv Turner’s proverbial coffin after the season.
And when anyone says “stickum” involving football, if you don’t think of this scene from Little Giants, well, you’re probably a Cowboys fan.

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