The Chargers-Chiefs rivalry goes back a long way, but isn’t as heated as some of those other AFC West pairings. Last year’s matchup in San Diego, in just the third week of the season, was played in front of 62,00 people—8,000 shy of a capacity crowd. This year’s edition is a Thursday night game, which can be attendance poison.
To head off embarrassment, yesterday the Chargers sent out an email blast to a number of Chiefs blogs, including Arrowhead Addict. This was the personalized invitation senior editor Patrick Allen received from a Chargers ticket rep:
At the Thanksgiving table, the football stories begin right after grace is said. And even though Justin Cheadle has heard most of these tales at Thanksgivings past, he can’t help but listen in again.
“It’s little different in my house,” said Cheadle. “I guess you can say Thanksgiving is a little more about football than any other family.”
When it comes to football, Cheadle’s family is anything but ordinary. He has three uncles who played college football in the Pac-10. One of them, John Tarver, went on to play four seasons with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
At Thanksgiving–and every other family gathering–Cheadle said the stories from football games gone by are shared and shared again.
“It’s cool to hear what happened in some game years ago,” Cheadle said of those football-centric get-togethers. “I guess you could say it’s a family tradition.”
This team couldn’t get off the field in 2008 as it was the worst 3rd down team in the league (47.4%) and dead last in sacks (10.0). It finished 31st in total defense and the 440 points allowed and -149-point differential are a Chiefs single-season record.