Thanks to T’s grandma and my mom, T and I got into a closed San Diego Chargers pre-season training camp session last week! For those who know me personally, you know my undying love and support of the not-always super-charged but always bolt-rific NFL team based out of San Diego, and it’s my long-term goal to pass along my fanatical frenzy to T at some point in his lifetime.
While T isn’t exactly as enamored with pro football as I am just yet, we’ve been trying to sway him each season since his birth. Every season T gets a new jersey from his grandma (so, yes, that is about five jerseys so far, including a few jersey-style onesies; I only have had one jersey my whole life, and that was the one I got when T was born!), and I do my best to have the games on TV just in case he wants to take a time-out from his go-go-go to stop and watch a few plays. In fact, just days after I gave birth to T, I still recall the fond memory of my mom, C, and me sitting in my hospital room huddled around my bed watching the Chargers beat (well, actually lay down a beating upon) the Denver Broncos (T was in the NICU fattening up so he could come home with me the next morning, which he did, so we all won that battle, too).
Now while I couldn’t even tell you our chances this year in the standings or the playoff picture, I still try to watch whenever I can, even if I can’t sit down for an entire game. I just can’t follow along with all of the behind-the-scenes and play calling exactly as well as I could pre-T, and that’s OK. It’s not my goal to force T to sit and watch games every single week for 17-plus weeks from August through January (hey, I’m ever-hopeful regarding those playoffs!); it’s only my goal to show him that his mom has other interests other than taking him to playgrounds, museums, and the library. Now please don’t misunderstand me, because while all of those are mighty fine places, sometimes they just not as adrenaline-pumping as the 16th week of NFL season or a Chargers-Broncos rivalry match-up. And as much as I can’t tell you who’s starting in what position this year for the Chargers outside of QB Philip Rivers, I do know that the Chargers’ former Indianapolis Colts QB punching bag Peyton Manning is slated to start for those donkeys – er, I mean Broncos – so those definitely will be a couple of horse races to tune into this season!
Sadly, Chargers’ training camp just closed its public viewings for the 2012 season last weekend, but pre-season games have begun! The next home game will be this coming Saturday August 18 against the Dallas Cowboys; the rest of the 2012 Chargers’ full season schedule is here.