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Some Chargers partied on Friday night

As the Chargers prepared to play a division-round playoff against a highly-motivated opponent last Sunday, they spent some of the time they arguably should have been resting up for the game by partying.

In a Mailbag feature for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Kevin Acee acknowledges that “[s]ome players were out” from “Friday night into Saturday morning.”

He agreed that it is “disappointing,” but Acee pointed out that it happened 36 hours before kickoff.

“They’re young, single men,” Acee explained.  “Would you love everyone to be Philip Rivers?  Absolutely.  They’re not.”

It probably wouldn’t have made a difference if they’d stayed in.  But the fact that they saw fit to go out two nights before the biggest game of the season speaks to a mindset that makes the loss more understandable in hindsight.

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  1. MrSalamander says: Jan 20, 2010 10:40 PM

    no-show Meroidiman = prime suspect.
    CHARGELESS!!!

  2. aec4 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:40 PM

    Saturday into Sunday = Issue
    Friday into Saturday = Non Issue

  3. this class sucks says: Jan 20, 2010 10:42 PM

    It is random that Norv Turner got an extension.

  4. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jan 20, 2010 10:44 PM

    And Philip Rivers was talkin’ smack to some beer cans and then beer bottles.

  5. seahawkfan says: Jan 20, 2010 10:45 PM

    This is disgusting how far people would go to make excuses for losing. Be a man and admit your team lost because they were out muscled by the jets!

  6. wintertonka says: Jan 20, 2010 10:45 PM

    Who? Someone must have heard the rumor and can post the alleged names.

  7. bigbolt says: Jan 20, 2010 10:45 PM

    Let me venture to take a guess on who this group was: Merriman, Phillips, Cromartie, Cooper….in other words, The Usual Suspects.

  8. geek says: Jan 20, 2010 10:46 PM

    Let me get this straight… a bunch of 22-28 year old millionaires went out and partied two nights before a game.
    Would this be a story if they won?! Would they have won if they didn’t do this?! Since the answer is no to both questions, shut up already!!! They have Norv Turner for a coach. What chance did they have against the JETS?

  9. clevelandmetal13 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:51 PM

    Hindsights 20/20 Florio…
    Kaeding makes his kicks, you don’t have a story here.
    Get a clue, this isn’t news…

  10. cnelson13 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:51 PM

    This means nothing without knowing what players around the league usually do two days before kickoff. How do we know some Jets didn’t do same thing?

  11. nps6724 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    “Would you love everyone to be Philip Rivers? Absolutely. They’re not.”
    I don’t even want Philips Rivers to be Philip Rivers.

  12. ttommytom says: Jan 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    Out partying? Define that before making dumb statements.
    It’s REAL HARD to have a hangover last from Sat afternoon into a Sunday afternoon, after a Friday night.
    It can be done though , with a near death experience.
    Doubt this was the case.
    25 y/o bodies can take a pounding on and off the field anyway…

  13. sdffa11 says: Jan 20, 2010 10:55 PM

    it’s comical how the media and public expect nfl players to literally live, eat, breathe football. it sounds crazy but to them, it’s exactly like our day jobs except you get paid much more.

  14. Beezer says: Jan 20, 2010 10:59 PM

    Wait Rivers wasn’t one of the players partying? I thought this was going to be an article making excuses for his poor performance.
    So Kaeding missed three more field goals, now 8 for 15 in the postseason, and Merriman has become an average 3-4 OLB since he was suspended for using steroids and Rivers failed to bring a talented team to the superbowl. Did the Giants still get ripped off in the Eli trade?

  15. AlexInEdmonton says: Jan 20, 2010 11:00 PM

    “[s]ome” ? lol
    Saturday into Sunday = Issue
    Friday into Saturday = Non Issue
    – i’ve had a hangover from being hungover the day before.

  16. aec4 says: Jan 20, 2010 11:02 PM

    All the Jets partied Sunday night in the Chargers House!

  17. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 20, 2010 11:03 PM

    I can remember back in the day when the Raiders played the Eagles in the Super Bowl down in New Orleans…Raiders DE John Matuszak was entangled with at least 10 of New Orleans finest somewhere between 3am to 5am in the morning of the Super Bowl. Tuz played the game and the Raiders won 27-10, I believe was the score.
    What kind of play would a story like that get today? LOL…

  18. cobrala2 says: Jan 20, 2010 11:04 PM

    “It probably wouldn’t have made a difference if they’d stayed in.”
    Um, hang out with me some time and see how you feel 36 hours later.

  19. danieltgeary says: Jan 20, 2010 11:05 PM

    They won’t win sb with Turner, ever.

  20. WhySoSerious says: Jan 20, 2010 11:06 PM

    Its only a problem if they party on a bye-week. Right Florio? You ass

  21. Deb says: Jan 20, 2010 11:10 PM

    Longtime Raider fans could probably fill in the blanks on this, but I remember reading that the Raiders partied hearty before one of their Super Bowls while the other team maintained a strict curfew–and the Raiders still dominated their opponent. (I believe it was SBXV against the Eagles, but I’m not sure.) And didn’t the late Max McGee say he had a major hangover when he was making those TDs in SBI?
    I’m not saying it’s a good idea to be up partying for 36 hours before a playoff game, and I wouldn’t want my Steelers to do it. But it sounds like the Chargers are trying to make excuses for their loss when they just plain got whomped.

  22. polishkingski says: Jan 20, 2010 11:11 PM

    pants on the ground pants on the ground lookin like a foo with yo pants on the ground….

  23. JaggedMark says: Jan 20, 2010 11:14 PM

    And as I told you 2 1/2 weeks ago. 10 Chargers were in Vegas partying the entire week.
    Such Focus!

  24. FunkFootball.Blogspot.com says: Jan 20, 2010 11:19 PM

    They were at “Pure Platinum” in San Diego. The manager of the strip club called into San Diego’s sports radio station, XX1090, and broke the news today around 1 PM.
    Originally, it started as a non-issue, but as the day went on, Hacksaw Hamilton made it a bigger issue than it might really be.
    Needless to say, it’s still moronic of the Chargers.

  25. dogma1 says: Jan 20, 2010 11:22 PM

    San Diego is a joke. Norv is losing the team.

  26. SixburghSteelers says: Jan 20, 2010 11:23 PM

    @ geek…
    “Let me get this straight… a bunch of 22-28 year old millionaires went out and partied two nights before a game.
    Would this be a story if they won?! Would they have won if they didn’t do this?! Since the answer is no to both questions, shut up already!!! They have Norv Turner for a coach. What chance did they have against the JETS?”
    Bravo!!!!

  27. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Jan 20, 2010 11:24 PM

    As Florio points out, it’s more about the immature mindset than the physical effects. The Chargers aren’t ready to win a Super Bowl yet.

  28. mannyfresh209 says: Jan 20, 2010 11:25 PM

    clevelandmetal13 found the culprit of this blasphemy…
    “Hindsights 20/20 Florio…
    Kaeding makes his kicks, you don’t have a story here.
    Get a clue, this isn’t news…”
    Kaeding was out getting wasted, thus missing the kicks that cost his team the game. tisk tisk tisk.

  29. MrHumble says: Jan 20, 2010 11:26 PM

    This must be why their fans call them the “superchargers”….between bolts, cowboys and packer fans i don’t know which are foolish and insanely drunk from drinking too much team koolaid.

  30. Bob S. says: Jan 20, 2010 11:28 PM

    and thats why they came out completely out of sync., stopped by cops driving to game, or was it drunk and stoned?, even missing field goals, kicking flags, butting heads, dropping passes in their hands, etc.
    and they gave turner an extension for allowing this to happen?

  31. NzYme says: Jan 20, 2010 11:29 PM

    I know it was Friday but no matter how you slice it….this doesn’t look too good in light of beating they took.

  32. Bob S. says: Jan 20, 2010 11:34 PM

    friday night and you know not saturday night as well?
    they couldnt wait 3 weeks and then go out every single night all off season?
    burress and pierce and pacman all like to go out during the season. romo likes to go to cabo.
    these players are a disgrace.
    i dont care what they do- but wait and do it at end of season!

  33. m1k3- says: Jan 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    # seahawkfan says: January 20, 2010 10:45 PM
    This is disgusting how far people would go to make excuses for losing. Be a man and admit your team lost because they were out muscled by the jets!
    ———————————————–
    Oh, the irony of this comment coming from a Seahawks fan.
    *cough* Super Bowl XL *cough*

  34. BuckyBadger says: Jan 20, 2010 11:39 PM

    If this is true this is just pathetic for a professional athlete to do this. Sure you might feel recovered but your body isn’t 100% yet. As a huge boxing fan these guys need to take a queue from that sport where these guys won’t do anything to hurt their body all through training camp. They cheated their fans and themselves and got what they deserved.

  35. Raiderjefe says: Jan 20, 2010 11:41 PM

    If they had partied and won, they would be the Raiders! haha. Long live memories of Alzado and the Tooz.

  36. SgtSigma says: Jan 20, 2010 11:41 PM

    If this was Romo everybody would have a different take..I agree with the OP for once! What a day.

  37. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 20, 2010 11:42 PM

    Max McGee was MVP of the first Super Bowl, and he claimed he was still drunk from partying the night before (to his defense, he was a little used reserved who never expected to play). But back in the day those guys hit it hard all night long the night before games.
    Then again Barrett Robins went out drinking a few days before the 2005 Super Bowl, then went on a multi-day bender and ended up a no-show the Super Bowl, ruining his career and life.

  38. Marco Polo says: Jan 20, 2010 11:45 PM

    The old Raiders teams partied hard before a Super Bowl. Max McGee had a great game for the Packers in the first Super Bowl after staying out all night.
    They’re young. I think they can handle it.

  39. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Jan 21, 2010 12:02 AM

    sdffa11:=====”it’s comical how the media and public expect nfl players to literally live, eat, breathe football. it sounds crazy but to them, it’s exactly like our day jobs except you get paid much more. “=======
    A lone voice of reason amongst a sea of idiots (who all think they know everything).
    Here’s another newsflash for you morons – An NFL team is made up of dozens of people. Sometimes some people on the team don’t even know each other. For example, a guy like Antoine Winfield might not know the least bit about Brett Favre and might not have even spoken more than 5 words to him all season long, nor does he care. He goes out and plays defense and #4 goes and plays offense.
    Yet I’m sure a lot of these morons think that everybody on the team needs to hang out together and build chemistry and go to BBQs, lest they fail to develop the right chemistry or let a “schism” develop.
    Here’s where the genius Florio chimes in with something about how Tony Romo will never be a true franchise QB because he likes to smile and play golf in the offseason when he should be pissed off and bitter locked up in some room studying film 12 hours a day.

  40. AlexMac says: Jan 21, 2010 12:03 AM

    2 days before? That’s nothing. Jim Kelly and a few other bills were out until 4am the night before super bowl 25 in tampa.

  41. Xpensive Wino says: Jan 21, 2010 12:14 AM

    Kaeding’s right foot must have gotten gooned on single barrel Jack Daniels!

  42. troll_aikman8 says: Jan 21, 2010 1:02 AM

    Go ahead and add McNeil, Vincent Jackson and Osgood as usual suspects.
    The sight of Jackson dazed on E in downtown clubs is about as San Diego as Sea World.
    This team will be a bunch of losers indefinitely.

  43. dirty_watah says: Jan 21, 2010 1:04 AM

    I play NCAA D1. We have a 48 hour no drinking policy before every game, which every member of the team, even guys with no chance of seeing the field, follows. I think this type of rule is fairly consistent throughout D1. If a bunch of college guys, making no money with no chance of going pro, playing merely for pride and the love of the game can give up their Thursday and Friday nights for an entire semester, then professional athletes making millions should be able to as well. Those Chargers (along with anyone from any other team that played this past weekend) who went out should be ashamed of themselves.
    And yes, your ability to perform at an elite level athletically is affected by drinking two nights before. There have been a number of studies showing correlations between mental and physical performance and the amount of sleep a person received two nights previous. There’s even some evidence that that night’s sleep is even more important than the eve of the game. Beyond that, being hungover the day before a game prevents you from preparing as you should. I don’t say this to make excuses for the Chargers, rather to present it as one more example of why they deserved to lose.

  44. HarrisonHits says: Jan 21, 2010 1:06 AM

    Just like a few years ago before the AFC Championship game. Merriman was out in some club leading a crowd of idiots in a “kill Tom Brady” chant and what happened in that game ? Chargers loss.
    But hey, its always good to see a group of people find their level of incompetence. And always great to see people who get huge paychecks not give the slightest damn about their job because they could be out partying.
    The team should cut every one of those players who were out that night, or at the very least fine them heavily for conduct detrimental to the team.

  45. dvk21 says: Jan 21, 2010 1:11 AM

    Oh my god, I went out and drank last Saturday and had to work on Monday. Definitely a non issue here Florio

  46. NateAzusa says: Jan 21, 2010 1:24 AM

    Was Keading partying just before the game? He was kicking like he was drunk

  47. Tyler says: Jan 21, 2010 2:01 AM

    Next year, their playoff opponent should send the Chargers a few bottles of champaigne, some fine alcohol and tickets, invites to parties, concerts… The win is garanteed after that.

  48. boltmancraft says: Jan 21, 2010 3:22 AM

    Who cares? We lost because we got pushed around by a team who was on their game. Until that MINDSET is drilled into these guys, we’ll, and I say WE’LL, because I’m not a bandwagon, fair-weather fan, we’ll continue to come up short in the big games….and it sucks, because we can be much better than that.

  49. PatricktheDookie says: Jan 21, 2010 3:36 AM

    No, I would not want everyone to be Philip Rivers.

  50. FinFan says: Jan 21, 2010 4:17 AM

    well its obvious it was the kicker… since he was wide right everytime… probably didn’t know which fieldgoal to hit.

  51. trickbunny says: Jan 21, 2010 5:02 AM

    “It probably wouldn’t have made a difference if they’d stayed in. But the fact that they saw fit to go out two nights before the biggest game of the season speaks to a mindset that makes the loss more understandable in hindsight.”
    OK, OK… We hear you, MOTHER….

  52. Roboto says: Jan 21, 2010 5:19 AM

    Nobody cares about the Raiders. Don’t drag them into the conversation.

  53. tatum32 says: Jan 21, 2010 5:54 AM

    Its a party in SoCal. Everyone knows that. its the end of story. As we say in Cali
    Whatever, man.

  54. dave says: Jan 21, 2010 6:07 AM

    chargers players aside from LT and rivers, have been partiers and law problems for about 6 years now, with marty and norv
    i think it’s the city of san diego combined with some retarded players
    just no focus
    also though this just sounds like a convenient excuse , the jets were just the better team sunday and made fewer mistakes
    hopefully they can beat the colts, because if not all they would have accomplished is letting peyton win another sb ugh….

  55. INVAIDUH says: Jan 21, 2010 7:27 AM

    @roboto.
    Everyone cares about the Raiders.
    Just look at all the hate.
    Toooz.

  56. Prthegreat says: Jan 21, 2010 7:32 AM

    The Whales Vagina Chargers Choke every year anyway so who cares?

  57. TheDPR says: Jan 21, 2010 7:37 AM

    The excuse-makers here obviously aren’t any more professional than the Chargers. Newsflash: GROWNUPS ARE IN BED BEFORE MIDNIGHT DURING THEIR WORK WEEK.
    This isn’t rocket science; it is simply professionalism, which seems to be lacking in more than just the Chargers.
    That said, I blame Norv. He’s a horrible head coach and always has been.

  58. what the? says: Jan 21, 2010 7:41 AM

    obviously these guys have no idea how long alcohol affects the system.
    what part of professional football player do these guys not understand?
    The only mindset at this time should be – what is my opponent doing?

  59. slutnuts says: Jan 21, 2010 8:00 AM

    its circumstantial. if partying means going out having a few beers, who cares.
    but if it means getting shmitfaced, then it is an issue. dehydration is the main problem here. i dont care how young and in shape you are alcohol will rob muscles of water. merely sucking back 8 glasses of water the next day does not re-hydrate you instantly. fatigue is sure to set in as a result. when you’re tired, the first thing to go is your thinking process.

  60. Omega says: Jan 21, 2010 8:20 AM

    I imagine that if the Chargers had lost and had kept all of their players locked in a hotel the story would be that they were too “tight”, too “stressed”.
    I agree with many of the posters on this topic. Two nights before a game is no big deal. Having a little fun, staying cool, and letting go some of the stress was probably a good thing.

  61. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 21, 2010 8:38 AM

    I wont go so far to say that partying on Fri night, caused them to have a physical let down on Sun night, but this is just another incident with the Chargers not taking anything seriously. Have they not learned??
    Every year, this is a team that on paper, is a very scary playoff opponent (especially for the Colts, not so much for the Pats). Joking aside, the Chargers seem to think that playoff wins and Lombardi trophies should just be theirs ever year. Guess what San Diego, winning 12+ games ever year means nothing in January. If you want a trophy, instead of partying on Fri night, how about you go watch some more film, so that the game doesnt come down to field goal kicker that BLOWS in the post season….. Maybe that extra 2 hours of film will enlighten you to something, and maybe you can pick off a pass ad return for a touch down, then the missed field goals dont even matter…… Just saying. The Chargers didnt look overly prepared to me……

  62. Deb says: Jan 21, 2010 8:42 AM

    @AlexMac …
    Um, how’d that work out for the Bills?
    @dirty_watah …
    As a big fan of the Division I National Champs, thanks! If the unpaid college players can give up a season of party nights for love of the game, then the professionals making millions should be able to discipline themselves. Great post.
    @TheDPR …
    Newsflash, Dipstick: NOT ALL GROWNUPS WORK THE SAME SCHEDULE. This isn’t rocket science. It’s simply common sense, which seems to be lacking in more than just the Chargers.

  63. UckTheFeagles says: Jan 21, 2010 8:44 AM

    This is exactly why I refuse to be some die hard fanboy of ANY professional sports team…the millionaires playing the game really don’t care as much about winning or losing as do the idiot fans running around with their faces painted and fighting with someone in a stadium because they are wearing an opposing team’s jersey. Do you really think the players give a rat’s a## about the fans???
    …the NFL is on its way to becoming the next NBA.

  64. kravon says: Jan 21, 2010 8:47 AM

    Shows the lack of maturity that most people know that team has. Similar to Dallas.

  65. last starfighter says: Jan 21, 2010 9:01 AM

    Thanks for the excellent perspective Dirty_Watah!
    The one thing that isn’t brought up is whether or not any of the jets were partying. Who knows. This is why teams (at least some of the good ones) spend so much time studying players personalities at the draft. The absolute worst example of cheating your teammates and fans like this is when the Tigers Miguel Cabrera got wasted with opponents the night before his biggest game of year to the point where the GM had to come pick him up from the police after a domestic “disturbance”. I wonder how drunk Jared Allen is getting on Bourbon st this weekend. . .
    Favre was filmed drunk, throwing out beads to some of his “targets” on bourbon the night before winning the super bowl. I think he is finally past being an alcoholic and cheating on his wife though.

  66. yem123 says: Jan 21, 2010 9:20 AM

    alcohol stays in your system for 7 days. in this “game of inches” you are a fool if you put alcohol into your system two days before a playoff game.

  67. RSKindred says: Jan 21, 2010 9:34 AM

    “# Bob Loblaw says: January 20, 2010 11:42 PM
    Then again Barrett Robins went out drinking a few days before the 2005 Super Bowl, then went on a multi-day bender and ended up a no-show the Super Bowl, ruining his career and life.”
    Let’s be clear about this. Robbins had a LOT of mental problems on top of whatever trouble he got himself into with the booze. I’m sure that the sauce exacerbated those mental issues, but I think that those issues were the real source of his problems.

  68. 69ers says: Jan 21, 2010 9:43 AM

    A solid Jets D, a terrible Chargers running game, 3 missed kicks and an overrated QB in Rivers lost this game…Party on boys!

  69. Cereal Blogger says: Jan 21, 2010 9:44 AM

    The usual suspects??
    Merriman, Cromartie, Kaeding, Tila Tequilla ??

  70. RSKindred says: Jan 21, 2010 9:45 AM

    Um yem123… alcohol is metabolized at a rate of around one drink (12oz beer, 8oz. glass of wine, or shot) per hour. And that’s for an average man, not football players that have bodies like machines. Where do you get that it stays in the system for 7 days?

  71. tv says: Jan 21, 2010 10:05 AM

    This team has always been called “underachievers”. Maybe, just maybe, they are what they are! Neverwere’s who play in a very weak division.

  72. Roxtar10 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:15 AM

    For a “non-story” Florio sure generated a lot of posts on this one.
    It sure appeared that Kaeding was still drunk, since he couldn’t find the center of the uprights with a map!
    It is kind of a non-story though….THIS JUST IN! JETS were seen partying this past off-season…sometimes multiple times in one week! Bet that’s why they lose this weekend….

  73. boltschick says: Jan 21, 2010 10:24 AM

    Great post Dirty_Watah.
    I wish the Chargers would draft more players like you.
    During LT’s magical record-breaking 2006 season, he didn’t consume a single alcoholic beverage. I’m sure he’s very disappointed by this news. This was probably his best and last chance to get a ring with the Chargers, and these partiers are so selfish that they can’t stay in the house for a couple of nights, stay away from alcohol and get a great night’s sleep in preparation for the game.
    I’ve been a fan for 30 years and I think I care more about the Chargers games than some of the Chargers.

  74. Billy The Kid says: Jan 21, 2010 10:56 AM

    Bob S. says:
    January 20, 2010 11:34 PM
    friday night and you know not saturday night as well?
    they couldnt wait 3 weeks and then go out every single night all off season?
    burress and pierce and pacman all like to go out during the season. romo likes to go to cabo.
    these players are a disgrace.
    i dont care what they do- but wait and do it at end of season!
    ————————————–
    Wait Bob, this shouldn’t matter to you. According to you, the game was fixed. Remember? The NFL directed Nate Kaeding to miss 3 FG’s so NYC market would have a team in the AFC Championship game.

  75. jbwbubba says: Jan 21, 2010 11:00 AM

    You want them all to be like Rivers because he is a family guy and a gym rat. I bet Rivers was at the Charger practice facility late friday watching film and then went home to tuck his kids into bed. And was back watching film early Sat morning.

  76. boltschick says: Jan 21, 2010 12:01 PM

    Rivers played without an ACL in the 2008 AFCCG. He had surgery one week before to remove the torn ACL and basically slept at the Chargers’ practice facility the week before the game while receiving physical therapy.
    Rivers put his body on the line for that game.
    Too bad certain of his teammates can’t even sacrifice a night on the town.

  77. Jaso says: Jan 21, 2010 12:22 PM

    So can we expect Tila Tequila to come out with some new allegations in the next week or two?

  78. bralt says: Jan 21, 2010 2:40 PM

    At least the Chargers can party at a Super Bowl level because they will NEVER get there. Bode Miller would be proud…

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