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Chargers facing sanctions for illegal use of stickum

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As one cheating scandal lingers, another one has emerged.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Chargers are facing stiff punishment after officials confiscated during Monday night’s game against the Broncos a towel that contained a substance that has been banned by the NFL for decades:  Stickum.

Per Glazer, an equipment manager brought the towel onto the field during a timeout.  Something caught the attention of one of the officials, one thing led to another, and now the Chargers face a large fine and possibly the loss of one or more draft picks for cheating.

It remains to be seen who knew what and when and how many were involved, but the smartest move for anyone questioned by the league will be to tell the truth.

Stickum, once a popular substance that was used liberally by players like Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and cornerback Lester Hayes, provides a competitive advantage by helping a guy catch the football.  Or, perhaps more accurately for all too many NFL receivers, not drop it.

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58 Responses to “Chargers facing sanctions for illegal use of stickum”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2012 12:28 PM

    Only the Chargers could get caught cheating while getting blown out, at home, by a division rival.

    What a pathetic franchise.

  2. deathonwings410 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:31 PM


  3. whatevnfl says: Oct 21, 2012 12:32 PM

    Philip Rivers couldn’t even catch his mouthguard.

  4. klink6224 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:34 PM

    Imagine how much more effective that could of been had Rivers known to throw it to his guys instead

  5. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Oct 21, 2012 12:36 PM


  6. raidadon says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    Greatest second half meltdown in Monday night history! Ya in the record books, Sandy Eggo! And you was cheating!
    By the way that’s a picture of Raiders Great Lester Hayes!

  7. tonyugoh says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    Maybe Philip Rivers should use stickum instead of turning the ball over every drive.

  8. h3min1230 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    Well no wonder Rivers has that awful throwing motion. The ball won’t come out of his hand! 😀

  9. orivar says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    I was asking a friend the other day what ever happened to stickum.

  10. Tylers's Sportsdebates says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    and still lost lol

  11. joebloww says: Oct 21, 2012 12:39 PM

    Who do they think they are? The Patriots?

  12. miamatt says: Oct 21, 2012 12:39 PM

    I think they mistakenly gave it to Rivers, affecting his ability to release the ball, leading to interceptions. Plus, it makes him overconfident with his ball security; you still have to wrap your fingers around the ball Philip!

    Methinks the Raiders of old pulled one over on these guys; Al Davis must be snickering in his grave.

  13. vuudu says: Oct 21, 2012 12:40 PM

    Not a big deal, everyone does, the Patriots do it.

  14. narrabeen23 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:40 PM

    And there it is. Stickum is now considered a performance enhancer.

    What’s next? Wideout gloves? Gatorade? This is getting absolutely ridiculous, bring back old school football!!!

  15. td40 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:42 PM

    Can some sort of exception be made for my Browns? We’ve had so many receivers over the last several years who can’t catch a freakin’ football that you’d think the league might make an exception on the use of stickum in their case. Think of it as charity.

  16. bovice23 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:42 PM

    The offensive line and Rivers could have used some in the second half last week

  17. jessethegreat says: Oct 21, 2012 12:44 PM

    And to think… At least the patriots and saints went to super bowls while cheating. Only the chargers would get blown out and at the same time, get caught cheating!

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Oct 21, 2012 12:44 PM

    Wouldn’t stickum get on the ball and be easily noticed my the refs and opposing players when they handle the ball?

  19. demolition510 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:46 PM

    EL OH EL

  20. raiderapologist says: Oct 21, 2012 12:47 PM

    From SuperChokers to SuperCheaters in less than a week. Choo choo, humb0lt.

  21. puresickness12 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    Poor receivers. Used Stickum for nothing. Rivers couldn’t even get them the ball…

  22. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    no wonder they sucked so bad after they got caught using the stickum. RIVERS IS A CHEATING POS JOKE OF A QB THAT NEEDS STICKUM BC HE HAS SMALL HANDS!!!!

  23. catquick says: Oct 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    I remember Lester Hayes once intercepting a ball that hit the back of HIV thigh and stuck. He took a few steps and put his hands on it. It would get on the ball and the center couldn’t hike it right and qb’s couldn’t get it out of their hands. It’.s the same sticky stuff that flows from a pine tree. You can’t get it off.

  24. ghjjf says: Oct 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    Chargers cheated and still couldn’t win. It looks like Bronos will be winning the division and going to the playoffs.

  25. wyldsoul says: Oct 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    “they used to use stickem on their hands, but now they got those gloves” -madden 2000

  26. whodeytn says: Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    I was asking a friend the other day what ever happened to stickum.

    We’re on the edge of our seats…

  27. truthfactory says: Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    I think the Bronco’s secondary might have gotten a hold of that towel after halftime…

  28. demolition510 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    Good news: they might lose draft picks
    Bad news: AJ and Norv might be done.

    GN: they still got that sorry@ass owner.
    BN: I’m gonna have to see Punk Rivers flapping his gums to some equipment mgr now.

    GN: all my coworkers will shut the he’ll up.
    BN: I pay way too much for my car insurance

  29. bearnmind says: Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    Based on Goodell’s punishment history, will the head
    coach be suspended for the year given that he should have known and that’s been illegal for years? Sean Payton wants to know.

  30. mullman76 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    LMFAO! That is so RAIDER of them…

    Nobody could do it like Freddy and Lester- two of the best to have ever played their position. If you’re stupid enough to think that it was the Stickum that made them great, then you probably struggle on a daily basis.

    Thank you PFT- this is the best post ever.

  31. stull60060 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    Gentlemen, the league banned stick um years ago but it is not cheating. Today instead of the stick um the players where specially designed gloves that help them catch the ball. It’s not messy like the stick um was. Let’s see the receivers catch the ball without those gloves on. Some receivers don’t where the gloves but most do.

  32. patriots123456 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    The chargers better hope these allegations don’t STICK! LOL

    Pun intended.

  33. tcbowa says: Oct 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    How do you lose a bye-week? Thats how! Couldn’t even give us fans a peaceful week off to re-coup.

  34. edenprairieballer says: Oct 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    This is an earth shattering scandal. Move over election, this stickum towel story is the top story.

  35. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    This is one rule Jermichael Finley obviously does not break….

  36. patriots123456 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    The replacement Refs, just called the Commish’s office demanding to know what stickum is.

    Maybe that’s why they didn’t STICK around.

  37. rj88888 says: Oct 21, 2012 1:02 PM

    Another nail in Norv Turners coffin

  38. geniusfan says: Oct 21, 2012 1:04 PM

    The Patriots aren’t involved so it doesn’t matter. Nothing to see here folks.

  39. keithdylan says: Oct 21, 2012 1:09 PM

    While Freddie used it to catch the ball, Lester’s main reason to use stickum was to stick to the receivers. According to Madden’s book, the rules for defense used to be you could leave your hands on a receiver but you could not re-touch them. So Lester used it more on his arms than hands. That way if he made contact with a receiver’s jersey it never looked as if he let go as the jersery would be stuck to his arm, thus less chance of a penalty.

  40. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 21, 2012 1:09 PM


    Tried to cheat, got blown out anyway! Loser franchise got what they deserved!

  41. eyeh8goodell says: Oct 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    So what’s this other “lingering” cheating scandal? I hope you’re not referring to “bounty-gate”……the “scandal” that’s completely fallen apart under scrutiny and was never an issue of competitive advantage anyway.

  42. mtchainsmoker says: Oct 21, 2012 1:20 PM

    The refs didn’t notice the sticky balls because the ball always went straight from Rivers’ hand to a defensive back, thereby bypassing the receivers’ sticky hands. Mystery solved.

  43. broncosnative says: Oct 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    What a shame, I wonder had the chargers won, would the league come down really hard on them. What’s even more pathetic, they couldn’t even get the win. They need to take that bolt off their helmets because they’re definitely not lighting it up.

  44. CKL says: Oct 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    As one of their former greats LdT once said of my team, their philosophy must be if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying. Must have gotten it from their head coach, eh LaDainian? LOL

  45. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    are they sure it was stickum? Maybe it was some sort of resin that someone put on the towel? Sort of like the whole A-rod putting his number on a ball to give to a girl, maybe Rivers put his “resin” on a towel to give to the official to “grease” the wheels?

  46. villegas81 says: Oct 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Maybe they got the wrong can,
    Suckthem instead is stuckem

  47. hrmlss says: Oct 21, 2012 2:01 PM

    Man, Dropmichael Finley could use some of that stuff. Maybe they could dip him in a vat of it before each game.

  48. chargersdiehard says: Oct 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    I wonder how their PR guy is gonna spin this one. The Bolts have a lot of making up to do right now. This is a big hole for a team whose 3-3 tied for first and facing a weak schedule. Ive been proud to be a Charger fan for 30 + years but my faith is being tested more than ever these last two seasons. Here comes stickygate.

  49. moochach says: Oct 21, 2012 2:16 PM

    Belicheat has been busy this week, first he got involved in injury reporting coming from the Bills and Redskins, and now he’s forcing the Chargers to use stickum. It’s very sad to see the pristine character of the league constantly corrupted by Belicheat…why can’t he just stop forcing everyone else to do these things?

  50. terumiarai says: Oct 21, 2012 2:19 PM

    I should have powder blue colored towels with the word “Stickum” printed across and market them to the Choker fans to wave during their games.

  51. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 21, 2012 2:52 PM

    Remember, San Diego is the team that introduced steroid use into the NFL.

  52. willowy2k says: Oct 21, 2012 4:04 PM that’s why rivers couldn’t get rid of the ball fast enough in the second half lol…Miller, Doom and the rest of the D put on a clinic. Go Broncos!!!

  53. thisisthepainkiller says: Oct 22, 2012 12:26 AM

    This is a pure reflection of the owner.

    Deano and company are actually the kind of owner you want; just cutting checks and staying out of the way. BUT … you do expect them to make a change when what they have is not working. AJ is the worst and both AJ and Norv are just riding checks to the end.

    To let players fall to this level ( if true ) is a pure shame and it is on the coaches watch.

    What is interesting is talk of sanctions vr suspensions. Lets see what happens.

  54. lion808pride says: Oct 22, 2012 4:10 AM

    the chargers should have all games won change to loses they cheated on monday night but how many other games did they use stickum too…..
    fines and sanctions should beplaced opon the chargers if you gotta cheat to try win somethings wrong………….. and they couldnt win anyway with use of the band substance real shame … !!!!

  55. zeddicuszorander says: Oct 22, 2012 4:35 PM

    lion808pride says:Oct 22, 2012 4:10 AM

    the chargers should have all games won change to loses they cheated on monday night but how many other games did they use stickum too…..
    fines and sanctions should beplaced opon the chargers if you gotta cheat to try win somethings wrong………….. and they couldnt win anyway with use of the band substance real shame … !!!!


    If the allegations are true the league should come down hard on the Chargers.

    On another subject, I see the reputation of public schools in Detroit is well deserved.

  56. frostymugobeer says: Oct 22, 2012 5:24 PM

    Norv is on nfln right now denying any stickum use by the chargers ….ever.

  57. frostymugobeer says: Oct 22, 2012 5:25 PM

    that’s his story and he’s “stickin to it”

  58. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    Doesn’t sound likely since the coach just declared that the allegations are false which wouldn’t make much sense considering the refs apparently confiscated the evidence in question.

    But if it is then the fine and draft picks wouldn’t be enough punishment. They should have to forfeit an entire draft and pay a massive fine in addition to having those involved permanently banned from the game if they don’t come clean about it.

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