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#145 h0llywood

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

I saw a couple of guys down in the lobby with helmets figured one was you. I took a photo of Ron Rivera giving his daughter some money. How old is she? She's tall like him.

I'm the stocky short guy walking with my wife. Probably saw me a couple times.

#146 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

Yeah I wasn't one of the dudes that just have duffle bags full of gear waiting to be signed. I had my helmet in a backpack and then when id see a player I'd take it out and actually greet him by name and talk about something significant like his college ball days or a play he made last week. Those guys just sitting in the lobby were irritating the players and it made it tough for a real fan to actually be able to get autographs and spark conversation.

#147 h0llywood

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

Are you staying here at the hotel? Do you know when the team gets back? My wife and I are about to go to Samaritans Feet right now, go to casino and hopefully when we get back they are in the lobby.

#148 Bwood

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

Wait, what hotel are the players at??

I need to change reservations.

#149 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

h0llywood I stayed at the hotel last night but will be at my apartment tonight. Hope we are still on for early morning costco and a day of tailgating!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

At Samaritans Feet and Angela Sun and Yahoo sports is here going to interview Smitty

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

I fuging can't wait to be there tomorrow!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

Wow just wow.

Just left Samaritan'a Feet. It was more than I could have ever asked for.

After finally finding the balls to talk to him, I approached him and told him my story. I told him while I was in Afghanistan 4 years ago, I had a Steve Smith action figure I brought everywhere with me. He rode shotgun and took pictures with random afghani civilians. I pulled him out my pocket with dust still on it and missing an arm and told him it would be an honor if he took it. He looked at me an said "what? I'm missing an arm?!" He was joking and gave me a man hug and took photos with me and my wife. My hands were shaking and I was embarrassed as I looked up 4 cameras were recording our exchange.

Shortly after, my wife and I were his designated runners and I stood over him while he cleaned feet. This was all recorded by Yahoo Sports Angela Sun and they are filming a documentary called outside the game which should be out in a few days. I'm glad I can say I helped Steve out personally.

Steve did tell a kid to basically go eff himself. Told him look me in the eye, call me sir, turn around and go to your mother. 10 year old pissed Smitty off.

In short, my life is now complete. Photos to come from tonight and from tomorrow's game.

Please excuse my giddiness!

#153 neverlosethefeeling

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

I flew from Charlotte to LAX on Wednesday, picking this weekend specifically to visit a charger fan buddy of mine. Things happened and we won't be able to get down there for the game and it's blacked out in southern California. Just my luck. Hope you all have a great time at the game tomorrow!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:57 PM

I have started tailgating right now. This binge won't end until we stomp the chargers out of their home field.

#155 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:52 AM

Wow just wow.

Just left Samaritan'a Feet. It was more than I could have ever asked for.

After finally finding the balls to talk to him, I approached him and told him my story. I told him while I was in Afghanistan 4 years ago, I had a Steve Smith action figure I brought everywhere with me. He rode shotgun and took pictures with random afghani civilians. I pulled him out my pocket with dust still on it and missing an arm and told him it would be an honor if he took it. He looked at me an said "what? I'm missing an arm?!" He was joking and gave me a man hug and took photos with me and my wife. My hands were shaking and I was embarrassed as I looked up 4 cameras were recording our exchange.

Shortly after, my wife and I were his designated runners and I stood over him while he cleaned feet. This was all recorded by Yahoo Sports Angela Sun and they are filming a documentary called outside the game which should be out in a few days. I'm glad I can say I helped Steve out personally.

Steve did tell a kid to basically go eff himself. Told him look me in the eye, call me sir, turn around and go to your mother. 10 year old pissed Smitty off.

In short, my life is now complete. Photos to come from tonight and from tomorrow's game.

Please excuse my giddiness!


Great story man thanks for sharing. I actually did end up e-mailing that guy you talked to me about but unfortunately he said they had enough volunteers. Sounds like one hell of an experience though! Didn't see 89 in the hotel last night but I'll be sure to see him burning those Charger's CBs all game long.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

Can't wait for today. You guys are lucky bastards for being able to be in same hotel. Haha I'm mad jealous about that. Keep pounding! Weather looks like it'll get better too. Cloudy now, but should clear up. No. Rain either