The San Diego Chargers announced their offensive and defensive captains for the 2009 season. Voted on by their teammates, the usual suspects of Philip Rivers and Ladainian Tomlinson earned offensive co-captain designations, Kassim Osgood was voted the special teams captain, and Jamal Williams and Stephen Cooper were named the defensive captains. Apparently Shawne Merriman did not earn enough votes to be named as a captain.
Perhaps his time away from football last year was a factor. His public legal battle with Tila Tequilla certainly didn't help much either. But I must say it is mildly surprising that the team's most vocal and intense leader did not earn a captain designation.
Chargers.com: Chargers select captains
MERRIMAN INTERVIEW FEATURED IN OCT. ISSUE OF PLAYBOY
The Game’s Most Dangerous Linebacker Talks About His Hits, His Comeback, Being Hazed as a Rookie, and His Troubled Childhood
“I’m so dangerous right now I scare myself,” says Shawne Merriman in Playboy’s October 20Q, when asked about his rebuilt body (issue on newsstands and online at www.playboydigital.com Friday, September 11). The San Diego Chargers’ linebacker, nicknamed Lights Out for his ability to knock players out, is healthy and strong following knee surgery, and is ready to hit everything that moves. “I’m 100 percent healthy for the first time since entering the league…Now I’m the strongest I’ve ever been…If you’re wearing a different-colored helmet than me, you’re in trouble.”
Playboy.com: Shawne Merriman: 20Q
ODDS AND ENDS
Chargers co-headliners for Week 1 Monday Nighter
The fans see a pair of blowouts and so do the oddsmakers. Both the Chargers and Patriots are double-digit favorites for tonight’s games and while the Pats are following a trend of covering the spread in this situation, San Diego’s Week 1 trend focuses on the total.
The Pats are 8-2-2 ATS their past 12 Week 1 games as a favorite and they are favored by 11 at home to the Bills, according to NFL odds aggregator OddsShark.com. San Diego, when they are favored in Week 1, has been a consistent UNDER play (going 8-2 past 10 times).
Most NFL observers are aware of the Bolts’ 11-game win streak against the hated Raiders, but they have also been a money-making 7-0 ATS at Oakland. (See the matchup report here.)
While the trends pointed to many Week 1 UNDERs, six games played OVER the total (although the Giants-Redskins game barely crept over 39.5 with a 23-17 score) for a 8-6 mark favoring UNDER bettors.
Fully 87.8% of OddsShark.com visitors were picking the Chargers to cover the 10-point spread. A lot of money pushed the number from -7 to -10.5 at some places that offer steep favorite lines. Nearly 80% of bettors are on the OVER.
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