Chargers fan frustrated that the Broncos are Super Bowl 50 champions

Cameron Barksdale, Reporter


As a San Diego Charger fan, the Super Bowl did not go as desired. If I disliked a team, it would be the Denver Broncos. The New England Patriots would definitely be a close second. Obviously, the Chargers did not make the playoffs with a record of 4-12.

As the Super Bowl was getting ready to start, I was salivating, recalling the last time the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, when Peyton Manning had the best offense in the league, and the Seattle Seahawks absolutely decimated the Broncos.

Coming into the game, I was licking my chops for an entertaining Broncos beat down by the Carolina Panthers (15-1). If I had any money, I would have bet all my money on the Panthers to win, because the Broncos weren’t even close to the offensive production they had two years ago. The Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton had just received most valuable player and offensive player of the year.  As Terrell Owens once said, “Get your popcorn ready.”

I wanted revenge on Manning and the Broncos since they have been beating down on the Chargers the last couple of years. Even when Tim Tebow led the Broncos, they defeated my beloved Chargers.

It was a good feeling seeing the struggles of the Broncos earlier in the season. Manning was a backup quarterback at one point in time, and many struggles continued on the offensive side of the ball.

With the Chargers nowhere near a playoff berth, my first chance at revenge was the last game of the regular season where the Chargers had a chance to get some redemption as they played the Broncos.

If the Chargers won, the Broncos moved from the first seed to the fifth seed. That means that they don’t get a bye week, and the Broncos don’t get to play at home throughout the playoffs.

The game didn’t go as planned. The Broncos narrowly beat the Chargers when Manning moved from the bench and relived Brock Osweiller to defeat the Chargers. Game after game my heart sank lower and lower as the Broncos started winning.

I overlooked one key factor in this Super Bowl that was a major difference from the last Super Bowl the Broncos competed in. Von Miller. He did not play in Super Bowl 48 when the Seahawks stomped on the Broncos.

Newton was the first pick in the 2010 draft, and Von Miller was the second. Von Miller had his way with Newton. The game was not going as I hoped.

Not wanting the Broncos to win, I felt some relief as the first catch at halftime was a completion to Ted Ginn for 45 yards. But it was all for nothing as kicker Gano missed the field goal with the Broncos still having the lead.

Manning didn’t look like his vintage self as he threw for less than 200 yards and an interception. But Denver’s defense got the job done. I hate to say it, but they were spectacular sacking Cam Newton seven times with two sack fumbles.

Von Miller is now going to Disneyland for being the MVP of the Super Bowl. Von Miller is the 10th defensive player to ever win the award.

If your team didn’t make it this year, there is always next year.

But if your team isn’t the Chargers, they don’t stand a chance. At least my Chargers now have the opportunity to beat the Super Bowl champs twice next year, since they will be in the same division.