It is 2 a.m. West Coast time, I'm mercifully a tad under the influence ... Not much positive to report from this experience. A few observations on the debacle: * We all saw the game, I don't have much to add beyond the obvious: the defensive backfield needs something, don't know if it's scheme or personnel shortcomings, but that coupled with the lack of pressure on Rivers was painful to watch. Cassel just could not cut it; the goal-line stand where he got stuffed on fourth down was the final turning point after which the wheels fell off for New England. His pocket awareness continues to be very poor. His throws to Moss were awful. * Qualcomm is a crumbling relic of a stadium -- lots of bad sightlines, but fairly intimate confines and it holds noise well. * Chargers fans, as a group, are horrible. LOTS of punk Mexican kids in their teens/early twenties wearing Merriman jerseys, talking trash and trying to pick fights with Patriots fans. I ignored them, but saw some pretty horrific fights in the stands. Very uncivilized atmosphere, unlike Gillette. One Pats fan I saw had a bloody head after being wailed on and had to leave before halftime. The Chargers apparently contract outside for security, and security seemed disorganized and slow to respond to trouble. One San Diego fan who left early (a woman) wished me luck getting out alive. I wore my Pats gear, got harassed standing in line for the men's room -- very mean-spirited comments, and taunting, not good-natured ribbing. A really crappy atmosphere for visitors. * San Diego is a classy city, but its NFL franchise is anything but, on many levels. Maybe a minor thing, but I noticed that the Chargers had a rather haphazard way of warming up before the game. They just sort of milled around on their side of the field, whereas the Pats did their stretching/warm-up exercises as usual in rows down the yard lines and did drills via position group, etc. They just looked more disciplined and organized overall, despite their performance during the game. * Kaczur and Jarvis Green were immediately carted off after their injuries, a really bad sign. * I've never seen BB more angry at officials than after the personal foul called on Mayo. He didn't let up, they eventually walked away from him and he followed one down the sideline. I didn't see what Mayo did on the replay, if anyone can fill me in on that please do. * The Chargers do deserve credit for sticking it to the Patriots. They were very physical, and their kick coverage was superb. Our defense just couldn't stop them, and our offense looked like it was playing together for the first time. * I could not figure out BB's reasoning for how the Pats proceeded after the touchdown with about five minutes left. They kicked deep instead of trying onsides, then treated the rest of the game like a preseason contest. No urgency to try to score more, yet timeouts were called later amidst running plays. Anyone hear any explanation? * Wish I had something more positive to add. The weather was nice. There was a flyover of fighter jets after the national anthem. Looking forward to getting home tomorrow. Goodnight.