Live from Tahoe: Noted Chargers fan David Wells celebrates bringing Norv Turner back

Baseball player David Wells signed a bunch of autographs (Associated Press)

The title of this post says “Live from Tahoe,” but that’s not entirely true. I’m actually on a plane flying back to Dallas… so this’ll be the last one of these. Still, we have plenty of material collected in Lake Tahoe to last a few days.

One of those centers around former star pitcher David Wells, a celebrity who played in the tournament. We visited with him earlier. Anyway, Wells is a San Diego resident and a big Chargers fan.

And while so many seemed frustrated with the team’s decision to bring back coach Norv Turner after another year of mediocrity, Wells wasn’t among them. Nope, not even after missing the playoffs again. No doubt, these comments will drive a few Chargers fans (like this one) up the wall. But here they are, regardless.

I’m a big Norv fan,” Wells told me. “I like him. In the papers, he gets a raw deal with the media. It’s not him, it’s the players. It’s like in baseball. The manager’s always getting fired because the team sucks. Well, is it because of the managers? It’s the players. If they don’t play right, somebody’s gotta be the scapegoat, and it’s usually the manager, head coach or something like that. Norv’s been great. Everywhere he’s gone in his career, he’s done very well. He has good offensive values and all that. It’s just putting the key ingredients on the field that can put it together to win that championship. But yeah, I love him.”

The Chargers did finish 4-1 last year, but they also had a six-game losing streak. With that talent, it’s obvious why there are questions. Wells has a name for those people who think Turner should have been gone.

All those haters out there, I just hate on them,” Wells said. “It’s great, because I’m not afraid to tell them they suck either, so it’s all right.”

How big of a Chargers fan is Wells? Well…

Chargers are my team,” he said. “We live and die by them, we die mostly. But they make it exciting from time to time.

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