There’s a widely held belief that says professional athletes of a particular sport could play another sport and beat amateurs with relative ease at that new sport. The San Diego Chargers provided a counterexample to that notion this offseason.
In Poway, Calif., members of the Chargers formed a rec-league softball team. Quarterback Philip Rivers was the team’s shortstop. Danny Woodhead and Eric Weddle played in the outfield and Nick Hardwick was pitching.
But the Chargers had their struggles. Not only did the team finish in second place in the regular season, but they also failed to win when it counted the most — in the postseason. The team lost 21-5 in the first round.
Sound familiar, Charger fans?
The Wall Street Journal has a much more detailed recap that you should definitely read, but, if you’re looking for a moral to this story, it’s not that softball is harder than it looks. It’s this: The San Diego Chargers will never win in the postseason.