Dr. Blake Talbot has been there for all of it. He gazed, wide-eyed, the first time the San Diego Chargers ran into Balboa Stadium on Sept. 17, 1961. He watched with 20,215 others as the boys in baby blue pummeled Oakland black and blue during a 44-0 walk in the park.
He was there for the 15 coaches, the blink-and-you-miss-em’s like Ron Waller and June Jones, a game-changer in Don Coryell, Super Bowl architect Bobby Ross.
He was there for Dave Casper and the Holy Roller in 1978. He soaked up the brilliance of Dan Fouts and cringed with the city over Ryan Leaf.