Dad Manny Maniquis, father to San Diego Charger’s staff Jay Jay Maniquis, might be credited with not only supporting his son by attending the San Diego Chargers’ preseason game on August 13, 2015 by cheering his son on while he was working the sidelines but also cheering the team on to a victory against the Dallas Cowboys 17-7.
Jay Jay helps to relay plays to the quarterback Philip Rivers and the offensive line according to his dad and those plays obviously helped the Chargers win on a warm Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego’s Mission Valley. Jay Jay is an administrative assistant officially. Of course the coaching team calls the plays be it a shotgun draw to when to go for a field goal or a myriad of other plays per Head Coach Mike McCoy’s directions.
With a good turnout at a preseason game at a reported attendance of 58, 507 the San Diego Chargers held the Cowboys at bay. Quarterbacks Romo and Rivers were both in the Qualcomm “house” but the game also was a “coming attractions” for NFL drafts that were getting a chance to “show their stuff” in a preseason game.
Maniquis also brought along his nephew, Angelo, and they were in their seats early for the 7:00 p.m. kick off shortly after the gates opened at 5:25 p.m.
Maniquis has been a season ticket holder since 1977 (with a short break around 1982). While he and other ticket holders received an e-mail concerning the Chargers possible move to Carson, California; he and thousands of others do not wish for that move.
Chargers’ running back, Danny Woodhead, spurred on the “let’s make noise” in the stadium with his first quarter touchdown. Stadium home games at their best with a showing of flames and noise after that touchdown that put the Bolts on the scoreboard before the Cowboys scored.
The Cowboys came back with a touchdown of their own but ultimately with another Bolt touchdown and a 52 yard field goal the Bolts sealed the win. The Cowboys had possession of the ball for 31:28 minutes against the Charger’s 28:32 time. But the Bolts showed possession is not 9 tenths of the law with the points on the board.
While many dads support their sons with attendance at peewee football games or high school and college games; to be able to support your son as an NFL player or staff member is a fortunate position to be in for Maniquis.
Perhaps Maniquis title should be padre excellente.
The next Charger home game is Saturday, August 29 against the Seattle Seahawks with a kick off time of 5:00 p.m. Visit www.Chargers.com for more information.