Los Angeles Chargers running back, Melvin Gordon, got into a hilarious debate with his Uber driver in Baltimore when the latter didn’t recognize him and decided to trash talk the Chargers. Gordon secretly filmed the three-minute exchange. What ensues is a humorous debate.
The good-natured debate happened a day before the Chargers faced the Ravens in an AFC Wild Card playoff game in Baltimore, Fox 31 News reported.
The Uber driver was talkative and seemed eager to talk about the upcoming match. Except, he had no idea who he was talking to.
Gordon flashed a cheeky grin at the camera before asking the Uber driver, “You think the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl?”
“You see the enthusiasm and motivation,” he responded. “They’re playing as a team.”
“So what about the Chargers?” Gordon asks. “You don’t think the Chargers are going to be in it?”
“Oh, hell no. Don’t even have to worry about them,” the driver answered.
Throughout the three-minute exchange, Gordon keeps trying to steer the conversation to the Chargers, reminding the driver that the team includes the “hall-of-famer” Philip Rivers, but the driver isn’t convinced.
“Listen, that don’t make no difference,” the driver said, stating that Raven’s quarterback, Lamar Jackson, is a Heisman Trophy winner.
As Gordon continues to support his team, he even lets slip: “we got two hall-of-famers on our team.”
The driver didn’t catch the “our team” slip-up and instead asked: “Ah, so you’re in town to see Rivers play?”
“Yes sir I got to see Philip Rivers play,” Gordon said with a smile.
When asked if he plays any sports himself, Gordon responds with: “Nah, I’m just a big fan.” Gordon probes again: “What about that running back? That Melvin Gordon kid?”
“Yeah, he’s something. He’s something,” the driver agreed. “You know, I’m so proud to see these young guys stepping up, playing the game. It’s a wonderful thing.”
As Gordon was about to leave, he revealed his identity to the driver, “Well I’m Melvin Gordon man. I’m the running back for the Chargers.”
The driver was in utter disbelief and asked for a card to prove it. They settled on an autograph and a selfie.
The Los Angeles Chargers shared Gordon’s video on Twitter, which went viral with over 4 million views at the time of this publication.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 5, 2019
The Game: Chargers versus Ravens
The Wild Card game came with its fair share of surprises. The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday, Jan. 6.
Melvin Gordon entered the game with an issue to his right knee and went down after his third run of Sunday’s Wild Card match. He was attended to and returned to the game at the beginning of the second quarter, according to NFL.com. He finished the game with 17 carries for 40 yards as well as a touchdown, helping in the win over the Ravens.
According to CBS Sports, the buzz around the Ravens’ defeat primarily involved the quarterback situation with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson. Fans were angry that Baltimore didn’t pull Jackson out of his first playoff and put Flacco in against the Chargers defense.
Secondly, the Chargers had a very good defense. According to TheMMQB.com, defensive lineman Damion Square claimed the Chargers knew “60 to 70 percent” of the Ravens’ play before it happened.
Square said part of the Chargers’ success was homing in on tendencies they had learned since the teams’ last meeting. “You see tendencies,” Square said. “Guys react the same way all the time to pressure. We saw that on tape. We knew [Jackson] wanted to escape, and we showed up in those gaps.”
Square followed by giving a specific example. In the play that ended the Ravens’ opening drive, the Chargers were facing a third-and-five near midfield, and Square said they knew Jackson likes to escape to his left. And so it was. After Jackson had scanned the field trying to find somewhere to throw, he went left as predicted. Square began to move in with him. Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell was in Jackson’s face as he dropped the ball, but Jackson recovered and tried again to go left. Meanwhile, Square was closing in on him as Jackson threw an incomplete pass, forcing a punt.
Each of the Chargers defensive players seemed to have an example of making a playthrough anticipation, TheMMCB.com said. The Chargers were thus able to beat the Ravens 23-17. Unsurprisingly, the Ravens and their fans were not happy.
Just as the Chargers and Ravens were locked in combat on the field, fans from each team engaged in a brutal fight in the stands at M&T Bank Stadium—leading to a horrifying, multirow fall that was caught on camera.
After the Ravens loss, some fans didn’t take well to a Chargers fan in the stands, reported WJZ.
The fight was caught on video by twitter user drejwalker.
In the video, a man in Ravens gear punches another man in Chargers gear over and over until they both fall into other fans and continue the fight.
Some fans encouraged the fight, while others were shocked to see it happening. At the end, the police arrive and break up the fight. The original video has been removed but was caught by another user.
Nigga came up 5-6 rows just to catch this fade ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/uzt8CKFpaS
— Bizzle (@Brown__Julian) January 6, 2019