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I just can’t give people an answer yet. I know…..it’s been over four months. I just don’t know yet.
When the talks of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles started in 2015, I was certain that I would remain a fan no matter what they did. I am a fan of the team not the city. I spend over half of my life rooting for the Chargers and that would not stop because of a move up North.
Then it happened and it sucked. Not because they moved but because of how it all happened.
A letter by Dean Spanos about the decision to move via twitter?
He could have at least have held a press conference to announce it. Then the terrible logo! What do most San Diegan sport fans hate as much as the Raiders? The Los Angeles Dodgers! So why make a logo that looks pretty much just like the Dodgers logo and think it would go over well with us folks in San Diego? Well it didn’t go over well with anyone!
I was angry and I still thought I would be a fan. I don’t have to like Dean Spanos but I can still love the players. Then the “Fight for LA” website popped up. That was the last straw for me. Where was the “Fight for San Diego” website? Oh yeah…they did not want to fight for their beloved home of 56 years.
So four months has passed and I have seen many fans stay loyal to the team despite a lot of anger towards the Spanos clan. I see some immediately dropped the team and became a fan of a new team. The Arizona Cardinals just got a bunch of new fans on their bandwagon. I also see that some fans are just done with the NFL altogether. Others have decided to just focus on football as a whole. Lastly, some made their decision around draft time.
Me….I watched the draft and I followed the Chargers picks. I just hated to see LAC! That is the Los Angeles Clippers, isn’t it? No decision was made after the draft.
Can I really just start rooting for another team? I might. I was raised in a household of two die-hard Steeler fans. I considered myself a fan when I was a kid since my parents were fans. I come from a family of Steeler fans. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all Steelers fans. Yes, they all loved to give me crap about the Chargers wondering why I would decide to be a fan of a team with no rings instead of the team with six. I have sometimes wondered that myself but I could not help but love my Chargers. My Aunt actually sent me her beloved Steelers jersey after the announcement in hopes that I would come back to the black and gold side. The thing is, I tend to always root against the Steelers. It would be odd to all of a sudden be a fan again. So this is still a possibility but no decision has been made yet.
The truth is I hate seeing and hearing the Los Angeles Chargers. It just makes me sad and little angry. I just can’t help it. It is how I feel.
So here I am still undecided on my choice to remain a fan. I decided I will not watch a game on my on television at home. I will go somewhere to watch if I chose to watch a game. I will not attend a home game in Los Angeles but might try to attend an away game. I really want to go to Kansas City for a game. I have not gotten rid of any of my Chargers stuff but I have not worn any since the decision. I refuse to buy anything that say Los Angeles Chargers.
So maybe I was wrong and I am a fan of the city. It doesn’t make me less of a fan. I still suffered some lowly years with the Chargers and remained loyal.
We shall see what the 2017 season brings me. A new found love for the Chargers? A new team? Time will tell. My heart will make the decision soon enough.
Thanks for reading!
Any long-standing San Diego-now-Los Angeles Chargers fan can think of many failed attempts at clever marketing tactics. The latest, entitled #FightForLA is just as bad as the rest.
We get it. Now that there are two teams vying for the same fan dollars in Los Angeles it is seen as a ‘fight’ for Los Angeles. That sentiment couldn’t be farther from the truth for two major reasons. First and most importantly, no one in Los Angeles wants either team to be there. Aside from the subsection of devout loyalists (such as myself) who grew up with the teams in their former homes and would watch them if they relocated to Mars; neither move has raised an eyebrow among the general NFL populous.
Secondly, if the #FightForLA is intended to pit the Chargers versus the Rams in a L.A. rivalry the same way the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are pretended to be, that too is a fallacy. The Clippers have always been the red-headed stepchild in the NBA version of this L.A. story and even though they are currently better than the current version of the Lakers, the Lakers will always be the alpha dogs because of the championship banners hanging from the rafters.
Head-to-head, the Chargers are hands-down better than the Los Angeles Rams. Don’t believe me? These rosters prove my point:
Quarterback: Chargers QB Philip Rivers vs. (Quick, does anyone even know who the Rams starting quarterback is??) The answer is Case Keenum, Jared Goff and Sean Mannion all took snaps for the Rams last season to disastrous results and a 4-12 season. Altogether the Rams passed for 3,313 yards and that includes a 4-yard completion by their punter! By comparison, Rivers threw for over 1,000-yards more than the Rams quarterbacks combined (4,386).
Running Back: Rams Todd Gurley vs. Chargers Melvin Gordon. Part of a dying breed of bell-cow running backs, this is the most even matchup on the ledger. Gurley fell off from his breakout rookie season once teams figured the Rams couldn’t pass the ball and loaded the box to stop the run. Gurley managed 885 yards and 6 touchdowns on 287 attempts (3.2 yards per carry). Gordon did the opposite, rebounding from a disappointing rookie campaign to fall three yards short of a thousand yards on 254 attempts (3.9 yards per carry). Gordon went from zero touchdowns as a rookie to twelve (ten rushing, two receiving) in his sophomore year.
Wide Receiver: The Rams tried to run their offense through the speedy but diminutive (5″8′) Tavon Austin. Secondaries figured out the game plan early and rolled coverage to him. As a result he had only 509 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Running reverses and other gadget plays added another 159 yards and one touchdown to his 2016 resume. Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Lance Kendricks provided the bulk of the punch from the receiving corps, accounting for 1,063 yards and ten touchdowns combined.
In San Diego, Tyrell Williams had a breakout season amassing 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns by himself. Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin combined for another 1,487 yards and eight touchdowns. Not bad considering they lost their number one receiver, Keenan Allen, in the first week of the season.
Total offense: The Rams finished dead last in points per game (14) and yards per game (262.7). The Chargers finished ninth in points per game (25.6) and 14th in yards per game (356.8).
There’s no point into going over to the defensive side of the ball. Fans come out to see an exciting, dynamic offense and a good football game. While the argument can be made that neither team achieved that goal, the Chargers were able to put points on the board. The Rams were blown out (16 points or more) six times. They scored ten points or less nine times. The Chargers only had two games where they scored under 20 points (16 and 19) and of their 11 losses, eight were decided by a touchdown or less.
If this were a fight, the ref would’ve stopped it by now….
There is no question as to who is the best team in Los Angeles. Provided they can stay healthy, the Chargers will make the playoffs this season. Health is always the biggest problem with this team as they have not been able to keep their starters healthy for many seasons. The Rams will be living in the NFC West cellar for yet another year, healthy or not. They simply don’t have the talent.
Los Angeles is a notorious fair weather, bandwagon-jumping city. If you win, they will come and tell you they have been a fan for years. The only question is can the Chargers keep their weapons on the field and out of the trainers’ room and if so, how many games will it take before the Los Angeles public officially adopts them?
But retire the hashtag already…
Please and thank you.
The Greg One
For a decade and a half, the San Diego Chargers and the city government have been at odds over the issue of building a new stadium. This well-documented crusade has played out in the media and tripped over it’s latest hurdle when the team was rebuffed in their bid to move to Los Angeles in February.
The Chargers have since redoubled their efforts in chasing the brass ring that is a stadium in San Diego. Fan groups mobilized and spearheaded a signature-gathering campaign to get the stadium bid placed on the November ballot and succeeded by gathering over 110,000 signatures.
Fueled by a great incoming draft class, numerous team-orchestrated player visits around the city (Thank You, San Diego) and a successful signature drive, hope and enthusiasm finally began to feel palpable in San Diego county.
Then, earlier this week, this story surfaced courtesy of discoversd.com: http://www.discoversd.com/news/2016/jun/27/seaport-village-new-arena-aeg-san-diego/
Sports real estate superpower AEG wants to privately finance and build a 18,000-seat venue to lure NHL and NBA franchises to San Diego. The video in the story says the arena is being proposed for Seaport Village.
So let me get this straight…
There is an uncivil war going on to get a stadium built for the Chargers. However, fat rats in the private sector think it would be great to build a stadium for a phantom NHL and NBA team. What part of this makes sense? We’ve all seen Field of Dreams and know they’re hearing the famous catchphrase:
If you build it they will come…
…in their sleep at night but be real for a minute. The power players in San Diego County would rather chase pie in the sky than give a first-class facility to the team that has been woven into the fabric of San Diego for 55 years. As a devoted Chargers fan who has been a true diehard from the age of 7 in North Carolina, I am appalled and embarrassed for other true Bolts fans who are watching our beloved team get pushed further and further out the door.
And for what? Basketball and hockey?!?! Football is still king in this country if the politicians have missed the memo. Is the NBA and NHL really going to come to a town that won’t even support an NFL franchise? In the NBA, 21 out of 30 teams share a city with an NFL franchise. In the NHL, of the teams not located in Canada, only three don’t share a city with an NFL franchise.
If you can’t support the biggest sport in America, what chance does another sport have? If a team does expand to San Diego it won’t be a winning franchise. Winning franchises don’t pick up and leave town. Losing franchises do.
It took three years for the Oklahoma City Thunder to become playoff contenders after they left Seattle. It took decades for the Los Angeles Clippers to become playoff contenders after they left San Diego. Those are just the two most recent examples in the NBA. Hockey? Please. Their playoffs just ended and it’s unlikely three out of every ten people walking down any street would be able to tell you who won the Stanley Cup.
To make matters worse, on Thursday the California Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling requiring a simple majority instead of two-thirds of the votes for the stadium initiative to pass. The Chargers need local support more than an NBA/NHL franchise that may not even exist yet.
These should serve as rallying points for San Diego Chargers fans to band together and point a discerning finger at the hypocritical San Diego policymakers in local government. If a stadium is going to be built, it should begin with the Chargers and filter down to the other major sports. Building an arena before you have a team is illogical and wasteful, especially with an established team waiting for that very same thing.
Who do you support? Would you rather build an arena for a future NBA/NHL franchise or build a new stadium for the Chargers? Please post your thoughts below.
The Greg One