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Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.: There's yet to be a final announcement, but the Chargers are pretty much set to return to Los Angeles (they played their first season there before moving to San Diego) for the 2017 season, where they will join the Rams in their new stadium as lease-paying tenants in Inglewood, expected to be completed for the 2019 season. In the meantime, the Chargers are expected to play at either the Coliseum or a 27,000 seat facility in Carson, somewhat limiting their immediate ability to cash in.

posted by LionIndex to football at 10:48 AM on January 12 - 7 comments

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THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

I don't know about the weight limit - that just means that potentially, I have a team full of Steve Atwaters and Ronnie Lotts. It's not the same thing as the constant car crash of the current linemen, but velocity is the other half of the momentum equation.

posted by LionIndex at 07:04 PM on May 03

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

ESPN does put minorities on screen and treat them as if their opinions are valid, which is something only a commie pinko would do.

posted by LionIndex at 12:22 PM on April 27

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

So you are one of the lucky few who has been to beautiful Goldfield, Nevada (pop. 268)

Aw, darn, I turned off at Lida Junction to head over to Mammoth. Even that much of the drive from Vegas, and then on to US 395, was pretty mindblowing, in large part because of how empty it was. I might have seen 10 other cars between Beatty and Big Pine. So I just saw the BFE part.

While San Diego has tried to upgrade its stadium over the years, nothing had been done for 20 years or so, and at least they hadn't gone and built an entirely new one. The Charger's old home has been around for 50 years now.

posted by LionIndex at 07:53 PM on April 05

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

But you repeat yourself.

posted by LionIndex at 09:48 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How in the world would Illinois grab Bennett when Wisconsin couldn't? I mean, aside from a giant pile of cash. Are there hot take artists even throwing that out as a possibility?

posted by LionIndex at 02:35 PM on March 16

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

This article almost perfectly encapsulates how I, and possibly quite a few other San Diegans, feel about the Chargers ownership. Every sentence feels ridiculously true.

posted by LionIndex at 11:09 AM on January 13

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

Chargers fans could tell themselves their team is still close and might flop in L.A. and come back.

I think that's the most likely scenario for San Diego to ever have an NFL team again, however unlikely it may actually be, but I think the Spanos family would have to sell the team first. I can't see the NFL expanding again unless they can add 4 teams, which would dilute the talent level a lot. (You add 4 teams to get a total of 36, realign to have 6 teams in 3 divisions in each conference; playoff format remains basically the same but with 3 wild cards instead of 2)

It might be changing, but one hallmark of sports fandom in San Diego is that the city has been largely made up of transplants who bring along their own sports allegiances for a long time - people come out for military stuff and stick around afterwards or whatever. They may follow the Chargers or Padres on radio or TV but never fully transition their allegiance to the degree that they plunk down for season tickets, and with the track record of those teams, who can really blame them? Fans of visiting teams have always been a sizeable presence at any San Diego sporting event.

posted by LionIndex at 01:42 PM on January 12

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

That'll depend pretty heavily on how much of the fan base feels alienated now, and whether that feeling sticks. I don't know that the Chargers are going to have any more success in creating a fan base in LA than the Rams have, even though the Rams had a remnant of one from when they were there previously (the Chargers' previous tenure in LA was too brief and long ago to have any impact now). Alienating fans has seemed to me like it's been the Spanos family's primary goal for over a decade now, so maybe they've already hit rock bottom, but I feel like a lot of the reasons for their desire to move to LA in the first place are just fantasies that have very little chance of actually happening. They've traded a market of 3 million where there's only one other major team in town for one that splits fan attention between 12 or so franchises and major college teams, many of which play during the football season. They've basically sacrificed a home game every year whenever the Raiders come to town. I have a really hard time seeing any benefit to the move, aside from that they're now in LA and can therefore sell the team for more money.

posted by LionIndex at 12:20 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I'm guessing penalty kicks.

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was actually a bit surprised that he actually missed a game at all, since there were ten days between the tripping incident and the next game and I'm beyond cynical about K's self-righteous bullshit.

posted by LionIndex at 07:42 PM on January 06

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

Still better owners than Spanos.

posted by LionIndex at 09:30 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't know if you can really call it a "play" but, "The Rain Delay" should probably be on a list of sports events somewhere because of its possible impact.

posted by LionIndex at 07:58 PM on January 01

Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

They also officially changed their name to North Carolina FC, which is kind of difficult to say

What if I pronounce it "cackalackyfuck"?

posted by LionIndex at 03:00 PM on December 07

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

The score is too high for basketball even. /Virginia fan

posted by LionIndex at 05:07 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Doubtful. The whole thing with moving to LA was to "protect their market", since the owners said 25% of their ticket sales go to people in LA and they didn't want to lose that and any potential market growth to a new team coming in. It was all about money, and they're not going to make more money in Mexico than they do in San Diego.

posted by LionIndex at 08:17 AM on November 10