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Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Pro teams are so good at these stadium extortion schemes I'll be surprised if L.A. gets any of these teams.

I actually wouldn't be surprised if they got the Chargers, who have been threatening to leave for LA for a looooooooong time (around ten years) and San Diego's done basically nothing about it. At this point, after poisoning the well with their moving threats and their prior lease contract with the city (where all their games were basically sellouts, with the city picking up the tab for any unsold tickets while the team went 1-15) the owners don't really have the backing of the public. San Diego's most recent response was to put together a committee to try to find a site for a new stadium, which in SD terms means they're not doing anything, just punting the issue down the road for the next administration to handle. There's just not any kind of political will for a stadium and SD politicians are too cowardly to really make a move one way or the other, so unless there's a way to get one built with public money without having it go to an election referendum it's not going to happen.

posted by LionIndex at 07:16 PM on February 20

James Shields Signs with San Diego Padres

I don't know that "playoff-caliber" would necessarily be in the cards for the Pads anyway, but I'd think they're starting with "hey let's not be the historically worst hitting team ever" and "hey let's try to actually sell some tickets" first. Given the Padre's recent history with free agent signings, I'm really giving them the side-eye myself and not expecting things to go well, but I can't remember a time since the turn of the millennium where there's ever been a national new story about "Padres sign _______" and here we're talking about third one this offseason.

It would be nice if all this was accompanied by actually trying to draft good players and then actually sign those good players, but that may still be too much to hope for.

posted by LionIndex at 01:09 PM on February 09

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

everyone in the room in the Seattle home I was in

I'm in Wisconsin, and when Seattle went up near the end of regulation, there were screams from surrounding houses as if someone was being violently murdered.

posted by LionIndex at 07:28 PM on January 19

High school coach suspended after basketball team wins by 159 points.

I think there's a point where standing around on the court doing nothing is as disrespectful as running up the score. They were ahead by so much at halftime I'd almost bet the losing team wouldn't be able to catch up even if the winning team just handed them the ball every time they got it and didn't defend at all. If you were on that losing team, is that how you'd want the game to be played, being treated like a bunch of preschoolers? Or would you actually want to play basketball? I don't even know how you're supposed to display sportsmanship when your winning basket is your first one.

posted by LionIndex at 06:41 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 4
New England by 16
Most Points: New England
Most Passing: Brady
Most Rushing: Russel Wilson
Most Receiving: Randall Cobb

posted by LionIndex at 09:18 AM on January 17

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

So it doesn't diminish the achievement in the least, particularly since a free solo of this particular climb is widely regarded as impossible.

I haven't seen anything confirming it for sure, but I think the route is probably bolted. If there was some way to clear the ropes from behind yourself or if you had a 2000 foot rope you could do it by yourself.

posted by LionIndex at 08:44 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

New England by 12

Seattle by 16

Dallas by 7

Denver by 7

Most points: New England

Rushing: CJ Anderson

Sack: Von Miller

GB Temp: 18 (a warming trend!)

posted by LionIndex at 11:43 AM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Carolina by 4
Pittsburgh by 10
Dallas by 8
Cincinnati by 4

Most points: Pittsburgh
Most passing yards: Romo
Interception: Rashad Johnson

posted by LionIndex at 12:53 PM on January 03

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I grew up in San Diego, and actually just moved away at the end of this summer. I don't know if I'll ever lose a soft spot for the Chargers or Padres, but the Chargers may certainly test that if they decide to exercise their termination clause and move away some year. The owners are already such punks (although nowhere near Snyder or Sterling) that it's a bit difficult.

Growing up in San Diego, you pretty much learn to hate every team in every sport from LA, so I never got into hockey or pro basketball (the Clippers moved when I was quite young). Now that I'm living in western Wisconsin, there's a growing affinity for the Wild, and they must put some kind of Packer stuff in the water. But, I don't think any football fan from anywhere outside of the NFC North can really hate the Packers. I still don't really feel like following pro basketball, although I check the Cavs box scores every once in a while just to see how Joe Harris is doing.

posted by LionIndex at 08:10 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Guessing you have no aspirations of becoming a Yankee executive.

That was actually kind of my reaction to the trade - that it seemed like a really Yankee move. But, at least they're getting help with the salary for Kemp and they didn't have to give up anything too valuable.

posted by LionIndex at 02:26 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, but we already have Carlos Quentin.

I'd rather us just actually draft good players and develop them instead of gambling on vets where you keep your fingers crossed that they're going to be able to play. This just seems like a continuation of the policies Jonah Keri wrote about earlier this year.

posted by LionIndex at 08:23 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know that I really want Matt Kemp on the Padres, but Grandal hasn't seemed to be incredibly awesome since getting busted for PEDs, so...

posted by LionIndex at 01:33 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The league needs to tell the Chargeros

Oye, pinche guey, se llaman Los Cargadores.

posted by LionIndex at 08:47 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! I was just pulling that out of my ass, but I was actually right. I'll have to mention those stats like they mean something sometime.

posted by LionIndex at 06:17 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think Hoffy was especially bad in games played in Arizona under a waxing moon and where his brother was a base coach.

**waits**

posted by LionIndex at 08:29 PM on October 17