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November 11, 2005

NFL to return to LA...sometime...somewhere...somehow...: And in other news....I agreed to buy my wife a new Lexus, some 4 karat diamond earings, and a new beach house...sometime...somewhere...someday... Seems this story is kinda missing something...like DETAILS!!!!!

posted by sinisterfoot to football at 07:44 AM - 44 comments

The fellas on the radio this morning made a good point on this... This annoucement wasn't made for the benefit of LA, but for the benefit of owners in Minnesota, Jacksonville, and New Orleans. Those franchises are looking for new stadium deals and now they have LA as a bargaining chip.

posted by 86 at 08:08 AM on November 11

Will they expand or move an already existing franchise?

posted by HATER 187 at 08:08 AM on November 11

I'd like to hear what LA sports fans think about this. Does anyone really care?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 08:23 AM on November 11

Jacksonville is looking to build a new stadium already?

posted by NoMich at 08:33 AM on November 11

Basically, what 86 said - one franchise is moving - it's just a matter of who, whether it's the Vikings, Saints, or Jaguars. Paul Tagliabue wants a franchise in LA really bad, cause the NFL are the only major sport without one there. Personally, I think there should be contaction in all the major sports.

posted by The Gangstinator at 08:41 AM on November 11

Personally - I would like to see a combo of ALL sports combined...Now THERE is an idea....Ice Hockey-base-ket-foot ball....with MINE FIELDS AND EXPLODING UMPIRES..... OK sorry...off topic there...but, shouldn't news stories contain some actual story? Who DOESN'T know the NFL wants a team in LA??? He has practically TATTOOED it on his forhead for the last three years now...but no one comes close to a package that will please him (See TEXANS deal...$1B)...seems to me without a BILLION dollar package, it is all fluff....

posted by sinisterfoot at 08:51 AM on November 11

They would have to have a dome stadium. The celebs and porn stars and whoever else lives out there would not want to get hot, or cold, or have their hair blow around during a game. I would love to see 80,000 people looking around for celebs and not wathcing the game. I smell true fan base.

posted by Turbo at 09:25 AM on November 11

Hell with L.A. They have car chases televised, they dont need no stinking football!

posted by Sasquatch12154 at 10:40 AM on November 11

Hey not everyone in LA are FOO FOO's some of real people would love to see some football, without always having to travel across the moon. Come on now we have all theese other teams in sports, and its pretty dumb looking LA doesnt have a football team, TRUE the ding dongs couldnt hold onto or support the 2 they had. But I'm hopeful and wishing for a team. This mom of 2 boys that arent foo foos or freaks here in Southern California would enjoy time at the game with the boys.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 11:17 AM on November 11

If the Saints finish with the worst record this year and take Matt Leinart with the first pick of the draft, my guess is there will be a huge push to allow them to move to LA. By all accounts Leinart is already one of the biggest stars out there (certainly in the sporting world but even probably in the greater celbrity world as well), so it would be a perfect fit.

posted by holden at 12:21 PM on November 11

San Diego already tried, and the Spanos want a new stadium, badly, but the City is bankrupt. I love the Chargers, wherever they play, and I hope they play in LA, because the city can't afford them.

posted by Two Buck Chuck at 01:44 PM on November 11

All of the eastern provential nuts have crawled from under their rocks and slammed southern California. We dont need your spoiled, overpaid low mentality, gun-toting jocks out here. And don't confuse us with northern California!

posted by Joe Veltri at 01:46 PM on November 11

All of the eastern provential nuts have crawled from under their rocks and slammed southern California. We dont need your spoiled, overpaid low mentality, gun-toting jocks out here. And don't confuse us with northern California! I can't wait for everything west of the San Andreas fault to fall into the Pacific.

posted by HATER 187 at 02:00 PM on November 11

You feel something shaking? Keep your fingers crossed.

posted by willthrill72 at 02:02 PM on November 11

mom of 2 boys that arent foo foos or freaks here in Southern California Thanks for all the wonderful stereotypes. This foo foo freak avacado-eating Hollywood phony would also like a football team I can support in between bouts in rehab.

posted by drjimmy11 at 02:08 PM on November 11

But jimmy, how will you cheer with your face paralyzed by botox?

posted by cl at 02:20 PM on November 11

Avacodo-eating freak, this wasnt a personal attack on LA people, I live here in Southern California also and was making a point for people not to sterotype, we have real football fans here in Southern California, I get dirt under my nails, work a real job and even know what a touch down is, just making a comment to loving the game and would love to not have to always travel to enjoy the game with the boys.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 02:20 PM on November 11

I'm not a fan of L.A. (the city) neither. Frankly, I'm with the Arizona Bay crowd. But it is a little odd that the Los Angeles area allegedly can't support an NFL team. The city can support two NHL teams, fergodsake. There should be no problem with football. Is it that they'd play in the Coliseum, which seats 347,000 people and so it always looks half-full (or half-empty, whichever)? I don't know. Regardless, getting a team back to the area is inevitable, and I look forward to cheering lustily against them every week. Just let it be someone other than that carpetbagging fucker Tom Benson who's rewarded with such a lucrative market.

posted by chicobangs at 02:33 PM on November 11

They had two teams already, why should they be given a chance to fuck it up a third time.

posted by HATER 187 at 02:48 PM on November 11

Ok, Hater187 you have a good point, however there are still some real serious football fans here. And we do have the facilities why not give a team a chance here, maybe just part of the scew up here was the teams, dunno. It might go well this time and may have better support, stranger things have happened.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 02:56 PM on November 11

The provencials are wrong again it was three (3) teams. 1. Georgina Frontiere (Rams). 2. Nick Hilton (Chargers). 3. Al Davis (Raiders). These are the people that took our $ and fled. I hope they never return!

posted by Joe Veltri at 03:09 PM on November 11

there are still some real serious football fans here... we do have the facilities why not give a team a chance here Why should LA get a third chance, why not go somewhere new like Portland or San Antonio? San Antonio sure put out the welcome mat for the Saints in their time of need, have done well supporting the Spurs and have no major college football team to compete against.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:14 PM on November 11

Your right, San Antonio did a great job!! No dought there. And I would still travel there also. And your also correct our college teams get alot of support also, Im not saying Southern California deserves anything, I would just love to have a team here again, its a personal feeling. And Im sure there is more deserving cities for a team. Just here anywhere in Southern California would be nice, heck im still 60 miles south of LA. Trust me going into the city isnt a picnic. Dang a 60 mile trip can take up to 4 hours.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 03:28 PM on November 11

If we got Jessica Simpson to sing the national anthem topless, you all would be changing your tune.

posted by Desert Dog at 03:33 PM on November 11

Dang a 60 mile trip can take up to 4 hours. If you drive like my grandma it does. Billysaysthis I agree try out a new market. The NHL gambled in SoCal and it payed off big time. San Antonio is read, willing and able. Also the NFL is the only one of the "Big" without a team in the great country of Canada. I don't know open our friends up north would be to this but it sounds better than trying an already failed market again.

posted by HATER 187 at 03:39 PM on November 11

The NFL won't expand into Canada as long as the CFL is still in operation. I believe an agreement was signed to that effect a few years ago. (Although Toronto would crap their collective civic undershorts at the idea.) Let's take stock. Tagliabue has committed doing whatever he can to keep the Saints in New Orleans, and for a team to be moved to LA. The two teams that are having stadium issues right now (I got this from ESPN, for what that's worth) are Jacksonville and Minnesota. (The Cardinals are stable with the stadium and have a cheap situation, but they're drawing flies.) Those are your front runners for movement. Anyone wanna set up a pool?

posted by chicobangs at 03:56 PM on November 11

HATER187 I said it CAN TAKE UP TO 4 hours, try our freeways sometime.Trust me no grandma driving here, no one in my family knows the meaning of slow, total racing family here, so if you wanta talk about speed your in my stadium.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 03:58 PM on November 11

Hmmmmmmmm, Minnesota, lets see the last sport team from there that came to LA is still here, would that be the LAKERS?

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 04:01 PM on November 11

If we got Jessica Simpson to sing the national anthem topless, you all would be changing your tune. Only if she rips her shirt open to "the bombs bursting in air!"

posted by cl at 04:18 PM on November 11

It's clear bensen wanted to move the saints to san antonio. The NFL just nixed that idea. My hunch is that the NFL buys him out at a fair price. Then turns around to sell the team to a LA buyer. It's also clear that NO can no longer support the team. I have never seen death valley in baton rouge so empty then last week when saints played the bears.

posted by whodat at 04:22 PM on November 11

cl, she's already topless, LOL

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 04:24 PM on November 11

i hope the chargers go to LA lets keep the team in Cali i wouldnt mind if the jacksonville jaguars left i think it was worst town for superbowl thier stadium is too small

posted by defrag3x at 04:38 PM on November 11

Transplanted from STL to LA I love that the Rams moved because I now have a football team. I would now like to see the NFL Cardinals complete the circle by moving to LA from Arizona/St. Louis but without the greedy and too-tight Bidwell. I would be in heaven with two teams! As for what LA can and can't support, when you see a line in LA you get in it.

posted by STLCardinalfan at 05:06 PM on November 11

Driving in LA? We change flats at 55mph. NFL to Canada? I think Canada's closed...

posted by STLCardinalfan at 05:10 PM on November 11

I live in Los Angeles and have lived my entire life. I trust Tagliabue, I don't believe he's a hood. I believe that the City can support the team. I say this because we have the Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Lakers, and Clippers. I think that'll make NFL feasible. Also, please do not make fun of earthquakes because they are a serious matter. I survived the Northridge Earthquake, it was an extremely unpleasant experience. The Stadium will be the Coliseum, 63K seats, no roof, all grass, hopefully not too many celebs either. There are many people like me in this city who have disassociated themselves with car chases, and Jessica Simpson, and want the NFL and will support it. In closing, let me speculate on the teams. First, we must keep in mind that the City might get two teams. Also, there will probably never be a 33rd team. The candidates are probably Minneosta and Jacksonville. Culpepper and Leftwich could both be stars in this city. The wild cards are the Saints and Chargers. The Saints will need Leinart to make the run to L.A. The Chargers need a lot of luck. Under any circumstance, let us watch these two teams because they are on the fast track to relocation. I can particularly see the Jaguars situation escalate. In closing, I want to mention to all the people out there how beautiful I think Exposition Park is. Exposition Park is the part of Los Angeles that houses USC and the Coliseum. It is a truly beautiful area. Many tourist attractions. Exposition Park is in South Central, in Jefferson to be exact. I trult will enjoy going to Exposition Park every other Sunday. If you visit Exposition Park, be sure to visit the IMAX theater, the California Science Center, the parks, and botanical gardens, including the few museums it has. Also, be sure to visit the Coliseum.

posted by Joe88 at 07:52 PM on November 11

BTW, about the traffic. I am 35 miles from Expossition Park, and it is a 45 minute ride by car. There are also public transportation alternatives, which include three buses and a subway. It shouldn;t take much longer to get there.

posted by Joe88 at 07:54 PM on November 11

Tagliabue just keep kissing the LA LA Land Ass. You're a loser with no respect and the NFL'S Bitch.

posted by Richard j Garcia at 08:01 PM on November 11

Tagliabue might be a bitch and all but the fact remains that this market is a lot more than the Hollwoodification that is depicted on tv. If you want to argue that this region won't or can't support an NFL team, go ahead, but all of you that are ripping on the people here are way off-base. The LA television market consists of at least 5 large counties, either in whole or in part. The segment of our population that some posters have so cleverly mocked is almost as small as the intellect of those who assume that it is even the tiniest bit representative of the whole. As a native southern Californian I can't stand how our region is portrayed, southern California is not Hollywood. When Nascar races at California Speedway the coverage includes shots of the beach and the Hollywood sign, which are not that close to Ontario, CA. "Hollywood" people wouldn't appreciate the implication either, I'm sure. The commentators are insulting to those of us that live here, often referring to our home as the land of fruits and nuts, so I understand where some of you get your opinions, but nobody mentions how so many fruits and nuts come here because the wonderful citizens of their hometowns make life too unliveable to stay put. Damn, when was the last time someone wished your home, (where you grew up, got married, had kids, etc.) would fall of the face of the Earth? Sorry about the rant but come on people...football.

posted by captaincavegirl at 09:14 PM on November 11

I trust Tagliabue, I don't believe he's a hood. That is the safest branch anyone has ever climbed out on in this forest.

posted by yerfatma at 10:34 PM on November 11

He may not be a hood. But is the money that powers his machine hood money???

posted by palange51 at 12:16 AM on November 12

Damn, when was the last time someone wished your home, (where you grew up, got married, had kids, etc.) would fall of the face of the Earth? I live in New York City. People pray for our extinction every three and a half minutes. And unlike LA, people sometimes try to actually wipe this town out, with varying degrees of success. Suck it up, Angelenos. Being hated is a sign you're doing something right.

posted by chicobangs at 03:23 AM on November 12

I think they should put a team in Buffalo

posted by yankee0758 at 06:38 AM on November 12

I think they should put a team in Buffalo

posted by yankee0758 at 07:12 AM on November 12

A city so nice they named it once.

posted by yerfatma at 08:52 AM on November 12

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