If you haven’t read Michael Rosenberg’s article yet; you’ve gotta take a look! HEre’s a sample… “Giving L.A. a second NFL team is like giving Miami a second snowplow. Nobody asked for it, nobody wants it and nobody knows what to do with it. Spanos has said publicly that he hopes San Diegans still support their Chargers and will drive the 120 miles to L.A. You might as well ask your first wife to pay your second wife’s car payments. San Diego has too much self-respect to do that.”
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Easy Arash… “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
I’ll be honest… I used to like Arash Markazi’s reporting but he’s obviously pushing an NFL agenda with his reporting lately and it is just bad for journalism. I do finance for a living and I crunch numbers. So when paid hacks start tossing insults my city’s way without any research; I like to pull out the simplest of statistics…. especially for the slow ones. If they work for the @NFL then they are probably slow which means we should just use really simple apples to apples numbers. Let’s compare home attendance for Pittsburg and San Diego just for shits and giggles because Pittsburgh is such a grrrrreat football town grrrr and San Diego is just a bunch of fair weather beach-goers bro.
The numbers don’t lie. Even though Steeltown has had a way better team more consistently and San Diego has had to deal with the shittiest owners in the league and banana-peal shenanigans year in and year out; San Diego has sent 1,238,837 more fans through the turnstiles than the 6 Time Champions Pittsburgh Steeler Franchise in the past 12 years. I could go back further but that would be really embarrassing for the NFL and Pittsburgh and this says enough. BTW – No offense Pittsburgh; I respect the heck out of you… well I did before I crunched these numbers… Jesus; your moves are weak! I take that back… you’re shitty, fair-weather fans. Your football street-cred is officially revoked.
To be honest, San Diego was pretty consistently awesome in supporting the San Diego Chargers despite the Spanos dysfunction. They’ve insulted our icons(Seau, LT, Brees, etc.), they’ve refused to pay our best players or rookies(Harrison, Brees, Rivers, Bosa, Merrimen, etc.), and the Spanos Family refused the tax payer funded stadium we offered to build them in Mission Valley last year(2016) because they wanted it downtown. If the rest of the country knew that the NFL ripped our team after we offered to build them a stadium in Mission Valley but Dean didn’t like the location; there would be national outrage. The NFL has spent millions on keeping that quiet and trying to control the narrative. I bet the NFL’s leash gets a lot shorter with Deano when the bean-counters start crunching numbers.
Unfortunately for the NFL, they chose the wrong fan-base to bad mouth. San Diegans don’t like that shit. If you’ve never been to San Diego listen up… “Slow down, shut up, respect the locals, and leave quietly.” It is that simple… Dean Spanos chose poorly and so did the NFL and now they are reaping the whirlwind of karma. They could’ve left quietly but they chose to kick the fans while we were down. You want to take a crack at our politicians; fine… but you insulted San Diego Fans @NFL… you insulted one of your oldest and most loyal fan bases. Ya done fucked up! This is going to be a season-long dumpster fire the likes of which the league has never seen.
As you can see below; even the guy who was paid to throw San Diego under the bus doesn’t actually believe it. The national media is fucking weak-sauce! What happened to honest journalism? Fuck you National Media Dicks!
None of that matters. My point was San Diego has great fans and the Chargers didn’t move because of attendance. It was a money grab.
Feb. 6, 2017 – “Before the election, ratings for NFL games had declined 12% year-over-year, according to analysts at MoffettNathanson. And for much of the season, every NFL primetime offering — on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays — was down by double digits.”
Aug. 20, 2017 – “There were 21,000-plus for the opener vs. Seattle and up to 5,000 of them were Seahawksfans. Witnesses were unsure how many Saints fans were at Sunday night’s hardly jam-packed Exhibition No. 2, but not enough.”
Aug. 20, 2017 – “Word is the Spanoses are upset with attendance. Don’t know why. If they did research — and they hadn’t just knee-jerked themselves out of town for a money grab — they would have known.”
Let’s start off by calling a Spade a Spade. The people who run the NFL are not smart people. Most of them are trust fund kids or come from old money which means they really have no fucking clue about actual society or how to run a successful business. Do you ever wonder why these idiots make the worst football decisions? They just aren’t smart. Yes, they have a lot of money from the expansion of a game created by their intelligent predecessors, but these fucktards have an uncanny ability to make the worst social and business decisions known to man. You could not pay someone to come up with bad ideas that these guys just have in the wings waiting… every day of the week.
Now, let’s visit this whole “LA Chargers” thing. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! After a year where NFL RATINGS WERE DOWN BY DOUBLE DIGITS, these fucking morons decided to alienate an entire NFL market. The “LA Chargers” are dead to San Diego and were never alive in Los Angeles to begin with. The Spanus family can buy all of the tattoos they want, but there is no real fan support for this team in LA. There really isn’t and let’s dive in to that a bit more because these people are fucking scum.
The Spanos family and the NFL hired PR firms who employ internet trolls and companies with fake Facebook accounts. The NFL is either too stupid to realize that the Spanos family hired PR firms to alienate the San Diego fanbase or they consented. Either way, the NFL looks really bad for allowing a 56 year old franchise to move and then allowing the owner’s sons to hire internet trolls to defend it. All around, it is a terrible look for the league which many are saying is going to be a major tipping point for the NFL in the court of public opinion. Government officials are reportedly getting wary of the NFL’s antics… after all, Senators and Congress Reps have hometown loyalties too.
That old adage of, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” certainly applies here in my humble opinion. The NFL failed; not once, not twice, but three previous times in LA. It is a transplant city where people are about as loyal as your goldfish. It is not a community to build around an NFL franchise and that is why all three franchises relocated out of that city. These people really aren’t smart. This is what happens when you get a bunch of people in a room together who have no clue how the NFL or society functions effectively. It is astonishing to see the amount of hubris at work here, but this is the current fad. Calgary’s Olympic Park salutes the resources the NFL and the Spanus family have dumped in to this effort!
NOTE TO ST. LOUIS – KARMA Bitches! The reason you didn’t get to finish the debt servicing on the new stadium you lured the Rams to St. Louis with 20 years ago is because of Karma, you team stealing hacks. You should’ve gone after your original team(Cardinals) and maybe this wouldn’t have happened. At least you got a Super Bowl Ring jerks.
Now back to the idiots running this league… Did any of these rich fuckers mention “the fans” when the idea of relocation came up? No, of course not. These prissy rich kids couldn’t think their way out of a paper-bag let alone have empathetic thoughts about people in a different economic circle(You, me… aka Fans). The only thing this league thinks about under current ownership & management is, money. Cold, hard cash.
If the league was a true American pillar of society, the NFL would pay for its own stadiums and aid the communities with financing… as opposed to fleecing these cities which don’t even get the team named after them. Should we ask the cities if they like getting ZERO RECOGNITION for putting up hundreds of millions in tax dollars?
Santa Clara 49ers… Nope
New Jersey Giants… Nope
New Jersey Jets… Nope
Arlington Cowboys… Nope
Carson City Chargers… Nope
Glendale Cardinals… Nope
So after your gutless politicians fall all over themselves to give all of your tax dollars to the NFL, you don’t even get the naming rights!? How is that American? The NFL has become the modern day Big Tobacco. We know the NFL is physically dangerous but now it is fiscally dangerous(Tax Dollars) and mentally dangerous(CTE). The NFL is going to get what it deserves and is going to find out the hard way that you don’t mess with San Diegans. There’s a reason San Diego is America’s Finest City and both the NFL and the country are going to see this on display until the Spanus family is forced to sell and the bolts are returned to San Diego.
Did ANYONE in the NFL front office think about the loss of the song, “San Diego Super Chargers”? No, of course they didn’t. They’re fucking morons. The NFL lost its best song but NFL owners don’t listen to music so I guess it isn’t a surprise. I digress…
Welp, this guy is gone finally. Did a lot with a little but the team’s offensive play calling prior to this year was maddening. Spanos gets most of the blame for LA and roster Bullshit. I say stick with a Mike and get Mr. Smith out here… it’ll be easier on the players to get a coach with the same first name. 😉
So now Dean Spanos says he’s closer to moving the Chargers to Los Angeles than staying in San Diego.
Here’s a one-finger, two-letter suggestion: Go.
Move. Do it. Dare you.
It’s all so predictable, the threats, the bullying, the crying wolf. We heard them at this time last year, as NFL owner meetings and ballot deadlines were approaching. We heard it earlier this month from national media, unidentified team “sources” whispering that the Chargers have never been closer to exercising their Jan. 15 option to join the Rams and Kroenke-world in L.A. Now Spanos lets it slip Sunday that “I’m waiting for the city of San Diego,” that if it somehow doesn’t act now, if it doesn’t cook up a plan that bleeds taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars for a new stadium so he can charge higher ticket prices and get even richer, if it doesn’t accede to his demands, he’s moving.
Scout’s honor. This time he means it.
So call his bluff. See if he’s really holding that pair of aces.
See if he’s really going to be the second team in a metropolis that hasn’t embraced the first. See if he’s really going to play for a few seasons in a 25,000-seat stadium and sacrifice all that ticket revenue. See if he’s really going to rent in someone else’s palace. See if he’s really going to cultivate a whole new fan base and sign new corporate sponsors and build a new training facility. See if one of the cheapest owners in the NFL is really going to pay the $550 million relocation fee? See if he’s really going to a place where he’ll have the third most popular NFL team (behind the Rams and Raiders) while competing for market share with two NBA, two Major League Baseball and two NHL franchises along with two major colleges.
FACT: Dean has been caught submitting false Golf Scores on his score card. That’s our owner!
Above is a sample of America’s Finest City. We are the ONLY desirable American City that has offered the NFL an address within the city limits that the team actually plays in… and they scoffed at it and said, “No, we want a stadium in downtown!”
New Jersey Giants
New Jersey JETS
Santa Clara 49ers
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? New York’s stadium is not even in the same state and they’re giving San Diegans shit over a 3 mile difference.(You can still see downtown from an aerial shot… not that the country would know because the Chargers have been shitty for a long time and have been scrubbed from National Flex Games.
NFL AND SPANOS CLAN HEAR THIS – We love our Chargers but we hate your corrupt, ass-backwards, scheming ways. You did more for a vote in Carson than you did here you fucking assholes! Don’t think we didn’t notice!
“TRYING TO BUILD A STADIUM FOR 15 YEARS” – Wait one fucking minute assholes!
Only the worst business people in the world would not be able to get a stadium done in fifteen years. Think about it; you’d have to be completely inept or just fucking stupid when it comes to financing, contracts, and logistics. If you hired people to get shit done for a billion dollar enterprise and they came up with goose-eggs year in and year out; those mofo’s would not be around for year 4 because smart business people fire motherfuckers that can’t execute. That is the only job of an owner… hire people to get shit done! No championships or stadium in 15 years+ tells you all you need to know about this fucking family of idiots. They cannot get out of their own way.
And while we’re on it; The Spanos family and the NFL are fucking dubious for claiming 2006-2013(7 Years) as a period of time when they tried to build a stadium! Ever hear of the Great Recession that nearly bankrupted the ENTIRE WORLD? Nothing was built, while construction was halted across the nation and land tracks were left vacant all over the country while developers went belly up. To claim this time period as actively trying to get a stadium built is about as legitimate as Dean’s golf score card.(Yes, the dude fucking cheats at golf.)
SPANOS BAD DECISIONS CONT’D
Look at how the team has been run since they fired the guy who turned it around for them(Marty Schottenheimer)… right in to the ground! You expect these same people to be able to build a stadium? Alex Spanos has dementia and he is the one who bought the Chargers with his fortune… Not Dean(Tommy Boy) or John(Can’t sign Bosa) Spanos! If you want to blame his playoff losses on him vs. a kicker that AJ Smith drafted and single handedly cost us 3 playoff games; then you don’t know football… just like the Spanos family. Marty took this POS franchise at the time and built an annual contender… The Spanos family fired him after a 14-2 season but they maintain the course on 7-9 coaches. WHAT THE FUCK YOU DIPSHITS!?
LEAVE SPANOS! WE DARE YOU! WE FUCKING DOUBLE DARE YOU! You will fail miserably in LA like you’ve failed at evrything else and will come crawling back to San Diego like you failed in Carson. At that point you’ll take an El Cajon location and praise the fans for allowing the team back.(No offense El Cajon)
FUTURE OF TALK RADIO IN SAN DIEGO WITHOUT THE CHARGERS
While most of the media down here stumps for a new stadium blindly with no background in financing, common sense, or details; good radio hosts/journalists like @DSmithShow @ScottandBR @Hardwina @KevinAcee are telling it like it is… The Spanos Family couldn’t have handled this worse, the NFL is flat out stupid for snubbing San Diegans like it has, and they will fall on their face in LA. I have been wondering what they will do if/when the Bolts leave; I wonder if they do.
At the end of the day, I’m a Chargers fan but the NFL’s ratings are declining for a reason… MAYBE BECAUSE YOU’RE RELOCATING TEAMS OUT OF THEIR CITIES??? MAYBE BECAUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS TOLERATED? MAYBE BECAUSE FANS KNOW THE NFL IS CORRUPT AND STADIUMS ARE NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR CITIES? MAYBE BECAUSE ALL OF THE DATA PROVES THAT? MAYBE BECAUSE FANS ARE TIRED OF SEEING THEIR TEAM WIN ONLY TO HAVE IT OVERTURNED BY SOME BULLSHIT CALL THAT CAN’T BE REVIEWED… Okay; we’ll just take your word for it NFL!
Or maybe it is because the NFL is a Billionaire’s club that should pay for their own shit and American’s are hip to this in 2016?
By all means leave the best Super Bowl City in America #NFL and lose an entire reegion of fans! TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU! We told you to get the fuck out or do it the San Diego way. Clue in or fuck off because we are America’s Finest City and we don’t fucking need you!