So if you’re new to America or the NFL, here’s a quick recap. The NFL developed a vastly popular sport that is arguably the most popular sport outside of the other “football” around the world. Around the turn of the century, wealthy people who loved sports began selling their football teams to “Robber Barons” as the sports landscape become more of a business / political landscape.
Wealthy people are wealthy for a reason. They generally like to spend other people’s money rather than their own. Someone in the NFL discovered they could get public tax dollars to pay for their new stadiums rather than spend their own money to build them. The NFL then went on 21st Century Campaign to trash fans and disparage municipalities who dared to say that this money was actually for Firefighters, Police Officers, Teachers, Roads, and other municipal services. Gawd forbid a billionaire actually pay for their own shit.
The Chargers were in San Diego for 56 Years. Before the NFL fucked up and moved one of their most established franchises to fucking Carson… San Diego had put 1.6 MILLION MORE FANS THROUGH THE TURNSTILES THAN PITTSBURGH. Keep in mind that “Steeltown” went to TWO SUPER BOWLS and won one over that same ten year time period… San Diego had the Spanos family and Norv Turner.
We all knew The Chargers in Los Angeles would never work. Not sure why the NFL, Arash Markazi, or any Twitter Trolls thought gaslighting the country would actually work, but it hasn’t and won’t… ever. LA didn’t want the Chargers then and they still don’t! Now they are talking about moving to London. It’s a fucking laughable story… mainly because everyone outside of the owners table knew this would unfold exactly as it has. But the recent Bolts to London story is a priceless pie to Spanos’ face!
As a born & raised San Diegan, my loyalty is not for sale. I am still a football fan, but I am currently an NFL nomad with no home team. My gear is the sickest around and I spent a sizeable amount of time and money collecting my shit so burning was not an option.
I have coordinated uniforms for entire divisions of safety services here in San Diego and with the amount of props I received last year; this was a no-brainer. I get stopped everywhere asking where they can get this gear. Well, now it is available @ www.RIPsandiegochargers.com
My team was ripped from my hometown by some cheap-ass carpetbaggers looking to make a quick buck, but they can’t steal my San Diego pride!
STAY CLASSY LOS ANGELES CHARGERS! It has been reported & documented that John & AG Spanos have hired several “Troll Banks” in Tijuana to try and sway public opinion in favor of the LA Chargers. It worked for the GOP, why not the Chargers?
The #NFL is apparently okay with this since it has allowed the LA Chargers to antagonize its fan-base of 56 years and this is what they are paying for! I doubt the @NFL even knows what this Dipshit Ownership Group is doing but I’m sure they will learn about it like they did with Ray Rice. Shit is serious and not okay!
Because Black players rather spend there money on looks and shoes rather than donating to a cause like Chris Long did#smh
I give the Spanos lots of “Prick Points” on this endeavor! “Prick Points” are mythical points you earn for being a complete and utter Douche-bag. Not only did they hire truly pathetic and offensive #NFL trolls to attack San Diego fans on Twitter & Facebook; they doubled down and hired racists and antisemites!
It is one thing to troll your fans and try to sway public opinion, but the fact that the #NFL and #Twitter do not have their own police force regulating this “hate-speech” and “paid advertising without disclosure” is really alarming.
Hey 97% of Blacks killed are by other Blacks. 70% are fatherless and 50% of Black women have Herpes. All true facts not being addressed.
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…
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.