By JAY PARIS
Are you ready for some football?
That’s always an easy answer.
But are you ready for it to dominate a state of the city speech?
That’s the case tonight when San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer reaches the Balboa Theater stage.
The Chargers, their fans and those for and against a new stadium are eager to hear what ol’ Kev has to say.
There will also be some L.A. folks cupping their ears south, anxious for Faulconer’s remarks.
To date, Faulconer has backpedaled like a Chargers cornerback — well, maybe better than that — when the stadium issue arises.
He says all the right things about protecting the taxpayers, how important the Chargers are to the region, and what a shame it would be if they left.
I’ve yet to hear them and that makes tonight’s talk move the needle.
Maybe move isn’t the appropriate word with the Chargers.
But it’s clear the clock is ticking, with L.A. now leading S.D. in stadium proposals 3-0. …
The Padres have been quiet of late and just what’s brewing with GM A.J. Preller?
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels remains available and wouldn’t it be juicy if the kid from Rancho Bernardo, who attended Padres games at Qualcomm Stadium, came home?
Maybe, depending on the price.
But here’s a more pressing question: Hey Preller, any ideas at shortstop?
Alexi Amarista is a dynamite role player, but there are questions whether he’s built for the long haul at that demanding position.
Clint Barmes was added, but he’s more of a complementary piece than one to trot out there every day.
Many are convinced Preller will return to his Texas roots and pounce on Jurickson Profar.
But, then again, Preller might be all-too-aware of the extent of Profar’s shoulder injury.
Preller, then again, might be getting itchy after all this inactivity!
Might Mets starter Dillon Gee be headed west? …
A great special on Bruce Bochy and Tim Flannery aired on the MLB Network on Tuesday night and if it rolls around again, give it a look. Titled the “Odd Couple” the show traces their relationship back to when they were backups on the 1984 Padres World Series team.
It’s a shocking video: Bochy had dark hair and Flannery had hair! …
So, old buddy John Fox — played high school and college here and was on Chargers’ Super Bowl coaching staff — gets the heave-ho in Denver. Guess four straight AFC West titles and a 46-18 record isn’t good enough these days.
Hard to believe?
“Not for me,” ex-Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer must be saying somewhere. …
Word is that the Ferris wheel proposed next to the USS Midway would get more support if it included something else seen at carnival midways: a basketball hoop with an inviting rim. No doubt SDSU coach Steve Fisher would man the booth, hoping to find an offensive weapon when not distributing stuffed animals.
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