Bolts Stadium Journey Leads to Carson

jay-paris

Swung by the hardware store and its inventory was predictable.
It was all out of gut wrenches.
Rim shot, please, and isn’t it always better to laugh than to cry?
The sun rose Friday with many predicting it has set on San Diego, regarding its beloved NFL team.
The Chargers and Raiders — sounds like a mixture of oil and water, no? — announced they’re considering building a sports Taj Mahal in Carson.
Yep, that same Carson which is hard by the 405 Freeway, with the flickering oil plants nearby.
Anyone for the Chargers switching to the Los Angeles Oilers and Oakland transforming into the Los Angeles Refineries?
More laugh lines, and you got anything better?
With the Chargers growing frustrated with San Diego’s glacier movement toward new digs, they’re looking elsewhere.
With San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer getting blind sided, he’s seeking bad guys.
But there’s enough off-the-field blame to go around, and we won’t even mention the Chargers missing the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.
Yep, Thursday arrived with the Padres’ pitchers and catchers reporting to camp and NFL stadium realities checking in at City Hall.
For Faulconer to act mad and surprised is another giggle.
If he didn’t see this coming — with the Chargers whining about Qualcomm Stadium for 13-plus years — how smart is he?
Chargers owner Dean Spanos, please understand, is a business man. He’s keen on not becoming the NFL’s Portland Trail Blazers — see Michael Jordan — and please follow along.
In 1984 Portland passed on drafting Jordan, in favor of Sam Bowie, and we know how that turned out,
Spanos could have missed a similar opportunity, although his moves have been below the rim and under the radar.
Just think if Spanos stood idle and skipped the bonanza which the L.A. market offers AND didn’t get a new stadium in San Diego.
Good luck living with that if you count dollars as much as victories.
Spanos wasn’t, and isn’t, going to do that, and we bring to you where we are today: a press conference in Carson to lift the curtain on the Chargers and Raiders returning.
But Faulconer’s mitts are all over this, too.
While other cities were getting ready to move dirt, Faulconer was stuck in the mud.
He’s been in office for nearly a year and his stadium progress consists of forming a task force which will report back in the fall.
Steady, my beating heart.
These parties had more than a decade to figure this out. But they lost clock control with Rams owner Stan Kroenke announcing in December he was building a stadium at Hollywood Park.
Away they go, and will that include the Chargers?
It says here yes, with too much money at stake and very little sizzle in San Diego to get something done.
Even if a plan was proposed, obtaining a two-thirds majority to approve it is unlikely as the Chargers and Raiders joining forces.
Maybe that’s not a good example.
Maybe, the NFL has grown too rich and greedy for San Diego’s appetite. Asking a city for an estimated $600 million, with a $2 billion deficit with its pension fund and has infrastructure needs requiring $1 billion — well, all the best.
But in every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining and if this one comes with a black hue, too, so be it.
If the Chargers move, it’s a guarantee all their games — home and away — will be on TV.
No more blackouts, but it comes with hardware stores having no more gut wrenches.
+ Contact Jay Paris at jparis@bcaradio.com

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