San Diego prepares for the return of Drew Brees

San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass to Lorenzo Neal (41) during the third quarter of the Chargers' 17-6 win over the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday October 24, 2004. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

AUDIO: Stephen Cooper “People Try To Compare Rivers & Brees, There’s No Comparison”
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VIDEO: Darren & Marty On A Must-Win Game For The Chargers & The Crucial Stretch Ahead
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AUDIO: Kevin Acee: “This Is The Kind Of Defense That Rivers Can Tear Up”
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Spanos: Mission Valley not an option for new stadium
Spanos, however, said eliminating Mission Valley from the equation doesn’t make it certain the team will move to Los Angeles if Measure C falls short of the required two-thirds approval, which is likely based on recent polling.

That leaves open the possibility the Chargers would take another shot at downtown if Measure C fails, or the team could explore other potential sites in the city or county.

Spanos said how close Measure C comes to passing could play a role in his decision.

“I think percentage tells me a lot,” he said. “If we only get 30 or 35 percent that tells you one thing. If we get 60 percent that tells you something else. I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen on Nov. 8.”

How the Spanos Family Built a Fortune Selling Bologna Sandwiches to Mexican Farmworkers – Voice of San Diego
The Spanos family, which owns the Chargers, is worth $2.4 billion. As the team asks the public to help fund a new stadium, many have wondered where the Spanos family fortune came from. For Alex Spanos, it started with bologna sandwiches and Mexican farmworkers. The family has long faced questions, in fact, of whether Spanos helped exploit farmworkers in the notorious Bracero program that started nearly 70 years ago.

VIDEO: Dick Enberg Reflects On His Illustrious Career & Retirement
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Report: J.J. Watt has back surgery, likely out for season – Sports Illustrated
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is expected to miss the rest of the season after having back surgery, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The Texans placed defensive end Watt on the injured reserve list on Wednesday. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that Watt had re-injured his back and was expected to miss extended time and possibly the entire season.

Watt is eligible to return to practice after six weeks on IR and can return to games after eight weeks, but the outlook has worsened over the course of the week.

Cardinals-Reds game ends in controversial walk-off after umps leave field – For The Win
The St. Louis Cardinals got a much-needed win vs. the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The Cardinals now trail the Giants by one game in the NL Wild Card race. But the final play of the Cards’ win has many fans and reporters scratching their heads.

Cubs-Pirates ends in first MLB tie since 2005 – USA Today
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PODCAST: FIFA 17 Rocks And Chelsea Sucks
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New Tailgate Style – The MMQB
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Tom Brady, Williams sisters among 23 celebrity investors in UFC – Sports Illustrated
Nearly two dozen celebrities, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, along with tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are new investors in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, WME-IMG announced.

WME-IMG is the majority owner of the UFC since buying the property for $4 billion in July.

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