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Carson Chargers: Do we remain fans?

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Ah, what to think about the latest drama in Charger park? Carson Chargers? Sharing a facility with the hated Raiders? It’s surreal. Imagine the likes Dan Fouts and Kenny Stabler, Junior Seau and Charles Woodson sharing a kale protein shake over a friendly game of cribbage in the shared facility.

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It’s unthinkable.

But that was then, this is now (with apologies to S.E. Hinton). It was unthinkable THEN. Now is whole different ball of synthetic leather.

The Chargers have been trying to get a stadium deal done for more than a decade. It is very difficult to blame them for a lack of patience. Making the statements they have made over the last few days represent a change to exert pressure on San Diego to get something done. Frankly, that makes sense. The Bolts have been effectively rebuffed for a long time now. It’s hard not to get that they need resolution. Blaming Mark Fabiani or anyone else is just political posturing. The city and the Chargers are in the midst of an ugly mess. Everyone wants to come out of this smelling like a rose, but the fact is they are both closer to the manure than the flower. Both the Chargers and the city of San Diego share in this duplicity. That and the bad timing of an economy that went in the same manure pile.

There is a part of me that wants to think that this is nothing more than a political maneuver to grease the skids for the 2/3 vote by San Diego taxpayers come fall; no gimme by any stretch of the imagination. But the fact remains that there exists a very real possibility that the Chargers are moving north. I am hopeful that something can be worked out to keep them here, but I certainly wouldn’t bet on it becoming reality.

What is really at stake here for many San Diegans is whether or not to remain fans. I have been a Charger fan for 45 years but it will not be an automatic or easy decision for me. Why? Because this decision is about money. My Dad always told me that if anything in life seems confusing, follow the money. The answer is almost always there to be found. No mystery there regarding the Chargers, of course it’s about money, but I have a moral problem supporting a move like this.

The Chargers will no doubt claim that they had no choice and, to be fair, it’s not like they loaded up the moving vans in the cover of night and just left town like the Irsays did with the Colts. Some would likely say that they have given a decade to find a reasonable solution to this dilemma. A decade is a long time for any decision. It sometimes seems like it takes me that long to decide whether to wear my Alworth jersey or my Fouts jersey…

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