I’ll be the first to say it: The turn out of fans this past Sunday for the Chargers vs. Raiders game was embarrassing.
It was disgusting to be completely honest. The Q was completely taken over by Raiders fans. My question is, why is the blame being put on Chargers fans? I have so many friends laughing to my face about the Chargers fan base and how sad we are as fans to let a rival team take over our stadium.
But if you aren’t a Chargers fan, you won’t understand. You won’t understand that we are on the verge of being stripped of the heart and soul of this city by one of the cheapest owners in the NFL. You won’t understand that there is no lead the Chargers can’t blow in the second half. You won’t understand that I sit on my couch and call out 90 percent of the plays before they are run. You won’t understand that we have a GM who says he has complete confidence in a HC who has lost 24 of 34 games, including 16 of 19 divisional games. You won’t understand that Chargers fans are finally fed up.
Dec 4, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy reacts during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
To understand why a rival team took over the Q, first you have to realize that this is San Diego, CA. This is a destination where people move to, not from. By that I mean people choose San Diego as a destination people move into, not out of.
You don’t hear people say, “Hey! Let’s move from San Diego to Cleveland!” (no disrespect to Cleveland). People from all over America move from their respected areas and relocate to San Diego for numerous reasons: Our beaches, weather, women and overall the amenities this city offers to be crowned “America’s Finest City.”
I don’t want to sound like a snub because I mean no harm, but living here my whole life, I have met just as many people that moved here than were born here. The football fans who relocate here bring their own allegiances with them, that includes Raiders fans. I am not blaming the turn out this past Sunday on relocation because Raiders fans come from both L.A. and Oakland, which isn’t a far travel at all; but the overall stadium turnouts has something to do with this and needs to be put out there.
What do I think happened on Sunday? As far as the turn out, what I saw was a fan base that is completely fed up with this whole organization from top to bottom, and wants it to be known. I have been to 3 home games this year, and traveled to Atlanta to watch our boys and I did not show up last Sunday. I also sat through the 33-3 rout last year at home to the chiefs from start to finish. I don’t think my loyalty should ever be questioned but I didn’t show up because it wasn’t worth it. Flat out truth. I wanted to go, looked up tickets starting at $165, and just laughed. What a complete joke. Let me get this straight…you want me to pay at least $165 dollars to watch a team that can’t finish a whole game? A team that is repeatedly out coached in the second half and crumbles when the pressure is on. A team where the owner says he is already half way out the door to L.A. Are you kidding me? I support this team no matter what, but I won’t be taken advantage of. The product that has been on the field the past few years isn’t worth a $50 dollar ticket, and that’s the truth. I work hard for my money and I spend it on tickets, merchandise, and most importantly I spend my time and energy on this team but what do I get in return? I get another top 10 draft pick and another owner saying he is moving the team.
Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans celebrate after free safety Reggie Nelson (not pictured) intercepted a pass to seal the 19-16 win over the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Don’t blame the fans for not filling up the stadium, blame the owners for not giving the fans a product worth the time or money to come fill the stadium. I don’t buy a product I don’t like, I don’t tip a waiter that gives bad service and I won’t support a team that doesn’t care to win.
The amount of Raiders fans in our stadium is a reflection of the owners of this team, not the loyalty of the fan base. Supporting this team in its current state is sending a false message to this whole organization. It shows that we accept a losing team. It shows that no matter how much displeasure the fans voice, you can’t ignore us and expect us to spend our money.
Our money and time isn’t unconditional. To Dean Spanos, to all the coaches, to the players, as Chargers fans we don’t support it. It’s not all good. We deserve to win because we pay for it. Chargers fans sent a message to the organization on Sunday. We won’t support you guys if you don’t care about winning for us.
So to the outsiders looking in, don’t blame us fans for the turnout. We have reached a breaking point with this team. We have been completely disrespected for too long, and it’s time to make it known. Spanos, you want fans in the stands, you want 50 percent or more for your proposition, then WIN! Winning solves all!