Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles is just hours away from kicking off. This will be the Patriots 10th appearance in the big game.
For many fans, this has become a game of “root for whoever is playing against New England”. Philadelphia has likely acquired many new fans who will root for the Eagles for one game.
It’s easy to root against the Patriots if you’re not from the New England area or one of those fans that just likes Tom Brady. They’re always in the discussion and during this past week leading up to the Super Bowl, the argument is being made that it’s the greatest dynasty in sports entertainment, perhaps even better than Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.
It must be fun to be a Patriots fan, but there are still several teams that haven’t won a single Super Bowl (the Eagles being one of them) and some teams that have yet to even play in one.
For fans of the Los Angeles Chargers, the wait has been long and agonizing. Of course, many of the fans that used to follow the team religiously when it was in San Diego cut ties with the franchise following the move to L.A. At the same time, many other fans from all over the country are Chargers fans as the team has had players such as Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates and Junior Seau.
Those players are all easy to like and have helped the team build a fanbase despite it being moved from San Diego to Los Angeles.
So when will it happen? When will the big stage of the Super Bowl feature the Chargers? How much longer are those fans going to have to wait for the team to hold up the Lombardi Trophy for the first time?
Let’s take a trip down memory road and then try to prognosticate when this idea could play itself out.