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Tickets purchased through this partnership will reportedly be donated to youth through the Chargers’ relationships with STAR/PAL, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Jackie Robinson YMCA as well as the Armed Services YMCA in support of our veterans and active-duty service men and women.
“We’re grateful for the support from our corporate partners,” said Chargers Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer A.G. Spanos. “Their support is making it possible for families from our local military bases to enjoy a great experience at the game Sunday. Their actions are also making it possible for everyone at home to see the team play.”
Spanos is being kind. What he should have said is, "What the hell is wrong with you San Diego sports fans? Where are you?"
This near-miss just once again illustrates that San Diego has the worst football fans in the country.
Don't get me wrong. I know there are some very loyal and passionate Charger fans out there like me. You diehards know who you are. You are exempt from this diatribe. But overall, this town's lack of support for this football team is a bad joke. It's pathetic.
The Chargers are currently in first place. They beat the world champion Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago and then soundly defeated a very good Buffalo Bills team on the road. And yet they still can't sell out a home game without a major corporate buy-in?
The Chargers' football home, Qualcomm Stadium, is old, sure, but it works just fine, folks. I actually still love the atmosphere at the Q on Sunday afternoons. That is, when the local fans show up. Sometimes, they are outnumbered by opposing fans. There is nothing more annoying than that.
The argument about the in-stadium experience not being as good as the in-home one is nonsense. The biggest, clearest HD television in the coziest living room in San Diego County does not compare with seeing a football game in person, especially in beautiful, almost always sunny San Diego.
Any football fan worth his salt knows that. And for what it's worth, San Diego's ticket prices are in the lower third of all teams in the National Football League.
The atmosphere at the game here against the Seahawks was absolutely off the charts. Of course, there were far too many Seahawks fans in attendance, and it was hotter than hell, but the Q was rocking. And no one seemed to give a crap that the stadium was old. The place was energized.
As for the fact that the Bolts have a lousy opponent on Sunday... who cares? It'll be even more entertaining seeing this offense go off and perhaps crush the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
San Diego is one of the very few NFL teams in the nation that has blackouts. The Chargers had the first blackout last season, and the team was still in the playoff hunt. That was outrageous. Also last year, ESPN scrambled to come up with the cash to prevent the first Monday Night Football blackout since 1999 when the Colts came to San Diego.
It was an embarrassment. The Chargers beat the Colts in that game, by the way.
Should Chargers' ownership use the 85 percent capacity rule, which would allow for the lifting of the blackout if 85 percent of the tickets are sold? Yes. Sure. But even that could not change the harsh truth: San Diego sports fans are the worst. They are the ficklest of the bunch. Yes, they love the San Diego State University Aztecs basketball team now. But that's only because they are a West Coast dynasty.
I personally had season tickets to the Aztecs when no one went to their games. And I had season tickets to the Chargers for more than 20 years and never missed a single game, even during my cancer treatment. There are lots of fans like me. But not enough.
San Diego fans overall are just not as loyal or as passionate as fans in most other NFL cities I have visited. Not even close. Too many folks are from somewhere else and they do not let go of their old attachments. And, I suppose, there are so many other things to do on a Sunday afternoon. That is of course the nature of Southern California.
Yeah, we have an old stadium, but that isn't really the problem. It's the people who don't fill it. They are the problem. Are the San Diego Chargers' fans the worst in the nation? In a word: yes.