Dave Roberts moved to San Diego in 1984 and called the city home during a baseball career that has carried him across the country. He played and coached for the Padres. He rooted for the Chargers, developing an affinity for stars like Junior Seau and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Even now, as manager of the Dodgers, he still lives in San Diego County during the off-season. So he settled on an understandable refrain Thursday morning, when the Chargers officially announced their departure from San Diego for Los Angeles. The word “disappointing” came up often as he discussed the move with The Times.
“For me, as a part of the community, for the franchise itself, it’s just very disappointing that it would have to come to this,” Roberts said in a telephone interview. “Because it seems like moving shouldn’t have been an option. But obviously the Spanos family has their reasons.”
With the Chargers relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles, it’s the end of an era for a stadium that, despite increased ridicule since it hosted its third Super Bowl in 2003, served as a second home to myself and thousands of others who’ve resided in “America’s Finest City.”
Those who weren’t raised in the seats of Qualcomm Stadium have dismissed it as an unsightly, concrete, cookie-cutter, multi-purpose venue that — without enough suites — is outdated and out-used by NFL standards.
They’re right, but let me tell you what a delight it was to wear the place out.
High school football coaches in Southern California are both optimistic but also a little skeptical about whether having the Rams and Chargers in Los Angeles will impact their programs in a positive manner.
Charles Mincy, the football coach at Dorsey and a former head coach at Inglewood, the city where the new stadium is being built to house the Rams and Chargers, said he’s taking a wait and see approach.
“It’s all based on how they handle it,” he said. “It’s based if they really reach out in the community and make an effort to do it. There’s a lot of high school programs that can use help. The inner city programs are suffering.”
The Clippers bolted for Los Angeles, and now the Chargers have followed, more than 30 years later. The Padres are the lone major sports team left in San Diego, and the only Major League Baseball team that does not have to share its market with an NFL, NBA or NHL team.
Good for the Padres? Sure.
Can the Padres leverage their status as San Diego sports monopolists into a powerhouse franchise? Probably not.
Someone had switched off the NFL game on the television in the locker room before the Lakers played the Nuggets in Ontario for a preseason game back in October.
So Lakers Coach Luke Walton resorted to the media dining area to watch his hometown San Diego Chargers play the Raiders.
“For me as a sports guy growing up there it was them or the Padres,” Walton said. “We have a loyal group of fans that were used to the tough times of trying to win, but we stuck with our team. They were a big part of growing up in San Diego.”
I was so sorry to hear the news about the loss of your NFL team. As you know, we recently lost our NFL team for about 20 years, but thankfully, the city of St. Louis saw our "Reward: Lost NFL team" poster and returned it to us.
In the meantime however, we had to learn how to cope without one. So here are some friendly tips for you.
The Chargers are leaving San Diego for Los Angeles. Owner Dean Spanos announced the decision in a letter posted on the team’s website Jan. 12. (Jan. 12, 2017)
The Chargers are headed toward Los Angeles, that much we know.
There are several things we don’t know, such as why owner Dean Spanos chose to leave what he acknowledged was a passionate fan base and head north at a relocation cost of $650 million, leaving behind not only those loyal fans but also $300 million the NFL would have paid for him to stay.
You know that kid in high school who would wait until the last minute to do a book report, and then either copy the Cliffs Notes or cut and paste his report from Wikipedia? Well, that kid grew up and apparently designs logos for the Chargers now.
As everyone on Twitter and anyone who is a Dodgers fan immediately noticed, their new logo looks suspiciously familiar.
So, since the Chargers seem intent on copying things L.A. already has, here's one word of advice: Don't sign Dieter Brock to be your quarterback.