Like many of you, I am deeply disappointed with news of the crushing election defeat: the San Diego stadium measure failed badly. This is almost tragic. It’s kind of like Football Brexit, a sudden tear in the social fabric. Who can imagine San Diego without the Chargers? The fabled franchise history that includes Dan Fouts, Junior Seau, and now Philip Rivers will likely be brutally disrupted within a year or two. St. Louis Chargers? The London Chargers? It would be nice to keep the suddenly resurgent AFC West intact. The Portland Chargers? If Salt Lake can host the Olympics, why not the Chargers?
But do not fear, fellow citizens. Our cherished tradition of peaceful team transition from one city to another will continue. California teams, in fact, have been a shining example not just of smooth relocation but of re-relocation (the Rams are back in LA) and even un-re-relocation (the Raiders want to move again, this time to Las Vegas). Remember, people, that football is bigger than any particular team or city. Let us all come together in unity to support the relocation process. Today, Mr. Goodell, we are all Chargers fans.
Oh, and we have a new President-elect. He will take office on January 20, 2017. But the sun will still rise. Only two weeks later, the country will come together on February 5, 2017 to celebrate Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas. The two-conference system may be messy and it does not always produce the best possible Super Bowl candidate, but at the end of the day there is a winner, the coaches shake hands, and players trade jerseys. Competition can be tough, even mean, but let us praise good sportsmanship at the end of the day, in football and in politics.