Opinion: It maybe be 4th and 29 but the clock has not gone to zero

Hey Chargers fans, the season is almost upon us and since Save Our Bolts was born as last season ended we are starting to think about how we are going to handle what the pessimists think will be the last season of Chargers football in San Diego. From the outside looking in, it looks dire I know, but it’s time to re-focus, lift our chins up and tackle this 2015 season together.

 

I admit like many you that every time Mark Fabiani opens his mouth I tend to get angry. I don’t dislike the man or think he is the devil like many. I understand where he is coming from. He has to poison the well here in San Diego or the NFL by-laws prevent them even considering LA. The reality is with everything the city has done it should be case closed, bolts stay put.  It seems like lately every time he opens his mouth or uses any kind of effort it is in an effort to get the team to LA.  It is easy to get angry and frustrated but I am asking you to bury those feelings.

I have a good reason too. I know the last town hall meeting in Carson was pretty laughable, I mean Little Caesars had a larger presence than LA Chargers fans or officials from the Chargers “partner” in the Raiders. It is hard to take anything serious that happened during that Raiders rally but consider this…. Fred Roggin, an LA based sports radio host and longtime sports anchor had a message for the Save Our Bolts supporters in the room. I am paraphrasing but basically he talked about losing the NFL in 1994. He said the LA fans were angry at the greed of the two teams and had a “fine just go already attitude.” A year later they started to feel it….The remorse and emptiness in the community.

We have to fight against the apathy. Our own local Sports radio host Scott Kaplan of the Mighty 1090 made a excellent point this last week. The only thing in our control is proving the market. As fans watching a billion dollar project be debated often feel helpless but we are not.

Smartly the City of San Diego and Mayor Falcouner have called upon the NFL to follow their own by-laws and force the team back to the table. The most important thing we can do is prove what an important market we are. I find it hard to believe we have to prove that the 8th largest market in the country is important to the NFL.

The reality is we have too. I understand why many of you don’t want to give the Spanos family any more of your hard earned money when the threat of LA looms. Many of you have been loyal to the blue and gold for many years before the Spanos family bought the team. You stayed during the Leaf era, 1-15 seasons and watched the franchise fan favorite after favorite leave for another team. Through it all you stayed loyal.

It seems pretty clear that Philip Rivers is returning that loyalty. That is the bottom line the team on the field are showing their loyalty. That should not waiver right now. Part of proving the market is creating a play-off atmosphere for the fans from day one of training…..If there was ever a season when we needed to fill the stadium and buy tickets it is this year. Refusing to go to games doesn’t affect the team money wise, the TV money is so extreme that doesn’t matter. Perception in the eyes of the NFL does matter. Empty seats at the Q doesn’t hurt Dean, it hurts San Diego and our ability to keep the bolts.

We at Save Our Bolts have put a lot of thought and discussion into how we handle the upcoming training camp, fan fest, pre-season and regular season.  We hope that YOU will come to training camp. It would be amazing to set records for attendance. Wouldn’t it be great if the Mayor could point to record numbers in attendance at camp, ticket sales, etc. Best of all, training camp is free folks – a chance to see live practice many player autograph for kids. It only takes effort. Be there.

As important as we think it is for you to show up for training camp we are not asking you to rally. We want you to respect that our boys are there to work. Be quiet and respectful during practice. When the last open practice at fan fest ends we ask you to stay in the Q to raise our voices together.

That said wear your Save Our Bolts shirts, Make Save our Bolts signs and bring them to camp. We will make sure that we re-post any pictures with #saveourbolts #listenNFL

I know it is hard sometimes to keep the faith, but remember if the team’s agenda is to move to LA giving up as a fan base only plays into their hands. This fight is far from over and until you see mayflower trucks lined up on Murphy Canyon it is no time to give up on the Chargers. It maybe be 4th and 29 but the clock has not gone to zero.

David Agranoff, founder of Save Our Bolts

For Immediate Release: Council to Vote To Fund EIR on Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday’s Facebook Event Information – click here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/463536430474725/

On July 14th @ 2:00 pm, City Council will vote to approve $2.1 Million in part to fund an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is necessary for a stadium vote to take place by January. Members of the Save Our Bolts Fan movement will be there to rally in support.

“The Chargers may have walked away from the table but the city and the fans are not giving up. The EIR can be done and we are supporting the city. We would like Dean and his team to come back to the table and quit moving the goal posts,” said David Agranoff of Save Our Bolts.

The City is quickly advancing with the environmental studies that are required for a public vote in January.

The EIR must be completed and approved by Council no later than October in order to make a January 12 vote possible.2015-07-12_2204

Members of Save Our Bolts will be available Monday for interviews to promote the rally, and Tuesday at the rally/meeting. See contact information below.

WHAT: RALLY FOR SUPPORT PRIOR TO VERY IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING and EIR VOTE THEN FILLING UP THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

WHO: All Chargers (and NFL) fans

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza (in front of City Hall), 202 C street, San Diego California, 92101

*NOTE: THE VOTE WILL START AT 2:00PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS (202 C Street, 12th floor).

For media inquiries, please contact Thomas Powell or reach out to us via social media.

@SaveOurBoltsSD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

See you downtown on Tuesday! RSVP here

#SaveOurBolts
#DontBoltFromTheQ
#DontBolt
#EIRVote

You’re Not Alone: A Fan Perspective

In the 14 years that this stadium saga has been going on, I have only recently been thrust in front of every breaking news story or tweet about the possibility (or not) of a new stadium in my hometown of San Diego. Having been away in New York City for over 10 years and not fully versed in the stadium hurdles that plague our city today, I want you to know that as a fan…. you’re not alone. Every emotion that you’ve been through regarding this soap opera of an issue is the same that most of us are feeling.

Recently, I was able to escape stadium talk because I was on the east coast – not even a smidgen of a story there. It was refreshing. No mud-slinging, no political rhetoric, no lawsuits, no speculative tweets from Los Angeles area journalists, etc… just good old fashioned football and upcoming season talk with my friends who are also Chargers fans.

Then boom……I come back to San Diego and there is news that Dean Spanos and Mark Davis met with the Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. What? Why? Why not meet with the Mayor of San Diego? Where’s Carmen Policy? What’s Dean doing at the meeting when Mark Fabiani has been representing them in San Diego? Obviously, I do not know the intentions of the meeting or the reasons why, but it’s just another notch on the never-ending saga that is keeping the team in San Diego.

When you look at the big picture, it’s hard to point blame at one specific group. Whether it’s the leaders of the city who put roadblocks up in the past, the fans who did not show up to home games for the past couple of years or the organization for appearing to turn their back on the city they call home for over 50 years. It’s difficult to give up when you’ve given your all to help save our Bolts….and the players who are on that field come September are just like us, stuck in the middle.

But, like I said… you are not alone…. we bleed blue and gold. This is our team. A fan, whether diehard or casual, thinks the same things other fans do but continues to root for and do what a true fan does.. does what they can to keep that team home. I encourage you to stay informed on the issue as a whole, because until those moving vans are packed up, we really do not know what’s going to happen. One thing is for sure, this is our city and we want to root for the Chargers here!

Marisa Cali

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