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