It hasn’t even been 24 hours since the Chargers announced they’d be moving from San Diego to Los Angeles. It’s not going so well.
The team’s logo looks more than a tad bit similar to that of another team in Los Angeles. Bet you can’t guess which one!
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2017
(in case you’re dense, I’m talking about the Dodgers)
"I don't see anything" – Bernard Lowe pic.twitter.com/32wrwxoX31
— David Lauterbach (@LauterbachDavid) January 12, 2017
The team announced the move on Twitter with this letter from Dean Spanos, essentially admitting that they would try to win now that they’re no longer a San Diego team.
A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017
The team still hasn’t bothered to let the Rams know that they’re moving to Los Angeles.
The Chargers still haven't informed the Rams of their plan to relocate to Los Angeles.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) January 12, 2017
The Chargers have announced their relocation on Twitter but have yet to contact the Rams.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 12, 2017
This is all fine.
LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke, who rarely has opinions I agree with, savaged the move in a column on Wednesday night.
Wow, just what we need, the return of a professional sports team with no buzz, no tradition, few local fans north of south Orange County, limited success, and an owner who just stole them away from a place where they were loved unconditionally for 56 years.
The problem is not that Los Angeles must now be asked to support two NFL teams after 22 years of somehow surviving with none. We knew this would happen. This was the deal when the Rams returned last year. This is what the NFL has always wanted for Inglewood, so there was no avoiding it.
The good news about the Chargers’ move is that nobody will have to spend much money on a welcome parade. It will be a short one. There will be one limo carrying Spanos and one Brink’s truck carrying his loot, both moving hurriedly up that freeway ahead of the muffled San Diego cries, all of Los Angeles peering briefly out the windows before closing their blinds.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, FOLKS!
All you have to say about the move is this.
— Jimmy Donofrio (@JimmyDonofrio) January 12, 2017
The Los Angeles Chargers – already taking the first of so many L’s.