Normally, that’s something to root for, but, in the case of the San Diego Chargers and the team’s possible move to Los Angeles, arguably it’s not.
Because this is anything but sudden death overtime.
It's going to take ...
Well who knows?
The Chargers have agreed to play in San Diego for the 2016 season while negotiating a deal for a new stadium. If that falls through, they have a pretty sweet back-up plan. They can always move to L.A. since they've reached a deal to share a stadium that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood.
Cost is $1.8 billion. (But it will used 10 times a year.)
So Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos has graciously agreed to spend another - likely rent-free - year at Qualcomm Stadium, a joint he has pretty much said should be condemned.
Which means …
It’s not over until it’s over.
The fat lady hasn’t sung.
The clock is still running.
Upon further review …
Extra innings! (Oh, actually that’s baseball.)
But this also means we’ve got to keep dealing with the uncertainty of the Chargers future in San Diego. Fans will keep chewing off fingernails over this stadium dilemma. And talk about another dilemma: Should we root for a team whose owner has been dissing us for the past year?
Or should we let bygones be bygones? (He's just a humble businessman looking to protect his meager asset — a $1.5 billion NFL franchise ...)
This means also:
More stadium plans.
More Mark Fabiani spin!!!
More sports radio chatter!!!! (I would like to hear them broadcast this thing called "a game.")
And then — a public vote???
It also means the city’s leadership has to put even more time and energy into the Chargers situation. If not for the Chargers, the city likely would have found a solution to the airport, the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, the Middle East crisis …
Every pothole would be filled.
Our infrastructure would be Grade A.
Seriously, the city has spent so much civic energy on this Chargers mess, it’s a wonder our trash is still being collected.
This latest action (or non-action) also delays just what the city will do if indeed the Chargers do leave. There are all sorts of questions about what to do with the Mission Valley site should the Bolts bolt, for instance.
It’s like a divorce that won’t happen.
The city also spent millions on the initial stadium plan to replace Qualcomm Stadium, including an environmental study, which the Chargers say is ripe for a lawsuit. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts also went around the country, meeting with members of the NFL's relocation committee to plead the city's case.
How much more money will the city spend on a Hail Mary pass?
Yes, it would be great if the Chargers stay — as long as the financial hit to citizens is minimal. However, this tug-of-war is getting old.
At least the people in St. Louis can move forward.
But let’s get something done before Philip Rivers has three more children.