You know that saying “everyone loves a winner?”
That rule apparently doesn’t stretch all the way to California.
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders were unable to sell out their respective home openers and their games this weekend will therefore be blacked out per NFL rules.
We really shouldn’t be surprised that nobody wants to go see the Raiders play the St. Louis Rams. Love them or hate them, Raiders fans have had to put up with a lot of terrible teams for a lot of years. The fact that they are finally so disgusted with the direction of their franchise that they prefer not to spend money to attend games is understandable. Black outs don’t necessarily reflect the passion of a fanbase. The Raiders have a very large group of men and woman in Halloween costumes that are proud to be a part of Raider Nation. This blackout is proof that even some of the most deranged fanbases will get jaded after a decade of futility.
But the Chargers? Seriously?
San Diego is a perennial playoff team. They have won 4 straight AFC West division titles. They are a yearly Super Bowl favorite and despite the fact that he is a petulant, whiney crybaby, Philip Rivers is one of the best young QB’s in the game. The fact that the Chargers can’t sell out their home opener, given all of their success, is absolutely ridiculous.
I can’t for the life of me, figure out why this is occurring. Maybe it is because of the nice weather out there in California. Maybe it is because the team has to compete with the 49ers and Raiders for fans. Maybe it is because Philip Rivers is just that unlikable.
Whatever it is, it is pretty pathetic.
So congratulations San Diego.
You have the lamest fan’s in the NFL.