I was considering a number of topics for today’s podcast, but when I read Nick Canepa’s article today longing for his ex-girlfriend, the San Diego Chargers, I knew I’d have plenty to say.
You can check out Nick’s article at this
link: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/columnists/nick-canepa/sd-sp-canepa-machado-padres-chargers-20190305-story.html
The Padres signing of Manny Machado
is a great moment for San Diego, but even when we get some good news, Nick
needs to keep bringing up his old ex.  She’s the one that got away.  How could we let her leave like that? 
I break down the problems with the
Chargers during their final 20 years in San Diego.  We get into their demands for corporate
welfare from taxpayers, the infamous ticket guarantee funded by taxpayers and
California’s trend of privately financed stadiums.  We’re not only seeing this type of cronyism
with professional sports teams in America, but with major corporations like the
recent HQ2 initiative launched by Amazon.
I also get into my declining interest in the NFL largely due to CTE concerns, feeling leveraged by owners and the NFL commissioner, off-the-field behavior by some athletes involving murder and assault, the culture of the league, the declining performance of the Chargers and even the nationalist propaganda offered up by the NFL.  We also offer up plenty of commentary on Dean Spanos, Ron Fowler, Peter Seidler and even get in some mentions of OJ Simpson, Jim Plunkett, Billy Ray Smith, Junior Seau, Aaron Hernandez, Rick Barry, Clifford Ray and Keith Wilkes.  Yes, this is my first podcast mentioning OJ Simpson.  I have hit the big time!
But in the end, Nick needs to get
over it.  Let’s focus on the reality of
San Diego sports today rather than pining for your old flame or dreaming about
another girl that doesn’t yet exist.
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