TheBigLead- The Athletic’s Don Banks joined the Darren Smith Show on 1090 AM in San Diego on Thursday to discuss the disastrous Los Angeles Chargers. This week, Banks wrote a piece about how quickly things have gone south for Dean Spanos and his team in LA and during the interview he went ever further.
Banks even suggested the NFL is quietly talking about moving the team back to San Diego.
“I have been painted a picture from people I’ve talked to that the league was sympathetic…to Dean Spanos’ plight. Feels like he had been a ‘league guy’ feels like he had waited kind of his turn on the relocation front, thought he had the votes the year before — Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke pretty much outmaneuvered Dean and Mark Davis with the Raiders to be the first in line for LA. So it was almost as if this was a bit of a make up.
“I can tell you this Darren, there are people in the league — including the commissioner — they did not want to see San Diego forsaken. They would rather there be a team in San Diego. If there’s anything viable that they could find to put the league back in to San Diego, I think they will be in that camp strongly.”
“They’re saying the right things now and they’re going to keep a stiff upper lip and say that ‘we knew that this was going to be a hard slog uphill.’ There’s a lot of concern already. And there’s a lot of people who are thinking, ‘How can we put up with these optics for the next three years if the Chargers can’t improve the situation in Carson?'”
“I think they’re talking about it. I do. I think there’s already a level of concern at how far south it’s gone, that there are at least people talking about it…I don’t think a true tipping point has been reached, it’s too early for that. But I think there’s enough concern that people are saying, ‘What’s the best option perhaps among bad options?"
We probably shouldn't be that surprised, right? I mean, it's shocking in the sense that a professional sports team has never relocated to a nearby major city only for that city to play such a stubborn game of "hard to get" with their interest that said professional sports team almost immediately had to reconsider their decision.
However, let's not pretend it's the first time we have seen two parties that are wrong for each other at risk of getting back together after initial breaking up over petty, irreconcilable differences. If I know anything about relationships (I don't) then that half-empty soccer stadium is symbolically the NFL equivalent of that shitty rebound fling that tell yourself is going smoothly because it's with anyone other than your ex.
Now, if we are going to keep with that analogy then you could probably draw the conclusion that noted dumbass Dean Spanos became far too invested in what was supposed to be an explorative period by outright marrying his franchise to Los Angeles before even engaging and seeing all that "she" had to offer. Still, it's only natural to want to settle back into an equally as bad, but far more familiar situation when change doesn't go as expected. The Chargers basically volunteered themselves Los Angeles' side-chick, and are now stunned that they aren't getting the most bargain basement of wifey treatment that the Rams are getting. At least if they head back to San Diego they can become a priority again, even if it's due to no other reason than lack of options.
Now, something tells me that Dean Spanos' pride would need to be regurgitated for him to be able to swallow it. That said, considering how ruthlessly Los Angeles is chewing up and spitting out the Chargers, that bird-brained bastard might actually end up getting force-fed back to San Diego sooner rather than later.