The Chargers Bolt to L.A.

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A San Diego Chargers fans cheer in front of the Spreckels Theatre during a hearing hosted by the NFL to gather comments from football fans on the possible relocation of the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Sadie Neville, Co-Editor in Chief

A long-time speculated idea became a harsh reality for San Diegans on Jan. 12. The NFL team, San Diego Chargers, announced a move to Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 season on Thursday.

 

The Chargers began their run with the NFL in L.A. back in 1960, but have been at home in San Diego for 56 years. They will be following suit of the St. Louis Rams, who moved to southern California to become the Los Angeles Rams beginning this past season.

 

Many are worried about the prospect of two teams in one city. In fact, an editorial released by the L.A. Times on Jan. 12 wrote, “It’s not necessarily the case that L.A., which went without an NFL team for decades, will have the energy and enthusiasm to welcome a second NFL team.”

 

San Diegans have harsh feelings towards the Chargers and their owner, Dean Spanos. Mayor Kevin Faulconer expressed his opinions, saying, “In sports, teams win and individuals lose. The Chargers were ultimately never willing to work with us as a team so we could achieve shared success. Dean Spanos made a bad decision, and he will regret it. San Diego didn’t lose the Chargers. The Chargers just lost San Diego.”

 

The newly-L.A. Chargers were also shamelessly ridiculed on social media, namely Twitter, following the release of their new logo. Fans and fiends alike were taken aback by the uncanny resemblance to the Los Angeles Dodgers icon. After the mocking had (somewhat) subsided, the team announced they had come out with a new representation.

 

The unveiling party stunned those in attendance, as the only changes made were colors of the symbol. This prompted another complete logo change, and this one has stuck since Jan. 13.

 

Philip Rivers, 13-year quarterback for the Chargers, took to an interview on Jan. 13 to express his feelings on the move. He commented, “I want it to be clear that my love for San Diego […] will never go away. But at the same time, I…have to get excited, fired up about going to a new area and representing our team and organization and going and trying to win as many games as we can.”

 

Many more current Chargers players have showed their love for San Diego, as well.

 

Several have taken to Twitter with the hashtag “ThankYouSD” to spread gratitude for the city’s hospitality for more than half a century.

 

Hunter Henry, a rookie tight end, wrote that he was “thankful to [the] fans, supporters and the city…for everything [his] first year.”

 

Danny Woodhead, a running back who has spent the past four years with the Chargers, also Tweeted on the move, saying that “two of [his] kids were born here and a lot of memories were made.”

 

On Jan. 13, the Chargers announced that they had hired interim Buffalo Bills head coach, Anthony Lynn, to a four-year deal with the team, following Mike McCoy’s dismissal on Jan. 2. Unfortunately, Lynn got off to a rocky start with prospective fans as he introduced himself as the head coach of the “San Diego” Chargers in a press conference on Thurs.

 

All in all, the once-San Diego Chargers had and will continue to hold a lasting impact on the community. Whether they are leaving behind a positive or negative legacy, that’s up to you.