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They’re Gone: Why else would the Chargers delay talking to San Diego?

Why else would the Chargers be wasting precious time to talk to San Diego unless they are trying to leave for Los Angeles?

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On today’s podcast, I was joined by my friend John Browner, which gave me an opportunity to explain to him what I thought was going on with the San Diego Chargers potentially moving to Los Angeles.

My argument as to why I believe Jim Trotter’s words yesterday when I haven’t believed anything else coming out of the media about the Chargers’ stadium or relocation plans in the last couple of years, is pretty simple:

  1. I’ve been hearing the same things.
  2. Jim Trotter is not a reporter. More than anything, in this situation, he’s a concerned citizen that wants the Chargers to stay in San Diego. He wouldn’t be spreading rumors of them leaving unless he himself thought them to be true. Also, as a “old school” guy, he’s much more apt to confirm sources than a blogger would be.
  3. If the Chargers were going to stay in San Diego, and only (once again) had a year to figure things out, why would they be wasting time by waiting to talk to the City of San Diego until after the season?

I think the Chargers are leaving because they didn’t get 50% of the vote. The only reason they haven’t said it yet is they are waiting for all the t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted, with the only thing that could possibly be left to stand in their way being Roger Goodell and some of the more powerful owners around the league (like Jerry Jones).

Perhaps it’s just fatigue with the situation, but I think I’ve moved on from dealing with this situation as a Chargers fan to dealing with it as a San Diegan, and I’m ready to let them go if it’s better for the city in the long run. What do you think?