I don’t pretend to be an expert on people. Most of the time, they baffle me. So, it should come as a surprise to nobody that I have no clue how the fans are going to respond to this Sunday’s game at Qualcomm Stadium between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
What I can say is that I bought in last time. Literally! I bought a single ticket when the Dolphins came to San Diego, and I stayed after the game until we were chased off by security guards.
I saw Eric Weddle laying on the 50 yard line. I later saw video of Philip Rivers with tears in his eyes. I heard countless fans shouting about Qualcomm Stadium being their home, with all of the vigor of someone with nothing left to lose anymore.
We were sure they were gone. I even wrote about it, in a story titled Chargers Fans Bid a Tearful Goodbye to Their Team.
Then they came back, but nothing had changed. Nothing improved. If anything, the relationship between the team and the fanbase has only gotten worse over the last year.
Yesterday, Ben Higgins and I debated on whether or not the fans would show up and say goodbye in the same way they did for that Dolphins game:
Today, I gave my own opinion. It’s one of concern. I believe those that show up will not be emotional in a loving way, but in an angry way. Upset that their own efforts and time given to the team had no effect, and seemingly never even helped to waiver the team’s desire to move to Los Angeles and dive into a pool of money.
If you want to hear me rant about that (and then about the Padres and Holiday Bowl after), here is that podcast:
If you’re a local, feel free to use the comments below to tell me whether or not you went last year, if you’re going this year, and what you expect from the 2nd Annual “Maybe Last Time in San Diego” Chargers Game.