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Beware of the NFL
The NFL and Los Angeles has been a topic ever since the Rams and Raiders up and left town in 1995. Plans to turn the Coliseum and Rose Bowl into NFL stadiums came and fell through. Building a new Downtown LA stadium was laughable. A stadium by Dodger Stadium was counted out. A site on top of a landfill in Carson had the most legs, but in the end proved to be too costly to be practical.
It hasn’t been until Ed Roski’s plan for the Los Angeles Stadium out in the City of Industry that the NFL making a return to LA has been the most tangible. And that’s the worst thing to happen to NFL fans in LA.
NFL fans without access to NFL Sunday Ticket are able to watch the marquee matchups week in and week out without fear of the dreaded blackout. When the Raiders and Rams were in town, if the game wasn’t blacked out then we were forced to watch it since we were the local market. That meant the sexy games were blocked out in favor of those putrid Raiders-Seahawks games.
But perhaps the worst thing about having an NFL team in town is that there will be an NFL team in town.
Let’s take the gossip that came out today from Chris Myers of Fox Sports Radio saying that the Oakland Raiders are the front runners of coming to LA.
If this were to somehow come to fruition LA would be getting the biggest joke of the NFL. Now that the Detroit Lions have transcended the ignominy of being the winless team, the Raiders are now the lowest of the low.
They have an owner in Al Davis who drafts receivers in the first round who is most known for dropping passes (Darius Hayward-Bay).
Their head coach Tom Cable is under investigation by the Napa County district attorney for allegedly blindsiding one of his assistant coaches, throwing him off a chair causing his head to bounce off a table and break his jaw.
Since losing the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2002 season, the Raiders have gone 25-76.
And this is the front running team coming to Los Angeles.
But fret not, there are other teams in the mix.
There are the St. Louis Rams that can’t seem to get out of their own way. The Jacksonville Jaguars who just got blasted by the Seattle Seahawks 41-0. And the San Diego Chargers who seem to be waning as an elite team back into the mediocrity pool.
Yes Los Angeles this is the pool of teams that are likely to make their home here.
And I say keep them out of LA. NFL teams are like children. They’re so much better when they’re not your own.