The Chargers and Raiders sharing a stadium is stupid

The Chargers and Raiders have presented their plans for a joint stadium to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a special committee of six owners overseeing the idea of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. The shared stadium between the two AFC West rivals would be built in the city of Carson, sandwiched between Compton and Long Beach.

The project is budgeted at $1.7 billion.

This whole idea seems absurd. Even though the concept of two teams sharing a stadium isn’t new, the New York Giants and the New York Jets have done it for years, it’s never been tried with two teams in the same division. The Giants and the Jets aren’t even in the same conference. The Chargers and the Raiders play each other twice a year. Would the Steelers and Ravens ever share a home stadium? How about the Redskins and the Cowboys?

No they wouldn’t.

And it’s not like these two franchises don’t already have a history of bad blood between their fans. Then again, if these two teams move to Los Angeles, I guess each team’s fanbase would start anew.

As stupid as this idea is, the dumbest has to be the special tower. From the Los Angeles Times:

A signature element of the design is a 115- to 120-foot tower that rises through and extends above the main concourse. It would serve as a pedestal for a cauldron that would change depending on the team. When the Chargers play, simulated lightning bolts would swirl behind glass encasing the tower and, if the team were to score a touchdown, a bolt would shoot out of the top. For Raiders games, a flame would burn in the cauldron in honor of legendary team owner Al Davis.

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Al Davis

Al Davis deserves no honor, especially from Angelenos. Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles, won a Super Bowl, and then moved the team back to the cesspool known as Oakland, like the thing never happened. I know the Raiders have one of those burning cauldrons thingies in Oakland, but I always assumed its true purpose was to remind Oakland Raiders fans that Al Davis was burning in Hell, standing alongside Osama bin Laden and the guy who invented fat-free mayonnaise.

 

Steve Nash: 'I don't want my kids to grow up in L.A.'

Steve Nash, the aged and oft injured point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, is going through a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife Alejandra Nash. At issue is where their three children will live. Alejandra wants to move to Los Angeles with the children, Nash wants her and the children to stay in Phoenix. The reason? The court ordered child support in Arizona is a lot less than it would be in California.

The two went to court back in May where Nash told the judge hearing the case, under oath, that he didn’t want his kids to grow up in L.A.

What a piece of garbage. Nash makes his money in Los Angeles. He’s making $9,300,500 this year. He made $8,900,000 last year, in Los Angeles. For his NBA career, Steve Nash has earned $137,235,620.

With that kind of money, Nash has more than enough money to allow his children to live in the same city as he does without worrying about his child support obligation going up. Some fathers have to get second jobs just to pay their child support. Nash will never have to do that.

What kind of father would rather have his children live hundreds of miles away if given the choice? Nash is actually fighting to keep his kids in another state, only because it would cost him less money.

Money is something Steve Nash never should have to worry about. If he was a decent human being and a father, he wouldn’t be fighting in court to keep his children out of the state he lives in.

Could the Raiders move back to Los Angeles?

7566538The Sporting News published an article this past week, written by David Steele, claiming that the Oakland Raiders once again moving in Los Angeles is inevitable. Their contract to play in O.co Coliseum expires at the end of this upcoming season and majority owner Mark Davis, son of the late and not-so-great Al Davis, has already said they wont be signing another short-term lease to stay in Oakland. Davis wants a new stadium, one that wont feature a field where parts of it consisst of a dirt baseball field.

Imagine that, the ability to play football on a field made up of nothing but grass.

Any new stadium would require a large contribution of public money, something that no city government, especially the city of Oakland, has a lot of these days. In fact, Oakland has less of it then most municipalities. Oakland is kind of broke.

This is leading some to believe the Raiders will be returning to Los Angeles. Personally, I’m not buying it.

The NFL needs a team in Los Angeles like Rihanna needs Chris Brown. Unless someone is willing to build a tiny 18,000 seat stadium in Los Angeles, the Raiders’ home games will never be sold out, which means games in Los Angeles will be blacked out. TV networks in Los Angeles, the second largest TV market in the country, wont be able to show the NFL on Sunday.

I have to imagine the league would have a problem with that.