Are you still a Chargers fan, or done with the Bolts? – Press Enterprise – California News

Are you still a Chargers fan, or done with the Bolts? – Press Enterprise – California News

The world according to Jim:

• If you are a resident of Southwest Riverside County — or anywhere in the Inland Empire, for that matter — and you used to be a fan of the San Diego Chargers, will you transfer that loyalty to the Los Angeles Chargers?

Or is your identification with San Diego so deep that as soon as Dean Spanos exercised his option last January, they were dead to you, too? …

• It is a legitimate, and intriguing, question, especially regarding the communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore. They represent a pocket of this publication’s readership that seems to identify way more with San Diego than with L.A. and Orange County, even though they, too, are part of the greater L.A. television market.

Residents in those communities in many cases came from San Diego, or commute south on the I-15 to work rather than north or west. …

• And it is also important to note that the raw, visceral anger directed at Dean Spanos is in part directed at where he moved the team.

Had he taken the Chargers to Portland or San Antonio or even Las Vegas, San Diegans still wouldn’t have forgiven. But it wouldn’t be quite the same dagger to the city’s heart as was moving to L.A., the city they consider at least purgatory, if not hell.

I’ve often wondered why. The weather is no worse. There’s plenty to do in both places. And traffic in San Diego can be no bargain, either. …

• Yes, it’s also worth noting that Spanos and his franchise visibly began trying harder once the team set up shop in L.A., after decades of taking fans for granted in San Diego. …

• The TV issue probably makes this a little more complicated. Southwest…

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