Brace yourself for those Chargers-to-Las Vegas rumors to begin again.
They should pick up now that it appears the NFL team will leave not only San Diego but the entire metropolitan area.
The Chargers, who can opt out of their agreement with Qualcomm Stadium in January, have been looking for a new home throughout San Diego County. But, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, they are down to just one possible site, to the south in Chula Vista, Calif.
But nothing ensures a stadium will be built there. Nor is there a guarantee one would be built quickly.
“The last thing the Chargers want to be is a lame duck,” Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa wrote. “L.A. has other places — the Coliseum and Rose Bowl — that can handle an NFL team while a new stadium is being built. Many cities already have facilities standing, some of them plenty good enough for a while if promises of a new stadium are kept.”
Pro Football Weekly listed Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Antonio as possible landing spots for the Chargers.
Think someone in Las Vegas might find a way to come up with the money for a new stadium if the Chargers promised to relocate? Then again, there is that little issue of legalized sports betting, which the NFL frowns upon — though the league conveniently forgets its aversion when playing regular-season games in London.
• REAL BREW CREW — Corey Hart‘s Milwaukee Brewers teammates were so excited about his selection to the All-Star Game, they didn’t seem to notice the outfielder’s children.
The Brewers rushed into the interview room and sprayed Hart with beer while 2-year-old daughter Ryleigh sat on his lap and 3-year-old son Matthew sat next to him eating ice cream.
“It was a moment of spontaneous celebration, and no one got hurt,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt wrote. “I was there and as a parent was not offended, given the circumstances. I felt for the little girl and wrote about it, but she seemed to begin crying after it was over, and her mom was immediately there to comfort her and remove her from the room.
“I would also argue that a big league clubhouse is not always an appropriate place for children, but this is a team with a lot of young children who run free in the place, and their fathers enjoy the family-like atmosphere after games. So do I.”
• BETTER FROM AFAR — This is what happens when an organization hires an excellent coaching staff, empowers football people to handle key decisions and makes smart decisions about assembling its roster.
Too bad the Gladiators couldn’t take such steps when they were in Las Vegas for five seasons, when they made the Arena Football League playoffs just once. Now in their first season in Cleveland, the Gladiators can earn a spot in the July 27 ArenaBowl by beating Philadelphia today.
Though today’s 10 a.m. game will be televised on ESPN, maybe the network should black out its coverage in Las Vegas. Haven’t our citizens suffered enough with that franchise?
COMPILED BY MARK ANDERSON REVIEW-JOURNAL