This got me to thinking, would San Diegans really support the team in either of those locations? A poll on the chargers.com forum showed that 89% of the 250+ posters on the site would still still support the team, but I just don't know if i can believe that.
Look at the last major sports team to leave San Diego. In 1984, the Clippers left San Diego for Los Angeles, and not many people cared. Sure there was a small following, but that didn't last long and the clippers soon became an afterthought here and 23 years later, most San Diegans don't even know that the Clippers were once the local team. San Diego has since become a Laker town. Whose to say that this couldn't happen with the Chargers?
Also, look at the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Sure they don't have any direct ties to the city of San Diego, but in reality, the Ducks are still the closest team to San Diego and are still a major Southern California team, yet how much time do you really spend watching the Ducks? How often do you get together with friends to watch a game? Hell, many people I talked to lately didn't even know that the Ducks are 1 win away from claiming Lord Stanley's Cup for the first time in the teams 14 year history. Now I have heard the argument that this isn't really a hockey town, but that hasn't stopped people from supporting the San Diego Gulls for 40+ years. So while Hockey might not of been as big as Baseball, Football and Basketball, it still had a following here in San Diego.
Now its hard to predict what will happen to the San Diego chapter of the Chargers fanbase if they decide to move up North on the I-5 to Anaheim/Los Angeles, but chances are, they could very easily become the new Clippers and become an afterthought fairly quickly, especially if the team struggles. I know what people say, "Charger for life!", but its very easy to say that now, when (IF!) the time comes, I predict many of those chargers for life-ers will feel the betrayal and could change their tunes.
Hopefully, Oceanside/Chula Vista step up and keep us from ever having to find out the answer to this question.
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