A Stadium, a Stadium, My Kingdom for a Stadium . . . or a Goddamn Coach!

The NFL voted yesterday 30-2 to allow the St Louis Rams the right to move back to LA for the 2016 season. This has been tried and retried for the 20 years since the NFL left LA in the 90s. The San Diego Chargers also get a one-year option to try the stadium. They have til a year from Friday (Jan 15, 2017) to exercise their option. Should they refuse, then the Raiders get the one-year option, lasting til Jan 15, 2018. I guess then the option reverts back to SD. The Rams? They were moved twice by the peripatetic Georgia Frontiere, the wife of Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom, who died under suspicious circumstances in 1979 (he and Natalie Wood are sharing stories in the Great Beyond I’m sure). She moved the team from the LA Coliseum to Anaheim in 1980, and then to St Louis in 1995. I’m sure St Louis fans are pissed off, as well they should be, and there was the usual infighting amongst the city politicos about rebuilding/refurbishing the stadium, ranked as 7th worst in the NFL recently. Owner Stan Kroenke famously purchased 60 acres of land next to the defunct Hollywood Park race track a couple years ago, and poof, the team is on the move.

And therein lies the rub. Mark Davis, son of re-un-dead Al Davis, scourge of the Pete Rozelle, and the NFL in general, is picking up the battle cry to move to LA. Something that he has been trying to do while the City of Oakland hems and haws and forms committee after committee regarding stadiums for both their football team and baseball team. All the while knowing their basketball team is likely leaving as well.

Baffling to me is the fan indifference in Oakland at the hands of their owner, who for all intents and purposes is taking a giant steaming shit on their heads. Yes, there was jubilation as Davis rescinded his request to move yesterday. But, this is a stop-gap move. As seen in the ruling, Prince Valiant still has the option next year. And it’s not like this hasn’t happened before. The Raiders spent 13 seasons in LA (1982-1994), winning their last Super Bowl there in 1983.

So why are the fans pretty much leaving him alone? Denial? Short memories? I have no idea. Jed (tweets-no-more) York, who is the favorite whipping boy for local team ownership, did what no one else could, and that was to get a publicly-funded stadium built in the Bay Area. Granted, it’s not in SF, and it looks like a 10 year old’s erector set design, but the 49ers are still here (well, 37 miles from here), but that is sure a hell of a lot closer than the 400 miles that will separate the Oakland fans from their team. I guess the Raiders are hoping for the Stadium Fairy to poop out a stadium on top of the old one. It really isn’t that bad a site (well, don’t leave the premises on foot) and, without the Warriors using the Arena anymore, they can add more parking.

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31 Responses to A Stadium, a Stadium, My Kingdom for a Stadium . . . or a Goddamn Coach!

  1. Nipper says:

    Nothing gets done in Oakland anymore. I don’t blame Davis in trying to get away from the Oakland situation. The fans are not a factor despite all the noise. Raider fans just don’t pay the freight. Look for Davis to move somewhere soon. I’ll laugh if the moving vans show up in the middle of the night.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Hue Jackson looks to be signed by the Browns. Can’t wait to see who else goes by the wayside as this goes on.

    Talk was the Niners were slow-playing the deal to get Jackson.

    Are we really a shittier destination than the Mistake by the Lake?

    Fuck me.

  3. Winder says:

    Now we can go back to really hating the Rams and it’s about time. The league avoids all the relocation bullshit. I am sure that was in play with their decision. I think both Gase and Jackson are mediocre talent but both would have been better than what we had. This bullshit is Baalke wanting total control of the draft, no good HC could work with that. There has to be some give and take.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I think that as well. I don;t know where all the talk of Tomsula needing to be the DC if Gase came aboard but more and more it looks like the sticking point is Baalke.

    Which is fucked up. We WILL end up with a newbie if this parameter still exists.

    Jed has to can this guy to get anywhere. (i know. I keep saying this).

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Lawrence Phillips, famous for little but infamous for many things, including missing the block that ended Steve Young’s career, trying to run over a bunch of teenagers in a pickup football game, and murdering his cellmate, was found dead in his Kern Valley prison cell this morning.

    Possible suicide. He of course was the star running back for the national champ Nebraska teams of 1994 and 1995.

  6. Nipper says:

    Oakland is just not major league in today’s world. It’s a not a minor league town but it really isn’t major league. All the major sports should just move on to other cities. Perhaps they can start playing women’s basketball or something like that.

  7. 12th Man says:

    Niners stadium is not publicly funded. It is the first (and only for now) fully privately funded football stadium. Something Jed gets little credit for.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    No, there’s a hotel tax and redevelopment Funds that came from the city of Santa Clara.

    • Nipper says:

      That’s it…..tax the tourists!

    • 12th Man says:

      No, the stadium was built entirely with private funds:
      An excerpt from the wiki page:
      “Key points include: no new or increased city taxes or costs to residents; 49ers responsible for construction and operation cost overruns; and the city will continue to own the land and receive rent payments back to its general fund from the stadium.”

      • unca_chuck says:

        Not that I really give a shit, but the Wiki sez:

        In December 2011, the Santa Clara City Council voted for an agreement that calls for the city’s Stadium Authority to borrow $850 million from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and U.S. Bank. This will cover most of the construction costs, with the remainder to be made up via funding from the NFL, a hotel tax and city redevelopment funds. Interest, fees and terms for this loan have not been disclosed. The $850 million building loan, plus interest and fees will be assumed by the City’s Stadium Authority, where additional interest and fees will be applied. On February 2, 2012, NFL owners approved a loan to the 49ers of $200 million for use in constructing the new stadium, and to be taken from a new G-4 stadium loan fund.[68] Terms of the loan were not specified, but under the previous G-3 plan, money was repaid directly into the league’s account from the borrowing team’s share of gate receipts from road games.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Shanahan? Oh boy. About the only person tgat likes this move will be V.

    Me not so much. I can’t see Shanny laying down to Baalke though.

  10. 12th Man says:

    “According to my source, Baalke and York are currently meeting with Cal Jead coach Sonny Dykes. He is a dark horse candidate and the new favorite to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.”

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Dykes at least runs a pro-style offense. And a very prolific one. They’d have to keep the defensive coaching staff relatively intact. Shit, I don’t know.

  12. Nipper says:

    College coaches don’t last long. Harbaugh lasted as long as anybody. Saban got out of Miami fast. He’s typical.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Great. The word is it’s either Shanny or Chip.

    Yikes. I’d rather have Dykes.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus. Chippy K-K-Kelly is our new head coach. Actually, this is better than Shanny. But not by a hell of a lot

    Lets meet at home depot for our pitchfork and torch purchases.

    Fuck me. I said a while ago it would be mildly interesting to see Kappy/Chippy try to run a high-speed offense.

    We may punt 25 times a game, I fear.

    • Nipper says:

      I’m laughing just thinking about this. Baalke strikes again! Philly’s reject is the Niners final choice. Las Vegas gave odds that Kelly would be the coach a week ago. Questions……??? Defense is going to be challenged. Go Trent!

  15. Nipper says:

    It’s always going to come down to talent. The HC is just one component. Who does he attract for a staff? A lot of questions remain.

  16. Nipper says:

    Niners probably at this point would settle for a 10 win season which Kelly experienced in his first two seasons with the Eagles. Just trying to be positive.

  17. unca_chuck says:

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  18. Nipper says:

    Looking on the bright side……..at least he’s not Tomsula.

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