What’s wrong with this picture?
Seems the NFL is asking that a lot. The picture showed a lot of empty seats at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the Rams’ season opener.
The NFL doesn’t like that. Yet, almost no matter what camera angle they used, there were those pesky empty seats.
The attendance was listed officially as 60,128, but I think I counted that many empty seats during the telecast.
But football is back in LA, right? The Chargers helped with a choke-job loss to Denver in their first game as a Los Angeles-based franchise. Well, not their first. After all, they started originally in the AFL as the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. Put that tidbit in your back pocket and win a bet at a bar with it. Head coach Sid “Air” Gillman even led them to a division title.
Truth is, football may be back in LA—but it’s not the football fans want to see. Late, last-second chokes for which Philip Rivers is famous. A Rams team that is far from the greatest show on turf that it was in St. Louis. There’s much better football at USC and UCLA, apparently.
Yet, there I was this afternoon listening to Bill Plaschke on ESPN’s Around the Horn say that Los Angeles sports fans are sophisticated and loyal. That they will come out and support their teams.
When they win. If they win.
Really, Bill? How come Lakers and Kings and Dodgers fans leave early every game? To beat the damn traffic, that’s why. Oh that’s real sophistication and loyalty, huh?
I’m not sure which is more embarrassing: the LA fans’ behavior he lied about, or the fact that I watched the network of lost dreams, fired personalities, lack of free speech and dynamic analyses of the sports I’ve come to know and love.
So, here we are. The Rams, who led the league in attendance in 2016, are playing in front of more empty seats than full ones. Even though, technically, those seats all count as “attendance” because they were sold. The NFL was in such a hurry to get two teams back to Los Angeles that it settled for two losers that both will play in “loser” stadiums until 2020. Of course, both will never get Magic Johnson or LeBron James out to a game.
LA sports, folks. The Dodgers are crumbling. The Lakers suck. And the Clippers just lost their best player. The Rams also suck. The Chargers choke (still). And the best things about the Kings are Al Michaels and Erin Andrews.
Could be worse—what if they had the 49ers?
Or the Bengals. Just watched them finish their eighth quarter this year without a touchdown. Sounds like they’re perfect for LA.