SAN DIEGO, CA — Who doesn’t love a good football game on a Sunday? I do and since the San Diego Chargers, aka the home team for Southern California, were blacked out in certain markets and I couldn’t watch it on TV in Los Angeles, I thought why not take the trip down to see the game live with the fans?
I went online and bought what I thought (and still think) were killer seats for what was going to pretty much be a guaranteed win for the Chargers against the 0-3 Miami Dolphins. The Chargers official site was my first choice but no good tickets where available at a price I wanted to pay. NFL Ticket exchange had some killer seats on the field level, six rows up so I could see and smell the game and just have a good time! For 200 bucks a ticket it, was a win for myself and my step Dad who wanted to go to the game with me.
Since I wanted to be a fan and do everything fans do, we decided to take the train down to San Diego from Los Angeles and see how much trouble we could get into! During our car trip to Union Station and walking into this old train station, we saw more Chargers and Dolphin fans than I imagined. We boarded the train and the conversation quickly moved to talking about the Chargers and how the team was going to make sure that we won the game! The Dolphins were going to lose the game and their fans would be greatly disappointed! The goal was to go 3-1 by having our Chargers defeat the Dolphins, who would go winless, just one more week. Their record would stand at 0-4 if the Chargers can pull it out.
I’m all about being a fan but when did every fan become an owner? We will win the game, we will not lose, you will lose, we will get another “W” we’ll win the conference and the Super Bowl this year. I understand the excitement but the last time I checked “WE” did not own the team or play on the team or own stock in the team! I think only Packer fans can actually use the word “WE” as the team has stock they sell to fans. Back to the subject on hand, we got to Old town San Diego and then took the trolley to the stadium. I was now part of a club, that as a fan, you join as I waited to be searched and get to my seat. I have to say my pat down sucked and it seemed like the security/event staff were scared of touching me and the other fans.
I arrived to my seat, F6 seat 3, and met a few more fans. As we were sitting, they said “Let the party begin!” I was in heaven and was high fiving people I’ve never meet! We then had something to drink and had some Charger dogs and other goodies. It was a great experience to be a fan in San Diego, especially when the team you are cheering for is actually winning the game! LOL! I’m sorry that I missed out on the tailgating, as it looked like a whole different experience that should be done as part of watching and attending a pro football game. I only have one complaint which was the heat, as by the beginning of the 4th quarter, it had to be a 100 degrees on our side of the field. It was a great time and I look forward to doing it again real soon!
The Chargers defeated the Dolphins 26-16. A few more high fives, as it was great to hang out and scream with my fellow Charger fans for 3 hours but it is time to hit the road. That’s what we did after the game as 60,000 people exited at the same time. The line for the trolley was long but again, I got to meet and talk shop with a few more Charger fans and make fun of a few Dolphin fans. The trip back was entertaining as the entire conversation was about the game and how the Dolphins sucked, the Chargers rocked. Some fans who have had season tickets in the family since before I was born, which really showed me how dedicated some fans are. We even discussed the possibility of the Chargers, or another NFL franchise, moving to LA and the gentleman sitting next to me (who lives in Irvine) would be okay with that notion. Others didn’t want to hear a WORD about the team moving out of San Diego.
As the train pulled into Union Station back in Los Angeles, the trip was over and it was time to go back to reality. The Chargers will not play at home until they take on the Packers in Week 9 on November 6th! I personally can’t wait and wish I was heading back down to San Diego!