Making the case for every NFL team to move to Los Angeles

Making the case for every NFL team to move to Los Angeles

While this may be a bit too soon for San Diego football fans, and about to be the same for Oakland football fans, it is not too soon for the rest of the country to finally take a rooting interest in the one thing that can sate the National Football League’s owners and their real estate-uber-alles addiction.
Thirty-two forced relocations. To Los Angeles. Make the fellas and gals choke on the thing they clearly care about most – stadium construction – to the point that just seeing someone in a hard hat makes them break out in blood-filled blisters.
And put them all in the one place that has been powered for decades by the belongings of other fans and now pretends to be horrified by having another team forced upon it.
It doesn’t matter if the teams draw well in the cities in which they currently do business, or even if they desperately want to stay were they are. It’s time for sacrifices for the greater good – in this case, the mandatory cramming of every NFL franchise into Los Angeles.
Even if it means 30 more columns like the one Bill Plaschke wrote for the Los Angeles Times, essentially telling the Chargers they are not wanted, this must happen. Besides, screw what Los Angeles does or doesn’t want, Chuckles. This is evolution-turned-revolution, and you and your neighbors will accept football teams delivered at high velocity and with great forward momentum until your collective gag reflex collapses under the weight.
It’s the price we all are willing to have you pay for taking the Rams and Chargers (in lieu of the Raiders) inside a calendar year – two teams YOU ALREADY COVETED BRAZENLY BEFORE YOU STARTED GETTING SNOOTY ABOUT WHO YOU WOULD ACCEPT AND REJECT.
Toward that end, the NFL has lots more inventory, and some teams rank higher than others in portability.
Like JACKSONVILLE. Most people agree that Jacksonville wasn’t the ideal choice for an expansion site, but Wayne Weaver had friends in high places, and even though he no longer owns the team (Shahid Khan does), the Jags have always been on the relocation short list to the point of becoming London’s de facto team. They go first, to Riverside, to keep that semi-distant feel.
Or WASHINGTON. Danny Snyder demands a new stadium all the time whether he needs one or not – indeed, mostly though he doesn’t need one. So indulge him with Carson, the city that was scorned once before and is still hot for a team or teams of their own. In fact, maybe make him cohabit with BALTIMORE, just to be vindictive.
Or OAKLAND. They went to L.A. once, they wanted to go again, and now they’re all dressed up to leave Oakland to Las Vegas. Well, nuts to Vegas. There are bigger trout to flambee here, which is righting a decades-old wrong. Irwindale, your long-deferred dreams are about to come true.
Or SAN FRANCISCO. Their current three-year-old stadium is a decaying and underused mess, in keeping with the team it houses. Jed York needs a new place to reinvent himself, and a quiet place to do that is right over the horizon. The San Francisco 49ers went into Santa Clara without a name change, and they can damned well do the same thing in Temecula.
Or CLEVELAND. Are the good people of this town with its Cavs and Indians and Ohio States really having fun with the pro football team it has? Of course they’re not. Plus, their grandparents already lost a football team to Los Angeles, and they lost one more recently to Baltimore. Face it, they’re used to it, and in honor of their Rust Belt roots, The City Of Industry is the only place to go.
Or THE NEW YORK JETS. Joe Namath is 73. Get over yourselves. And face it, their greatest days were in Long Island anyway, and they left there long ago. So, Long Beach it is.
Or BUFFALO. It’s cold in Buffalo nearly all the time. It’s warm in Bakersfield even more often, and only slightly more remote. Done.
Or GREEN BAY. If the city cared about the Packers as much as they say they do, it would let them seek their own destiny. Besides, the frozen tundra of Cal State Fullerton has a ring to it.
Or ARIZONA. The Cardinals last moved almost 30 years ago after stops in Chicago, Pittsburgh (look it up) and St. Louis. It’s past time, and Pasadena doth protest too much about traffic disruptions. We all must make sacrifices.
Or NEW ENGLAND. The sport’s most successful franchise over the last 15 years also has the most rabid fan base, as much a part of the New England experience as Faneuil Hall. This cries out for Anaheim, the home planet of the Disney Universe.
Or OAKLAND AGAIN. Irwindale’s had its time, and Ice Cube must not be foiled again. Compton. Simply Compton.
MIAMI to Huntington Beach. DETROIT to Santa Monica. PHILADELPHIA to L.A. Live. PITTSBURGH across the street from L.A. Live. MINNESOTA, with a stadium less than a year old and already having stuff fall off it, we might add) three blocks up on Sepulveda. This must happen. It must all happen.
Come on America! To paraphrase former NFL commissioner Mao Zedong, “Let a thousand flowers die!”
True, this means the end of one of sports’ most hallowed tradition – the nonsensical bellowing of love toward a local fan base. “YOU ARE THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD!” must now be replaced by ‘YOU ARE THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD EXCEPT FOR LOS ANGELES!” or “YOU ARE THE SECOND-GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD!” to “YOU HAVE WON THE SILVER MEDAL IN THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD COMPETITION!”
But this is how it must be. The NFL wants this, and everyone tells us how powerful the NFL is, so the NFL must get what it wants. Only with this scheme, the NFL gets what it wants force fed to it, with steamshovels rather than trowels. Let it eat L.A. until it explodes, and rains itself over the entire basin in a shower of avarice-fueled viscera.
Because in this video-driven world, that would get the best ratings of all, and you can’t tell me that doesn’t make the league’s collective ears perk up in that one last reflexive cash grab. They could air it on the one network best named for this sort of thing.

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.