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January 25, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been 16 years since the Los Angeles Rams and Raiders left town, leaving the nation's second-largest market with a gaping NFL void that has been filled by ? Just whom, exactly? The San Diego Chargers seem a logical answer. They're freeway close, a perennial playoff contender and, let's face it, those powder-blue throwback jerseys and lightning bolts are pretty cool. "We'll leave on a Sunday at 8 a.m. to tailgate, and it's amazing how many people are on the freeway from L.A. with Chargers flags and lightning bolts on their cars," said Bryan Thrush, a 59-year-old general contractor from San Juan Capistrano.
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January 25, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been 16 years since the Los Angeles Rams and Raiders left town, leaving the nation's second-largest market with a gaping NFL void that has been filled by ? Just whom, exactly? The San Diego Chargers seem a logical answer. They're freeway close, a perennial playoff contender and, let's face it, those powder-blue throwback jerseys and lightning bolts are pretty cool. "We'll leave on a Sunday at 8 a.m. to tailgate, and it's amazing how many people are on the freeway from L.A. with Chargers flags and lightning bolts on their cars," said Bryan Thrush, a 59-year-old general contractor from San Juan Capistrano.
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November 18, 2000
Yet another week with the Rams and Raiders on the front of the sports section. Seems to me that if anyone in the Southland gave a darn about either of these teams, they'd still be playing here. JUDY ADAMS Toluca Lake
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November 18, 2006
Regarding Bill Dwyre's column of Nov. 14, the reason the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles is that they have two of the worst owners in professional sports, and they both tried to deal with the Coliseum Commission. And two Coliseum commissioners think we should pay more attention to USC? Why? If you did not attend USC (or UCLA), why spend the money for a product that is inferior to the NFL? I've watched football in the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl, and both venues are terrible. Why would the NFL want to play in either one?
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October 4, 2003
I have read a few articles recently that seem to declare the Coliseum as somehow being a front-runner for our new NFL team. Where have the powers that be been hiding? This same Coliseum Commission has chased the Rams and Raiders away. They should not be believed. I, for one, will never attend an NFL game there again. Dawn West Lomita
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November 2, 1985
Let's hear it for the USC linemen who have been so lavishly praised for outweighing the Rams and Raiders. I suggest those sportswriters start weighing the meat at their local steak joint. Not a single touchdown scored against Baylor, Arizona State and Notre Dame! It's a simple law of physics that the bigger it is, the slower it moves. FORD APKING Tarzana
SPORTS
December 28, 1985
How nice of The Times to give us Christmas photos of Los Angeles area pro athletes with their families, including representatives of the Clippers, Lakers, Angels, Dodgers, Rams and Raiders. Do not any of the Kings celebrate Christmas, or are they not considered pro athletes? GARY NASH El Toro The Kings were contacted by The Times, but schedule conflicts made it impossible for them to participate.
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November 18, 2006
Regarding Bill Dwyre's column of Nov. 14, the reason the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles is that they have two of the worst owners in professional sports, and they both tried to deal with the Coliseum Commission. And two Coliseum commissioners think we should pay more attention to USC? Why? If you did not attend USC (or UCLA), why spend the money for a product that is inferior to the NFL? I've watched football in the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl, and both venues are terrible. Why would the NFL want to play in either one?
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August 19, 1995
Perhaps it's Mike Downey [Aug. 12] who's getting scary. His hysterical, preacher-man castigation and condemnation of all Los Angeles sports fans because of the wretched behavior of a very small number of people at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 12 is not only unjustified, it is childish. In our society, the many cannot be held accountable for the actions of the few. But how Downey can tie this incident to the Rams, the Raiders and the PGA Championship defies rationality. I know Downey's heart is broken because the Rams and Raiders have left town and attendance at the PGA was low. But can he really blame these things on the idiots who threw balls on the field?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999
Congratulations to David Friedman for his well-researched "The Folly of Stadia Mania" (Opinion, Aug. 29), which documents how big-time professional sports teams really don't add much to the economies of mega-cities like L.A. It should be required reading for officials who want public funds used to build stadiums, when the money would be better used for education, transportation, health care and other needs that would improve our lives in this great...
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May 12, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The sports industry in Southern California has boomed since the NFL left town more than a decade ago, according to a study released this week. As NFL owners edge toward deciding whether to return to Los Angeles or Anaheim, the study provided economic statistics to support the longtime stance of officials in both cities: We'd love to have you, but we don't need you. "Los Angeles doesn't want a team because they need to boost a sagging economy.
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August 28, 2004
A few years back, L.A.'s astute leadership fumbled away an NFL expansion opportunity to Houston. Now, the mayor is upset that the NFL is giving consideration to an Anaheim site. Over the years the Coliseum Commission has succeeded in alienating and chasing away the Lakers, Kings, Bruins, Rams and Raiders. Yeah, can't figure out why the NFL might be a bit leery of putting another team in that jewel. Meanwhile, Anaheim could add a state-of-the-art football stadium to what is already a terrific sports complex with Angel Stadium and the Pond.
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October 4, 2003
I have read a few articles recently that seem to declare the Coliseum as somehow being a front-runner for our new NFL team. Where have the powers that be been hiding? This same Coliseum Commission has chased the Rams and Raiders away. They should not be believed. I, for one, will never attend an NFL game there again. Dawn West Lomita
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June 22, 2002
Great. Another victory for the politicians that "represent" Los Angeles. Mark Ridley-Thomas and other enlightened members of the City Council are again playing the Coliseum card, further delaying the return of the NFL, if it returns at all. Let's check the scorecard. The Anschutz group rolls out a plan for a state-of-the-art stadium that, like Staples Center, would revitalize downtown and get fans excited again. Plus, league officials have made it clear that the Coliseum is no longer a viable NFL option.
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November 18, 2000
Yet another week with the Rams and Raiders on the front of the sports section. Seems to me that if anyone in the Southland gave a darn about either of these teams, they'd still be playing here. JUDY ADAMS Toluca Lake
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999
Congratulations to David Friedman for his well-researched "The Folly of Stadia Mania" (Opinion, Aug. 29), which documents how big-time professional sports teams really don't add much to the economies of mega-cities like L.A. It should be required reading for officials who want public funds used to build stadiums, when the money would be better used for education, transportation, health care and other needs that would improve our lives in this great...
SPORTS
August 28, 2004
A few years back, L.A.'s astute leadership fumbled away an NFL expansion opportunity to Houston. Now, the mayor is upset that the NFL is giving consideration to an Anaheim site. Over the years the Coliseum Commission has succeeded in alienating and chasing away the Lakers, Kings, Bruins, Rams and Raiders. Yeah, can't figure out why the NFL might be a bit leery of putting another team in that jewel. Meanwhile, Anaheim could add a state-of-the-art football stadium to what is already a terrific sports complex with Angel Stadium and the Pond.
SPORTS
November 21, 1992
The Kings are the hottest team in the NHL right now, yet The Times' coverage of their exploits is noticeably absent. Could it be because Lisa Dillman, your hockey reporter of the moment, severely underestimated their talent while picking them to finish fifth in their division? Of course, who has the time to cover a success story when the NBA season previews need to be condensed to a week's worth of articles, the torrid starts of the Rams and Raiders must be dissected ad nauseam and the all-important baseball expansion draft to determine which overpaid player the local teams will lose demands your constant attention?
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September 2, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I went to the Coliseum the other day. There was no event scheduled, which was perfect. I entered the historic stadium through one of my favorite parts of Los Angeles, the peristyle. I love the old plaques on the columns, bearing tribute to the city's great sports figures and events. There's the bust of Kenny Washington, onetime UCLA and Los Angeles Ram star who for decades now has looked out upon his field of dreams, his unblinking brass gaze frozen forever.
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October 12, 1996
After SC's pathetic loss to Cal, I think we can dismiss once and for all John Robinson's higher expectations for SC football. Outside of Northwestern in the Rose Bowl, in more than 4 1/2 seasons, Robinson has failed to win a game of any magnitude whatsoever. He gets the talent, but doesn't win. He's no John McKay; heck, he's not even the old John Robinson. DAVID PEARSE Santa Monica Personal aside to John Robinson: Don't give up that other job hawking hamburgers. FRANK J. SULLIVAN Los Alamitos I don't understand all those people who complain because Los Angeles no longer has a pro football team.
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