It’s the ultimate betrayal for a fan: the team which they’ve sworn allegiance to packing its bags and moving somewhere else. It’s a sad reminder that professional sports, as much as we make it a matter of the heart, is still very much a matter of business.
100-year-old San Diego Chargers fan Blake Talbot is the face of those tattered heartstrings.
There are several reasons for the Chargers highly likely move to Los Angeles. Qualcomm Stadium is falling apart and taxpayers aren’t willing to pay for a new bowl. The Rams are now officially headed to the City of Angels, meaning the Chargers would lose a large portion of their existing fanbase if they don’t do the same. And Goldman Sachs agreed to finance the Chargers if they make the move.
All big picture financial plays that leave Talbot, who is probably the oldest and most devoted Chargers fan, sorely in the dust. But how could they leave after seeing this video? How could they look him in the eye and tell him they’re leaving? They couldn’t. They’d have to sneak our during one of his twice daily power naps. Confronting him is just too heartbreaking.
Poor guy has been a season ticket holder since 1961. He’s lived through disappointing season after disappointing season, getting nothing in return but one measly Super Bowl appearance in ’94 (they got obliterated by the 49ers). And now they’re leaving for L.A.
It’s like wasting your entire college career on a girl who only gives you sex once in a blue moon, only for her to up and leave you after graduation for a Latino dude with sick dance moves and a daddy who works for Goldman Sachs. Except Talbot’s had blue balls for half a century. He’s had blue balls the majority of his natural life, until he got so old his balls couldn’t even turn blue anymore. They just filled with dust. And now he’s teamless.
His wife says in the video that watching the Chargers every football Sunday was the key to his longevity. It gave him something to do. Something to believe in. Now what does he have to live for? A loving wife and children? Fuck that shit. The Chargers killed this man..