Norv Turner Is The Chargers New Head Coach…

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Here is his record as head coach in the NFL:

| Reg. Season | Playoffs |
| Year TM | W L T | W L |
| 1994 was | 3 13 0 | 0 0 |
| 1995 was | 6 10 0 | 0 0 |
| 1996 was | 9 7 0 | 0 0 |
| 1997 was | 8 7 1 | 0 0 |
| 1998 was | 6 10 0 | 0 0 |
| 1999 was | 10 6 0 | 1 1 |
| 2000 was | 7 6 0 | 0 0 |
| 2004 oak | 5 11 0 | 0 0 |
| 2005 oak | 4 12 0 | 0 0 |
| TOTALS | 58 82 1 | 1 1 |

58 wins vs 82 loses during eight seasons as a head coach. Nothing else needs to be said. 🙁

PS. Something else does need to be said.

The hiring of Norv Turner tells me my theory is correct – The Chargers ownership is more concerned with moving out of San Diego than they are with winning.

The last few years of winning was not what the Chargers front office had intended. You see, they are in a fight with San Diego to get a new stadium built. But they want San Diego to pay for it, which it can’t due to the citys decade long history of fiscal mismanagement. So the Chrargers will have to relocate to another city, probably LA, to get what they want.

Why is winning counter to the goal of getting a new stadium? Simple. It all has to do with skyboxes, i.e. party-rooms for the rich and famous (have nothing against the rich and famous, I would like to be one someday). In a new stadium, much of the profits are made from sales of the expnsive sky boxes, and less on general attendence. Old stadiums don’t have as many of the skyboxes, and the ones they have are not as lavish as those in newer stadiums. Thus the team playing in those stadiums relies on general ticket sales to make money. You might say: “Well, the Chargers have been a winner the last few years, so they should be making money and should be happy”. Ah, but here’s the rub. Skybox tickets are sold as season long passes, and are sold before the season begins. So a team playing in a new stadium, because they have many many more presold skyboxes, makes a lot more money than a team playing in an older staduim, reguardless of the quality placed on the field. And since the skyboxes sell well before the season begins, the profits role in even if the team turns out to have a crappy season. Why do you think the Arizona Cardinals still have the same owners for all these losing seasons. $$$$$$$$$$$. And in the eyes of the Chargers ownership, even though they have been winning and attendence is selling out, they are losing money because they could have made so much more money if they were playing in a new, modern facility.

The whole thing is tragic and funny. The family that owns the team, the Spanos’s, are the head of a huge construction firm, and could get the financing and build a stadium on the cheap.

Newt G. and Al G. – Are They Using The Same Playbook? UPDATE!

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I blogged last year that the upcoming Presidential election is Al Gores to lose. Thanks to this article about Newt Gingrich, I now know just how he’s going to do it. Al Gore is going to run a very traditional campaign for the office… traditional for Presidents Washington through Van Buren.

During the first 50 sum-odd years of our national history, it was considered unbecoming for a candidate to show ambition for the Presidency. Of coarse, with the exceptions of Washington, Adams, and maybe Jackson, most were ambitious men who wanted the top prize – they were just not supposed to acknowledge their lofty ambitions. This ambition was something that was to be kept close to the vest, shared only with those intimates who also ran in political circles. That didn’t stop candidates from acting behind the scenes to diminish support or damage the reputation of their opponents. Thomas Jefferson practically invented the first Presidential “swift boat” campaign by funding and utilizing journalist Thomas Calendar to spread rumors and innuendo against competitor and sitting President John Adams. William Harrison, who was running against Martin Van Buren, was the first candidate to campaigning openly for the office. It’s been all down hill ever since.

Back to the present. Enter Al Gore. While Hillary and Obama and Edwards trade barbs this summer, Alie G. will be on his high profile (and highly polluting) whirlwind Global Warming Concert Tour, getting the kind of positive publicity that all the current candidates could only dream of. When the time is right and a candidate emerges as the probable front runner, Al will make his move and jump into the fray. He will easily be able to justify his unconventional actions by saying the public is demanding that he run. If the front runner is either Obama or Edwards, they will look like light weights when compared to Gore. If it’s Hillary, she has the weight of the yes vote to go to war with Iraq, which Gore will pummel her with to sink her chances of getting the nomination next spring. Al Gore will be able to unify the Democratic party behind him, which given the divide between the socio-cons and the fiscal-cons, is something I don’t see any of the current hundreds of GOP candidates being able to do within their party. It’s too daunting a task, even for Gingrich if he decides to run. This election is Gores.

UPDATE: More good press for Gore.

Hat Tip: Myself and Insta-P.