When I first heard Carly Rae Jepsen on the radio I was like, “Wow this 15-year-old has a great voice!” and then I went and watched Call Me Maybe on YouTube and I was like “Oh, Anne Rice lol.” I get a funny surprise in the same kind of way when I think about how long LA has been without a professional football team: at first I’m like it’s only been a few years right, and then I remember oh yeah Joe Montana was still playing when the Raiders and Rams last called the city home!
The long road back for pro football in Los Angeles could be nearing an end. NFL commish Roger Goodell recently sent a memo to teams detailing guidelines for any franchise that wants to move here:
Teams must apply between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2013 for a move to be considered.
They must have already exhausted all options in their current city.
A new LA stadium must be capable of servicing two local franchises.
And some other tl;dr stuff…
After all this time there are still a few competing stadium plans here, which makes no sense at all. City of Industry? Very sexy destination (not). Carson? Please. Hollywood Park? Inglewood couldn’t keep the Lakers, no sense in moving a bright shiny football team there. The South Park plan is the only stadium plan that makes any sense, and it seals the deal for Downtown as a unique, can’t-miss sports/entertainment destination. It could even make L.A. Live a cool place to go… well maybe not, but that’s not football’s fault.
Teams on the short list of candidates to call Los Angeles home are the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and – god forbid – the Rams and Raiders.
Now to really get you in the mood for football, I leave you with a song that Ray Lewis listens to when he needs to get psyched up for a big game: