Monday, Nov. 8, 2009 | Let’s make something very clear about the proposed football stadium in Industry: It is not “L.A’s Shining Stadium On the Hill.”
Unlike inferiority-beset cities like San Diego, Los Angeles does not have/want/need an NFL team. We do just fine watching the Dodgers play in their gem of a hilltop stadium and counting NBA banners. Those who wish get plenty of football on TV.
Sports fans in LA do not need such diversions, when we can listen bemusedly to the yokels in such lesser markets as San Francisco and San Diego chant “beat L.A!” as if that’s the most-important thing in their civic lives.
L.A. is not, in any way, participating in the self-aggrandizing NFL exercise in Industry.
The fair-weather San Diego fans deserve the Spanos and whatever the latest fill-in-the-blank owner is doing with the Padres. Watching the Dodgers’ owners in a nasty divorce is far more engaging than watching any team that San Diego has produced in the last decade or three.
As a child brought up in stucco-coated San Diego, I too understood the civic vibe that LA was a big, scary place that was to be avoided. How childish, how parochial.