January 13th 2017
San Diego Chargers Logo Fiasco
Five years ago, no one would have imagined that not only would a NFL team call it’s home Los Angeles, but that TWO NFL teams would pack up their bags and find permanent residence in the City of Angels. There have been consistent talks of one team or another making the move to LA, from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Buffalo Bills, everyone had their eyes on the entertainment capital of the world (we don’t mean Las Vegas).
The, formerly, St. Louis Rams were the first to take the plunge last year and return all their home games to Los Angeles, temporarily, to the Memorial Coliseum. The Rams, however, didn’t see much luck out of the transition, ending up with a record of 4-12 for the season, and firing head coach Jim Fisher whom had just previous to the season received a contract extension through the 2018 season.
Unfortunately since the announcement of the San Diego Chargers taking up a new home town, the transition hasn’t been completely smooth. With every new major change to a sports organization comes rebranding, and when their new logo was unveiled this past week, it received some confused reactions.
As you can see above, there are some, similarities, between a few currently active sports logos being used, and the Chargers logo. It doesn’t help that they will be nearly within eye shot of Dodgers Stadium, with such stark similarities being made between the two logos. The drama didn’t end there though, with both the Lightening and the Dodgers getting in on the fun with a Twitter exchange explaining their, “relationship”.
Starting off with some awkward publicity, the Chargers look to bounce back next year from a rough 5-11 season in 2016, among the tough AFC West division. The same AFC West which saw not only every other team with an above .500 winning percentage, but with two teams hitting the 12 win mark in 2016. With the Raiders seemingly taking the new crown as the powerhouse in that division, it will be tough to topple their dynamic offense twice a year. The competition doesn’t end there though, with another two division games against one of the leagues best defenses in the Denver Broncos and as well as a pair against the dangerous Kansas City Chiefs.
It may be a shaky couple of years, but with new head coach Anthony Lynn at the helm, whom previous acted as interim head coach at the end of the 2016 season for the Bills after Rex Ryan’s departure, they will try to change things up for the better.
With Philip River’s best years behind him, and a very rough past two seasons, the Chargers hopes of making the playoffs in 2017 seem slim, with the potential to only have made the playoffs once in 8 years.