The Sports Juicette and I are currently enjoying a week of sun and relaxation in San Diego. With rumours of snow in Calgary yesterday, we are quite happy to be worrying about sunburns instead of frost killing our plants.
We are staying in Pacific Beach, which is north of downtown San Diego and just south of La Jolla (home of the Torrey Pines golf course). Our side street is littered with VW vans, old trucks, SUVs and even the occasional BMW, all containing surfers of various ages and pedigrees. At any given point in time, there are 50-70 people out in the ocean trying their hand against the waves. Pacific Beach is rumoured to be ‘just ok’ in terms of surf, but the ease of access makes it an immensely popular destination. The surf must be ok as there was a surf competition going on this morning down by the pier.
The rest of Pacific Beach is kind of what you might guess given the surfing focus. There are lots of dive hotels and dive bars, with a bit of surf related shopping to be found. If you are between age 20 and 40, you like beer and sports, then Pacific Beach is for you.
We have come to San Diego at an exciting time. The Padres are in the pennant chase for the first time in a few years, and NFL football has started again. The Chargers will play their home opener this Sunday against Jacksonville. While the Chargers are proving to be a January disappointment each year, they are always among the best teams in the AFC.
I was somewhat surprised to read Thursday night that the Chargers game will be blacked out in the San Diego area this Sunday. If the game is not almost sold out 72 hours before kickoff, the game is not shown on local television. While this was and continues to be an issue for the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders of the world, I would have never thought it would be an issue for a team that won its division and made it to the divisional round of the playoffs last year. I guess a Monday night loss against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs has brought the feeling of doom and gloom to the San Diego area a bit earlier this year. Their sellout streak was sitting at 48 games, or roughly 6 years.
The reason I say that I was ‘somewhat’ surprised at the lack of fan interest is the amount of fan interest in other teams that I am seeing in the Pacific Beach area. I am not sure if this is representative of the rest of San Diego, but each of the bars and pubs in the area proudly bear allegiance to their team and their team is not from San Diego. It is strange, strange, strange.
A few examples that I have seen thus far: Continue reading