The Los Angeles Chargers have had a disappointing season so far. Picked by many before the season to go to the Super Bowl—USA Today even predicted they’d win it—the Bolts currently stand at 3-5 in the AFC West, sandwiched between the Raiders at 3-4 and the bottom-dwelling Denver Broncos at 2-6. (The Kansas City Chiefs lead the division at 5-3.)
The lack of wins just led to the firing of Ken Whisenhunt as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, and last week there were rumors that Tom Brady will not re-sign with the New England Patriots when his contract’s up at this season’s end and will instead come to LA, replace the also-aging Philip Rivers at quarterback and play the final games of his long, storied career here in sunny SoCal.
“[S]hould he look to play elsewhere in 2020, several sources who know him well believe there would be one team to clearly watch: the Los Angeles Chargers,“ Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes of Brady. “… The Chargers would have a unique appeal to Brady on multiple levels, the sources said, while it’s also something the league would covet given the Chargers’ current struggles to sell PSLs and sponsorships at the glistening new stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood beginning next fall.
(For what that’s worth, Brady told Canfora’s rival, NBC Sports, that speculation about him leaving the Pats is just that.)
Meanwhile, the Chargers can point to another top-tier, Hall of Fame-bound quarterback with helping lead to the highest price single game tickets in franchise history: Aaron Rogers.
No, the Bolts are not eying a Rivers for Rogers swap. (Or they could be, but the Green Bay Packers are obviously not biting.) The Rogers’ reference concerns his strong appeal that will have cheeseheads filling Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson this Sunday, when the average ticket price will be $377, according to TickPick, a no-fee secondary ticket marketplace.
That makes the Packers-Chargers matchup not only the most expensive game in the NFL for Week 9, TickPick notes, but the highest average Bolts contest since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. (Team headquarters is in Costa Mesa.)
As this story was being posted, the cheapest available ticket to Sunday’s game was $441. Yikes! The Chargers’ uneven play or no, high prices for this particular game should not be surprising because Packers fans everywhere, and they tend to come out the woodwork to fill away-game stands.
There’s also this: Sunday’s Green Bay forecast calls for a high of 42 degrees F with wind and a 40 percent chance of rain. In Carson, it is expected to be 76 with a breeze and no precipitation. That makes it a fine time to come out west and out-shout the home crowd. Sigh …
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