Friars Flapjacks: Same City, Different Sport, All Relevant


Good morning Padres faithful! By the time this has reached your daily read, football will have started. Thursday night’s match up will have ended and as always, one team will have won and the other will have lost (Unless they tie). It’ll soon be a little cooler out and, depending on where you live, the leaves are ready to change colors. Football marks the beginning of the Fall and the end of the summer, and the end of baseball season. Once again the sun in San Diego will soon set on another lousy headache-filled Padres’ season and it’ll rise on a brand new San Diego Chargers campaign. The Chargers aren’t the best team in the Solar System, and they’re not the worst either. But after a miserable and tiring baseball season, the good people of San Diego deserve better than mediocre.

Mandatory Credit: Billy Brost

Throughout their history, both the Padres and the Chargers have had to deal with a talent level that sits in a state of constant flux. Good one year and bad the next. Showings of talent and a promising turnaround into the future, only to continue struggling. Up! Down! Mediocre or horrible! Make it to the playoffs and fail to capitalize! Same old story in the same city in two different sports. It’s not fair to anyone involved.

Now, I’m not nearly as big a football fan as I am a baseball fan, so you can’t take what I say as gospel. But citizens of San Diego, I hope for a big season from your football team because the way the Padres have played, you need something to cheer about. Don’t get me wrong, the Padres are improving, and to be fair, so are the Chargers, but improving needs to morph into something more and that may take a while.

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The Padres have a new architect in General Manager A.J. Preller, and a new direction on how they’re going to do business going forward. In a few years, the Padres are going to be exciting and competing, and that’s going to be awesome! But until then, San Diego really needs a distraction. Let’s pray for a big football season and an even bigger future for the San Diego Padres.