San Diego Chargers: I'm Not About to Give Up and Abandon Ship

Jay BrownContributor IDecember 3, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (left) yells to head coach Norv Turner during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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After suffering another fourth quarter meltdown, and losing their fourth straight game in a row, all signs are saying that fans are beginning to abandon ship.

To that I say this: let those fair-weather fans go. Let them jump off the bandwagon, because true Chargers fans will stick it out no matter what!

For most of the true fans that live not only in San Diego, but all over Southern California, it has become a scene all too familiar.

When the Chargers are doing well and playoff-bound, finding a ticket is like a needle in a haystack, and if you do find a ticket on either StubHub or Craigslist, you will end up paying through the nose to get it.

On the other hand, when the Chargers can't find a win even if it was right in front of them, fans jump off the bandwagon faster than you could even count.

Like rats deserting a sinking ship.

Hell, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys fans are more faithful and their teams haven't played well in years!

My father (who was a season ticket holder for 50 years) told me stories about times during the latter part of the Air Coryell years and into the late 1980's when there were so many empty seats at what was then Jack Murphy Stadium, it was a guaranteed television blackout every Sunday.

Chargers' fans got lucky when then-Mayor of San Diego Susan Golding agreed to the ticket guarantee in the Chargers' new lease. The City of San Diego would be on the hook for any of the unsold seats, so the game would avoid a local television blackout.

Granted, tickets to a Chargers game aren't cheap. Fans got lazy and went along with the mentality of "Why would I pay for a ticket when I can watch the game at home for free?" Well we all know how that story has played out.

Local San Diego businesses had to step up and purchase tickets so the Thursday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs would be televised locally on NFL Network.

I've supported my team through thick and thin, the highs and lows, and unfortunately for the San Diego Chargers there have been more lows than highs.

After Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, it was all but ensured the Chargers would miss the postseason for what will now be the third straight season. You would think that Dean Spanos would have righted a wayward ship after missing the postseason for the second straight time.

Before missing the postseason in 2010, the Chargers claimed four consecutive AFC West division titles, their longest streak since the AFL-NFL merger.

The Chargers won three consecutive division titles from 1979 to 1981 during the high point of the Air Coryell era.

This may be incredibly difficult to say, but I'm going to say it anyways.

Fans need to revolt! True Chargers fans need to revolt! 

Defend your team from all of those bandwagon Chargers' fans saying, "This team sucks! Let them go to LA!" 

While I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, those are the fans I want to smack upside the head and exclaim, "Are you out of your damn minds!!! That is what Dean Spanos wants!!!"

Spanos has proclaimed through his frontman Mark Fabiani that the team is committed to finding a suitable location in San Diego to build a new state-of-the-art stadium. 

Well Mr. Spanos, you are a very wealthy guy. How about you put some of your own money on the line and invest in a new stadium for your football team as well.

It is just like a scene right out of the motion picture Major League. Field a team that is held together in some places by Scotch tape, lose a bunch of games, drive down attendance and alienate fans so we have no choice but to run them out of town.

So, I'm going to call out every single Chargers' fan in San Diego and Southern California, get behind your team!!

Start a revolution!!

Show the Chargers organization that we need them. We want our team to stay in our city. That the Chargers need us, just as much as we need them.

If you are a true Chargers fan, a die-hard Chargers fan, get behind me and show your support for the team we love, no matter what!!

There are four weeks left in the season. That is four games, four wins that as fans we can be proud of.

Finishing the season at 8-8 is more respectable than having our first losing season since 2003.