Dryw Keltz

Dryw Keltz is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Dean Spanos comes clean about punking San Diego

It really doesn't surprise me that it was a joke all along. What does surprise me is that Kroenke actually played along. Fabiani did do a great job at keeping a straight face for sure. I was actually pretty convinced that the team actually wanted to move. It really was a pretty awesome joke. An epic gag, if you will. In the end, it just all proves how much The Chargers love San Diego. Only the bestest of your friends would put so much time and effort into a practical joke. It's all about the love. I know some people don't think paying for a new Chargers stadium is a good idea, but I think it's pretty obvious that if we do get a new stadium, every worker in this city will make an extra $8,500.00 yearly once it opens. It's just simple math. People like to go and watch football and spend money on stuff, and when people spend money on stuff in the area in which you live all the workers annually make an extra $8,500.00. It's a given, and it has been explained in a couple of articles I have read online. Plus, if we don't get a new stadium everyone will stop coming to San Diego, and all the locals who are loyal to the Chargers will follow them to whatever city they will move to. As in, they will literally quit their jobs as doctors, lawyers and nurses and get new jobs in the new city the Chargers call home so they can continue to make their extra $8,500.00 yearly. It's just simple math and economics and, above all, loyalty to a team. The mass exodus of Chargers fans will wreak havoc on San Diego's economy. Residents will not only lose their extra $8,500.00 annual stadium income, they will also experience massive financial aftershocks from a city suddenly devoid of crowds. Traffic accidents will drop 68% due to a sudden lack of rush hour traffic throughout the county. Tow truck businesses and body shops will go out of business overnight. Collisions at once crowded surf breaks will become so rare, that every paramedic in the city will be forced into early retirement, and the lifeguard force will be reduced to two dudes who can swim real good. Rents will drop to unbelievably low rates as rentals suddenly far outnumber the renters, leaving, fair loving landlords in financial ruin throughout the city. In short, thanks the heavens this was only an elaborate practical joke, and if I could write Spanos a check that wouldn't bounce all the way to the bank due to previous, terribly misguided financial decisions (primarily derived from random internet articles) I would do so.
— February 8, 2016 1:50 p.m.

It's not over. Chargers given time to woo San Diego

If we learned anything from this entire debacle it has to be that the NFL definitely wants a football team and a new stadium in San Diego. This deal seems to have been arranged to make Spanos stay put. They could probably bankrupt him with the relocation fee, and then they toss in an extra $100 million to sweeten the pot down here. But the NFL also obviously played a part in killing Carson as well, so Spanos could be angling to go to Inglewood knowing that he would make less money just to screw both the NFL and San Diego. It is interesting that the NFL has said that it is going to supervise the Inglewood negotiations for the two teams. I don't know which one of those (Kroenke or the NFL) is currently a greater nemesis to Spanos. It almost feels like the NFL just wants to listen in so they can nix anything Spanos proposes. Or perhaps drop some more financial bombs on him such as a "$250 million NFL negotiation fee." The city should also recognize this win and immediately drop any potential public funding out of their stadium proposal. Carson was a charade all along (even if Spanos didn't realize it at the time) and the end-game was always the public shelling out the majority of the money for a stadium down here. They dangled the LA relocation over our shoulders, and the city didn't blink. Now another deadline has been set in a desperate attempt to (once again) milk money out of taxpayers pockets with the threat of leaving. The craziest part of this whole deal is that the Chargers could play an entire season of football in San Diego as this plays out. I mean that is just weird. I don't know if there has ever been such a potentially lame duck team in the NFL...yet another sign that the city called a bluff that the league wasn't expecting them to.
— January 13, 2016 9:07 p.m.

Chargers head opposed to Inglewood move

Don, since you have followed this story so closely, do you think that even if the Chargers roll the NFL will still try to get a new stadium built here within the next ten years? My suspicion is that the league very much wants SD to host Superbowls...even if there is a new stadium in LA. I was even thinking that the NFL could have a decent amount of success using San Diego as a city with no home team that only hosted exhibition games. It would basically be a SoCal version of the London games. You load up the schedule with teams who have a great travelling fanbase (Stillers, Green Bay, Broncos) and sell the fans on the games/mini-vacation package. The Chargers apparently did this to some extent this year and it seemed to work well. It would be completely outside of the regular NFL box, but it could give the league an option for a good superbowl stadium in a temperate climate. We are only one week-long blizzard away from Superbowls in New Jersey and Minnesota becoming a thing of the past. I suspect in the future that the NFL will construct a handful of superstadiums (similar to Texas Stadium) that will rotate Superbowls in temperate climates. The other remaining stadiums will shrink in size while increasing in luxury boxes. Every seat will be great, but it will cost you at least $300-$500 to attend a game. The uber-wealthy will become season ticket holders, while the lower and middle-class will only attend games on special occasions. The proposed stadium in the east village was going to shrink and follow this model somewhat. Less seats, less fans, but better views and way more revenue.
— January 11, 2016 5:09 p.m.

Chargers head opposed to Inglewood move

The big story being overlooked by everyone is how the three home cities of teams in limbo have put the NFL in one hell of a tough spot. The league has dangled a move to LA over the heads of various cities over the years to get them to cave to demands for a publicly funded stadium. All three cities in the current scenario basically called the league's bluff, and now the league is going to have to scramble to figure out how they are gonna deal with it. There is no way that the NFL actually wanted three teams in LA...probably even two for that matter. The city does not have a proven history of filling NFL stadiums. They suffer from the same issue that San Diego does - too many transplants, the weather is too nice, too many options for a Sunday afternoon besides watching a football game. The league knows that even two teams will spread the fanbase too thin, and what will end up happening (at best) is the early days of the Lakers and the Clippers. One team does great, the other...ehhhhh. The move to LA was meant as a threat, but in reality was far from a promise. Now the league is stuck with three cities in mutiny, and they will probably have to get creative to figure out how to punish these markets for not caving to their demands. There is one thing the NFL certainly does not want, and that is to set the precedent that cities that stand up to the NFL get their way. There are plenty of other wildcards in this story (the above details about Spanos clearly not wanting to move to Inglewood being a huge one) but the most interesting aspect will be seeing how the pieces fall after Wednesday. Teams may be reshuffled to new cities, owners may be forced out, or perhaps the NFL will simply have to send the Chargers back to San Diego with egg on their face. If anything, San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland may have just shaken up the NFL in a fashion that the league has never experienced before.
— January 11, 2016 1:02 p.m.

Yelp giveth, and Yelp taketh away

Great article on a great topic. I knew that many small businesses (especially restaurants) have been grumbling about Yelp, but I thought it was just due to negative reviews. It's interesting to learn that Yelp simply filters out the reviews they want to filter out, and keeps what works for them. I just noticed that the site gives the option to sort reviews by the date they were written ("Newest First" etc) and I will always use this method to navigate their reviews from now on. It's still a downer to think that even new reviews can be deleted almost immediately after they are written though. There is definitely a Big Brother feel to Yelp's algorithm in this sense. It would just be better if the site posted all the reviews in order from newest to oldest, then give the option to sort for 'best," "worst," "oldest," etc. An algorithm doesn't really make sense for their reviews because, once you find out there is an algorithm for their reviews, it just leaves you wondering, "Why in the world does a website need an algorithm for how they post reviews?" Just post the reviews in order...especially for restaurants. Menus change, staffs change, owners change, the negative or positive review from two years ago might just be completely irrelevant today. Of course, groups could pile on negative reviews in unison, so even the "newest reviews first" system has its flaws. The fact that they just randomly delete some reviews that don't fit their ALGORITHM (UGHHHHHH) is just pure awfulness. The multiple reports about Yelp advertising badgering is pretty disheartening as well. It just feels like the algorithm is an excuse to be able to manipulate the reviews however they wish, while remaining under the guise of it being some technological marvel of negative vs. positive review placement. Just more silicon valley tech BS hiding behind the sacred algorithm to eliminate any semblance of transparency. Yelp should tread carefully regarding how they treat both their businesses and their reviewers...the Facebook to their MySpace might be just around the corner.
— October 7, 2015 7:50 p.m.

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