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“It’s certainly not ideal’: Chargers’ home field non existent

If you happen to be an NFL fan but don’t have a home team to root for, find it in your heart to root for the Chargers — who’ve become a nomadic team without a home-field advantage.

The Chargers made the controversial and unpopular move from San Diego to Los Angeles in the offseason. Not only do they not have a home-field advantage at their temporary home, the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., they actually have a home-field disadvantage.

When the Chargers play the Broncos at the 27,000-seat stadium Sunday, it’ll be a good bet that there’ll be more Broncos fans in the building than Chargers fans, because it’s been that way for the first three Chargers “home’’ games this season — all of which they’ve lost.

In a span of three weeks, the Chargers had to listen to Miami fans take over their “home’’ stadium in a 19-17 Miami win, then they listened to Chiefs fans dominate the building in 24-10 Kansas City victory, and then Eagles’ fans took over the place in a 26-24 Chargers setback.

The Chargers are the only team in NFL history that was happy to go on the road for four its next five games after the loss to the Eagles. They beat the Giants at MetLife Stadium two weeks ago won at Oakland last week.

After Sunday’s game, the 2-5 Chargers happily return to the road for games at New England and Jacksonville.

Maybe the throw-back powder-blue alternate uniforms the Chargers will wear Sunday will bring more of their own fans to the house.

“It’s certainly not ideal,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters the poor home field after their loss to the Eagles. “It’s tough. I appreciate the Chargers fans that were here. I don’t want to insult the ones that aren’t. Who am I to say how they should spend an afternoon? It’s just not a home game.”

In the Miami game, when then-Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo missed a last-second 44-yard potential game-winning field goal attempt, there were so many loud cheers by Miami fans that some Chargers players thought the field goal was good.

The next week, there were so many Chiefs fans wearing red, the place looked like a miniature version of Arrowhead Stadium.

And then for the Eagles game, Chargers players were loudly booed coming out of the tunnel for player introductions by Philadelphia fans, who chanted, “Let’s go Eagles.”

“We heard I guess on StubHub like 70 percent of the sales were from the Philadelphia area, so we kind of knew,’’ Eagles center Jason Kelce told reporters after the game.

“It’s almost like the Chargers got 16 away games,’’ Eagles tackle Jason Peters said. “It’s going to be tough sledding for those guys.”

It already is. Shame on the NFL and Chargers ownership for allowing this to take place. The players deserve better.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/21/its-certainly-not-ideal-chargers-home-field-non-existent/

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