CARSON – OK, so I know it was a preseason game.
And I know Philip Rivers ended up not playing.
And I know the Saints, nationally, aren’t the Cowboys or, regionally, the Raiders.
But, even with all those excuses, shouldn’t the Chargers be able to generate more buzz than – I can’t believe I’m about to write this – the Padres?
Or, worse still, attract more fans?
That’s the fourth-place and buried-alive Padres, you know, a team 14 games below .500 and 33 games behind the Dodgers.
And the Chargers? They’re still undefeated – like everyone in the NFL in August – and feature an offense potentially as high-flying as Southwest Airlines.
Still, San Diego’s baseball team sold 29,292 tickets for its game Sunday at Petco Park, comfortably outdrawing San Diego’s former football team, the Chargers again luring a crowd that fit loosely into many parts of StubHub Center.
The official attendance was 21,197, a few more than were here Aug. 13 for the first exhibition of a team still trying to show it’s wanted in its new home.
To be sure, the “Fight For L.A.” will be an uphill one, this relocated franchise first needing to get L.A.’s attention before going after L.A.’s heart.
As far as honeymoons go, this one appears to be over before it had a chance to get started, the Chargers not helping by losing to New Orleans, 13-7, with an offensive performance Coach Anthony Lynn described as “couldn’t have gotten any uglier.”
Now, let’s be fair. This place seats only about 27,000, meaning the Chargers weren’t going to outdraw the Padres on Sunday under even the most public-demanding of circumstances.
The numbers also reflect tickets sold for the Padres compared to people who genuinely showed up for the Chargers.
And, most notable of all, this is the preseason, a comically watered-down version of its product that the NFL still insists on selling at top-shelf prices.
As just one example, on Sunday, a spot in the tailgate parking lot cost $100,…