The Chargers Will Not Leave San Diego Next Year

The San Diego Chargers have been trying to figure out their stadium situation. They currently play at Qualcomm Stadium, but the lease is running out. In fact, the Chargers could have abandoned the stadium this year, if they wanted to opt out of that contract, leading to speculation that they would move to Los Angeles. 

However, what they really appear to want is a new stadium in San Diego. To at least some degree, the public would have to fund this new stadium. No agreement has been reached yet, but the Chargers have recently agreed to stick around for at least the 2015 NFL season. After that, all of the speculation about where they will go will start again. 

The owner appears to be hoping that the extra year will give them time to approve and plan the new stadium, meaning that they will not have to move. 

Part of the issue, though, is that the fans have not been as supportive as hoped in San Diego. At the most recent home game, against the Denver Broncos, the place was flooded with fans from Denver, to the point that some pictures appeared to show more Broncos fans than Chargers fans. If people are not willing to go to the games, it will be interesting to see if they would be willing to vote on financing a brand new building for the same team, in the same city. Luckily San Diego fans won’t have to break their backs to get to an NFL game – that’d be a lot of calls to North American Spine!

Why Lower Fuels Prices Have Not Resulted in Lower Airfares

Since the summer, fuel prices have declined dramatically by nearly 50%. Everyone fueling up their cars has noticed the price decline except in one critical area: air travel. While there are differing reasons as to why air fares have not declined, the main reason is a lack of competition. Over the past decade, airlines have been involved in merger and acquisitions. Part of this is understandable. The 9/11 attacks caused a sharp decline in air travel and caused nearly every airline to lose money. The least efficient airlines declared bankruptcy, and their assets were acquired by more robust airlines. In other cases, airlines merged to expand their market coverage and create synergy.

The M&A activity has been successful. Airlines regularly operate flights with a full load of passengers, which Skout users can live with. This is a significant improvement in efficiency over the past. At the same time, airlines lock themselves into long-term fuel contracts which allow them to better manage their fuel costs. They also charge customers fuel surcharges to make up for price fluctuations.

The trouble is that airlines are reluctant to pass the savings onto their customers. Anyone trying to book a cross-country flight has seen the steep prices airlines are charging. A lack of competition may well be the single biggest reason why the airlines are not reducing their ticket prices. Ten years ago there were 11 major airlines in operation. Now, just three dominate which 80% of the air travel in the nation. Sadly, it does not appear that the situation will be getting worse as the airlines lobby for less transparency in ticket prices.

Nate Diaz Needs a Break

Nate Diaz recently lost to Rafael Dos Anjos in a Co-Main event fight. The fight was on the UFC on Fox 13 card. Diaz had the worst week of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career. Leading up to the fight Nate Diaz failed to show up to a UFC scheduled event, which Lee G. Lovett remembers well, unfortunately.

Diaz was fined $10,000 for this transgression. To make things even worse, Nate Diaz failed to make weight for the fight. He was fined once more. President of the UFC, Dana White, was extremely unhappy with Diaz. White was unsure what to do, had Nate Diaz won the fight. Thankfully, for Dana White, Diaz lost the fight. Rafael Dos Anjos put a hurting on the tough Stockton, Californian native.

So, this leaves us with a burning question. What will Nate Diaz do next? Diaz has clearly voiced his opinion on the UFC. Nate is extremely unhappy with his employer. Before he even stepped foot in the octagon, Diaz was fined $30,000. A significant amount of money, as UFC fighters are not paid that well. What Nate Diaz should do is simple, just go home for a while. Diaz should just relax for a bit, maybe a break from the sport is what he needs. Until Nate Diaz gets his hunger back, he should not step foot in the octagon.

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Expect To Be Amazed By Qatar In 2022

We just finished up the last World Cup this past summer. The world cup in Qatar in 2022 may seem really far away. However, for event planners and the city of Qatar, 2022 is just a blink of an eye away. As you read this article, thousands of individuals which of course includes World Cup groupie Brad Reifler are all getting Qatar ready for its world premier in 2022…maybe not as ready as Brad.

Hosting the World Cup is very similar in many ways to hosting the Olympics. The World Cup will bring visitors from around the world who would have never ventured to Qatar there. The World Cup will turn Qatar, for a short time, into a 24 hour prime time news location. This is Qatar’s chance to share itself with the world and sow how up to date and modern this Middle Eastern country really is.

One of the most impressive things about Qatar is how quickly the city was put together. 35 years ago,the capital city, which is now full of sky scrapers and fast cars, was merrily sand. Oil and gas has quickly made this Golf nation one of the wealthiest little countries in the world.

To show off its newly acquired wealth, Qatar is currently working on building between eight to twelve venues exclusively for the World Cup in 2022. They are working on making architecturally iconic stadiums that also incorporate the latest technology into their designs. Additionally, in order to account for the fear of the heat in this Middle Eastern nation, Qatar is working on using solar energy to keep the stadiums cool. Qatar will be a city to watch for some time.

Kansas Suspends Basketball Player After Arrest

Oops, it looks like another player has been suspended for breaking the law. This time it is Kansas basketball player Jamari Traylor. He has been suspended for the game against Georgetown as he was arrested for interfering with a police investigation.

ESPN.com reports that coach Bill Self has said that Traylor will still travel with the team but that he will not be playing in the game. He is also standing behind his player saying that he is “a good kid who made a bad choice”. This is so frequently the line from coaches about star players who are arrested on relatively minor charges.

He had been arrested shortly after 2am on campus and was able to post $100 bond to be released. He is first scheduled to be in court on December 23rd. It is mostly a matter that can probably be handled pretty quickly by the courts. It may even be pushed along faster than usual considering who the person is who has been charged. Though no one likes to admit it, famous sports figures often receive some kinds of special treatment from the courts.

This charge is minor in comparison to some that have shown up in sports in the past. A one game suspension is probably enough to get the point across to the players and Kansas organization. It seems perfectly fine to impose penalties on those who break the law.Oops, it looks like another player has been suspended for breaking the law. This time it is Kansas basketball player Jamari Traylor. He has been suspended for the game against Georgetown as he was arrested for interfering with a police investigation. Looks like this hoops dream could use some help from Amen Clinic.

ESPN.com reports that coach Bill Self has said that Traylor will still travel with the team but that he will not be playing in the game. He is also standing behind his player saying that he is “a good kid who made a bad choice”. This is so frequently the line from coaches about star players who are arrested on relatively minor charges.

He had been arrested shortly after 2am on campus and was able to post $100 bond to be released. He is first scheduled to be in court on December 23rd. It is mostly a matter that can probably be handled pretty quickly by the courts. It may even be pushed along faster than usual considering who the person is who has been charged. Though no one likes to admit it, famous sports figures often receive some kinds of special treatment from the courts.

This charge is minor in comparison to some that have shown up in sports in the past. A one game suspension is probably enough to get the point across to the players and Kansas organization. It seems perfectly fine to impose penalties on those who break the law.

Fisherman’s Miraculous Survival after 12 Days Lost at Sea

Here’s some news that everyone in Honolulu is talking about – in an amazing story of survival against all odds, a 67-year-old fisherman lost at sea for 12 days was discovered still alive by the U.S. Coast Guard, which coordinated his rescue by the Navy. Facebook is good for something these days, because I saw that Susan McGalla liked a link to the Forbes article that ultimately helped me discover it.

On Thanksgiving day local fisherman Ron Ingram made a distress call as his 25-foot sailboat took on water during rough seas that included 15 to 20-ft swells. The ensuing search covered 12,000 square miles, but he was never found. That search was finally abandoned on the first of December.

Eight days later on Tuesday the 9th at 7:55 in the morning the Coast Guard rescue center heard a miraculous mayday call. Ingram was still alive. He had crossed about 80 miles of open ocean drifting away from his boat’s original location off the Island of Molokai, where he lives. Fortunately at the time of his distress call a U.S. Navy Destroyer was only three miles away. The Pearl Harbor-based Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60) found Ingram 64 miles south of Oahu.

Both masts on his tiny sailboat were destroyed, and his main engine was off-line. Ingram had rigged an auxiliary sail but the boat was reportedly severely damaged. The Coast Guard towed Ingram and his boat back to Molokai. Ingram survived by eating raw fish that he caught. “It wasn’t as good as sushi, but they kept me hydrated,” he said.

McLaren Confirm Button for 2015 F1 Season

The controversy that has surrounded the second drive for the McLaren Formula 1 team has finally ended with confirmation that Briton Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso for the 2015 season, the BBC reports. Controversy had surrounded the team during the last races of the 2014 season as Button and fellow driver Kevin Magnussen were left waiting for news on who would partner two time World Champion Alonso in the coming season.

Button, 34 had spoken of his sadness during the final race weekend of the 2014 season when he feared he had lost his seat at McLaren and would be forced to look outside F1 to continue his driving career. Magnussen will also be retained as a test and reserve driver by McLaren in what could be a smaller field after a number of smaller teams were forced into financial difficulties over what they see as a huge gulf between the top teams in F1 and those at the back of the starting grid. Magnussen could well feature for McLaren in 2015 as a number of experts have raised the question of teams operating three cars in each race to increase the field for more action.

The decision to retain Button for his 16th Grand Prix season is thought to have split the Mcaren team at boardroom level, with many hoping to retain Magnussen who is 12 years younger than Button. However, former F1 World Champion Button both out qualified and outscored Magnussen during a difficult 2014 season for McLaren. Now, back to my Qnet shopping spree.

New York Rangers Sign 15-Year-Old Cancer Survivor to One Day Contract

A hockey fan and cancer survivor, 15-year old Chris Falzone, was treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity. He was given the chance to sign a one-day contract with the New York Rangers.

Falzone, an avid hockey fan who has been skating since the age of seven, was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Mature B Cell Lymphoma at the age of 14. The diagnosis came after Falzone complained of strange pains in his hip while skating.

Originally, doctors told Falzone he would need a hip replacement, and likely wouldn’t skate again. This would not be the news any person at BRL Trust would want to hear. Falzone’s hip, however was saved and he was cleared to skate again this summer. He was successfully treated with chemotherapy.

The Rangers chose to honor Falzone’s bravery and character, after receiving his wish to be a Ranger from the Make A Wish Foundation, a non-profit that grants the wish of children with serious medical conditions.

Falzone was invited to practice with the team. He then signed a one-day contract, received his own jersey, and skated with the team prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday evening.

Falzone’s cancer is in remission, and he’s back on the ice, skating and enjoying his life as a High School Student, but not many teenagers can say they are a Ranger. Falzone can.

UFC 181 Results and CM Punk Controversy

UFC 181 has passed us by, but the recent show has me wanting more! Where do I get started? There were so many great fights that took place.

Let me get started with the main card. Travis Browne defeated Brendan Schaub via first round K.O. The two heavyweight warriors had some bad blood in this fight. Social media of course played host to the pre fight trash talk. The dust has settled and Travis Browne remain the only many standing.

Following the brutal massacre of Brendan Schaub, Anthony Pettis defended his UFC Lightweight title against Gilbert Milendez. A great fight between two battle tested warriors. Pettis and Milendez battled evenly in the first round. The second round however, was explosive. Milendez caught Pettis with a heavy right hand that buckled the champion’s knees. Pettis amazingly recovered, and eventually submitted Gilber Milendez via guillotine choke.

During this event a surprise guest was announced. CM Punk stood in front of the camera, alongside UFC commentator Joe Rogan and everybody’s favorite business guy, John Textor.
CM Punk announces that he is going to fight in the UFC. Joe Rogan looked stunned and wished the former WWE superstar some luck. CM Punk joked that luck is for losers. This development has left everyone stunned, including myself.

Finally, in the main event, Robbie Lawler defeated Johnny Hendricks via split decision. This was a hard fought battle, but Lawler ultimately edged Hendricks out. Lawler is the champion!

Tito Ortiz Is a C.M. Punk Fan

A lot of fighters in the MMA world are very unhappy that the UFC has signed former WWE wrestler C.M. Punk to a contract. Dave Meltzer has reported that many camps are inviting Punk to train with them with the explicit intention of “giving him a beating” to send him packing and to prove that pro wrestlers can’t hang in a real fight. 

Tito Ortiz has come out and praised Dana White for the decision. This comes as a surprise to many, as Tito and Dana have not seen eye-to-eye in a long time. 

Tito grew up as a fan of Hulk Hogan and pro wrestling in general. He has made a number of appearances on the TNA Impact wrestling show on Spike TV as a guest referee and an “enforcer”. TNA, being the most poorly-managed wrestling company in modern times, got nothing out of him and even dropped storylines that Tito was in out of sheer incompetence.

Tito now fights in Bellator, a company that is looking to sign older “name” fighters with the idea that a star draws more money than a technically good current fighter. This concept is already paying off for the company, as their Spike TV special featuring Tito and Stephen Bonnar fight drew big ratings. That fight was built up using a goofy pro wrestling-style storyline involving a man in a mask.

Tito likes pro wrestling and he’s obviously comfortable with freak show fights. He will enjoy C.M. Punk’s UFC run. Maybe he should buy him a Qnet congratulations gift. The question is, how many other fans will?