This is about to get really weird.
After 56 years as the San Diego Chargers and then five months as the Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego, our (former) team is about to become the L.A. Chargers of Orange County when they open training camp Sunday.
An Irvine hotel is the team’s camp headquarters, where players and coaches will meet, eat and sleep. Practices are at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, which will require a five-mile (15- to 20-minute) drive by shuttle before and after every practice.
Five miles the other way is UC Irvine, where the Los Angeles Rams hold their training camp.
The Fight for L.A. is finally on for real.
The Chargers’ first exhibition game, actually in Los Angeles, is two weeks away.
In between those two significant events that mark the franchise’s evolution away from San Diego, on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio, LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest San Diego Chargers players ever and a recent front office hire of the L.A. Chargers, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Even if you are still a Chargers fan or if you honest-to-goodness have sworn off football forever, you must admit this is a surreal time.
Heck, if you’re a current Chargers player who wishes his team still played in San Diego and will, in fact, still call San Diego home but have also professed your allegiance to Los Angeles, you can hardly believe this is happening.
“Oh, for sure,” Philip Rivers said this week.
When he is taking his physical and conditioning test Saturday will be Rivers’ first in-person glimpse of the new…
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