The Furrow Plan for the Future of San Diego Football

LA ChargersLet the San Diego Chargers go to Los Angeles.  Let’s face it, every year, the Chargers are almost a good team, but they always disappoint, and that makes them a perfect counterpart for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But even without a team, the City of San Diego should build a state-of-the-art football stadium anyway.  Here’s my proposal, subject to approval by the National Football League.

I propose we destroy Qualcomm in some dramatic fashion, in order to build excitement for what would be not just another football stadium, but the biggest one ever built.  It shall be known as the most magnificent sporting venue in the world, the new Eighth Wonder of the World.  We would build it, not for a replacement or expansion team in the NFL, but for something greater, greater for San Diego, greater for sports fans everywhere.

Our new stadium’s name will not be associated with any bank or other local company.  The name will be simple, straight-forward, and will clearly identify it’s purpose.  The stadium will be built to host only one football game a year, the game and the stadium shall have the same name:  The Super Bowl.

The idea is that all future Super Bowls would be played in San Diego, at The Super Bowl, in exchange for San Diego not having it’s own team.  We would trade eight mediocre games for one spectacular event.  I think that’s a good deal for San Diegans, who aren’t buying Charger tickets anyway.  With the Furrow Plan, we don’t need to buy tickets, instead, the world will be buying tickets from us!

It is clear that San Diego is the best city in the world to host the Super Bowl.  We have the best weather in the country, with very good odds of a spectacular environment for fans, teams, blimps, and more.   There would be no concerns of profit reducing snow or rain or general dreariness.  Fans will also be able to enjoy the sunshine at the beaches, the resorts, and the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Tourists are only a short drive from Legoland and even Disneyland.

Imagine the possibilities.  While many might prefer a downtown stadium for a local team, the Mission Valley location would be ideal for The Super Bowl.   Plenty of room for parking of course, but also, imagine the use of that space for the fan and media experience!  Plus, the complex could contain community sports fields, sports themed restaurants and activities and think of it – The Super Bowl resort and Spa!

A sample of what could be built in Mission Valley

A Sample of what could be built in Mission Valley

How would this all be funded?  You mean how would all those additional tourist tax dollars, media deals, and various fees for this and that pay for it?  I think we just paid for it.  Some naysayers have suggested that the Super Bowl drives away as many tourists and city revenue, as it brings in.  That may be true in other cities, but unlike cities with those ugly domed stadiums, people actually want to visit San Diego, and will even extend their stay for an amazing vacation.  There is more than enough to do and places to stay.  The revenue from all of that makes the Furrow Plan financing scenarios obvious.

An artist concept drawing from a few years ago.

An artist concept drawing from a few years ago.

The Superbowl belongs in San Diego.  Let’s face it, there’s really no point in traveling to arctic places like New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago or the Northeast and Midwest in general during the winter and no one wants to go to Miami or Phoenix until retirement.  New Orleans can’t keep the lights on, and besides, like Detroit, St. Louis, and Minneapolis, they have that dome problem.   Domes are dumb.   Los Angeles has too much traffic, San Francisco is too liberal, Boston cheats, Seattle and Denver have certain other recreational problems, Baltimore is Baltimore and the other cities are just other cities.  But San Diego is America’s Finest City.

Obviously, this is a win-win for San Diego and the NFL.

I call on Mayor Faulconer and the City of San Diego to create a new commission immediately, one to propose The Furrow Plan to the NFL.  If this deal shows promise, we should simply let the Chargers go to L.A. and shack up with the Raiders.  That sounds like a great relationship.  They can be the Kardashians of football.

Think about it, mayor.  If it works, one day they’ll put a statue of you somewhere near Horton Plaza.


The Music of the Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer

Like millions of others, I sat down with my boys to watch the end of the first half of Monday Night Football this week so the we could enjoy the new trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.  It was the highest rated last moments of a 2nd quarter and MNF halftime show in quite a while.  Why so much excitement?  It’s because the bulk of people my age are looking longingly to J.J. Abrams for the latest attempt to have a continuation of our childhood.

It’s true.  I saw the original Star Wars in the theater when I was not quite 6 years old. I managed to see it 10 times in theaters, which was quite an accomplishment, not just for a 6 year old, but at a time when there weren’t many theaters around anyway. Our town, Palmdale, California, had one lousy theater – The Palace Theater.  The Palace was known for having a huge Coke stain in the middle of the right side of the screen, and also for having a lumpy floor as management simply painted over dropped Milk Duds rather than scoop them up.  It was a jem, I miss it.

This kid-like feeling we Generation X people now have about the Episode VII release was briefly ignited in 1999 when the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace, hit the theaters.  I waited in line outside for hours for the first midnight show, along with my new girlfriend at the time.  She stood there with me in the cold and rain surrounded by the nerd elite.  Naturally, I married her.   That night, we bonded emotionally as we experienced together the absolute horror of what was Episode I.  The audience’s bad feeling about this began with the scrolling of the words “Trade Federation” and culminated in the opening scenes with the emergence of the dastardly Jar Jar Binks.  At that moment, just 10 minutes into the movie, we felt a great disturbance in the theater, as if millions of childhood voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

But today, we are expecting to finally be able to put that behind us, to find closure and a new hope, in a new Star Wars film that reminds us why we went to experience it so many times in the 1970’s and 80’s.  So we watch the trailers repeatedly, record our reactions, and post them for others to see.  I can’t imagine it can get more nerdy.  Well, I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.

There is something else I was looking for, rather, listening for in the trailer.  The music.  Would we get a feel for the new score by John Williams?  The music itself was arranged by composers who do music for trailers, but supposedly, it was inspired by Williams and then adapted from the previous movies.  For me, the music of this new Star Wars flick will be just as important as the story.

What is the last film score that we have heard that has left a lasting impression and universally recognizable tune in elevators or at symphony concerts?  I remember walking out of the most recent Indiana Jones movie, disappointed, but nostalgic, humming the familiar theme song in the parking lot.  It occurred to me that it had been quite a while since there was any comparable and memorable theme music to a movie.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some great scores today, however, we don’t hum them or remember them for very long after the film.  But nearly 40 years later, we still hear and immediately recognize themes from Superman, Indiana Jones, Chariots of Fire, Jaws, Rocky, and of course the music of the Star Wars saga.  If you are older or younger, I bet you know all of those too.

Well, I was not disappointed.  The trailer’s music was wonderful.  Some brilliant person thought this too and created a version of the trailer without the voices and narration and just the score.  That’s really the reason I wrote all this, so that you can listen with me.

Below is the most recent trailer with the voices and narration removed and the music remastered.  Close your eyes if you are trying to avoid spoilers (there really aren’t any here), but turn your speakers up or put on you best headphones and listen…

The music is it’s own dialogue. The trailer might even be better this way,

For comparison, you can watch the original here:


PS:  Han shot first.

I Didn’t Make The List

I didn’t make the list.  A list that should not exist, should not have been published.

The Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”   (Wouldn’t these then be the Bottom 100 Christian Leaders, Biblically speaking?)  It received some funny attention on Twitter this week:

Let me ask you something – who is the face of Christianity in America?  Please don’t say Jesus, he didn’t make the list either.

Captain StubingNo, I mean, when a Christian perspective on some issue is given somewhere in the media, who get’s the call, the call to represent the Body of Christ on national TV, or in a major newspaper or cable news network?  Sadly, it’s a lot of people on this list.  Sure, some listed here genuinely promote the Gospel of Jesus and do a great job.  But some others promote something or someone else entirely and don’t represent Jesus well at all.  The latter is who you see on your TV more often that the former.

Perhaps you think this list is a product of ignorant left-wing media.  While it’s true that most left-wing sources would have a similar call list, it’s the ignorant right-wing media who created and published this catastrophe.   This is because the face of Christianity in America, at least in the minds of many who produce or publish, is highly political, entertainment based, and wacky in general.

The list of course doesn’t really matter, but it provides an opportunity for this reminder.   The foundation of the Christian faith is not the Church nor any of its leaders or celebrities.  It’s not a set of moral teachings or even the Bible.  The foundation of the Christian faith is instead an event:  the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.  Without this event, Jesus is just like any other religious founder or philosophical guru.  Dead.  Still dead.  Take it or leave it.  We might as well then rank each other by whatever arbitrary scale we can come up with.

Instead, let’s put Jesus on the list and call it finished.  He invites people to follow him, and as for me, a guy who predicts his own death and resurrection and comes through is worth following.

I suppose if Heaven keeps such a list as the “Top 100 Christ-Followers”, we probably have never heard of those people, who humbly serve other and sacrifice all they have in the name of Christ.  Those people need our prayers and encouragement, but not strange accolades from political news magazines.