The NFL and the LA (San Diego) Chargers
The NFL league today is not the same as the original NFL league that started in the 1920’s in America. When the original NFL merged with its rival league, the AFL, the new NFL was formed, and this is the league that we now have. This merger set up the foundation for one of the greatest sports leagues in the world, with each original league making up one division of the new NFL. Each division plays to a championship game, with the two champions facing each other in the game referred to as the Super Bowl. From the start, Super Bowl games have consistently been the most viewed sports event in television every year.
The two NFL division s are further broken down. The small divisional structure both allows for a strong playoff structure as well as the creation of great divisional rivalries which help boost ticket sales and TV viewership. The two divisions are known as the NFC and the AFC. The North, South, East and West subdivisions make up the whole NFC and AFC.
The NFL schedule season is created so that the teams play the most divisional games. There are more games played within the overall division they belong to, either the AFC or the NFC. A few cross divisional games are also played each season. This ensures that every season brings an exciting new mix of games for everyone’s favorite teams to play. The Chargers/Raiders rivalry in the AFC West, the Cowboys/Redskins in the NFC east, or the AFC championship rivalry that emerged in this decade between the Colts and the Patriots, are the great rivalries that have been created within the individual decision as part of the reasons for the game’s popularity.
As members of the American Football League, the San Diego (now LA) Chargers came into football in 1960. Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth, are the great players the Raiders had over the years. There were great years and great success that the team has put together over the years.
Below are some things that you probably didn’t know about the Chargers.
Chargers great Dan Fouts strung together three straight 4000 yard seasons from 1979 to 1981, done at a time when no quarterback in history had put together back to back 4000 yard passing seasons.
During the Chargers first year in professional football, they played as the Los Angeles Chargers. The following year in 1961, the team relocated to San Diego. The chargers will return to Los Angeles for the 2017 football season.
After starting the season 0-4 in 1992, the Chargers were the first NFl team to make it to the playoffs.
When Chargers great Charlie Joiner retired in 1986, he was the last player left in the NFL who had last played in the AFL.
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