Once again, I reached out to Inside The Pylon’s kicking expert, Chuck Zodda, for the scoop, and he told me a topic of discussion this week was Cowboys’ kicker Dan Bailey, who nailed a 56-yard field goal in the team’s ugly loss to the Broncos. Zodda made the argument this week that Bailey is just about as good as anyone in the business, and with the possible exception of the Ravens’ Justin Tucker, probably the most clutch kicker in football.
Bailey has one of the simplest motions in the league, Zodda told me. He is compact in his backswing and has a very vertical swing that controls his torque effectively while still maintaining power.
(The Chargers’ first preseason game on Aug. 13 drew only 21,000, but no-shows in preseason are pretty much the norm at NFL stadiums.)
Even a game between two bad NFL teams late in the season easily gets more than 27,000 fans. Last Christmas Eve’s dog between the 5-9 Chargers and 0-14 Browns drew 57,000 in Cleveland. There’s no doubt that the Chargers will play to sellouts each week, even if a good portion of the fans are rooting for the other team.
On StubHub.com, the cheapest Philadelphia Eagles at Chargers ticket right now is $231. For the Oakland Raiders game on New Year’s Eve, it’s $280. In comparison, a December visit from the Browns is a steal — $92 for the cheapest seats.
I have been to StubHub Center to see the L.A. Galaxy and the stadium has an intimate feel, bringing you close to the action. There will be some seats erected in an upgrade done for the Chargers, but otherwise the configuration will stay the same as for soccer. Some seats will make a fan feel they can listen in to the huddle.