100-year-old fan holds on to hope Chargers will stay put

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SAN DIEGO -- A 100-year-old San Diegan has been a Chargers fan since the team’s first game in 1961 and has been a season ticket holder for more than half a century.

“I love ‘em very much,” said retired Dr. Blake Talbot, who was at the Chargers' first game against Oakland at Balboa Stadium in September of 1961.

He admits he’s not the spry young man he used to be, but when it comes to his beloved San Diego Chargers, his eyes light up.

"I think starting off, tickets were maybe $5 or $6 but we would have a nice barbecue or something and then just ease into the game afterwards,” Talbot said. “Sometimes we’d be a little bit late but it was fun.”

Through the years, the team has given the retired urologist heart-pounding wins and more losses than he cares to count. When asked how he feels about the team possibly leaving San Diego, he says it’s heartbreaking.

“Spanos is kind of disappointing me,” Talbot said. “I don’t think his father would have done this, but it makes you feel he’s really more interested in money.”

Talbot says all the talk about a new state-of-the-art stadium is ridiculous.

“You’re not in your seat very much anyway -- you’re up cheering,” he said.

After all, Talbot says fans don’t need all the frills -- they just need a place to call home and to watch their favorite team play.

“We wish you success wherever you go, but I’d like to see you stay here and have your success in San Diego. And I really mean that. It comes from the heart,” Talbot said.

Talbot says he’s holding on to hope and says die-hard Chargers fans should do the same.

“It’s not over ‘til it’s over,” Talbot said.

A fan until the very end.

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