Sportress of Blogitude

Bumper Sticker Sales Are Going To Keep The Jaguars In Jacksonville?

You know, it’s so crazy it just might work…

As long as “it” in the above sentence represents “bilking Jacksonville Jaguars fans of a couple of bucks for a stupid bumper sticker that will have no effect on anything whatsoever besides leaving adhesive on the bumper of your car when you peel it off.”

The grassroots website NOWAYLA.com, which purports to the be the voice of the resistance to Jacksonville’s poorly supported NFL franchise remaining in the Florida city, has upped the ante and are now selling bumper stickers mocking and ridiculing the return of the league to Los Angeles after franchises have repeatedly failed to significantly capture the interest – and financial support – of Los Angelinos.

As Florida Times-Union sportswriter David Johnson points out, “[u]ltimately, the Jaguars need to sell season tickets this year and beyond,” he agrees that “a bumper sticker supporting the team staying in the city certainly doesn’t hurt.” While I am not sure of the extent of the impact of bumper stickers on the movement to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville will be, the vitriolic manner in which NOWAYLA goes about their business is truly a delight.

A sampling of the site’s pro-Jacksonville, anti-Los Angeles propaganda:

The National Football League had multiple professional American football teams in Los Angeles, California between 1946 and 1994. Despite the fact that Los Angeles is the second-largest media market in the United States, all teams have failed.

In 1946, the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference started play, lasting four years before folding with the demise of the AAFC. Also in 1946, the Cleveland Rams became the first NFL franchise to locate in Los Angeles. The Rams moved to Anaheim Stadium for 1980, and left southern California altogether in 1995 for St. Louis. The AFL founded the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960 but moved to San Diego the next year. The Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles in 1982, only to return to Oakland after the 1994 season.

Now Hollywood wants another chance to fail? They want to use their greedy overstuffed Hollywood wallets to bribe a football passionate smaller market town like Buffalo or Jacksonville?

Jacksonville says NO WAY LA!

Nothing spells loser better than the California Economy, the Laker fans rioting in the streets, the Stanford girls getting beat by UConn, USC losing to the Gators, the annoying whine of Jim Rome and LA trying to be an NFL city.

Stick to making movies, playing volleyball, breathing your smog filled air, sitting in traffic and surfing in your frigid shark infested waters. I really think you west coasters have been smoking too much medical marijuana to think anyone, let alone a football team, would give up Florida for the hell you live in. The Jaguars are committed to Jacksonville and the sunshine state.

NO WAY LA! The JAGS belong to JAX!

Yeah! NO WAY LA! Hey, Randy Newman: you can go straight to hell, you Los Angeles-loving bastard!

Now, I fully support the NFL remaining committed to the city of Jacksonville, so take my little jokes about the movement with a grain of salt. But if the residents of the city and the metro area surrounding it don’t step up to the plate and start selling out their home games, I can’t see the NFL holding out much longer. Nevertheless, I appreciate NOWAYLA’s efforts in attempting to drum up support for the team. Hopefully, this gutsy  bumper sticker movement goes a lot better than their previous bumper sticker-related effort:

Yeah. I don’t know why anyone would want one, but this bumper sticker is still available for sale at their website. Only 10 bucks and it’s signed by the artist. I bet it would look great on a Delorean (Flux Capacitor not included).

Bumper stickers can’t hurt Jacksonville’s effort to keep Jaguars [Florida Times-Union]