“At my age, I realize there's not much I can do about it. I hated to see this happen 'cause I thought they belonged in San Diego. They were our team, like your high school's team.”
Talbot remembers when he could pay $5 to watch his "high school team" play in 1961. From his spot at the 48-yard-line, the season-ticket holder has seen it all: The 1963 AFL Championship season, the "Holly Roller" game in 1978 ("I hate the Raiders," says Talbot), and the record-breaking "Air Coryell" years quarterbacked by Dan Fouts.
Talbot’s last good Chargers-related memory? Meeting his idol, Lance Alworth.
The Hall of Fame receiver came over for a beer and a chat. He showed up with a signed jersey and a signed football, mementos of a team that might not be around for their oldest fan much longer.
“…You have to accept the facts in life. People will go where the money is, you know?”