That's actually Peppermint Patty's description of Charlie Brown as she invites Marcie and Franklin to join her as she crashes his Thanksgiving dinner. Honestly, I couldn't think of a good title for this installment that included the name "Chuck" in the title. So much has happened in the two months since we last spoke. This time, however, I've got a good reason. I have been feverishly trying to finish the second half of my book, Drunk On Sunday. It's not exactly Justice Is Coming: The Book, but has some football stories in there. Let's just say its a fictional memoir with the Charger fanaticism being a metaphor for a lifetime of doing things the only way I know how.
But attempting to finish my first manuscript doesn't mean that I don't have time for the Bolts. As I've said so often, I would have ditched them long ago if I had the power to. But despite all the heartbreak, we're stuck this team. I am, however, taking a "leave of absence" from Bleacher Report. Editors I worked with there were very supportive, but I won't miss the assanine comments. When all the articles you are asked to write are lists, you have to prioritize. I get more than a little sick of reading "how could you ignore this" or "why didn't you mention that." I think many of those fans confuse including embedded Tweets and videos for having the answer to this most maddening of teams. I have never claimed to be an expert on tech talk about the action on the field. I've only ever presented myself as a fan who has some ability to observe, recall and share.
Anyway, I was really saddened to hear about Chuck Muncie's heart attack yesterday. I first saw it on the Chargers' "Google Group." I hoped it wasn't true since I didn't see the news posted anywhere else at 7AM when I turned my computer on. Beyond the deaths of so many players from our most successful squad to date, it really seems like more tragedy follows this team than many others. Muncie's battles with narcotics are well documented. As a kid, I never really questioned what the tape on the bridge of his nose was for. Breathe Right strips were years away and it looked more like electrical tape than anything else.
I was more than a little upset to see the Saints post the news on their site long before the Chargers did on theirs. The Bolts have never been particularly good at embracing their alumni. Jim Steeg did a nice job of keeping that up, but it's been a problem dating back to the Gene Klein years. Incidentally, you should definitely pick up a copy of his book if you've never read it. It's got some great stories about the era that hooked so many of us on this godforsaken team.
After the Chargers posted a statement about Muncie's passing on their website, the news came out that Melvin Ingram had torn his ACL and was out for the year. Sadly, Ingram wasn't even good enough last sesaon for me to get that broken up about it. Obviously, he looked great over the summer. But his late hit in New Orleans seemed to derail him for the rest of the season. It's not quite as bad as JR Smith's inability to make shots after he got suspended (dubiously) and then boasted that he could have helped sweep Boston (stupid because he didn't back it up). Dwight Freeney is now apparently in the mix. Obviously, Tom Telesco is quite familiar with him from his previous post in Indy. The signing today of Keiser from Carolina is supposed to have no bearing on a possible Freeney deal. But Freeney is far from a panacea at this point. Had he been healthy in the Super Bowl, the Colts might have kept Drew Brees from getting a ring. I guess I'm just worried about another Bob Sanders situation. However, as I am about to post this, I see that the Chargers have signed Thomas Keiser. Who? Exactly. It now seems to be well known that AJ left this team in salary cap hell. Was this all due to his last-ditch attempt to make a "splash" in free agency? Are Meachem, Johnson, Gaither, McClain and Royal still holding us back that much? Did everyone know the long-term effects last year when AJ let Vincent Jackson go and signed all these guys with the money? I saw on today's SI that Jackson is the 15th highest paid-player in terms of endorsements, however it says it is still "unclear" whether we made the right decision in letting him go. I was surprised they didn't rip the Chargers for that move even though it still may have been the right decision.no comments