November 7, 2003

By Michael Strickland


For the first time in weeks, I'm excited about watching a Chargers game this Sunday. Quarterback Drew Brees' performance of late has finally been bad enough to make even head coach Marty Schottenheimer lose confidence in the young QB. In his last three starts, he has thrown five interceptions and not a single touchdown pass. Last week, in yet another loss to the Chicago Bears, Schottenheimer pulled Brees out and put veteran Doug Flutie in for the fourth quarter. In typical Flutie fashion, the 41-year-old quarterback marched downfield for the first and only Chargers touchdown of the game.

It was too little too late to save that game, but the performance certainly gave me and many other Chargers fans hope for this Sunday, since it was announced today that Flutie—not Brees—will start in this week's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Leading the Chargers to losses in 14 of their last 17 games, Brees should have been recalled long before Gray Davis.

I have been a Chargers fan for as long as I can remember. The team made it to the Super Bowl once, but most other years has been a pretty mediocre team. If they get one more loss this season, it'll make for the eighth straight non-winning season. Why am I a Chargers fan? Mostly history, I guess. It's hard to give up on a team you've stuck with for so long. But this year, for the first time, I have seriously questioned my loyalty to an organization that has made bad decision after bad decision, and whose players so often suck.

I sincerely hope Flutie can reinvigorate and recharge this team. Nothing else has worked so far. If the team finishes the rest of the season like it started it, and the management doesn't work some kind of magic during the off-season, I'll be wearing some other team's colors next year.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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November Columns:

11/28: Family Willow
11/27: Thankful
11/24: Nuclear North Korea
11/21: All Jacko, All the Time
11/20: Mantrimony
11/19: Tutankhamen: Page One
11/18: The Dying Light
11/16: Back to the Grind
11/13: Overpriced
11/12: Land's End
11/11: Veterans' Day
11/10: Cabo Bound
11/9: Supercharged
11/8: Internet Buzz
11/7: Recharged?
11/5: Open Mouth, Insert Foot
11/4: No Wiggle Room
11/1: A Week Lost in Time
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