In a clear homage to 20th-century surrealist Salvador Dali, Coach McCoy sported an upturned mustache and a hat fashioned from the skull of a horse for September 11th’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The kitschy skull lamp may have been a reference to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, which contains the lines, “All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death…[Life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
McCoy, however, refused to comment on this, and also on the question of whether or not he thought professional football could be substituted for “life” in this case. “I’m not about to force my own interpretation of my work on the viewing public,” he explained. “All I can do is invite people to consider what it means to them. What all of this means, or doesn’t mean, or whether the very search for meaning is as absurd as my coaching strategy."
For several seasons now, the San Diego art world has held its breath in anticipation, waiting to see how Chargers coach Mike McCoy would seek to differentiate his approach from the performance art antics of his predecessor, legendary coach-provocateur Norv Turner. At long last, they can exhale. At a press conference held two days after the Chargers stunning opening day loss to the Kansas City Chiefs — at one point, they led 24-3 before ultimately losing 33-27 in overtime — Chargers chief of curation Henry Wanker announced that the proposed convadium would include in its design a dedicated gallery devoted to the artistic creations of the beleaguered head coach.
“Art begins in a wound,” said Wanker, “and I think we can all agree that Coach McCoy is pretty wounded these days. Maybe now all those troglodytes who have been blubbering their protests against our proposal for a combined stadium and convention center will begin to understand just how important it is for us to have this kind of multiuse space at our disposal. San Diego needs to see this work a lot more than it needs a division championship, and the convadium is the best way to make sure that it does. And as a special treat, I’ve arranged for a few of the pieces to be reproduced here, along with one or two comments from yours truly."