The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon, reinforcing the fact that the NFL this year is totally an enigma. Everything gets shaken up every single week – but we’ll talk about that on Tuesday when we release the Power Rankings.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw for 218 yards and rushed for 75 more (with a touchdown in each category) in his first game in 4 weeks. Although it’s a fairly unimpressive statline, there were half a dozen plays that inspired a “wow” from everyone watching. Mike Vick still has it in him. What’s ironic is that I found this letter earlier today and it kind of relates to this situation:
Dear Michael Vick,
Welcome back! We missed you.
Every Football Fan Except Roy Kolb
Vick is electric. When he is on the field, you watch the television. You don’t want to miss one of the handful of times where he breaks off a 30-yard run. He also doesn’t get credit for his arm; the dude can throw the ball with some force behind it. When combined with DeSean Jackson he makes up the most exciting duo in pro sports. (Take that, members of Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat.)
Anytime you talk about Vick on the field, someone has to be That Guy that mentions the dogs and the gunshots fired at the birthday party. I’ll address them both because I think that, at heart, Mike is a good guy.
He was raised with it. Does that make it morally okay? Absolutely not. I like dogs as much as anyone that doesn’t own a dog and it makes me sick to think about what he did. But he’s shown remorse. He spent almost two years in jail. As a measure of comparison: Donte Stallworth killed a human while driving drunk and spent less than a week in jail. So, yeah. Vick is rehabilitated.
It seems so simple to most of us that making dogs fight each other and then killing them is wrong. But it was so commonplace and he literally spent his entire life with dogfighting. If you are one of the ignorant people that is reading this post from a white stallion of morality, let me remind you that slavery was even more common than dogfighting is, and relatively few people spoke out about slavery. Is slavery bad?
Hindsight is 20/20.
The Birthday Party
If you didn’t hear the story, Vick threw a birthday party at a club and left it open to the public. At least one of his dogfighting cohorts attended, and from there it’s hazy until Mike left and a gun went off. Here’s what I think happened:
Mike threw the party and left it open to the public because he wanted to gain popularity in the public eye. He did not invite his old dogfighting buddies, but they found out about it and decided to go anyway because they had nothing better to do with their lives. At the party, Mike denied them (or him, I don’t really know) and bodyguards and bouncers stepped in and threw the guy(s) out. The guy(s) kept pestering the bouncers and caused such a scene that Vick left. From there, everything escalated quickly and somebody shot off a gun when the argument got heated. Vick was not present. He was not even in the building.
The gunshot happened because Michael Vick is trying to grow as a person and live a better life – as I said before, he’s rehabilitated. To become better, he has to distance himself from his old friends and his old life. And let’s be honest, if you were friends with the most electric man in the NFL, would you let him leave you behind without a fight?