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Saturday, August 15, 2009

A moderate view of Vick, please read!!

The discussions over Vick have been heated and passionate.  I believe he deserves a second chance, but not a third.  I want him to succeed both on and off the field, but am not willing to overlook any off the field transgressions.  Guns, drugs, DUI, none of the things we expect of our star athletes will be acceptable.  He needs to live a squeaky clean life for the rest of his career.      So first things first, a reasonable and rationale letter to the Eagles Sponsors, asking them to participate in helping the victims of dog-fighting.  They own some of this and should act responsibly.

We Love Pitbulls

So let's take a real look at Michael Vick, both on and off the field.

I like this move for him.  If he is going to be a starting quarterback again, then he needs to learn the same lesson Donovan McNabb learned.  that lesson is that there is no room in the NFL for a run-first Quarterback, but that there will always be a place for a Scrambling Quarterback.  Use your legs to buy you time to pass, and to pick up a 3rd down as a last resort.  Always be looking down field.   (OT: Tim Tebow will face the same challenge.)

The Eagles made a good move because over the course of two years we will know a lot more than we do now.  If Vick isn't worth the option year then his career as a QB is over, and probably his football career.  The Eagles are a team perpetually in need of a good back-up Quarterback.  McNabb seemingly goes down for a month each season.  Having a QB with similar skills will make those injuries less severe and gives the offense a level of continuity they have not had in the past.  If he works out well, pick up the option, if he works out really well, pick up the option and trade him.

Off the Field:
I have lived in North Philadelphia and there will be plenty of temptation for Vick, for dog fighting or anything that will ruin his second chance.  North Philly is the real thing, an inner city with all the inner city problems.   But, if the head of the Humane Society is correct, then it is also a perfect target audience for Vick's anti-dog fighting message.   He's got street cred, and the kids will believe him, I am sure some adults will believe him too.

I sincerely hope this works out for the best of everyone.  The kids, Vick, the Eagles and the Pit Bulls.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Steroid Hall of Fame: David Ortiz

Papi, why?  And I'm not asking about why you did the steroids.  I'm asking why lie about it?  Why be just like all the others and not come clean.  Andy Pettitte came as close as we'll ever get.  That's what hurts.  A Yankee had more class than you.  Roger I expected, Manny was understandable, but you were supposed to be different.  You were the one that broke all the Steroid stereotypes.  You weren't arrogant, you weren't hated.  You loved the game and did not think you were bigger than it.

But with two statements you flushed it all down and became just like all the rest.

State's Evidence A:

Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me - I will not hide and I will not make excuses.
State's Evidence B:


I will restate my opinion on his press conference.  I believe he was not told he was on the list until this story broke.  I do not believe he only took supplements.

SUPPLEMENTS?!?!?!?   I know those things are shady but come on.  It's 2009, not 2001.  Barry, Mark, and Sammy already used that one to death.  No subtlety, no creativity, just the lamest cop-out you could come up with.  It was like your agent said, "Keep it simple!"  and you did.

I would love to wash my hands and be done with it all.  I want to walk away from baseball and the Red Sox I want to hate you.  But guess what, I suffer from Battered Fan Syndrome now.   Everyone is guilty, everyone is dirty.  Let them all in, don't punish the Pioneers.  The MLB is guilty, Selig is guilty, the MLBPA probably dealt the shit themselves.  And the Red Sox were no angles prior to this year.  They traded for Gagne after the Mitchell report came out.

I knew this was coming.  I assumed it once Manny got busted.  So the 'roids don't hurt, the lies do.

Albert Pujols, you're next.  It's only a matter of time, whether it's new testing or the 2003 list.  

Oh, and chalk up another one that we will never find out what he took.  The truth will never come out.