The Obligatory Michael Vick Post and Dave from Cornwall

Now y’all have heard me say before “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” and of course, Siggy says “….you can put an ape in a tuxedo and even teach that ape to dance and use a knife and fork. In the end however, the only one who believes that the tuxedo camouflages the ape, is the ape himself.”

Today’s object lesson is Michael Vick. For those who have lived under a rock, he’s the “former quarterback” of the Atlanta Falcons. Lots have weighed in. The AJC even has a time line of his rise and fall. Atlanta fans can be fickle at best (just ask the Braves), but you don’t poop where you eat, pal. The day you flipped off the fans was the day most of them began to write you off. As I said then

Arthur Blank is a very shrewd businessman. Not everyone makes it to the bazillion dollar club. And he deserves more bang for his buck. When he bought the Falcons, he made it clear he wanted the franchise to be the best and they will never acheive that with the Vick albatross dangling around their neck like some gangsta bling.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is completely justified in blocking him from attending Falcons’ camp.

“While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy,” Goodell wrote.

[…] With this ruling, more information can be gathered to chart a new course of action. If the NFL investigation finds that Vick violated its player conduct policy, more sanctions from the league could be forthcoming, as could discipline from the Falcons. Should the investigation show Vick did not infringe upon the policy, he might be allowed to return.

Until then, former Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins starter Joey Harrington, signed as a free agent this spring, will be Atlanta’s new starting quarterback.

For Vick, the mandate allows him to concentrate on his legal situation.

Vick has hired prominent Washington D.C.-based defense attorney Billy Martin. Martin, a former federal prosecutor, recently defended former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell in a public corruption trial. Vick has been working with his longtime lawyer Lawrence Woodward, who could be retained as council in some manner.

Billy Martin, Bill Campbell….hmmmm. That’s says a lot right there.

Terence Moore, also of the AJC, says “Vick is guilty of stupidity in the first degree”. Amen to that. HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

Ok, I’m done.

Now, on a completely different subject….England is awash. In fact, one friend has a brother who lives on the banks of the Thames (hopefully, still) and another friend is due to fly there tomorrow. I hope they can find a runway. There’s be much finger-pointing and chicken-littling and tut-tutting. Of course, new PM Brown blames global warming. But I think the best thing I’ve read was on yesterday’s ThisIsLondon article

Ironic that after the scorn that was heaped on the US by the British media following Hurricane Katrina, we can’t cope with a thunder storm.

– Dave, Cornwall

Heh. ‘Nuf said.

1 Comment

  1. August 21, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    […] a month ago, I wrote a little bit about Michael Vick. “Vick is guilty of stupidity in the first […]

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