“Animal lovers everywhere can cheer Vick’s departure from this city. Especially those who have had to watch him play here since 2009, less than three months after he served time in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.”
Teams evaluating Vick should think about those horrors before offering him a chance to wear their jersey. They should say, “Can’t we give our fans someone better to cheer for?” Fans should demand someone better.”
“The Eagles didn’t. Instead of passing on Vick when he was released from prison and perhaps forcing him to play in the Canadian league or having him work his way back up, the Eagles immediately chose to reward him with a two-year contract, paying him $1.6 million the first year.” –NY Times
If you threaten my back-up quarterback, you threaten me. There are two things that this so called writer has overlooked. First being that while Mike has done some pretty terrible things, he served his time, was found rehabilitated, and in almost every aspect I can tell has seen the error of his ways and has changed for the better.
The second and most important is that football is a team sport. That team is one big family, and certainly nobodies family is perfect, not my own and not this writers. This city prides itself on being a part of that family. Hell, I might love them more than some of my own. However, I’ll be damned if I’m going to let some outsider come and speak ill of my own family. This young man plays for my team. My team! And I will defend him like he’s my own son.
This NY Times article is so venomous and full of hate. It gets into much more gruesome detail than what is even close to necessary. If she wanted to mention that Mike’s past should be a consideration for teams in the free agent market that’s fine, maybe one ortwo sentences to close the article. This just goes to show how slow a news day it must have been or how little this person actually knows about sports.
Case in point, Michael tries to highlight some positives and this is what it written: “I’ve changed in so many ways, so many — why don’t you write that?” he told me as he walked off from his locker, leaving behind a few shirts, cocoa butter lotion, a bottle of baby oil and green shower shoes.”
Leaving behind shirts, cocoa butter and baby oil?!?! That’s journalism? That statement has no bearing on anything what so ever. Which leads me to the final point why this article was written. It was clearly written out of spite and hate digging up things from years past after the healing process has occurred. Look for her next article in five years when she claims Penn State shouldn’t have a program any more due to the scandals that occurred last year.