Tuesday, July 28, 2009
What did I say? You people don’t listen, do you. DO YOU. *shakes head that nobody listens* The Vick Saga™ raises another issue beyond animal cruelty but is deeply connected: Namely, how much are fans willing to overlook and tolerate if it means their team has a shot at winning?
You saw it with Bonds and San Francisco. How much of the outcry actually came from Giants’ fans? When it comes to Vick, teams will line up to take a chance—because they always do. Especially with a game-changer like Vick.
There’s always that GM or coach who thinks they can fix a troubled player because they have the answer. Lawrence Philips anyone? Maybe he didn’t have a tutor? Michael Vick will. Under the guidance of Tony Dungy, Vick will emerge a new man. Interesting though is this notion that league officials want to be alerted over any signs that Vick has fallen off the wagon. The flaw in that thinking?
Nobody had a clue before.
What makes the league think they would now. Nothing he did on the field gave anyone a hint as to what was going on off it. As it is with any player. Think of all the troubled athletes over the years and then draw a correlation to their playing. Could you tell a difference just by looking at them? (Many players with outside problems have said that their playing actually offers them an escape from it all because they can tune out the fans and media.)
The behavior Vick exhibited with animals though is more than a gambling problem or drug addiction fixed by a 12-step and weloveyouvention. That’s the kind of stuff you don’t just easily forget. If I were a cynic, I might think he looked at jail time as a means to build cred because he know coming out teams will still want him.
Based on recent stories about dog fighting busts, it’s not an isolated problem. Vick just happened to get caught. So that’s the other question you need to ask before the upcoming PR blitz. The one where him and cast members from The View share hugs and tears because he’s learned his lesson.
But is he truly sorry—or sorry he got caught? And if he could help bring your team a Super Bowl victory, what would you say then?