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Jets Crash

As bad as that blowout the Giants suffered at Atlanta was, the Jets' loss to the Titans was worse.

As horrible as that Jets' 7-6 win over Arizona was, the loss to the Titans was worse.

A hideous game. Too hideous to write about.

And the aftermath is even worse. Sanchez to be traded? (Who would want him? He leads the league in turnovers, and his salary and cap figure are through the roof. What would they offer, a bag of used jockstraps?) Tebow wants out. (Who could blame him?) And next season, the rumor mill insists, Gang Green may start over again with...

.... Michael Vick.

Michael Fucking Vick.

No, thank you. I don't want Michael Vick on my team. If he comes here, I guess I root only for the Giants until the Dogkiller departs.

I guess I have only one shred of hope left to cling to. Maybe this Greg McElroy kid is the new Tom Brady. Yeah, he's a seventh round pick, but Brady was a sixth rounder. Maybe McElroy is the real deal...

Or maybe the horse will talk.

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just_jenni
Dec. 20th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I cannot stand it when a player I hate comes to MY team.
Gophe
Dec. 20th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
At this point Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum are the biggest issue. I think Michael Vick paid his debt to society and would be a huge upgrade.
TopherOuta518
Dec. 20th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Come on over to the Falcons, George. Im from NY and like them so you can too from NJ. Sanchez does need to go though, he's just not good. You're right, Vick is not the way to go. I was happy when Atlanta got rid of him so I know what you mean.

Any chance of a WoW gift chapter this year? Maybe a Sansa?

Hope you have a good holiday, George.
mateoblanco
Dec. 20th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your Jet problems, but I laughed heartily at "Michael Fucking Vick." I agree - I can't root for the guy knowing the horrors that he was a part of. Here's to Eli and Co. going on another streak.
James Rutledge Roesch
Dec. 21st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Redemption Over Revenge
I understand how you feel. What Michael Vick did to dogs was despicable, a truly horrifying crime against innocent animals. At first, I felt as appalled as you. As a dog lover myself, I swore undying hatred to a quarterback who was already the bane of my NFC South. I simply could not fathom what kind of person - other than a Ramsay Bolton, maybe - could treat another living creature with such utter malice. In time, however, I found that forgiving Vick was not only the compassionate thing to do, but also a practical way to help make the world a better place.

After the "Bad Newz Kennels" was exposed, Vick lost his promising job, went completely bankrupt, was imprisoned for almost two years of his life, and suffered more public scorn than perhaps any other athlete in the history of the National Football League, if not all of professional sports. What other athlete has had pundits call for his summary execution? Now, his life having been ruined - and rightly so; he got what he deserved - Vick is trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild. I respect his perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity from bitter ex-fans, teams rightly concerned about protecting their brand, and countless other people and organizations who could not care less about football but who loathe dog fighting and animal cruelty.

While Vick was imprisoned, he sought out the counsel of Tony Dungy. Dungy, after assessing Vick's priorities (he needed to be sure that Vick was genuinely penitent), began visiting and mentoring him in prison, helping him reconnect with the lost faith of his younger years. When Vick was released from prison, Dungy vouched for his character to NFL teams who were considering him. In the end, it was Dungy and Donovan McNabb who convinced Jeff Lurie and Andy Reid to give Vick another chance in Philadelphia. Dungy even wrote a foreword to Vick's autobiography, for goodness' sake!

Dungy, the NFL's closest thing to a conscience (sorry Bob Costas), is a man whose opinion should carry some weight. Dungy's philanthropy has persisted beyond his days as a coach in Tampa and Indianapolis, and he remains deeply involved with charities like "Family First" and the "Boys and Girls Club" to this day. Dungy knows Vick better than any of us, and if he trusts him and is willing to attest that he is a changed man, surely that counts for something. Just as there is more to Jaime Lannister's story than being an "oathbreaker" or "kingslayer," there is more to Vick's story than just being a "Dogkiller."

In the end - opinions about Vick, dog fighting, and animal cruelty aside - what is a more inspiring message to the world? Someone who has fallen from grace rising above his failures to become a better man, or someone who has fallen from grace thwarted from rising above his failures and condemned to a life of misery? Personally, I want to live in a world in which people are encouraged to overcome their past sins, seek forgiveness, and redeem themselves, not a world in which anyone who has ever done something wrong - and we all fall short - is eternally damned. The former sends a message of hope, the latter, despair. The latter is not even human, for learning from our mistakes is an essential part of life. Without the chance to fall down and try again, the world would be an awfully cruel place. Granted, Vick "fell down" horrendously, but that is what would make his comeback an even more inspiring example.

Where would Jaime Lannister - the wildly popular anti-hero who readers first meet shoving an innocent child to what he believes will be his death for the offense of catching him in the act of incest with his twin sister - be without the possibility of redemption and forgiveness? A character cannot start at a much deeper deficit than Jaime, yet in the course of the story he has grown far more than anyone ever anticipated. We should follow Brienne's example, not Lady Stoneheart's.

If nothing else, Vick should be commended for trying against all odds. It is not as if Vick is getting away with murder. Even if this injury-crushing season is not his last, Vick's fame and fortune will always be a shadow of what they once were.

I love dogs, but I love human compassion, the hope of redemption, and the promise of a better world more.

Edited at 2012-12-21 12:16 am (UTC)
grrm
Dec. 21st, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: Redemption Over Revenge
I do believe in redemption and I do believe in forgiveness... under the right circumstances.

But I am not convinced that Vick has actually changed. I think it is all a show. I think he is doing and saying the things he was told that he had to do and say to get back in the NFL.

I have listened to his apologies. He talks about being sorry, about having let down his family, his friends, his teammates, the organization, the owner, and so on, and so forth. He apologizes to all of them.

He never says a word about the dogs.

He is sorry he got caught, yeah. He is sorry he went to prison. He is sorry he lost millions of dollars. And he may even be genuinely sorry that he hurt his family and the Atlanta Falcons and a coach and owner who believed in him. But honestly, I don't give a fig if he disappointed Arthur Blank. It's the dogs that trouble me, and he never talks about that. That leads me to believe his repentence is an inch deep, that he does not truly get it.

You may believe otherwise. Unless we can read minds/ souls, we will never know the truth.

Mind you, I am not saying that Vick should be killed or sent back to prison. He went to jail, he paid his "debt to society," he's out, fine.

That does not mean I want him on my team.

That does not mean I have to cheer for him.



Edited at 2012-12-21 12:23 am (UTC)
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JessicaSBarber
Dec. 21st, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Greg McElroy was superb in college. I was honestly shocked that he didn't go higher up in the draft. He always keeps a cool head and doesn't panic if he gets in a tight spot. I think the only thing people didn't like about him going into the draft was that he was perhaps a little too willing to take a hit to make a play. I think he'll be a great fit for the Jets.
krakenblood
Dec. 21st, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right. I don't follow college fb nearly as close as the nfl, largely I live in Brooklyn, and there are no college teams nearby worth rooting for except Rutgers, but that's in Jersey (no offense GRRM). I've been a Jets fan since I was a kid, and their run over the last few years is the best I've ever seen from them, and I really hope that 2010 wasn't their peak. I wasn't born yet when Joe Willie Namath made his guarantee. I really want to see the Jets win. This year however, as long as somebody knocks off the Pats, I'm good.
nutmeg3
Dec. 21st, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
If they hire Michael Vick I'll be beyond disgusted. I never thought the Jets were so morally bankrupt that they would do anything to win. Apparently I was wrong. Well, may have been wrong. I'm clinging to the hope that they'll remember they have class and back off from such an indefensible move.
jasonbrust
Dec. 21st, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Michael Vick vs. Direwolf Cage Match!
bungeebot
Dec. 21st, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Michael Fucking Vick indeed. I'm from the Philly area. When his name is brought up in this part of the country, people stir as though possessed, and hushed and hurried voices fill the air. His name rings with naught but infamy.
CrisJuarez2
Dec. 21st, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
I don't care for all of these ASOIAF - Vick comparisons. If Jaime Lannister or Sandor Clegane lived today they would be tried and executed for their horrible crimes. Vick is a POS.

On a lighter note, Jets should go after Alex Smith and hire themselves a new OC to fix that offense.
washor
Dec. 21st, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Just started following your "not a blog". Glad to know you are not a Vick fan either! I'm a Patriots fan with a healthy respect for your Giants and Jets.
whitewolf6613
Dec. 21st, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Love ya George. And all that you do. Just not wanting to see the Giants in the playoffs again this year. They always seem to have the 9ers number. Sunday was a good game but it makes me wonder "what if" it hadn't been for the kickoff flubs.
gracht
Dec. 21st, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Being Scottish I was ignorant of this Vick character til now. However a search online revealed as much as I needed to know. This fucking bastard hung dogs alive(slow & agonisingly painful)and electrocuted them so they BURNT to death, crudely, receiving wave on wave of hellish agony. For fuck's sake! I am crying as I write this. NO-ONE SHOULD EMPLOY THIS person ever, ever, ever. What these poor animals must have suffered. Watching, hearing their fellow dogs scream, shriek, whine, gurgle, slather, vomit, piss & shit their lives away in agony and all the time wondering when they would be next. Whilst Vick & CO must have laughed and joked, enjoyed what they did. You do not go to all that bother unless you enjoy it. Good Christ Almighty, could they not just have shot the dogs instead of inflicting this cruel, heartless, torture & barbarity on them unless the deaths were part of the grisly show? Did these dogs bite them, attack them? What was the dogs' crime? The dogs failed to be aggressive enough and kill other dogs.People who act this way have their brains wired differently from most of us to begin with. Nobody made them this way and Vick certainly diod not need the money. He ENJOYED IT. The milk of human kindness just is not in them. Vick's body language since to anyone who really LOOKS can clearly see there is no remorse there. And he's written (ghost writers no doubt) an autobiography?! Hello, all he wants is money! Say who wants to read that or give Mr Vick one red cent? If he was in Westeros I'd give him to Qyburn or Nymeria (the four-legged one). But that's just being flippant. But I can't understand ANYONE wanting to employ this sorry excuse of a human being. What message does that send out? His hour of strutting & fretting upon the stage should be well and truly over. Done, finished, washed up, over. There must be plenty of good football players who deserve a job above him. Or are they just employing him perversely to get the media attention and bucks? As Oscar Wilde said, there is only one thing worse than being talked about & that is not being talked about... ? Truly sickening. I need to go & hug my dog & cats now. PS Apologies for swearing but sometimes you just have to.

Edited at 2012-12-21 11:20 am (UTC)
Hunter Baldwin
Dec. 21st, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
As a Saints fan I would rather be in our shoes " if our coach comes back" than the Jets right now. I think Rex is a good coach and I like coaches like him in the NFL. I hope yall find a half way decent QB, get back the the ground and pound and tighten up that D. Good luck next year.
Hunter Baldwin
Dec. 21st, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
MacElroy is the QB for the jests he was a great game manager for Alabama and won a championship with them.
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