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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.



James Rutledge Roesch
Dec. 21st, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Redemption Over Revenge
I agree that Vick's feelings of regret for failing his family, friends, fans, and the Falcons are beside the point. Of course, I am glad he is sorry for how his actions affected others - particularly the young fans who held him in high esteem as a role model - but care most about the dogs who suffered. Thankfully, Vick has mentioned the dogs in some of his apologies, but he has made so many apologies at so many different venues to so many different people that sometimes it seems like he is neglecting what matters the most: the actual victims of his crimes.

For instance, two days after his 60 Minutes interview on CBS (in which he also apologizes for dogfighting), Vick issued a written apology focusing solely on the dogs. "What I did was horrendous. Awful. Inhumane." I quote Vick at length:

"Sitting in a prison cell didn't make me feel remorse. It was meeting so many animal lovers, speaking with them and looking them in their eyes. Staring at them. Looking so deep into their eyes that I began to feel their pain.
"Allowing that pain to enter into my body is when I started to understand how bad it really was. I have been trying hard to connect with people who feel this pain, because for my whole life I was disconnected from the suffering of animals.
"And you might say, 'come on Mike, how could you do those things to those dogs?' And you're right... I ask myself those questions every day. What kind of person does this? How does a human-being treat dogs or any animal with pain and cruelty?
"The hard part for me is the answer to these questions. Because the answer is ME.
"I am trying so hard to be a better person, because who I was, I am ashamed of."

Upon his release from prison, Vick made a pledge to the Humane Society to deliver speeches denouncing dogfighting in at least two cities every month for the next decade (that's at least 240 total speeches against dogfighting). Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and New Haven are a few of the places where Vick has already spoken that come to mind, but there are many more. Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society, "Michael Vick admits that what he did to dogs was cruel and barbaric, but now that he has served his time, he wants to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.” Far from merely apologizing for his dogfighting, Vick has dedicated himself to making a difference - words matched by deeds.


To me, Vick’s sorrow goes deeper than just being “sorry he got caught.” At the 2010 Athletes in Action Superbowl Breakfast, Dungy shared that his mentoring relationship with Vick is still ongoing, and that they continue to have weekly discussions about Vick’s progress. When asked about Vick’s sincerity, Dungy replied, “I certainly wouldn’t have gone to Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie and said, ‘Hey, I really believe in this guy,’ if I didn’t see that in eyes, that he really did want to come out and be a positive force in society.” Similarly the Humane Society’s website explains that, “Over the course of several face-to-face meetings and during public appearances, Vick has apologized and acknowledged the suffering he caused to animals. He has expressed his remorse and his desire to help more animals than he harmed by being an advocate for the humane treatment of animals. We only agreed to give [Vick] an opportunity to speak with kids if he was committed to the goal of ending dogfighting and to publicly acknowledging that his past actions were cruel and unacceptable.” Both Dungy and the Humane Society plainly stated that they would not have publicly endorsed and partnered with Vick unless they believed he was sincere.

Between his written apology, his long-term commitments, and his vote of confidence from Dungy and the Humane Society, Vick does not sound like someone feigning penitence just to get back in the game for more money.

All the same, I empathize with your position. I felt the exact same way once, and even though my feelings have changed since then, I cannot fault anyone for struggling to believe or forgive Vick. I have not forgotten what Vick did, but I do forgive him for it, and hope that his example serves as an inspiration to anyone with demons to overcome.

Edited at 2012-12-21 04:13 am (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Re: Redemption Over Revenge
You present your position eloquently, and I cannot find any fault with your principles. I admire your compassion and your capacity for forgiveness.

I still do not want Vick on my team, however.

Dec. 21st, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: Redemption Over Revenge
On strictly a football level, I think Colin Cowherd stated it well when he said that Vick is a QB that, over his career, hasn't improved his game. He has relied on his speed and footwork which has now started to slow, but hasn't improved his passing ability nor his leadership abilities.

Regardless of what anybody thinks of Vick as a person, the bottom line is that he is no longer a viable option as a starting quarterback. I believe a large part of the argument, besides Vick's atrocities, is that the Jets have been a circus and adding Vick only adds to that circus atmosphere/mentality. I think the Jets would be much more rewarded by pursuing Kirk Cousins from Washington or Matt Flynn from Seattle.
Jeff Leahul
Dec. 21st, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Redemption Over Revenge
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Mr. Gambini?
Vinny Gambini: Yes, sir?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.
Vinny Gambini: Thank you, Your Honor.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: [firm tone] Overruled.

From My Cousin Vinny, via IMDB


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