Look, the point is that we should actually step back and take in the whole picture. It's easy to hate the guy blindly forever for an act [well, several acts] of gruesome behavior toward animals. But It's much harder to actually look at what he's done since the arrest and jail time and evaluate who Vick is today. To illustrate that point, I think Brian is showing us that, directly or indirectly, the vast majority of us are also implicit in some form of cruelty to animals. Though there are clearly differences between electrocuting pit bulls and eating a pork chop [I don't actually think there's enough soy to satisfy 7 billion vegans], we still need to understand that, just because we don't see the cow slaughtered [and certainly don't take pleasure in it], we are all partially responsible for it.
In the context of sports, I say all this a Carolina Panthers fan. I hated Mike Vick. I hated him way before any of this came out. He was an overrated quarterback and a shotty guy. He admittedly didn't care about his coaches or practicing and most damningly (word?) -- he NEVER lost to the Panthers. Still, after my initial delight in witnessing his downfall [especially after discovering the details, I'm a dog lover too), I've come to appreciate his attempts to reconcile for his mistakes. I point to a Sports Illustrated article that details the positive residual effects that Vick's arrest has had on Vick and dogs alike (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/maga…).
I don't like the guy. I already can't stand Merrill Hoge going nuts over this guy every week [that he's not hurt]. I hope Kevin Kolb starts every game and the Eagles make the playoffs. But at least, in the sports world, for the right reasons.
1) you've never seen 'enough' cricket.
2) earl hebner is my candidate for name drop of the year.
Brian, your combination of sports and contemporary literature has inspired me to overcome my own personal writer's block. I'm working on a piece comparing Carolina and Agatha Christie's classic 'And Then There Were None'.
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