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Vick Loves Dogs and wants to End Dog Fighting?

8-16-09

I love dogs, and apparently, so does Michael Vick. After all, there it is all over the internet hanging out with James Brown, the James Brown from CBS’s 60 Minutes exclaiming how he loves dogs. Not only does he love dogs, but he vows to end dog-fighting. I’m not being fair actually. Vick never said that he “loves dogs”. He just said that he would work to end dog-fighting. He might hate dogs, or is indifferent to dogs, but has become a Buddhist and hates fighting.

The truth is that it doesn’t matter if Vick loves dogs or not. Vick could love alligators, or hate them, rats, or hate them, mice, boa constrictors, protozoa…does it really matter? What matters is what Vick will do now that he has been given a second chance and what the team he has signed with, the Philadelphia Eagles, will do now that he is in the fold.

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The Eagles needed a back-up quarterback to future hall-of-famer, Donovan McNabb, because their #2 guy, Kevin Kolb, has a bum knee. Okay, maybe not a bum knee, but the knee is bad enough for the Eagles to sign the Fido Killer as he is known in some circles.

As both Papa Williamson and my good friend Jody have said, “The only other thing you could kill that would make it worse would be a child. Don’t mess with effin’ Fido.” Both of them are right. Vick’s issue isn’t that he broke the law. It’s that he killed helpless dogs. He killed many times over and he killed Fido for profit. Even in a hard place like Philadelphia, known for grey skies and tough fans, Fido Killer is going to get booed.

How will he react? That’s the key question because the Eagles are all good.

If Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles plan on using Michael Vick strictly as a back-up, then more power to them. But I doubt that’s the case. Reid and the Eagles are going to use Vick as another weapon in the backfield. A faster, more durable Brian Westbrook. How is that going to affect the Eagles? If it works, then expect Vick to put up Ronnie Brown type numbers, the OG of the Wildcat quarterback. If it doesn’t, then expect Vick to ride the pine.

Either way Vick is a shrewd move, IF Donovan and Andy can keep the team together and not allow Vick to become a distraction. Worse comes to worse, Vick ends up on the bench and Donovan throws for around 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. I guess that’s worse comes to fantasy.

The truth is that Philadelphia has nothing to lose by signing Vick. Only one year is guaranteed. What that means is that Vick had better prove that not only does he love dogs, or hates fighting, whatever the case may be, and that he’s still got it on the field. He’d better be able to throw and run and probably catch and he’d better be able to do it better than over 90% of the players in the NFL.

Vick has to prove he’s worth something. Not the Eagles. The Eagles didn’t need to get any better to win a Super Bowl. It’s Vick’s personage, who he is, where he wants to go and who he wants to become, those are the questions, and those aren’t even the questions until his true physical ability can be measured.

If this were a Buddhist facing those questions, he’d simply sit and meditate. Not so for Michael Vick. Vick’s got to run and he’s got to run fast.

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