Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Mike Vick and the comeback
We're going in the minority here and saying that Mike Vick will never play in the NFL again. Of course, the minority seems anything non-ESPN from what we've seen.
Did anyone watch ESPN Monday Night Countdown? The network puts out it's NFL "All-Star" cast for analysis and opinion, and we often get drivel. All of ESPN's MNF crew thought Mike Vick could make an comeback in the NFL after his 23 months are up.
Tom Jackson was pouring his heart out for Vick, basically saying he should be forgiven and that Vick has a chance to be the greatest comeback story in NFL history. Cripes, Jackson, did you forget what the felon just did? He murdered dogs. He ran an illegal gambling operation that reaches throughout Virginia and the southeast. He lied about his involvement to the NFL Commissioner, to the fans, to the Atlanta franchise.
Keyshawn Johnson even thought Vick could come back as a running back, cornerback or wide receiver. Are you kidding me?
There was more idiocy, but those are the points that jump out to us two days later (we apologize for not blogging this Monday night or Tuesday morning, as we've been fighting strept throat this week... the bed has been kind to us).
After each ESPN MNF analyst followed the other into agreement (diversity rules!), we noticed how they failed to mention several factors that will not allow Vick back into the NFL.
1) Vick has a state trial coming up in February. This could further his sentence.
2) Der NFL Beauftragte Roger Goodell has not said whether or not he'll punish/suspend Vick after the 23 months for violating league policy and lying to Goodell's face about involvement in dogfighting. Don't forget, Vick tested positive for weed, another league violation, in early September.
3) Let's say Vick gets out in 23 months of even 18 for good behavior. That means Oct. 2009 or early summer 2009. He'll nearly be 30. If he stays in shape, and that's all there is to do in prison, then he'll be OK to take the NFL beating. But what about the speed and timing of the league? Vick can't practice throwing 15-yard slant routes to fellow inmates. Dudes in orange and black jumpsuits can't simulate blitz. Vick won't be able to read defenses. His mental sharpness and skills will erode. He won't be ready for the speed of the NFL upon his release. We will give credit to Merril Hoge (on NFL Live) for pointing this out.
4) Will anyone actually take Vick? We know our society is a forgiving one, but look at how much public backlash this case received. How big of a hit will the franchise who even thinks about signing Vick take? Who would want to deal with that?
Face it. Mike Vick is done in the NFL.