a real ‘dirty bird’

i am not a big (american) football fan, so i don’t as usual course pay much attention to what the falcons are up to. but apparently our wunderkind quarterback, michael vick is in a bit of hot water for giving the remaining fans at the georgia dome the finger with both hands after the falcons loss to the saints on sunday. apparently, dismayed at seeing any shot for a winning season going down the drain were booing the qb as he left the field when he flipped ’em a double bird

wsb has (unfortunately) fuzzified photo of the incident here.

predictably, everything is running just as it should. the pr machine is in full swing; vick is apologizing profusely and the coach is telling everyone to chill.

people who hate vick anyway want him gone even more, and people that love him are telling everyone to relax*. even rush limbaugh commented in his usual blowhard way.

in the end, what do you expect out of twenty-something year old kid, constantly frustrated by his inability to achieve what people expect of him, listening to people day in day out call for him to be fired.

close your eyes and imagine if this happened in your job. everybody shaking their heads at what you could be. the company newsletter carrying editorials saying you should be fired. and then one day you walk out of you cubicle after missing another sale and everyone is booing you. you might give ’em the bird too.

of course you aren’t getting paid multi-millions to throw a football around, so maybe we should expect vick and other athletes to uphold a higher standard.

honestly i am not really sure.

that being said, i can appreciate the irony of an msnbc editorial being titled “vick must point finger at himself,” being filed by ray glier back on the 15th of november*. guess michael decided not to heed that advice….

3 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    I’m not thrilled with Michael Vick in the post Reeves era. Last weeks game was a perfect example of why I have no faith in his ability to lead the team to consistent wins and the super bowl. A QB should make the players around him better, and MV doesn’t do that.

    That said… I fully respect his right to give hecklers the finger. Same goes for any other athlete. If you’re going to attend a sporting event and yell insults, racial slurs, throw things at players, etc, well… I’m fully in favor of players striking back with and without their fists. If you get your but kicked at a sporting event because of your behavior, don’t call a press conference, don’t file a lawsuit, suck it up and take it like a man.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    It looked so bright as well, first the running play, then the two passing games, now ol Ron Mexico’s passer rating is so low I doubt he could pass on that VD he supposedly has.

    There’s always next year, but they need some receivers with hands that actually work, not the gimpy lot they have now

  3. Madmen (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Frustration can get the best of anybody. He has no history of this kind of behavior, and until he does it only serves to distract from the real problems this team has.

    Once is a mistake, twice is a pattern. Let’s agree to let it go.

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