Can Michael Vick elude charges?
July 18, 2007 3 Comments
My fascination with the running quarterback started early, when I began to follow American football, that is when my family moved to this country. In the NCAA I remember guys like Tony Rice, Darian Hagan, Tommy Frazier, Charlie Ward who in reality probably weren’t the great quarterbacks I thought them to be.
In the NFL, to me Randall Cunningham was the man (one cannot discount Doug Flutie). No one could convince me that he was not the greatest QB EVER. His Houdini-like ability to elude pass rushers and blitzers wowed my young impressionable mind. If I was ever to play professional football I was going to model my game after men such as him. Unfortunately genetic constraints dampened these aspirations.
Then of course, in more recent times Michael Vick epitomized the running quarterback. The 1999 National Title game against Florida State was the ultimate coming out party. Of course, my fellow Longhorn Vince Young took the nation by storm with his sick game. His coming out party was of course the 2005 Rose Bowl against Michigan and he then topped it with the 2006 Rose Bowl against USC (a game I never get tired of watching). Young continues his excellence in the next level as he won the Rookie of the Year last season and can only get better.
Back to Vick, who has never really fulfilled his potential in the NFL for whatever reason, he faces some pretty serious charges mainly to do with dogfighting, a thoroughly despicable ‘sport’.
I admit it, I do not like dogs and it probably has something to do with being chased (at age 5) around my aunt’s house by a large slobbering German Shepherd. The observed veneration which people here in America have for their dogs probably has also contributed to my dislike.
However, what Vick is charged with doing is despicable. How anyone can justify pitting 2 animals to kill each other is beyond my ability to understand, though of course greed and pride can lead people to do despicable things. I’m sure that gambling has nothing to do with this ‘sport’.