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How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

I am cruel.  I am unforgiving.  There is a spinning ball of dirt and ice where my heart should be.  And with good reason.  I hate when people who are celebrities get special treatment that normal people would never get.  Love and adoration, all because they are famous.  Take a look at Charlie Sheen.  Had a woman done what he did...had most any other celebrity done that, their career would have been over.  But thanks to the character he plays on Two And A Half Men (which I maintain is the most chauvinist, insulting to women show to ever make it on the air), he's still the highest paid actor on TV and the show has not taken a hit in the ratings.  Somewhere, Ginger Lynn Allen is spitting nails.

Today's example?  Ron Mexico Michael Vick, the man who, when he was playing for Atlanta, was quoted as saying, "I have two weapons -- my legs, my arm, and my brains."  Study your math, kids!  Key to the universe!  This guy did all sorts of stupid shit.  In 2005, Sonya Elliott filed a lawsuit claiming Vick gave her herpes.  In 2006, he flipped off the entire New Orleans stadium after a loss to the Saints.  And leave us not forget the infamous Bad Newz Kennels.  You can do all kinds of mean things, but the instant you hurt a dog, suddenly, the populous at large is out for your head (people were protesting The Dark Knight where, early in the movie, Batman fights attack dogs.  You know, those things trained to eat your face.  It was mean for him to fight them, he shouldn't have done that.  So they were cool with all the people the Joker killed or attempted to kill, but hurting a dog?  Ooooooo!).

Vick got the thumb from the Falcons for it.  People like me thought his career was over.

Boy, were we wrong.

Vick landed with the Philadelphia Eagles.  His team voted him to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.  If you aren't familiar with the award, it's for people who do great deeds to help those in need, showing true compassion and humanity.  Vick played football for a year and had a successful season after spending time in jail for running a dogfight ring.  What does that have to do with courage?  Fuck you, that's what.  That was insulting enough.  The fact that sportswriters and fan are willing to overlook his faults because he's helping the team win is insulting.  I firmly believe that some things just don't get forgiven.  You can earn forgiveness, sure, but it is earned, not just given.  And the praise being heaped on Vick for being a great football player makes me despair for humanity.

Now, comes this stupidity....

Michael Vick wants a dog.

He says it will help him with his rehabilitation.

"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions."  Uh, yeah, that's how the law works, dipshit!

"This entire situation has changed my life dramatically. Better player, better person.  More patience, more persistence, and the willingness to, like I said earlier, set high goals and high standards not only on the football field but in life.  And in so many ways I thank God for changing my life and keeping me healthy and putting me on the path to where I can redeem myself and make a great comeback."

There's an upcoming Hannah Singer story where Hannah and St. Michael are watching a football game.  A player scores an easy touchdown and promptly thanks God for letting him succeed.  Michael nearly hits him with a lightning bolt.  Guess what I was thinking while reading that last sentence?

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mardeen
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
This was great writing. I read your stuff, but you are so uber prolific that I don't always get it all read. Thanks for your insights.
sinetimore
Dec. 17th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad I make your LJ time worthwhile. You can't say I'm one of those blogs that updates once a year, usually to say, "I should post more often"! ;-)
ying_ko_4
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Then you are just going to love the fact that Vick is leading the Fan Voting for the Pro Bowl.

Think on that for a moment, let it seep into you and curl your marrow into freeze dried strips....

Vick has gotten more votes than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or any other player in the NFL.

Any other player, man.

I will be writing about this (and will probably use some of the above verbatim as well...) but think on it....
sinetimore
Dec. 17th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
* facepalm * Sheesh. Isn't anyone accountable anymore?
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