20 August 2009

Pre-season a-go-go

Man, I leave you kids alone for one minute and look what happens!

Brett Favre's a Viking.

Westy's injured (OK, that's not so surprising).

Jeremy Maclin finally signs, but probably so late that he'll waste a good chunk of his rookie year. Hope that extra coin was worth it, genius.

Plax's attorney finally convinces him to plead guilty and take his two years rather than gambling on, what? 5-10?

Ben Roethlisberger may have sexually assaulted a woman.

Every freakin' Eagle is injured. Well, OK, that's not STRICTLY true, but it sure seems that way watching the Keystone Kops joint that is Eagles/Colts. Oh jeez, AJ, do something. (Although given how little Big Red cares about pre-season games, I suspect winning them might actually b bad luck.)

Ocho Cinco's kicking extra points.

Donte Stallworth kills a guy and gets 30 days. Wait. What? He KILLED a guy, for chrissakes.

And that of course brings me to:

MICHAEL VICK

Raise your hand if you saw that one coming.

Chef Spouse and I heard the news during last week's Cardinals/Steelers pre-season opening game (also his birthday). We were both like "WTF? WTF!!!" Had to re-wind the TiVo. Like, 5 times. For about the first 12 hours, nothing but shock.

So I'm in the airport on my way to Toronto for a business trip the next day, and I call Life-Long Eagles Fan Mom during my layover to, OF COURSE, talk about the Vick signing.

My point? You saw it below - he served his time, he's out, the man needs to make a living, he should be allowed to play again.

LLEF Mom's point? Tony Dungy's vouching for him. That's saying something.

And both McNabb and Reid wanted him.

Hell, the Humane Society's even come around.

Lots of hue & cry about people giving up season tickets. You know what? Do it. I might stand a chance of scoring some in my lifetime.

So now that we have him, what do we plan to do with him? Personally, I'm guessing there's little plan to play him at QB unless McNabb goes down (knock wood) and Kolb's performance in the second half of the Ravens game last year turns out not to have been a fluke. I'm thinking they're planning Westbrook v. 2 - hybrid running back/receiver/decoy/flea-flicker target/wildcat offense.

So Eagles fans, what do you think? Good move? Bad move? Andy had a few too many cosmos one night and did something a little crazy?


6 comments:

rocketman said...

My problem with the whole Vick thing is that he's being foisted on us too soon. I'd rather have seen some time go by and some more work on his part to rehab his image.

When a convicted felon leaves prison, no employer is obligated to accept him back. His "second chance" doesn't include being taken back by his employer - it involves the chance to show he can live his life properly.

Let him work with the Humane Society for a while longer. Let's see if he's really committed.

He's already famous, so if he's really going to help kids, he's already well-known enough to do so.

He should have been suspended this entire season.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@rocketman - yeah, that sounds good in theory, but remember that a professional athlete has a REALLY small window, particularly a QB - and Vick's already lost two of his most productive years.

jack said...

He could have played in the UFL.... In fact, many people have to settle for making a living in a field other than their chosen profession.

Tony Dungee just yesterday had to scold him about drinking in public. It could be a technical violation of his reinstatement terms, though it appears the NFL will not enforce it this time. I just don't trust this guy.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@jack - OK, but getting in trouble for having a vodka tonic? He's 29 years old, for chrissakes. Andy Reid said it wasn't a violation, and if it was, that's just stupid. He's not a child.

Ed Lamb said...

Resuspend Vick for wearing the Eagles No. 7 jersey. Killing dogs is one thing, but no one gets aways with using Jaworski's uniform.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@Ed - funny you should mention that. When the announcement was made during the first pre-season game on Thursday, August 13, Jaws was part of the commentary crew. Tirico mentioned the jersey thing. First time I've EVER seen Jaws speechless.