Michael Vick-Torious?

JosephContributor IMay 20, 2009

Sussex, VA - NOVEMBER 25:  Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting on November 25, 2008 in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges. He is scheduled to be released on July of 2009.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Why do we do it? Is it because it makes us feel better about ourselves and our own human flaws? Or maybe it’s because we secretly relish the downfall of those who are doing better than we are. Oops, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there!


I was just having a conversation in my head (don’t worry, there’s just one voice) about Michael Vick and the unrelenting press coverage of every waking moment of his life. Enough already!


As I was saying, I wonder why we think we have the right to dictate and determine, or even express an opinion about people’s future simply because they live in a glass house.


It’s not as if Vick’s life is set up for the sole purpose of providing entertainment for the couch potato who lives vicariously through the professional athlete (though I'm confident many think this is the case).


There are polls as to whether or not he should be given a free pass back into the NFL or whether he should serve a suspension for a few games, and then be given a free pass.


Who cares? No really, who cares?


I sure don’t, and if I’m being honest, I don’t think you should either.


I’m just glad those poor dogs found homes where they were more than just the next 'Neanderthal' side-show. It’s really not up to us whether or not Vick plays in the NFL again (nor should it be), and in fact, whether or not he does won’t change the number of games I watch this season (NFL sports package will determine that).


Actually, more so than whether or not he’s reinstated into the NFL is whether Michael Vick, this time around, makes the right choices for his family. He has two little kids that need a father around who will be a great role model and bequeath a good legacy, as opposed to lots of NFL dollars (which, rumor has it, he doesn't have a lot of right now).


Hopefully he’s learned that fair weather friends are just that: fair weather friends! They only stick around when the goings good.


Hopefully he’s learned that money doesn’t buy good behavior. Hopefully he’s learned that being a pro-athlete doesn’t entitle you to any more than it does the “Joe Bloggs” next door.


If Vick can adequately demonstrate that he’s learned these and other valuable lessons about living life with boundaries, then whether he’s immediately reinstated into the NFL or he serves an ‘umpteen-game’ suspension, he’ll still be Vick-torious and so will his family.