I've decided to start a weekly recap slide show to highlight and give perspective to the sports news that has happened throughout the week. It won't be too in-depth. Just random thoughts and opinions.
At the end of each slide I will pose a question to see what the general consensus is about the topic. Feel free to answer the questions and give your own thoughts on the subject.
Here we go.
Michael Vick's situation is strange for football fans. The emotions are always intense whether you are for or against his reinstatement. I don't want to focus too much on the actual decision. What's done is done and no matter how man picket signs and chanting happens, Vick will be on the field.
The question I have wondered since the Eagles signed him is how much of a role he will play. If yesterday's extended playing time in the Eagles last preseason game is any indication of what his skill set will be in the regular season, it won't be much.
Sure he's just getting back into playing shape and is still learning the playbook, but from what I saw, Vick still relies on the instincts that come from running. I have to admit I did have a familiar jolt of excitement when I saw Vick scramble around. He didn't look as fast, but looked just as inaccurate passing, and there's no telling if he will regain that scary speed.
For his sake I hope he's hitting the books hard because he, and the Eagles, may realize six months down the road that he won't be that type of player again.
Question: How many snaps will Michael Vick get per game?
The opening day for the college football season ended with a boom boom pow when disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount went MMA on Byron Hout's head. Blount then proceeded to hit one of his own players and almost attacked the heckling fans. If you're anything like me, you chuckled a little bit as the whole situation went on. Then you had a moment of sorrow as you realized Blount was going to essentially ruin his future.
News came today that Blount will be suspended for the rest of the season but will keep his scholarship, practice with the team, and have access to all the regular facilities.
This is a really a sad situation. Blount had a great opportunity to build on last year's success and put himself in position to make major money in the NFL. He's talented enough to stay on certain teams radars, but he's undoubtedly made himself a late round pick or rookie free agent.
At the same time, this is all his fault. Don't blame Hout for his brief heckle. It was foolish of him, but everyone knows the reaction will be the biggest problem. Add to that his Ron Artest-like lunge at the crowd and he's proven himself to be a risky hot-head that isn't mature enough to deserve to be on a football field.
In five minutes, we've seen a young man go from promising NFL prospect to college villain and eventual distant memory. Be sure to look for him at the bottom of your teams NFL roster next year.
Question: Was his punishment too harsh?
Bonus: Would you use a draft pick to take him next year? How high?
The news alone made this a disappointing week.
It's not that I am a Bruce Bowen fan. In fact, I absolutely hate Bowen. His in your face defense that included arm checking, pushing, foot checking, flying dragon kicks and a bunch of nameless others were all things that put me in fits of rage every year. I still think Bruce Bowen invented the acronym S.I.N.G., which Sandra Bullock demonstrated in the movie Miss Congeniality.
But now there is an inexplicable void in my hate-o-meter for the San Antonio Spurs. I realize now that Bowen—and Robert Horry—were my only reasons to despise an otherwise dull, but great team.
He was a blue collar player. Every game he faced the opponents best perimeter player and made their fans wonder how the refs didn't notice the mugging they were seeing before them. It was downright infuriating, but it was a work of art. A defensive art.
Now that he's gone, there's chance I may have apathetic feelings toward the Spurs franchise. That scares me the most.
Question: Who will be the next "dirty" player of the NBA?
(That's all for now. I thought of this earlier today so this one comes in a little rushed and incomplete as far as documenting the full week. Next Friday should be better.)