Michael Vick Puts Philadelphia Eagles Fans in a Precarious Position

WesAnalyst IJune 28, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Football fans stream past people protesting the NFL re-instatement and Eagles' sigining of convicted felon Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles before a game against  the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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I have been near Philadelphia Eagles fans when they smoked weed in the stadium, pissed in sinks, and threw punches at opposing fans and even police officers.

I’m not going to act holier than thou, because I certainly have engaged in less than stellar behavior at many Eagles games.

So what does this have to do with Michel Vick?

Well, when we heard about Vick’s latest incident stating he may be involved in a shooting that took place early in the morning on June 25 outside of a club hosting his 30th birthday, most Eagles fans said, “Enough of this guy—I want him out of here.”

But why? And on what grounds are we to judge him?

Are Eagles fans exactly God’s gift to all of humanity?

The way I see it, Vick is the perfect fit for Philadelphia. He’s nothing more than a guy that finds himself in precarious situations, and every now and again he gets caught. Isn’t that what a couple thousand Eagles fans do every Sunday down at the Linc?

Don’t a ton of people get wasted out of their minds, hop in their cars after the game, and drive down I-95 only to ask themselves the next morning, “How did I get home?”

I know what we as fans do pales in comparison to what Vick has done. His involvement with dogfighting is completely disgusting, and if you have any kind of compassion to animals, then it makes you sick to your stomach.

But please help me understand this question: “Who are we to run someone out of town because he has questionable behavior?”

Really though. Have you been to an Eagles game in the past five years? Do you see what goes on down there? How many times do you hear parents say, “I can’t bring my child to an Eagles game because I don’t know what’s going to happen?”

We’re not running around finding ourselves possibly connected to a shooting. But if I denounce Vick and say he’s a terrible person and that I can’t watch the Eagles if he plays, then I had better be willing to say that I am not going to watch the Eagles unless the fans clean up their behavior at games.

I know for a fact that our fans will never change, and to be honest, I kind of like that. Our over-the-top antics make the game-day experience more exciting for those in attendance and more intimidating for the players on the field.

Eagles fans are certainly closer to heathens than they are saints, so why are we so anti-Vick all the time?

Is it because of the type of crimes he’s committed or may have committed? Have we established the fine line of saying what is wrong and what is really, really wrong? And are we the judges of when someone crosses that line?

The whole situation is weird. I wish I could hate him to the point where he never played for the Eagles again.

But don’t I become a hypocrite for hating someone who broke the law while I watch thousands of Eagles fans break numerous laws every Sunday?