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Facing The Music Takes Guts

Posted on: December 24, 2009 10:11 am
It seems the Michael Vick saga will never end. Once again, he is the focus of controversy. This time for receiving the Ed Block Courage Award as voted on by his teammates. PETA has objected, some posters have ridiculed the award and many have legitimate reasons for their displeasure with the news.

I can't ever say I have been in the pro-Vick camp in this entire saga. Some of the statements made by the Vick fans are pretty stupid. Nobody on this earth is "owed" a scend chance. And instead of criticizing Roger Goddell for restrictions on Vick's return, they should have been thanking him for allowing Vick to return at all.

However, Michael Vick has risen above his supporters and taken responsibility for what he did and has tried to make amends. Vick right now is possibly thanking the sports gods for Tiger Woods as he is no longer the focus of all the media stalkers.

But when he was, he gave a seminar on media relations and how to return from disgrace in a humble and grateful manner. Maybe he was coached up. Maybe it was all public relations. Who knows how sincere it really is?

But, let me draw a comparison to something I saw over 10 years ago.

ESPN did an interview with Lawrence Phillips in 1998. At one point, the question was asked: "Is there anything in your upbringing that has predisposed you to violence towards women?" Phillips replied, "awww man" and then stood, removed his microphone and walked out of the interview.

Today, Phillips is serving a prison sentence after a Supreme Court jury back in August found him guilty of seven counts, including assault with great bodily injury; false imprisonment; making a criminal threat; and auto theft. He had beaten up yet another girlfriend.

Just maybe because he never had the guts to face what he was and ran and hid from the tough questions about his personal life.

Now, watch a 2009 interview with Michael Vick. Never has he ever stood up and walked out. And never has he (unlike some of his fans) tried to portray himself as Michael Vick-tim.

It can't be easy living underneath that glare, especially when that glare is ready to gobble you up. Vick has faced it without blinking and has shown more courage than many others whom the media has found a reason to seek blood from.

We can argue til the cows come home whether he deserved a second chance but the fact is he got one. And so far, has made Goddell look smart for giving it to him.
Category: NFL

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2010 6:39 am

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Giving Vick this award is nothing more than another cog in the Andy Reid/Jeff Lurie PR machine.  They are frantic to make it look as if they made the right decision in signing him.  Between them and Goodell, this was one huge expensive mistake.  Vick did nothing for the Eagles this year except stir up well-deserved protest and controversy.  His performance on the field was less than mediocre and his prima donna attitude was beyond arrogant.  He has also been incredibly arrogant about the Block Award:


tmlHe's had to overcome a lot?  HE PUT HIMSELF INTO EVERY SITUATION.  He CHOSE to abuse, torture, and murder dogs.  He CHOSE to engage in a knowingly illegal activity.  He deserved every minute of that jail sentence and more.  Giving him the Courage Award is a slap in the face to those who actually earned it.Vick has never apologized for hurting animals.  He says he made a terrible mistake.  No he didn't.  A mistake is done once or twice.  He tortured dogs for at least 6 years; that's not a mistake that's a career.  He skirts the issue and the only thing he's sorry for is that he got caught and he lost millions.
He should never have been reinstated to the NFL.  Yes, he deserves a chance at redemption and rebuilding his life, but he has to earn it.  He waltzed out of jail into another multi-million dollar contract.  I doubt that any of us regular people would be welcomed back into our jobs if we had done what that murderous thug did.  
The man is a psychopathic moron and many of us have no sympathy for him whatsoever.  His actions were beyond heinous.  Here in Philly we are just counting down the days till he is GONE.  

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 1:45 am

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Just for the record, I'm American, and will admit that Canada is a much better nation than America.............And before I get the typical "then why dont u move there" response:  I have family here, and dont want to leave them.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2009 9:23 pm

Facing The Music Takes Guts

"A once great nation", so because of my opinion canada isn't a great nation anymore, exactly what I'm talking about. 

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 8:43 pm

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Vick hasn't been treated like a hero. He served a significant amount of jail time. Many people that kill innocent people by drinmking and driving get less time! It seems that you are just looking for excuses to bash America. I guess you are from Canada and are a little jealous. I always thought Canada was a nice but if you are Canadian it doesn't speak well for a once great nation.    

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:23 pm

Facing The Music Takes Guts

The bigger morons here are the people who voted him for a courage award.  He lied until he was in a corner, has done nothing out of the ordinary since to go above and beyond.  Yeah he served time, but it's not like he offered to 'do his time'.  Sure maybe he spent time in jail and he deserves a second chance.  He got it, now he makes more than 90% of Americans again (after he had to file for bankruptcy because he was a moron with his money as well)    To give the idiot an award for courage makes no sense, of course he is going back into the NFL to make millions,  without the NFL he would be hustlin for chump change, probably killing dogs and mugging old people.  He would still be killing dogs if he didn't get caught.  He is not a hero, he is the cancer in this country.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Vick still believes he was innocent. He has shown no remorse. He has had no life style change. The NFL gave him a pass. Guess the F does stand for felon.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2009 6:50 am

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Amazing that a guy goes to jail  for operating  a dog fighting ring, he gets out after a couple of years and gets treated like a hero, just because he didn't repeat these acts. America is such a crock, get advised by your heini lawyers on how to act civil and then receive an award, then everything is peachy. When confronted about the charges, vick denied them right to the very end until there was so much proof that he couldn't deny it anymore, just like your typical american, like clinton, now he's a hero, what a stupid country, no wonder this country is going down the tubes.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2009 11:48 pm

Vick is an idiot

Vick deserves nothing but the same treatment he gave to his losing dogs. Vick has been coached in all matters of PR. He doesn't have guts; he is a coward.
You're forgetting about PETA President, Michael Vick -- who attempted to smuggle something illegal (pot) onto an airplane that was concealed in something ostensibly even more illegal at the time (a water bottle) -- which even the cave-dwelling tribes of the most inner rainforest were aware was the number-one banned item. Wait, it gets better. Then when confronted, Vicky chose to argue with authorities, saying that the man was keepin’ a brotha down - rather than tossing the bottle and $20 worth of weed and getting away free.

But have thee hope, for I am confident that Vicky will surely commit accidental suicide by attempting to eat his pre-game meal with a utensil which is way over his head -- a plastic spork. Well a guy can hope anyway, right?



The Beez

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2009 11:13 am

Facing The Music Takes Guts

Rob, have to agree with your assessment.  Vick faced his problems, met them, paid his dues, and came back.  if his Eagles team wants to vote him an award, then so be it.  That is their decision to make.  Not PETA's, not the media's. and not the fan's to vote on.

The US is supposed to be about second chances.  This country was built on and populated by those seeking another opportunity.  Even Tiger someday will get his shot at redemption.  Michael Vick has eraned his award and Eagles management gave him the second chance at a career in the NFL.

I saw the same interviews you did.  Living in the Midwest, I  heard lots of people talking about wanting Lawrence Phillips to make it.  That interview summed up a failure for Lawrence to see why he had become bad news.  I never saw the same attitude in MV.

Nice summary Rob.  In a way, Vick's success reminds every one of us that we need to pay heavily at times for our errors, but long term we can recover from them.

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