To steal from my last post, a picture's worth a thousand words.
If you've been with me long, you know I hate Michael Vick (and did long before the dog fighting thing) and you know I can't stand Arthur Blank (owner of the most things sports in Atlanta and co-founder of Home Depot where Joe Biden hangs out). And I haven't really pointed this out here because I've been too caught up in the political thing, but I adore Matt Ryan as do many Falcons fans...and if they don't, they will.
Today, I read this: Blank: Vick should return to NFL, but not with Falcons. In the article, Blank says, "I believe in second chances. I believe in third chances. That doesn't mean I believe in forever chances. But I do believe he's capable of redemption and learning from his mistakes."
Here's what I want to know, if we didn't have Ryan, would Blank want Vick back? Cause here's the thing. Vick's had second and third and forth and fifth chances. At what point does it become "forever chances." Again, it's not just the dogfighting thing, it's the countless other times he's made a fool himself and a joke of this team, on and off the field.
Now we have Matt Ryan, a decent, respectable guy who knows what he's doing. He's got an excellent head for the game, but he's got the athleticism to back it up. He can call his own plays and he doesn't flip off the fans (literally and figuratively). Who knows, by next year, the Falcons might even sell out a game...and I've even heard a few whispers of...wait for it...post-season!!!
Even though I have my personal thoughts, I'm not going to say whether or not Vick should return to the game. That's Roger Goodell and whatever team's decision. I just think we have plenty of proof that the pair of Blank and Vick is not an ideal one and to think the possibility of Vick coming back to Atlanta may have rested on the shoulders of how well Ryan does or doesn't do....well, it makes him an even bigger asset.
Sorry, kids! I can't do debate tonight...maybe tomorrow! I am happily sitting here with my TV on baseball, listening to STP, and awaiting "Frasier." No commentary for or from me.