Archive for the 'Michael Vick' Category

Sports Soaps Top 5 of the Week

The U.S. sports scene has been providing a bumper crop of soap operas.

1. Barry Bonds: Finally indicted.
2. A-Rod: Mr. Not-October slinks back to New York.
3. O.J.: Is America ready for another trial?
4. Stephon Marbury: AWOL egoist pays.
5. Ricky Williams: Desperate Dolphins tap sober former-superstar.

Dishonorable Mention:

Joe Glenn/Kyle Whittingham: Coaches prove they can be less mature than the students they coach. [story]
Michael Vick: Continuing saga.
Belichick/Patriots: The coach fans love to hate.

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Marbury Soaps

The New York Knicks fined Stephon Marbury more than $180,000 for missing Tuesday night’s game at Phoenix.

Marbury says he has something on Isiah Thomas and threatens blackmail.

What will happen in the continuing saga of Stephon Marbury?

Get rid of him. This guy is a loser. It’s the same Marbury who defended Michael Vick’s dogfighting as a “sport.” Now he’s playing loose with his team commitment.

Which will be the next team to be afflicted with him?

Sports and Ethics Is Back

Look for new articles beginning Monday. In Spain I came across a surprising current, relevant sports and ethics issue that has some parallels to the Michael Vick dog-fighting issue in the U.S. I will of course have more on the Pats and Bill Belichick.

Thanks to those of you who visited the site while I was on vacation. Blog stats show me that readership remained strong despite no new entries for two weeks.

The Juice in Hot Water

Out of principal I have resisted doing anything about O.J. Simpson up to now. But a blog called “Sports and Ethics” has to eventually get to the most unethical of sports figures.

When he confronted two sports memorabilia dealers, according to a co-defendant Walter Alexander, who has copped a plea and will testify against the Hall of Famer, “O.J. said, ‘Hey, just bring some firearms.”‘

Simpson said the guns were “so that these people know that, you know, we’re here for business.”

Apparently one of Simpson’s men got carried away and flashed the gun, but there is no proof O.J. tried to restrain him.

Co-defendant Charles Cashmore has also agreed to a plea deal. And the Juice is in trouble.

How the mighty have fallen. There are plenty of accounts of wayward superstars, a few who have gotten into crime. But O.J.’s true story reads like bad fiction. The things he keeps getting involved in—alleged murder, If I Did It, this incident and more—just boggle the mind. No one would believe this if it were fiction.

Michael Vick has rightly been the target of a lot of disdain; but the “alleged” O.J. makes Vick look like a Boy Scout.

Decent folk everywhere are hoping this is the last wacky saga from the one-time king of football.

(Read the AP report here.)

Vick Digs a Deeper Hole

Oh, man, what is in this guy’s mind? Now we find that, while under court supervision, Vick tested positive for marijuana. Deeper problems with the law, harder for him to ever get back into the NFL. What else have we yet to learn?

At least this increased scrutiny should guarantee he won’t be able to kill or torture any dogs for a while.

Belichick and Vick in the Same League?

Yeah, actually they’re in two leagues together: NFL and SCL (Sadists and Cheaters League). Read this great post from Catholic Sensibility: “Belichick To Follow Vick?”

CS offers some attractive alternatives to the SCL, then closes, “Cheaters, dog-killers, gamblers, and hot-head referees: who needs them?” Who indeed.

Is Michael Vick “a Good Human Being”?

The AP reported that New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting.

“I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. “I think, you know, we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It’s just behind closed doors.”

Right. It’s behind closed doors for a reason … or several reasons: it’s illegal, unmanly, despicable, reprehensible, and … well, you fill in the blank.

On Monday, Vick said through a lawyer that he will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He also faces possible prosecution in Virginia.

“I think it’s tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down,” Marbury said. “I think he’s one of the superb athletes, and he’s a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation.”

Uh … “we break him down”? I think he’s responsible for where he is. Can you call Vick “a good human being”? He reportedly oversaw the methodical brutalization of animals and even took part in the cold-blooded killing of those who didn’t perform well.

Is this as bad as some other things that haven’t gotten as much attention as this? Probably not. But it’s bad … really bad.

An NAACP spokesman said the Falcons quarterback made a mistake and should be allowed to prove he has learned from that mistake. We’re way ahead there. Yes, rehabilitation should be the goal. God has forgiven worse things than this. But any pattern of lies, deception, and criminal activity is more than “a mistake.” If the accusations are true, Vick’s character is badly flawed. Of course, Christians realize that every individual who doesn’t know Christ needs to be changed greatly, “born again.” I pray that will happen with Mr. Vick. The kind of intentional, methodical, inhumane treatment he has been accused of (if true) means he will have to prove himself a changed person.

Jesus said, “there is none good but one, that is, God” (Matt. 19:17; Mark 10:18). We are all sinners and even the best of us is not “good” until he comes under the influence of the goodness of God. Every unbeliever is apart from God and in as desperate a crisis as Mr. Vick finds himself. But even forgiveness of sins does not always erase the consequences of sin. The consequences of this sin might be the loss of an NFL career. If a soul can be gained, it will be worth it. The millions he is throwing away are nothing compared with what he has to gain in Christ. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

(And I worry about Marbury.)