Guess spot by ltma of leavethemanalone.
The Michael Vick saga has been bogged by confusion.
Vick was confused and thought it was okay to fight dogs. Then felt it was acceptable to lie to his employer and fans about it…unsure of how to betray his so-called friends the same way they betrayed him. Then, he still wasn’t clear that he needed a competent and aggressive legal strategy if he had any hope of beating the federal charges facing him.
But Michael Vick was bogged down in confusion. Hence his plight.
Arthur Blank was confused and somehow remains convinced that Vick wasn’t critical to his bottom line. He abandoned the tragic hero of the franchise and moved on with a new, shiny White straitlaced savior. Yet, Matt Ryan couldn’t make the front page of the local newspaper even if he was a Real Housewife. The Falcons are selling preseason seats for $6 while the bulk of Falcon fans still have #7 jerseys tucked in their dresser drawers lying in wait. It’s too early to tell if the bog has completely lifted itself off the Falcons franchise and fan base. Given the history of the franchise, there’s no reason to be excessively optimistic about the future.
Observers have confused undermining the domestication of animals with torture. Third parties thought it was more beneficial to become fly by night animal activists in lieu of channeling their energy toward the actual plight of human beings. For some reason, Americans find it easy to form opinions on causes that don’t actually impact them. Still, in the end, America did not convert to vegetarianism, give up the trips to Sea World, or stop tuning in to the Kentucky Derby. Confusingly, many people in this country tried to insist that animals don’t exist solely for the convenience and entertainment of human beings. Or that what Vick did was so inhumane, when the truth is that there is probably more inhumanity in a typical American’s steak dinner.
Even though he’s a free man now, Michael has to be confused by his future prospects. Should he be satisfied being a back-up in the NFL waiting, hoping, praying for a chance at a starter’s job? All the while making a low end salary and potentially signing to a two year contract? Or should he take the same money from the UFL and gamble he can showcase his skills for one season to garner premium compensation from the NFL the following autumn?
But the conclusion to this drama will be simple. Clear. Brilliantly decisive in its resolution.
Michael’s future depends solely on his ability to play football. It is how he will repay his debts…financial and otherwise. It is how he will emerge from the bog of confusion that ruined his life.
If he is even a glimmer of his former athletic self, the fans will forgive him. At a minimum, severely discount his middle finger flipping, weed smoking, pit bull laced past. Things will suddenly make sense in the most primal way. The fans will marvel at his magnificent abilities and cheer because they won’t be able to help themselves His electric athleticism will get the best of them and the former fly by night activists will suddenly find themselves lifted out their seats and buying season tickets.
Michael Vick will eventually regain endorsements and fame. But if he can’t play football, Vick will be discarded by society at large for good and that final fall from grace will be swift, decisive and very painful…but he has a chance. By way of runs, passes, touchdowns and all purpose yards, Michael Vick can emerge from the bog.
And the cloud of confusion will lift.