Enough with Michael Vick. I'm not going to argue the merits of whether what he did was an actual crime (it wasn't) or whether animals have rights (they don't) or whether dogfighting is a disgusting pastime (it is) and whether people who engage in it must have some serious psychological issues (they probably do). Please see Myrhaf for an excellent analysis of these issues.
I'm just so tired of hearing about it! We watched the Falcons-Bengals game last night and the commentators kept interrupting their own game analysis to discuss Michael Vick. Focus on the game, you jackasses! Sure, Vick isn't there and that's going to change things for the Falcons, but during the game was not an appropriate time or venue to discuss the ins and outs of Vick's statement or Blank's statement and did I just hear someone mention the ASPCA?
And then after the game, our local news channel didn't even discuss the game right away, but started interviewing a veterinarian who saw the dog carcasses and couldn't even discuss that because the case is still ongoing!
Also, I'm quite pissed off at Michael Vick because now we've got some 'splainin' to do to Ryan. And I just don't think it's 'splainable to a 5 year old, however bright. We've told Ryan that Vick is "on a break" (think Rachel and Ross) and won't be the QB this season. Obviously, this explanation is only a temporary measure that will collapse like a trailer park in a tornado when he thinks up the next few logical questions in the sequence. I know he's thought of some of these questions ("Why?" "Why is he going to jail?" "Why is dogfighting bad?" "Is Michael Vick a Bad Guy now?") but hasn't voiced them yet. He's the kind of guy who thinks these things over and then will unleash an onslaught of questions on unsuspecting adults without warning.
Oh well, at least we've got some time to consider the best way to explain this to him. I just hate having to do it and I really really hate that he's going to be so disappointed. At least he's got Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and Tom Brady and other Good Guys to admire still.
In the meantime, enough already! Put the guy in jail or whatever's going to happen to him and let him deal with the fallout from his actions. His actions are worthy of contempt; he isn't worth all this extra attention.
If the rest of you are tired of hearing about Michael Vick, please have sympathy for football fans here in Atlanta. I really hope that once the season gets underway officially and we start losing games as usual, things will settle down. Otherwise, my head just might explode.