Hello fellow PhilaTuders! I’m back. Did you miss me? Probably not, but that’s OK, you’re very busy, and likewise, so am I, but enough with excuses. There’s nothing worse than a blogger who complains that she’s too busy to post, right? Right. Anyway, Phila Dude has done such a good job with keeping up the posting. I mean, it’s summer, we want to be outside—though I haven’t been outside so much as chained to my desk working—but he’s done it: covering everything from the Phillies’ magical season, the tragic passing of Jim Johnson, and now the surprising and jaw-dropping signing of Michael Vick to the Eagles—seriously, jaw dropped and was like “Shut the front door!” Stacy London, What Not to Wear? Anyone? Anyone? I like to watch make-over shows on TLC, get over it—but I digress.
My first reaction to the signing was Good job Eagles…Way to bring in unnecessary drama. Do we really need this? Do we? Are we still in masochistic withdrawal from the franchise killing T.O.? We already have a great quarterback who doesn’t kill dogs, so why do we need Vick? But then I thought, wait Delphea, you need to work on your karma, so I thought back to a piece I heard on Morning Edition the other day. Tony Dungy, former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Indianapolis Colts (full disclosure, the only other team in the NFL that I actively root for), said that if he were still the coaching, he would sign Vick.
I’m not going to go into the whole story. You can listen for yourself here: Morning Edition NPR.org, but basically Tony and Michael met 5 years back and bonded over a love for fishing. They even talked about getting a fishing trip together—a trip that Dungy always wonders might have prevented Vick from going down the wrong path. Anyway, Tony, who has left the NFL to pursue the ministry and mentoring, went to visit Michael during his last month in prison. There he began to understand how and why Vick got into dog fighting. Tony does not condone what Michael did, but believes that he has served his time, and that perhaps it’s time for a second chance.
The thing that stuck out most to me from the interview was that he relates that although signing a player like Vick may bring distraction to an organization, a strong team who believes in second chances will be able to do it. If there is any such team, it is definitely the Eagles. I can only hope that Andy Reid is ready to be the on-field mentor to Vick that Dungy would be if he were still coaching.
OK, back to summer. Need to catch up on Mad Men before the premiere tomorrow—yes, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon—Be like me: watch the first two seasons here: Blinkx.