Watching the highlights of the Eagles- Falcon game was more interesting than trying to understand why Michael Vick was not on the sideline. Though this may be interesting to some, it is less so to me. I have to agree with the writer though that failing to fully disclose does make many suspicious but not to the point where I will waste much of my day thinking about it.
“By allowing Michael Vick to show up late and avoid the sidelines for the team’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles turned a molehill into a mountain.” “Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Yet there are reports that Vick didn’t show up until five minutes before game time and that he left Falcons owner Arthur Blank waiting for him by the locker-room door (the two eventually met later in the tunnel).” “If usual emergency quarterback Mike Kafka were allowed to show up late and stay in the locker room, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But this is Michael Vick.” “Everything he does is magnified and Andy Reid should know this. By giving off the appearance that Vick is getting special treatment, Reid screwed up just like he does with his late-game timeouts.” “It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t matter where Vick watched the game, it matters that Reid let it become an issue.” “It’s all about controlling the story. Reid let this one get away from him.” (Chase, Chris, 10/18/2010, Yahoo Sports, Why did Michael Vick show up late and avoid sideline on Sunday? Retrieved from www.sports.yahoo.com).
I do wish to comment and commend Michael Vick on one part of this story though and that was making the owner of the Falcons waiting for him by the locker room. I commend him because the owner of the Falcons was quick to distance himself when the whole dog-fighting thing came about. There was no one who stood up for him and said that while they are horrified by his actions, they feel that if he stands up and take responsibility for it, they will stand by him. When he was first released, there is no report that this owner made any attempt to contact him or visit. Only after seeing him in action and watching him play the way he has in the past, is when he appears interested. This guy is looking for a big draw to sell more tickets and nothing more, but then that’s my opinion and I could be wrong.