Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Not Quick Vick

For the last two years, sports reporters struggling for material have had a constant fallback in convicted felon Michael Vick, who did time for financing a dog fighting ring. With Vick's conditional reinstatement to the NFL coming this week, speculation abounds about which team will take a chance on the former number one draft pick.

I just can't get motivated for this story. Vick was a mediocre quarterback who hasn't played football now in over two years. Even if he does sign with a team (and he will), I predict he will never maintain a starting job in the NFL. Oh he'll get some starts at some point, but he could never throw accurately and it's my prediction that he won't run well either.

Football at the highest level is an incredibly fast game. Vick's talent lay in his ability to outrun defenders. Blazing speed is a temporary gift, one that leaks out as age creeps in. Speed drops especially quickly when one is confined to a small room for 19 months.

Bottom line: Vick is popular in the media because he financed the killing of dogs. This story will fade over the next few years along with his career.

1 comment:

Walker said...

Glad to see you're back. I completely agree with your analysis of Vick. I can't wait for the season to start.