Sunday, March 25, 2007

Vick Steps Up and Why I Feel Sorry For the Texans

Michael Vick is clearly trying to acknowledge the Falcons' organization very obvious support of him. Signing Joe Horn (making a grand total of 3 Falcons receivers who can catch. Woo hoo!) and dumping Matt Schaub clearly lets the world know that the Falcons are committed to Michael Vick.

So, all Mike needed to do was clear the air over the infamous water bottle incident. Mike wanted to address it and get past it. Not let it hang in the air like another bad Ron Mexico joke. Well... he tried. It doesn't seem like the Vick hate has subsided. There are plenty hollering that the wrong QB was traded, plenty doubting the veracity of Michael Vick's statement and plenty wondering why he even reignited the issue. This is what Vick said about the water bottle:

"I had earrings in it, and I had jewelry in it. They took the bottle. I don't know what they did with the bottle. I guess they were trying to, I don't want to say frame me, but at the same time look at what I had to go through."

Well, I believe the jewelry in the water bottle part, but I don't know if I totally believed that the water bottle only contained jewelry. Still, I willing to take Vick at his word and move on. Mike is not known as a liar. And I appreciate his willingness to even address it. It's an acknowledgment of the respect that the Falcons have shown him.

He had to do something after Schaub was traded. And please believe dumping Schaub was all about appeasing Vick. The draft picks are nice, but the Falcons faithful already know that Rich McKay is just going to waste them. So, the most important thing is that Vick has the mandate. No more, "Put in Schaub!", polluting the sports talk radio airwaves. Hopefully, this mandate will result in Vick acknowledging the Falcons' faithful on the field and not just in water bottle mea culpas.

And, while I'm happy Atlanta made out like bandits in the trade, Texans fans should know that Matt Schaub is not an upgrade over David Carr. First of all, David Carr is clearly the handsomer QB. Additionally, Schaub has only started a handful of games and has not been very successful. His hype is largely fueled by his position as the great White hope in contrast to the cornrowed, doo rag wearing Michael Vick. So, it remains to be seen if the anti-thug will be able to consistently get wins on Sunday as a starter. From what I've seen, I doubt it.

But Houston isn't my concern. Atlanta is. And that means Vick is my concern. And, still, he has my full support.


nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...


We'd like to believe him, too. Too bad he never mentioned it prior to RIGHT after it happened. Would have made the story more credible than waiting 2 months to mention the jewelry.

Scrap said...

Funny how the police never heard this story. One would think that if this was the case, it would have been the first thing out of his mouth. Also, why did the "jewelry" smell like pot?

Signal to Noise said...

Unless that jewelry happened to be made of hemp, I'm not really buying it.

Signal to Noise said...

Plus, don't bother feeling sorry for the Texans -- that organization has proven itself to be prone to amazingly stupid personnel decisions, of which the idiotic handling of David Carr from draft to release is the major one.

Adam said...

I won't go so far as saying Vick is a "known liar" but any appraisal of his honesty has to deal with the whole Ron Mexico saga.

DP said... the Texans starting left tackle. is NOT Tony Boselli.

The Texans are doomed.