Actions > Words

Last week Michael Vick cancelled his appearance on Oprah that was supposed to happen Thursday, Feb. 24 but no one besides Vick, his camp and perhaps Oprah know why.

Rumors have flown around about why such as the Eagles didn’t want him to do it and he was scared of meeting the owners of his former dogs. Make no mistake; what Vick did was inexcusable, stupid, inhumane and sadistic. I don’t even like dogs and I feel this way so I know that dog lovers feel even more passionate about it but the man was punished and has paid his dues to society. So was Vick cancelling his appearance on Oprah a good or bad pr move?

I have gone back and forth about what I think about his decision and at first I thought that it was a foolish mistake. Vick has made it back to the NFL and won over some fans but not all such as Mark Buehrle. I would guess that he has also not made fans of a lot of non-football fans. Why wouldn’t a man who has lost so many fans go on Oprah and try to gain some of them back specifically women? I thought the same thing about Tiger Woods.

However, while thinking about it over the weekend I decided that cancelling his appearance was the best decision Vick could have made. Why? Because why go on a show that you aren’t prepared for, where one slip of the tongue, one defense of himself, one question that he tried to get out of would make him look bad and damage the image he has worked so hard to rebuild? Oprah and Piers Morgan from CNN made a bet in jest it seemed like to see who could get Vick on first and Oprah won but why even do this? Has Vick not answered enough questions? Was Oprah going to ask tougher questions? Vick is still in the process of rebuilding his image and his brand so I don’t blame him for cancelling his appearance especially if he wasn’t ready to face those things.

Things could have gone bad, Oprah could have brought one of Vick’s former dogs on or the audience could have been less than their usual peaceful selves. People are very passionate about their dogs so what if someone just lost it?

Do I feel that Vick is truly remorseful about what he has done? Yes, but I clearly don’t know the guy so I can only go by what I have seen. He has partnered with the humane society to speak out against dog fighting and regularly speaks to kids about it. Vick has been willing to speak about his errors so this once I’ll give him a pass.

Vick will have to face his demons, time will come for him to do it but until then I hope that he can stay on the path he seems to be on now and provide hope to do those who need a second chance.

Sometimes actions are louder than words.

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Melo and crew

I figured I should touch on the Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks trade. Lets make one thing clear, anytime you get a top 10-15 player in the league then you do it. Melo is not a top five player, he’s not LeBron, Kobe, Durant, Derrick Rose or either Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Melo is not better than Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol because he doesn’t influence the defensive end of the court which will be just fine in Mike D’Antoni’s coaching system.

Melo is one of the best scorers in the league though and by adding him it makes the Knicks better, not worse. They aren’t gonna set the league on fire this year but they will compete and they will the make the playoffs and if the rumors are true Williams will join them when he’s able to (good job of running of Sloan then). A team of Williams, Melo and Amare is definitely one of the top teams in the NBA only Chicago, the Lakers, Miami, Boston, Oklahoma City and Orlando if Dwight stays there can compete with them now. That trio will attract role players just the way Bron, Wade and Bosh did too.

Not only is a great basketball move, it’s a great business move and that’s what sports is, a business. Courtside seats for Melo’s first game, no matter if he’s playing or sitting on the bench in street clothes are going for $9,555 each. I’m guessing the starting five will be Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Melo, Amare and someone at center. Playoffs and hope they play the Hawks and they’ll advance to the next round otherwise I think it’s a first round out for them.

Melo is a liar, not really.

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JJ Redick Can’t Stay On His Feet

And for more fun…

I think the Kirk Hinrich one is worst because Redick tries to save himself by fouling Hinrich. Good thing these two were at home otherwise he would’ve been made fun of.

Also in Orlando…

I use to do that dance regularly, I’m pretty sure I could still bust it out if I ever needed to.

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Straight Cash Homie

On Feb. 13 1977 Randy Gene Moss was born in Rand, West Virginia. This is a tribute to him.



Happy Valentines Day

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Never Underestimate The Heart Of A Champion

As I type this the Rockets are currently the 14th worst team in the NBA. They are last in their division with a 25-29 record something needs to be done. The past few years have seen them play mediocre basketball while trying to accumulate pieces so that they could make a big move whether it be via free agency or by a trade. I have trusted Daryl Morey and will continue to do so because he has a great mind but how long does he get before we stop thinking that he has a great mind?

During Morey’s tenure as GM the Rockets have acquired three big players Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Ron Artest. They have also Trevor Ariza, Jordan Hill, Courtney Lee, Kyle Lowry, Brad Miller, Terrance Williams and drafted Aaron Brooks, Chase Buddinger, and Patrick Patterson. Besides those first three players do any of those moves make your jaw drop? We as fans were fed the line that those moves were made so we could acquire a superstar, well, Chris Bosh didn’t want to play here, Melo doesn’t want to play here, Chris Paul didn’t want to be traded here so we have a team full of mediocre-good hardworking players and Yao Ming, no one great. Don’t get me wrong Martin and Scola are underrated but they aren’t the type of talent that Morey has said he would deliver.

I’m ready to get back to the days when Houston was Clutch City. Those red and yellow uniforms make me long for Hakeem the Dream to be back on the block. According to Richard Justice the Rockets have made it clear that anyone on their team is on the market. So make the move Morey bring us back to prominence. Morey is seeking out Nene Hilario (that’s HILARIOUus) he’s no game changer I’d rather keep our current team. Justice also says he’s looked into Anderson Varejao (just another Scola) and Josh Smith (I’d trade for him).

Please Morey if you make a move bring CP3, Melo, or Josh Smith here. I can only dream like Hakeem.

This is my favorite Rockets memory…

This is my favorite Ron Artest Rocket memory…

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Not my seat, not my problem.

 

I told you not trust my Super Bowl pick, I finished the postseason with a 2-11 record. Geez sounds like the Baylor Bears in the early part of 2000s. I should’ve known that a guy who does a hula dance would be on the winning team. I am one mean hula hooper if you didn’t know then challenge me. I will out hula you sitting down. I promise you I won’t be wrong about baseball season though and if you want March Madness picks let me know ahead of time so I can ask John Garza for you.

 This post is about the NFL seating disaster though.

God watched “His team” in Super Bowl 45 along with a record of more than 100 thousand fans right? Well, not exactly, not only were the Cowboys not in the Super Bowl but the NFL, Jerry Jones and the DFW area failed to set the record by 766 fans. No big deal right? Just another record that couldn’t be broken, WRONG! The record should have been broken but the NFL who runs the Super Bowl had to close seating for nearly 1,200 fans because it was deemed unsafe.

 Brian McCarthy, spokesperson for the NFL, confirmed that the record would have been broken if all the seats were ready for game time. What makes this worse? Reports are that the NFL knew about this potential problem and decided to do nothing about it until hours before the Super Bowl. It was announced before the game that the temporary seating was closed and that 850 fans were relocated to similar or better seats in the stadium but that still left 400 fans without seating. Those fans could not be seated and were given two options. They were also reportedly taken to the North Field in Cowboy Stadium to watch the game on monitors; many fans said they couldn’t even see the field from this area though. What is the difference between watching at Cowboy Stadium and at home? Nearly $800.

The two options that the 400 fans received were as follows:

1. One free ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game in Indianapolis plus a cash payment of $2,400 (three times the face value of the Super Bowl XLV game ticket held by the individual). The ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game is transferable.

 2. One free ticket to a future Super Bowl game of the fan’s choice, including next year’s if so desired, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations provided by the NFL. This offer will be personalized in the ticketholder’s name and is not transferable.

 While I would personally select the second option because why would you want to go to a Super Bowl that you may not care about at all next year, I feel like this is not enough. The NFL knows that, the fans know that so why beat around the bush. The NFL could have avoided this whole mess all together and had a record and 1,200 happy fans. This was a really bad case of being reactive versus being proactive by the NFL and I assume that it won’t happen again but hey this is the same league that may go on strike next season at the peak of their popularity so who knows?

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Black or Green and Yellow

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I really don’t know who’s gonna win the Super Bowl and if you are looking to me so you can bet than you should pick whoever I don’t because I’ve only picked two games right this whole playoffs. It hurt me to say that more than it hurt every Aggie watch Baylor win that game today.

First, it’s gonna be a great game because these two teams are great teams (kinda makes sense huh?) Here is how hard it has been for me to pick a team to win:

  • They both wear yellow so I can’t pick off color but I could say that green and yellow is closer to Baylor than black and yellow is but the Steelers have recruited more Baylor players than anyone in the league so that’s a tie.
  • Steel is stronger than cheese but cheese taste better so that’s a tie.
  • They are both in cold weather cities so that’s like -1 for both teams.
  • B.J. Raji did a hula dance when he scored two weeks ago +1.
  • Heinz Ward smiles a lot so how can you not like him +1.

See based on that logic they’re still tied and since the game can’t end in a tie I have to pick one. So as much as I want the Packers to win I think the Steelers will because they have fewer holes than the Packers do. Make no mistake about experience will play a role in this game and that’s something the Steelers have and the Packers don’t. If you don’t think Aaron Rodgers will be a bit nervous in his first Super Bowl you don’t know NFL QB’s. He can ask Big Ben about Super Bowl nerves because he stunk it up in his first Super Bowl but he has the ring to show he’s a champ. The Packers also don’t have the run game that the Steelers have so if they do get ahead they are going to have to throw the ball more than they run it to keep the clock moving which doesn’t work so well. The other thing the Packers don’t have is Troy Polamalu, he’s a gamechanger. The guy can straight up ball and he has long hair so that seals it for me.

Steelers win 31-24. Pick the Packers then.

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