Football Thursday - August 16, 2007
I realize that the subject matter has been more boring than usual around here for the non-football fans amongst you. I'm now relegating my football entries to two days per week. They'll be Thursdays for whatever football-related thoughts spring to mind and the day after the Saints game for some rather astute (Shut up) armchair quarterbacking.
I get the feeling that the Cincinnati Enquirer is trying to make fun of the Pittsburgh Steelers in this piece. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers are bitter rivals. The Steelers have a "17-page hotel contract rider that lists their requirements down to the tiniest detail". So what? They want to maintain a routine and nothing they mentioned seemed unreasonable to me. Having a NFL team stay at your hotel is prestigious AND lucrative. I'd wager most hotel managers would run out and buy some foam pillows for Mr Rooney if that's what he wants.
Today's QOTD regards Michael Vick. I was listening to ESPN and someone was saying that the biggest issues here are the gambling charges and the transporting of the dogs across state lines. In a cold textbook sense, that may be true. However, that's not what's going end Vick's career and keep him out of the NFL for the rest of his life. It's the dogfighting and the treatment of those animals that is responsible for that. Those activities are so repugnant to so many people that Vick will have protests at every single public event he's involved in and I doubt it would ever subside. Very, very bad for business. The NFL would never tolerate that. He's done, folks.
21 days until football season ...
Quote of the Day
If I were scripting this for him, and again assuming that he's guilty, I'd have the man sign a plea agreement as charged. Then do whatever he can with the NFL (in terms of league disciplinary action), set a re-arraignment for Friday morning to coincide with these other two and then hold a press conference at least (Thursday) so you can get your spin out there before you go in and plead guilty, especially having begun with a denial of any guilt and an assertion of intent to prove innocence.
Steven Benjamin, Past President of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Quote from said blog: "It wasn’t the highlight of the show (that was when I realized that a member of the Chinese acrobatic troupe the AcroStars, was the same guy that ushered us to our seats, multi-tasking at its finest), but it made the wonderful experience of watching two little boys dig the circus all the sweeter."