Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Once and Future Vick

Apparently, stupid runs in the Vick family as much as athletic talent does.

From the AP: On Wednesday, two Transportation Security Administration screeners recognized the 6-foot, 215-pound Vick when he reportedly was reluctant to turn over his 20-ounce bottle.

The bottle was found to have a compartment that contained "a small amount of dark particulate and a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana," a Miami police report said. The compartment was hidden by the bottle's label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright, police said.

What an idiot. I can't decide which is stupider: having the dope-hiding water bottle in the first place, or trying to carry it onto an airplane when they've been restricting liquids on flights for months.

Lead-pipe lock prediction: After Vick does not get Atlanta deep into the playoffs next year, the Falcons will let him go. He will finish his career teasing team after team with his talent and leading no one anywhere. He will finish his career as the starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders.

One day, back when he was playing for Virginia Tech, I wrote that Michael Vick was "The most exciting football player I've ever seen; more electric than Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, or any other Sanders. He is going to make some NFL franchise very happy, and just might change the way the quarterback position is played." I still stand behind that statement. But if he doesn't pull his head out of his posterior, he's going to end up more Jeff George than John Elway.

I'm officially done being a Michael Vick fan.

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  • At 1/19/2007 5:39 PM , Blogger Joey Fanelli said...

    Why would he even want to take some Mary Jane onto an airplane anyways? What's he gonna do, toke up in the john?

    He could of at least hid it in his luggage or something.

    I'm not defending the fact that he had it, all i'm saying is that, if he wants to break the law, he could at least be a little more introspective about it.

  • At 1/19/2007 8:27 PM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    Seriously. If you're going to use pot, at least hide it with some intelligence.

  • At 1/19/2007 10:36 PM , Blogger Joey Fanelli said...

    "Pot don't dosnt not go and burned up no brain cells"

  • At 1/19/2007 10:42 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    The Falcons front office pretty much said it all when their spokesman came out yesterday saying they didn't understand why, regarding Vick in this instance, the press were "using his name". What? Are you KIDDING me? WTF sort of crapola is MEANT by THAT? A star professional athlete, worth MILLIONS in salary, endorsements, NFL merchandising and more tries to sneak some doobie onto a plane...and the reporters are accused of USING HIS NAME?

    Has he lost a few fans? Well, one for sure. Your integrity runs deeper than most, Mr. Hamm. But while I might be shy a few brain cells myself, I know one thing for sure: Until they haul the divine Mr. Vick off and lock him away for the rest of his playing days, the Falcons ain't about to write him off. Without him, they become the Detroit Lions.

  • At 1/20/2007 10:08 AM , Blogger Kate said...

    it's a BIG deal down here - the fans are boooing...

    your predictions are so fun (are you reading some crystal ball?!) just tell me, why did the pats have to win though... i am so over them. it would have been nice to see marty and his gang win for just a little 'in your face' to danny boy.

  • At 1/20/2007 12:05 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    As a lifelong Virginia (but full disclosure - I root for UVA, not Tech), I believe the ongoing shenanigans of the hooligan Vick family are an embarrassment to our Commonwealth.

    But Kate, I'm glad to see the good people of Georgia are pretty disgusted with it too. The kids who used to wear number 23 jerseys are now sporting number 7...but aside from similarities in team colors, any other comparisons to being "like Mike", then and now, come to a dead stop. God help us all if the children emulate gangsta thugs like Vick.

    Andrew, the can of worms is most definitely open!

  • At 1/20/2007 2:47 PM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    I would also have very much liked to see Martyball in the Super Bowl. I'm picking who I think will win, regardless of my preferences.

    I love the Redskins, and can't bring myself to pick against them. I like the Patriots very much, but wouldn't hesitate to pick against them if I really believed it.

    As for Vick, he's got a lot of work to do to gain my respect back.

  • At 1/20/2007 9:06 PM , Blogger Scott Wichmann said...

    Vick is overrated anyway. He's the Randall Cunningham of the modern era. For years, they've been touting the running QB as the 'QB-of-the-future.' To which I YAWN. That's complete BS. The QB position will always depend on a guy who can drop back in the pocket and hit receivers accurately. No coach anywhere wants to see his QB be the guy with the most rushing yards on the team. That crap just sells sneakers and creates hype. How about somebody try to get open down field?? Kay?? KAY.

    BTW, Name the last running QB (other than Steve Young, who could run when he HAD to) who won a Superbowl. We can't come up with one. They've almost all been relatively prototypical QB's.
    Elway won it all when he was too old to really run anymore (Despite the iconic image of him flying like a helicopter-- an image they stole for 'Any Given Sunday')
    But the simple reason is that no QB can stay healthy over a long career running in the open field that much. Plus, Vick relies so much on his legwork that he'll never develop as a drop-back passer, and his development will continue to suffer (Especially with the 'Chronic' off-field issues.) McNabb get spopped at least three times a season-- whenb he gets back, he'll have the mobiltiy of a AARP Moto-scooter.

    You watch-- the heir apparent to the 'Mike Vick is God' mystique will be Vince Young. He promises to be a tad more durable, but it remains to be seen if an open-field running QB can win it all and stay healthy in today's super-strong, super fast NFL.

    I don't really care; I can't stand Vick anyway, ever since his boneheaded relatives cheered Chris Miller's mid-game Knee injury which gave Vick the chance to take over at QB as a rookie. He lost me at 'Hello.'

    By the way, Kate-- what exactly do you find about the Pats that is so Boring?? You must be blinded by the light of three hahhhd-earned LomBAHHDI trophies. I agree that to the outside observer, sometimes they are like watching the San Antonio Spurs, but sister, trust me, they have been through the fire. Oh, by the by, there's still room on the Bay State Bandwagon... ALL ABOARD!!

  • At 1/23/2007 2:35 PM , Blogger Kate said...

    scott, no no no- the pats aren't boring. sunday nights game was awesome actually. hated to see such a good team loose, but i did want tony to win. honestly, it really doesn't matter to me since it's not the redskins, and what it boils down to for a girl like me is emotions! ;) maybe i'm just jealous the redskins haven't been through the fire in loooooong time.

    press says vick may be heading to oakland... good riddens (at least that's what atlanta is saying...)

  • At 1/23/2007 2:48 PM , Blogger Kate said...

    ok - scratch that. i have no idea what i'm saying half the time when it comes to sports... i think i know something but don't!


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