I wasn’t at the Eagles preseason game against the Patriots last night. I traded my ticket to Eric for his tickets and snagged my other seatmate’s ticket for the Jags game on August 27th. Thanks Chris, you rock! I’m not one for preseason games anyway… give me the games that mean something. So it seemed more interesting at home anyway, last night. The game announcers were lame, but I do like hearing Hugh Douglas any time. Then, I get a phone call from Todd, which at the time, couldn’t answer. A text message follows shortly reading, “We got Michael Vick!!!!!” My response to him, as about half the text messages I receive from Todd are less than serious, was resounding laughter. Here’s the transcript:
Todd: We got Michael Vick!!!!!
Todd: Fkn seriously! On my kids.
Chuck: I hate you
Todd: I am sooooo not lying!!!!!!
Chuck: For me 2nd guessing my team for a second
Todd: You really do not believe!!!
Todd: Really… Mortenson just said it ESP fkn N!!!!
Chuck: Holy f***ing sh**
A few things from this little exchange…
- Todd was very excited about this news
- I didn’t believe it at all
- This was the reaction, or close to it, that swept through Philadelphia and Eagles fans all over the world.
Shortly after, Todd called me, and Eric called me (who heard it on the concourse at The Linc), and I started receiving texts from others. Oh word spread quickly. I jumped on twitter to see the live reactions and participate in the conversation. At first it was all anger. I saw messages from fans denouncing their fandom. I saw people denouncing the Eagles, I saw people denouncing the NFL, and I saw a lot of hatred for Michael Vick. At a few times during the night, “Vick”, “Eagles” and other variations were the top trending topics on twitter. I don’t recall ever seeing a sports-related topic get in the top ten trends. It was instant mania. Fans of our show wrote me asking me for my opinion. Last night I didn’t have a solid one. I was still in shock, and I didn’t know how to think about the whole thing. Hell, I had all my barbs lined up for whatever team DID sign Vick, to be honest.
The Eagles making this move never crossed my mind. First of all, Andy Reid has built a team of character players, always has. Owner Jeff Lurie even talked about team and player character a few weeks ago! Second of all, I figured the quarterback scheme was set. With Donovan McNabb as the solid starter, future wunderkind Kevin Kolb as his backup, and reserve A.J. Feeley as the third string, I honestly didn’t think that would be shaken up. Granted I’m not happy with this quarterback setup, except for McNabb. Personally, Kolb has not impressed me, but as Eric has pointed out before, he’s inexperienced, and has been thrown into bad situations. Feeley is definitely the weakest link of the three, and has not shown anything worthwhile since the 2002 season. So the Eagles management made the decision to bring Vick in, that task is now done. We, as fans, have to move on and accept it.
The arguments on both sides last night ranged from “Vick’s a scumbag, and I’ve lost respect for the Eagles and I will not be a fan any more!” to “Vick has done his time in prison, he has publicly repented, and the ASPCA has even agreed to his NFL reinstatement.”
Right now I’m still sorting it all out. I’m very curious to also hear what Eric and Todd have to say about this. Should this be this big a deal? Obviously the news media and fans think so.
What I want to know is, what do YOU think? Let us know in the comments below, or send us an email, or call us on our voicemail line. We do this show as fans, so we want to hear your voice especially. Bring it!