This may be my best blog ever. I am reposting it here on the Braves fan site for you guys to look at it. If you like what you see, come check out my blogs, not just on fan group, but on my profile, as well:
I know, I know, this is supposed to be a Braves blog right now. I probably should be talking about the loss last night and the double header going on today. But I will not. I am going to talk about a team that gets no love in a sport that gets no love and then I will talk about something that is truly horrible.
Okay, I did not see any of the three games that led up to this. That is because they were not on television. But as a fan that was really disappointed in the choking performance in the college world series last year by a team that had not lost a game in the whole NCAA tournament and had a 5-0 lead in a game that could have given them a national championship, with three first round starting pitchers no less, I am encouraged by UNC's sweeping of the regionals and upcoming Super Regional against South Carolina. It will be the first ever Super Regional that UNC, the national number 3 seed, has ever hosted, and I expect a national championship this year. Go Heels!
Now, something on a more serious note. The Michael Vick dogfighting incident. This is truly chilling. After seeing the Outside the Lines interview last week and having read the George Dohrmann article in Sports Illustrated yesterday, I truly hope Mike Vick gets jail time. For those of you that have heard of it, and I am sure you all have, but do not know all the details of it, let me explain.
The whole dogfighting premise is that the owners use a bunch of machines to train dogs into fighting. One of them is a "rape stand", which forces the more aggressive dogs to breed. These dogs are trained to rip open the opponents they face in the pits, or centers of dogfighting rings. Oftentimes, an owner will pay up to $40,000 for a dog, one that may only last them one fight. When an owner's dog loses, sometimes the owner will go out back, thinking the dog is now worthless, and shoot it in the head. Dogfighting is a felony in every state except for Idaho and Wyoming, and I think Vick should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Do not comment me with this whole innocent until proven guilty crap. The evidence is stacked way against him, he obviously did it. And listen to what Champ Bailey said about this. He said on a radio station something along the lines of, well, they are just dogs, and this is just fun, and if Vick is found guilty of this and gets punished, it will be like he is getting punished for doing nothing. Is it just me here, or does Bailey not have a clue. I am not a member of PETA, but even I know training dogs to fight is wrong. Dogs that get rescued are friendly to humans and people that truly love animals, but, unfortunately, since they are trained to attack every time they see another animal, they have to be euthenized. If you know about dogfighting in your area, please call local law enforcement. Dogfighting is a gruesome practice that must be stopped. Please contribute to it being stopped. And please, law enforcement, punish Mike Vick to the fullest extent of the law.