With "Vick-gate 2011" in full-swing, and dripping sweat into the keyboards of geeks (Lay off, I'm in here...am I not?) across NFL threads, everywhere. The question has been posed...as to whether - or not - Michael Dwayne Vick (I know you like "Mike", so we'll move forward using that), could have replicated his (one season of) success in Philadelphia, had he gone to one of our other "flagship" cities, here in this beautiful country.
Particular to this discussion: Cincinnati, or Buffalo.
Anybody who has been digging deep enough to find my hole - already knows about the speculation with Vick, and the Commish. So, let's move on. However - just allow me to say this, first...Mr. Roger Goodell, if you are indeed listening, and that is, in fact, your real name.
When your name first came up on the ballot for, Der Kommissar - I was with you, 100 percent.
Ever since September 1st, 2006...I have been defending you, if only to myself. I like(d) you. You campaigned by being all "tough on crime", and stuff. You worked for Rozy. Your other mentors have been strong. You look like my friend Chris. And he's a good guy.
However, your tenure has been a joke. And now this? Yes, it was the best business decision...no question. But, so was Monica Lewinsky, and that wasn't exactly ethical either, now was it? Have one of "your boys" do it*
I know you have them.
(*I most definitely, am not referring to the, Monica Lewinsky "it", unless of course that "floats your boat", Rog. And - at that - that's your thing...I don't care...but...ummm...we're not really here to talk about that.)
Today is your lucky day, though, Goodelphia. I'm at risk of steering way off the road and crashing into the shot glasses, in front of me...so, let's move on.
Now, I'm not sure where "the pulse of America" is going to be on this issue (as they have not done the "Throwdown," yet) but this is my house, and let me tell you what one of the voices, is screaming @ me.
(Also, I know they can be sensitive over there in the "throw-Doc-tagon"...so this will spare them my jibber-jabber, before they can even get started.)
Vick in Cincinnati: (The easy one)
I could end this entire hand by playing the:
"Well...you know, dude...it's impossible to know what would really happen in an "alternate dimension". You know like...if Vick had gone to Cincinnati...he may have scared a butterfly off of a flower...in a window...which - in turn - could have caused the wind from the butterfly's wings...to like...crush, Mike Brown, with a piano." card.
Game. Set. Match. Because you can't know. The NFL is funny like that.
Balls bounce. Weather menaces. Toes...umm...turf? Any given Sunday.
But what fun is that?
So, let's play "paper football".
Would they have been better? Yep. Would they have been able to spend their draft pick on something other than a QB? Yep. Would that butterfly have been able to run for Mayor of Cincinnati? (This is the city that once crowned Jerry Springer.) Allowing the Bengals to get some actual trade value out of Carson Palmer?
Who knows? But that brings me to something that we do (all) know.
Do you know (or, remember) the original sound the, "death effect", in Pac-Man used to make?
When, Blinky, would come around...out of nowhere...and eat your lunch. All because you couldn't resist that last @#*&$%, cherry?
Waka...waka...waka...wak - EEEreereerreerer...Boink! Boink!
Let me say it again..."Mike Brown"
Did you hear it?
Yeah, you win. You can't beat the owner.
...Vick in Cincy? Probably not.
Vick In Buffalo: (Not so fast)
I do not see any reason why this would have been anything other than great for the NFL.
At least, no more than anyone can really speculate on anything.
For all parties involved.
Vick would have gone to place that would have LOVED him.
Yes, it could be argued that...it may have been a little too early to just hand him the starting job. But, guess what? He ended up having to do that, anyway. So, that's a moot point.
Jersey sales would have been through the roof. This, for a flagging franchise.
A franchise the NFL needs.
A cold-weathered, outdoor stadiumed, salt-of-the-earth fanned...NFL franchise.
What - it is ALL about. A dying breed of something, that I do not want to see disappear (I cannot be alone, in this) in the NFL.
And those Bills are actually not that bad. Not so bad, that Vick would not have made them significantly better.
I know what you're thinking. (Especially - if you are still here.)
"This dude (Me. LD), just lost every ounce of credibility he's been gaining from me, while reading his stunningly enlightening, blog, by saying, "The Buffalo Bills are not that bad."
But really, they're not.
Yes, they were 4 and 12. But they started the season 0 and 8. Zero wins. Eight losses.
And those games were murderous.
Find me a tougher first half to the season last year, than one that consisted of: Baltimore, KC (in Arrowhead), the Jets, the Pats, and...(Ladies and gentleman - your 2010 Super Bowl Champions.)...the Green Bay Packers.
Tough sledding, as they say...
And what would give Buffalo (The team, and the city) the biggest shot in the arm, and help to vault it toward being (at worst, now that we all know that, Mr. Vick, really was "a man on a mission") a good football team, again?
(If you said "a new defense". Your right. But stay with me, for a minute...)
A new quarterback. Or, more importantly...a "star" quarterback.
It's time to put away the Jim Kelly jerseys.
Seriously, I know it's hard. My "#8" jersey, laughed at me - and belittled me - for weeks (from the closet) when Patrick Crayton dropped that crossing route, against the Giants, in Dallas. (If your a fan, you know which one.)
(And yes, when Romo muffed "the" hold.
I mean, for a dude that's known to be one of the more, "squirmy" QB's in the league, you couldn't just fall forward for two yards, Tony!? There was room.
I've watched that play more times than I've probably slept with my wife...and I've known her for 20 years. Believe me, even though I realize that I am married, and that birthday - and hate - sex, have become major events in my household, that's still enough times!)
I know it hurts - when your team is laid out on the tracks.
I know, as a Cowboys fan, if a Buffalo fan ever did come across these scribblings...he would tell me that I don't know sh(t about pain.
And, I also know, where he (or she) would tell me to go.
Back to the road...
Michael Vick would have joined a 2010 Buffalo Bills (Yeah, that team was 4-12) team, that let Ryan Fitzpatrick throw for 382 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 67.4 completion %, in Baltimore.
(71.4% @NE, 319yds...4 td's @CIN, etc.)
They also helped him throw for 3000 yards, last year.
Not "Terrific" Tom Brady (@3900). But 3000 ain't bad. And we are talking about Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Sh(t...I may have talked myself out of thinking that Buffalo needs a QB, at all.
Except, that is not the point.
The point is that I know that Mike Vick could have brought something to that city.
Something that Ryan Fitzpatrick may have, at one time in his life...hung on his walls, or put in his trophy cases - but will probably never bring to an NFL football game.
Again, not the point, Vick would have started. We all know that.
(And know...that I actually do think that Ryan's better than most people give him credit for. The Buffalo Bills need to "circle the wagons" around that defense.)
The point is, MV, would definitely be in a city that loves him. He could have been happy.
He was coming out of prison, for god sakes.
And for the powers that be, he would have been selling tickets. Selling Jersey's. Selling "Buffalo Vick's" hot dogs, smothered in "Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce." (and relish) at the games...and at the "Piggly Wiggly" in Ellicotville.
(Vick/dogs. Seriously, I did not mean to do that. I hate myself.)
...is that Michael Vick would have made the team "better", and made it (said team), a lightning rod for attention and money. And bit(hez. And "makin' it rain." And all of that sh(t.
And that's just the NFL executives, that stood to profit. It speaks nothing for the fulfilling life that that Michael could have obtained, living there, near* the fine city of Buffalo, NY.
(*NYC, baby. Helecopter landing pad. Problem solved. You didn't seriously think that these guys lived in Buffalo? Did you?)
So, everyone wins.
And I really do think that Vick could have been happy, and successful.
As we sit here today, Buffalo could be primed (and somewhat groomed) to be, totally and completely, his show.
And in Buffalo, it couldn't get any bigger than that in 2011.
And wasn't the question...whether, or not, Michael Vick could have replicated his "success" in Buffalo, or Cincinnati?
What else is there?
Or did Philadelphia win something, while I've been writing this?
Next time, you just stay out of it*, okay, Roger?
(*Again, not the, "Lewinsky", it. That's your business, man.)