What Would it Take For You?

I come from the metro-Philly area and a dilemma has befallen our area – Ron Mexico, I mean, Michael Vick.  He has split the fan base with a  little more than a 50% margin against his signing.  Those who call in to sports radio talk shows and claim to “bleed true green” are on board, and call those not on the Vick train “not true fans” and “bandwagon jumpers.”

So as I sit here, the proud owner of several dogs (most have been rescues) over the course of my life, what am I to do?  I got my first dog at age 3 so I’ve been a dog fan longer than an Eagle fan, but I do love football an awful lot…

I’m not against Vick playing for another NFL team – let the Cowgirls have him, it’ll give me that much more reason to hate them.  Let Vick play, just not here,  just not for my team.

Based on these factors, I made a rash decision last week to renounce my fanhood until Mike Vick is no longer on the team.
I admit, I’ve wavered,  I kinda still want to see them do well.   I like #5, DeSean, B-West and most of the Birds and I will miss them this year (next?).  But as someone pointed out on EaglesFanCast, in the comments of the latest post, it’s the name on the front of the jersey we should root for not those on the back.

Thanks for solidifying my resolve – the name on the front of the jersey consistently puts enough talent out there to win, just not win it all.  The name on the front of the jersey let all-time Eagle Brian Dawkins walk away.  The name on the front of the jersey was supposed to stand for character, not the gutter.

I cannot root for an organization that claims to be the gold standard of Professional Football yet owes the city it plays in millions of dollars while libraries are closing, where the coach offers fans no explanations even after we know the truth because he has control issues, where they let a future Hall Of Famer walk away without even a real shot at re-signing, where the blowhard President Joe Banner proclaims to have the most talented roster in football then goes and signs the most notorious player available to add more talent.

What would it take for you to renounce your fanship (or at least put it on hold)?  Michael Vick apparently was my tipping point.  As far I am concerned, while Senor Mexico is in town I will consider myself an Eagles fan in exile.

I don’t expect you to agree, this is a personal choice  about a personal topic, just judge me fairly.  Let me know what you think.

By the way, here is some information on dog fighting on the Humane Society’s site for you to read.


  1. Couple of notes…Thes come from Philadelphia Inquirer, Ad Age and Bloomberg.

    “The NFLShop, the league’s merchandizing arm, is offering several styles of Vick’s gridiron apparel – including a customizable jersey for dogs.”

    “Less than 10 season ticket-holders have canceled, and other than a call for a boycott of sponsors on the website sackvick.net, there has been little hostility shown toward the Eagles’ corporate sponsors.”

    “Michael Vick’s No. 7 Philadelphia Eagles jersey won’t be sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. as the largest publicly traded U.S. athletic store weighs public reaction to his return from a dogfighting prison term. ‘We have not seen enough demand from Eagles fans to stock the jersey,'”

    1. Besides Brett Favre’s new Vikings jersey, Vick’s #7 Eagles jersey is the top seller on NFL.com’s site… guess Dick’s will be re-evaluating their decision very soon, just like others did (ahem, Modell’s) earlier. Capitalism at it’s best.

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