I've now seen a lot of the viewpoints on Irvin and Richards. All this stuff happened within the last few days. The Vick one's my personal favorite because his apparent controversy with the middle finger gesture . . . it's nothing new in the sports world, and I totally forgot about the Billy Martin baseball card.
As for Mike Vick in particular, he just appears to me to be the same guy that came out of Virginia Tech . . . same guy he was at Virginia Tech . . . not a whole hell of a lot has changed or progressed. I ride him because ESPN spent years building up his public persona and appearance of ability to be on par with stars like McNabb, Peyton Manning, McNair, Favre, Brady . . . and he really isn't on that level. The backlash about this guy is building just this year, and he couldn't have picked a more awkward time to flip his fan base the #1
. Atlanta re-upped this guy in 2004 to 10 years with a contract more lucrative than Peyton Manning's, and there's something like 37 million in guaranteed $$$ tagged on him. Meaning, if he ever got traded or cut, the owner, Blank, would be responsible for most of the 37 million guaranteed, all applied to next season's cap charge, of which at this point, a sour situation with Vick and the Falcons is a horrible freaking batch of timing. Like, it couldn't be any worse than 2006, Vick alienating his fan base, and having that deal run through like the next decade and then some . . . total insanity in Atlanta right now.
My guess is that if it's him or the coach, like Reeves, coach gotta go, for obvious financial reasons.