The Galileo telescope’s 400th birthday celebrated by Google.
Mike Vick pens a blog post on the globalgrind.com. If these are his words, it’s quite compelling.
” What I did was horrendous. Awful. Inhumane. And I’ve no excuses for my actions. It makes my heart hurt now to think about what I’ve done. And I’m gonna be real honest, it took a while for me to get to this place.”
Michael Vick has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was jailed for his participation and bankrolling a dog fighting ring. There are some that say he’s paid his debt to society and it’s perfectly fine for him to play again. And, there are many people who aren’t happy with the prospect of Vick playing in the NFL again. Here’s my problem with those who have a problem.
The NFL, football for that matter, is a sport of violence. The people who play the sport are those who are able to be violent, endure violence and give violence. The NFL is a culture of violence. Mike Tomlin, head coach of the NFL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers said in a 2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interview, “It’s part of the culture. Things that go on outside the white lines always manifest themselves inside the white lines. That’s the bottom line. We had a tough job there, and it was just beginning to scratch the surface.”
The news media has gone out and to local sports bars and pubs in Philadelphia and asked passionate fans if they approve–many don’t. They say they don’t want a dog fighter on their team or in the league. But, they’re fine with rapists, drunken drivers, drug and alcohol offenders and others with other criminal offenses.
According to authors Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger in a controversial study, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, published by Warner Books, 21 percent of NFL players — more than one in five — have been charged with at least one serious crime, including two murder arrests, seven rape charges, 45 counts of domestic violence and 42 charges of assault and battery.
And no, the NFL doesn’t turn athletes into criminals or bad seeds. A Dallas Morning News article from 1997, over 10 years ago, reported, “In the past year, more than 70 NCAADivision I athletes, the vast majority football players, at 21 schools in 18 states have been arrested for offenses ranging from drug possession to sexual assault. “
The Reputation Issue
Clearly as a society of sports fans we value some crimes more serve than others. In a way, we’ve become desensitized to assaults, rape, drugs. I understand that abusing dogs is considered more heinous because dogs can’t defend themselves, because they are man’s best friend. But what about our fellow man?
NFL commissioner Godell has taken a more strict approach to managing players off-the-field actions inside the league, however, if the stat holds up that 40 percent of NFL players have records, there may not be anyone left to field a league.
It’s my opinion the outrage towards Vick is misguided. I don’t support Vick, his actions or the obnoxious Philadelphia Eagles, but I can’t ignore that his criminal behavior is par for the course among his peers. (Read the NFL All Criminal Team)
They say to play in the NFL is a privilege. I say for fans to pay to watch NFL football and buy the merchandise is the real privilege. However, as long as fans give the NFL privilege to have a culture of violence, they cannot hold the NFL, its sponsors or anyone else responsible for Michael Vick to put an Eagle on his head and take the field on Sundays.
Two items in the news today raised eyebrows.
First, Cisco sales fall 18%. Cisco is the backbone of the web and enables all the social media goodness to flow through corporate networks. The fact that companies aren’t buying may signal a stall in social media adoption, because the tubes aren’t big enough to allow it inside the network. Read more about Cisco’s earnings.
News Cop. loses $363 million and MySpace is to blame. With numbers like that investors aren’t going to friends for long. Maybe parties like the one featured in Funny People won’t be happening any more. Although, I’d pay to see James Taylor say “F” my company’s competitor. Mashable details its analysis of the gory details.
TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters explores the 10 words she’d love to see banned from press releases. And for good reason. The list is:
If I could add a word, I’d place leverage on the list.
The list of words that would be banned from releases didn’t trouble me as much as the comments from PR folks asking what a good release looks like. Instead, I’d take the advice in good stride and see where these words are popping up in your releases. If it’s happening too often, than you’re an offender.
Read the full list and see the commentary over at TechCrunch.