Can we give it a break with the Michael Vick thing already? I predict right now that John Madden retired from his position in order to call the play-by-play of Vick working his construction job.
We need to leave this dude alone for right now -- he has enough on his plate without all of us scrutinizing his every move once he gets back into society. While I can by no means completely forgive and forget in his case, Vick has paid his price to society. As a culture, we ask that those who break the law pay off their debt for society. Once that debt is wiped out, the person has the right to reenter and be a productive member of the population. Vick needs to have the same chance to make his transition back into the civilized world as any other ex-criminal who has served their sentence. I understand that there is a certain degree of difference because Vick is a celebrity, but if he is going to have any modicum of a chance to get back in the NFL, he is going to need support -- not 300 articles a day bashing his character and vilifying him as a human being.
It's hard to say whether or not Vick has any productive football years left, but he has to earn his way back into the NFL just like any other young player trying to break into the league. Personally, I'm skeptical as to whether or not he'll ever play again, but he at least deserves the chance to come back. Anybody who thinks he doesn't deserve anything for the rest of his life is just plain ignorant. I wish him the best now that he is back in society. And I hope -- HOPE -- that everything he says whenever a microphone is shoved in front of his face in the coming months matches his actions. For his own sake. He is on a thin fence and one more moral screw up will blacklist him for life. For the rest of the time, we'll have to watch Vick be commoditized and passed from journalist to journalist so everyone can pump out one more article.
P.S. - Yes, I realize the irony/hypocrisy of mentioning that Vick is a commodity to writers in a blog post that I wrote, but CBS is lacking in the telepathy department, so it had to be put into words.