World Scoop: Who Will Lob Balls To T.O. In T.O.? Michael Vick Can't Enter Canada!
Former Colts and Bucs coach Tony Dungy stated last night that Michael Vick might possibly be signed by the Buffalo Bills, a team he said had already pondered signing the convicted felon quarterback.
Coach Dungy apparently is in an "advisory" capacity with Vick and is now a commentator for NBC. The Coach stated during the NBC Sunday Night Football Philadelphia vs. Dallas pregame program that the Buffalo management and Vick "talked originally" when the NFL player was seeking a new team after being released from eighteen months in federal lockup for managing a dogfighting operation in his home and killing various dogs.
The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract for 2009, with a team option for the second year at $5.2 million. But he has played sparingly.
"I told Michael to just worry about this year," Dungy stated on NBC. "It's technically up to Philadelphia. If they want him back, he has to stay there. If they don't, there are some teams looking for quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington. But I think a dark horse is Buffalo. They talked originally. There was some communication there. I think that could be a good spot."
When interviewed about the Dungy statement Buffalo safety Donte Whitner was excited about the feasibility of having Vick as his quarterback: "I believe that Michael Vick would be a good fit, and I would encourage whoever to bring Michael Vick in."
Since the Bills have been suffering from a variety of woes, not the least at quarterback, the prospect of having a stellar QB such Vick lobbing bombs to Terrell Owens certainly set up much salivation among the long suffering fans in Western New York. There was only one little tiny teeny problem with this wonderful scenario that was unfolding which apparently not only evaded the highly paid talent on the NBC pregame show but also every single sportswriter in America: The Buffalo Bills are the Toronto Bills at least a couple of games per season (and more games if not all games in the very near future).
Who is going to be lobbing bombs to T.O. in T.O.? CFL Toronto Argonauts QB Stephen Reaves? It pretty well has to be Reaves, or some other CFL QB, or maybe me... as there is an extremely evident factoid that seems to be forgotten by everyone around the league.
Mike Vick is an ex-con. As such he is forbidden by law to enter Canada!
It is completely typical of media celebrities and others who call themselves "journalists" to miss the most basic aspects of a story because they can't see the forest for the trees. What has occurred in the internet age to journalism is nothing less than a seppuku, a disembowelment of the very essence of the profession. Today's journalists pull the trigger on stories without taking time to research or rethink any aspect of it. The pressure to be first with the story in an ADHD Age has not only obfuscated the need to be correct, it has completely annihilated it.
So let's keep talking about ex-cons crossing the border with impunity... after all why not? Most Americans think Canada is little more than a snowy Northern North Dakota anyway. Unfortunately that opinion seems to be shared by sports journalists and broadcasters who are perfectly happy pulling down six and seven figure salaries to show the world that they are morons. After all, none of them caught this "in your face" contradiction when this story was carried on every sports news vector in the United States!
Shame on you, so-called sports journalists! Hang your heads in disgrace!