Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Michael Vick vs. Nuclear Energy

So who do you think had a worse day yesterday - The Tokyo Electric Power Company or Michael Vick?

The Tokyo Electric Power Company did spill about 1,200 litres of radioactive water into the Sea of Japan, then lied (misreported) about how radioactive the water actually was, admitted that Chromium-51 and Cobalt-60 (both radioactive) had been leaked into the air, and then realized that their the nuclear facility in question was probably built on a fault line (from CBC.ca). Oh, and there was an earthquake too, did I mention that?

So...that would rate about, what...a 9 out of 10 on the Bad Day Scale?

Even at that, I think I still have to give it to Vick, with a whopping 17 out of 10 on the Bad Day Scale.

In case you haven't heard, Michael Vick - quarterback for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons - was federally indicted yesterday on charges of, "...competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines." (from ESPN.com) Property Vick owns in Virgina has been the center of a dogfighting investigation for many months, although Vick had claimed he rarely visited the property and was not involved in what went on there. Well apparently federal investigators felt differently.

Now I know what you may be thinking, isn't leaking radioactive material and potentially poisoning hundreds of people and the environment worse than being involved in a dogfighting ring?

Well first of all, the mess at the nuclear plant in Japan was caused by a sizeable earthquake, so it's not like they were tossing buckets of contaminated water into the Sea of Japan. And secondly, because of the strong feelings people have towards household pets - dogs especially - Michael Vick is going to be absolutely vilified - like spat at on the street vilified. It would not surprise me if the reaction to all of this is that strong. I can foresee a scenario in which he is booed by his hometown fans, not for his poor play on the field but for his poor choices off the field.

At the very least I imagine that yesterday was a pretty bad day for Vick - and I suspect that there will many more bad days to come.

Let this be a lesson to all of you who are thinking about breaking into the world of getting two animals to fight to the death. It's really a cautionary tale for the ages is what it is.

2 comments:

trebor said...

yeah i would agree bad day for vick. looming suspension on the way but what does he get 4 games... 8 games perhaps. It's been a bad few months for this guy, less we forget the water bottle with a secret compartment incident.
the dirty bird fand might boo, but he is their only qb and if he's there in the 6th round I'll pick him up for my fantasy team.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that the falcons will let Vick start - I think that they are pretty tired of him. Watch, Vick will not start unless he is dropped from this federal indictment. Also, as one sports commentator pointed out, are the falcons really any worse off without him? They are not a great team, and perhaps with the distractions of Vick out of the lockeroom and a QB that can pass (never in the history of the NFL has a running QB won the superbowl). I think this is the curtain for Vick for the immediate future.
Oh, and yes, if he is guilty of these crimes he should be spit on in the streets in the least (there are stories coming out of this investigation of dogs being soaked in water then electrocuted and other such barbarity). For now I have to assume that he is innocent, but in the jury of public opinion I am afraid that he is already guilty. Vick had one heck of a bad day and the only person he can blame is himself (even if he wasnt participating he at least knew about these losers on HIS property. Is ignorance/stupidity an excuse?)
T.H.