There were some pretty good applicants this week but I decided to stick with the one that had established himself early on. Sometimes I just have to be stubborn that way. I was tempted to go another direction with the news that I found out this weekend. However, being that the individual is a college student and apparently has already had enough negative internet exposure, I'm going to grant her a pass.
The world of NFL football by it's very nature is a barbaric arena where it sometimes has the feel of no-holds barred. These guys commonly leave everything on the field at the expense of permanent wear-and-tear on their bodies so even when they lose, they can feel as though the energy and effort they've spent was extremely strenuous. Nevertheless, that's no excuse for some of their actions.
After a home loss last week against the New Orleans Saints, Vick left the field hearing boos throughout the stadium. How did he respond? By flipping off the fans, of course. Keep in mind this was in front of HIS home crowd.
First off, contrary to popular belief, the fans have every right to boo. Even cheap tickets to an NFL game are going to run you around at least $50. For that amount of money, they expect to see a good performance from the team they support. One loss would be acceptable if there appeared to be a strong effort put forth by the losing team. However, when it's the team's fourth straight loss after initially showing some promise, you're going to have some pretty ticked off fans.
Secondly, whether he likes it or not, Vick is a role model. I always admired Barkley for making that commercial back in the day to the contrary but it's just not the case. There are children watching these games that look up to athletes like Vick. He has to know that. No matter how upset he may be about the fans response to the loss, his reaction has got to be more tempered and definitely more professional.
To his credit, Vick's performance hasn't been entirely his fault. You can't blame him that he's surrounded by receivers that can't catch balls that are put right in their hands and an offensive line that can't protect him long enough to make even more accurate passes. Still, that doesn't mean that his gesture was justified.
The NFL responded by hitting Vick with a $10,000 fine. With all the money he makes from his contract and endorsements, that's the equivalent of a $10 fine for average joes like you and me. Hopefully, it's not the monetary punitive damages that will inspire him to respond differently in the future. Actions speak louder than words and he will eventually learn that winning is the best remedy.