The sports media has made a habit in the past decade of searching high and low, looking for the latest teen prodigy in sports. Many times the extreme media attention, magazine covers, ad endorsements, and scrutiny have acted like a blast forge and have turned some of these youngsters into supreme talents and media forces. LeBron and Tiger come to mind here, as they were able to use their early publicity to springboard into being the two biggest names in sports today. Sometimes however, the visit into the blast forge has a different effect.
Sometimes it melts a child.
Witness the absolutely shameful performance Michelle Wie turned in today. There is no other way to describe it. Wie, coming off of a wrist injury, pulled out of the Ginn Tribute after shooting 14 over through the first 16 holes. The explanation from Wie's camp as to why she pulled out? "I had issues with my wrist". She "tweaked" it. Not buying it. And newsflash Michelle, nobody is buying it. The real story behind Wie's pullout was likely an odd LPGA rule that says if a non tour player shoots an 88 or above in any round, they are not allowed to come back for the rest of the year. Wie was two bogeys away from hitting that mark. Now, Wie and her camp denied that this was the case. Wie said, "Shooting 88 is not what I think about." Just a coincidence. Well, don't take my word for it. Consider the facts as presented by Eric Adelson on ESPN.com:
"Missing the cut became the least of Wie's troubles. The somewhat obscure Rule of 88 states that a nonmember who shoots 88 is forced to withdraw and subsequently banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the remainder of the calendar season. Wie said later that she never considered the possibility, but soon after her score ballooned to 12-over on the par-72 course, her parents began consulting with each other and William Morris manager Greg Nared, who had a cell phone to his ear. Chris Higgs, the LPGA chief operations officer, soon drove up in a cart and spoke with Nared. Higgs had been talking about the Rule of 88 in the media tent, but he said he came out to Wie's rope line for "no particular reason."
Wie's score climbed to 14-over, and then, after Wie finished up on the seventh hole, Nared spoke to her briefly before she announced, "We're not going to play anymore."
Wie had a 43 on the front and was at 7-over 35 on the back -- two bogeys shy of 88. She shook hands with her competitors, glumly climbed into a cart, and rode to the clubhouse, where she met behind closed doors with her parents and Nared. The four spoke for 15 minutes, then an ice pack was brought in for Wie's left wrist. Wie then walked to the media tent without the ice pack."
So to recap:
- The LPGA COO was talking to the media about the 88 rule.
- He then drove over to Wie's manager and had a conversation.
- Wie's manager soon afterward talked to Wie.
- Wie withdrew.
- She then talked to her parents for 15 minutes.
- THEN Wie is brought an ice pack for her injured wrist.
And to make matters even worse, Wie's playing partner Alena Sharp had this to say about Wie:
"She wasn't holding her wrist," Sharp said. "I think she just had a bad day. If it was her wrist, why wait until the last two holes [to withdraw]?"
America is not stupid Ms. Wie.
And neither is the LPGA: they knew that they were two holes away from losing their biggest TV draw for the entire year, and it would appear that they stepped in to stop it from happening.
The stupid people here?
Those would be the people handling Michelle Wie's career, if you could call it that at this point. At this point, Wie is nothing but a carnival sideshow. She is no longer the little girl with big drives that caught the media's eye. She is almost 18, and she has yet to win an LPGA event. Now, this might sound like an unfair criticism for someone so young. But to compare, 18 year old Morgan Pressel won an LPGA major as recently as April. The stark truth is this: Wie has been passed by. She is no longer the best young female golfer in the world, even though the general sports public would probably never be able to tell since Wie is constantly on television, doing photoshoots, and walking the red carpet at gala events. She has squandered valuable time and focus by vainly attempting to make the cut at a men's event. Kind of a silly pursuit when you can't even beat the women right? Nevertheless, Wie has kept trying to make history without paying her dues in the LPGA, like a high schooler thinking they can be a lawyer without going to college first.
Not going to happen Michelle.
Now, don't get me wrong: Wie does have sublime talent. She is arguably the longest hitting player in women's golf, and her control on the course is well beyond her years.
Which is precisely why it is such a shame to see her squandering her talent, wasting her time trying to play with men, and sullying her reputation by trying to act as if her wrist injury was the cause of her withdrawal this week. Be a real woman Michelle: Man Up.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
This has to be my favorite YouTube clip of the week. Rasheed completely nails some guy in the face with his jersey after the Pistons' Game 4 loss. You have to love the guy who tries to catch the jersey before it hits the other guy in the face: now that is a team player.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
So is this how it is gonna be for Dice-K this season? A couple of quality starts, a couple of bad starts, rinse and repeat? Dice-K is on the spin cycle of that trend right now, having his second straight poor outing, giving up 12 hits and 6 runs to the Indians in an 8-4 Red Sox loss. Matsuzaka fell prey yet again to the big inning, giving up 4 runs in the 6th. The Japanese import has had a very up and down season for Boston, coming out of the gate strong with three straight quality starts, followed by three poor starts, followed by three quality starts, followed by his past two bad outings. Three up, three down, three up...so will next start make it three more consecutive down outings for Dice-K? Well, his next start is scheduled to be on the road at Oakland, against perhaps the hottest pitcher in the majors, Dan Haren....so you be the judge.
Dice-K's current measurables actually set him up for a very close comparison in this installment of "Dice-K is looking like...". This week's comparable pitcher had a very high win percentage last season, even though he had an ERA over 4.50, a WHIP over 1.30, and a QS% under .60. He also had 4 cheap wins last year, a cheap win being defined as a win in a game where the pitcher did not have a quality start. For comparison, Dice-K already has three cheap wins on the season. So who is this lucky guy? He is this week's guest, and Dice-K is looking like...Jon Garland!
- 7 reasons why the Yankees have been so bad this year. (SI.com)
- Simmons lays out some possible Kobe trade scenarios. (ESPN.com)
- Aaron Hill makes Andy Pettite look bad last night. (YouTube)
- Tank Johnson has a sweet tooth. (Chicago Sun Times)
Four rounds have been completed already at the National Spelling Bee, and only 59 of the original 285 spellers remain. And guess who is among those 59? The three favorites of course, Jonathan Horton, Samir Patel, and Kavya Shivashankar, but also left in the hunt is our man Brian Ajieren. Brian must have heard that we were endorsing him here at WTB, and he has come out strong today. Thus far Brian has demolished the following words (Round 1 is a multiple choice test):
Round 2: honorable
Round 3: satisfice
Round 4: ratiocinate
Way to do it to it Brian. Now, in an interesting bit of fate, Brian is also spelling directly after favorite and media darling Samir Patel. Don't sweat it Brian, it'll just be that much sweeter when you are the one to knock him out in the finals.
So my favorite video game blog Kotaku has a post today about the Madden games moving towards more real time content. The big draw of course being...real time weather?
"Beginning in August, thanks to a deal with The Weather Channel, a Madden '08 NFL game at the Baltimore Ravens' stadium automatically will be set in the snow if it happens to be snowing that day on Maryland's Atlantic coast. Similar innovations soon will allow an option to incorporate current sports news and statistics from ESPN into the game."
Um...that is the best you can do EA? C'mon guys, lets be a little more inspired. The post also notes that EA is looking to incorporate real time injuries into the game, so that if Daunte Culpepper has his left leg fall off during a game, next time you boot up Madden you'll have an even gimpier QB for the Dolphins. Or something like that. Also, if a player goes on a hot streak his stats will improve in the game. Sounds pretty cool and all but...
Don't they already have this?
Is it just my imagination, or do the roster updates for Madden already cover the injuries and stat updates? All this sounds like is EA tooting their own horn and making the updates more frequent, and then trying to get some publicity by calling it "real time". And the worst part of this? Note this quote from the original Denver Post story:
"EA Sports said it doesn't know if the changes will mean price increases for games now costing about $60 for Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 owners."
EXCUSE ME? You want to charge me even more for this game? What a joke. The only way I would pay more for Madden is if they...
1. Put the play creator back in the game: I loved it back in the day when I could design my own plays on football games. This doesn't seem like such a hard thing to put in...so why is it gone? And why does that dumb Head Coach game have it and Madden doesn't?
2. Put all the teams in: This is something I have always wanted to see more of in sports games. I would love it if Madden had an option to play a NFL Europe season, or an Arena Football season. I mean, EA does have the rights to all of those...
3. Gave me $10: Seriously EA? More than $60? For just a standard video game? Please...
It was only a matter of time until someone got to work making a T-shirt to spoof the latest Mike Vick scandal. This one evidently went on eBay late Monday. To be honest, as far as online shirts go, this one is pretty stylish. My one major objection though, is the mixing of metaphors going on here. Ron Mexico goes with the herpes scandal, not the dog scandal, c'mon man. I would have preferred something along the lines of "Big Mike's" instead. My favorite part of the shirt though, has to be the #7 football in the mouth. Keepin it classy baby, always classy. So I think you guys know what to do: time to get that bidding up.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Now that we are ways into the season, we are finally starting to get enough information to evaluate one of the most intriguing yeary races in all of sports: The Silver Slugger for Pitchers. The Silver Slugger award for pitchers has been an almost dynastic progression throughout the years, with 5 repeat winners winning 19 0f the 27 awards. Five current pitchers have won the award in the past, so since history would say that someone from that group will again win the prize. So here are the five former champs and their stats this season, as well as a few top challengers to the crown:
I am not going to profess any great knowledge or expertise when it comes to softball, much less high school softball. I do know however, that Stephanie Speierman of Hammond High School in Columbia Md., is an absolute stud of a pitcher. Take a look at this Washington Post wrap up of her state title game performance on Sunday. Hammond tossed a perfect game, struck out 19 of the 21 batters she faced, AND knocked in three of her team's four runs. Not only that, Hammond hit over .600 for the season and struck out a state record 425 batters. For some perspective, the previous state record for strikeouts in a season was 353, and Speierman demolished that mark by an insane margin of 72 strikeouts. To make matters even worse for her opponents, Stephanie is only a sophmore. How depressed must the other teams in her area be? "Well, I guess we aren't winning a title till at least 2010. Might as well quit while we're ahead." Now be forewarned loyal reader, WTB likes jumping on bandwagons, so get ready for some more Stephanie Speierman news next Spring. If she opens next season at all like she opened this past one, it'll be quite the story: Speierman threw a perfect game in the first game of the season as well as the last. Talk about consistency.
(Photo Credit: By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post Photo)
Shout out to Just Call Me Juice for featuring my submission in his Terrible Jersey Hall of Fame series. If you have the time go check out the other entries in the series, there are some pretty funny and tragic stories there. So in case you are lazy, here is the story of my Gus Frerotte jersey:
Year of Purchase: 1996
Age of Purchase: 11
Jersey Category: Who Owns That Jersey?
Why Is It Terrible?:At first this jersey wasn't too bad. I mean, Frerotte had stepped in and played well to end the previous season, and at the time he seemed like an absolute savior as compared to Heath Shuler. I even had a poster on my wall of Frerotte, Terry Allen, and Michael Westbrook. Then however, two things happened that forever caused me to hate having bought this jersey. First, nobody at my school could pronounce the name correctly, which resulted in a new nickname for me: "Ferret Boy". Then, on top of that indignity, Frerotte went out in the 1997 season and did one of the dumbest things in history: gave himself a concussion by slamming his head into a wall while celebrating a touchdown. I was watching that game, a 7-7 tie against the Giants, while wearing my Frerotte jersey. It was the last time I ever wore it.
And yes, that is the exact poster I had in my room in 6th Grade. Right next to my Stephon Marbury Timberwolves poster. Ahh, those were the days...
The Yankees held a pre game meeting today before they went out and faced the Blue Jays. Apparently it was not enough to inspire them to the win, as they fell 7-2. The talk by the Yankees seemed upbeat however, as is witnessed by these snippets from the SI wrap up on the game:
"In the end, all the guys in here believe that we can make the playoffs," outfielder Johnny Damon said. "When we start walking around with our heads down, that's when we need to start worrying. We know we have an uphill climb, there's no question about it, but there's no quit. We're going to battle. Hopefully, in the end, there's going to be a nice prize."
"I believe in the talent on this ballclub," Torre said. "We're digging ourselves a big hole and we've got to find a way to climb out of it. That's basically my mind-set right now."
Despite the optimism of Damon and Torre, it is getting to be high time to ask the obvious question: Is there a way for the Yankees to climb out of this hole? Yankees fans would note that both Roger Clemens and Phil Hughes will join the rotation soon, theoretically replacing Matt DeSalvo and Tyler Clippard. Those moves would leave the Yankees rotation in the following shape:
Is that, combined with Clippard and DeSalvo then helping out a bullpen that ranks 20th in ERA, enough to get the Yankees to the Wild Card? To be able to answer that question, you need to figure out what record the Yankees would have to end up with to get into the playoffs. The past 6 seasons the AL Wild Card has gone to a team that had at least 95 wins. Detroit, the current Wild Card leader, is on pace for 94 wins so 95 wins looks like a good starting point. The Yankees currently stand at 21-28. In order for them to reach the 95 wins that will likely be necessary to reach the playoffs they would have to go 74-39 the rest of the season, a .655 winning percentage. For context, that pace over a full season would yield 106 wins and is a higher winning percentage than any team other than the Red Sox is playing at this season. So do Hughes and Clemens suddenly make the Yankees a 106 win caliber squad? I don't think so.
Monday, May 28, 2007
In Barry Bonds continues his pursuit of the career home run record, it appears that he has another record in mind as well: lowest career public relations batting average. Bonds is already one of the most loathed figures in sports, yet somehow he keeps finding ways to lower the public perception of himself. Case in point: A recent report saying that the Hall of Fame is afraid Bonds is not going to give them anything to commemorate home run 756. Now why do they think that? Well...
"'I'm not worried about the Hall,' the San Francisco slugger said during a recent homer drought. 'I take care of me.'"
What is even more interesting though, is what Barry has been doing with his memorabilia instead of donating it to the Hall. I think people could actually be sympathetic to Bonds on this issue, if he was keeping his bats and other keepsakes as family heirlooms, proudly displayed in the Bonds family abode, resting in a place of prominence for his friends to see, glorified and...
"Bonds is careful with personal items related to his home run pursuit. He makes certain that hats, jerseys and other things he wears are authenticated, and he keeps them in a warehouse.
He marks them, he said, 'so people don't steal my stuff.' By his count, he's already able to take care of his next three-plus generations."
So Barry the Businessman is stockpiling basbeball history in some rank warehouse, waiting to unleash it on auction houses the next time money gets tight around the Bonds family house. So why is Barry doing this? Is he this greedy? Nope, I don't believe that for a second, Bonds has more than enough money already to last his family three generations or whatnot.
In my opinion there is one reason and one reason alone that Barry is stockpiling the Fort Knox of Bonds schwag: He doesn't think he is going to get into the Hall of Fame, and he isn't happy about it. To be honest, why on earth should he give them his stuff? Five years after he retires he is going to be rejected by their uppity press cabal, told that no matter what he does or no matter what has actually been proven, he is not worthy to be honored with a plaque in their honored Hall. Do you think Mark McGwire would have given items to the Hall if he knew he was going to be turned down by them? Of course not. That is like giving your boss a Christmas present when he has already told you that you are being fired on New Years.
Say what you will about Bonds, but there is no denying that he is a smart person. And in his mind, his warehouse full of items could even be operating as some sort of dowry for his admittance into the Hall, only delivered upon his enshrinement. And if Bonds is rejected? Well, better get your eBay fingers ready guys, because it'll be time for a firesale.
- Can I ask a stupid question? Why do they have teams in motorsports if they are not allowed to help eachother? (ESPN.com)
- It's Memorial Day: so who is getting grilled? (Our Book Of Scrap)
- Agreed: the NL Central sucks. (CBS Sportsline)
- Stanley Cup Finals start tonight, and Ray Emery is...interesting. (Signal to Noise)
Do you remeber when you were at that weird stage in development, when you just didn't know what to do with yourself? For example, if someone took a picture of you, you would always do the same dumb thing, over and over again, as a reflex? Or is it just me that has 87,000 pictures from high school where I am making the exact same facial expression in every single one of them? Well, at least I know one person feels my pain: LeBron James, and his seeming obsession with the number four.
The 2007 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee starts this Wednesday. Be prepared.
Alright ladies and gentlemen, it is time to get excited for....The 2007 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee!!! Whooo!!! Some of you may not have been keeping up with what has been going on in the high stakes world of Spelling Bees in the past year, but that is ok: we are here for you. As a refresher, last year saw the Spelling Bee go into prime time for the first time in its history and 13 year old New Jersey native Katharine Close came out on top after correctly spelling the word ursprache. In case you are wondering...
ur·spra·che - n.
1. A hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.
2. Language, speech.
Close was joined on the prime time telecast last year by 12 other finalists. Only two of those 13 return to wage phonic battle this year, and these two competitiors, along with a former finalist, are the clear favorites headed into Wendesday night's competition. So lets spend a little time getting to know these titans of spelling: Jonathan Horton, Samir Patel, and Kavya Shivashankar
Jonathan Horton finished sixth in last year's bee and hails from Gilbert, Arizona. This will Horton's third bee, having also finished 22nd in the 2005 competition. The 14 year old home schooler is the favorite headed into this year's competition, and he has been preparing hard for his shot at the title. According to the Arizona Republic:
"Jonathan's preparation has been ardent, indeed. For as many as five hours a day, he has pored over words spewed at him by a computer program adapted by Michelle. He has reviewed video of his past bees, looking for clues to his concentration and composure."
Video review? Jonathan obviously has his eyes on the prize, preparing for the bee like Peyton Manning would prepare for the Super Bowl. To further exemplify his competive fire, here is a note about Jonathan's favorite athelete:
"At heart, though, he's a kid who would just like to meet one of his heroes from the Phoenix Suns. He's a loquacious, perspicacious, ardent Steve Nash fan."
So will Jonathan exhibit the same great determination of the two time MVP? The same bad hair? If anything, Horton has the same sense of desperation as the aging Nash: this will be Horton's last bee, as he will be too old to compete next year.
Samir Patel of Colleyville, Texas is one of the more loveable figures in the world of spelling. Just look at that cherubic face. Awww. Despite his youthful looks, 13 year old Samir is the hardened vet of this group of spellers, having placed in the top 30 of the Bee the past four years, including a 3rd place finish in 2003 and a 2nd place finish in 2005. Last year was a bit of a dissapointment, as Samir finished 14th and was eliminated on the word "eremacausis".
My one problem with Samir: it seems the he has become a bit of a rock star, and I am afraid that the added attention might throw him off his game. Just read this excerpt from the Star Telegram:
"Samir Patel of Colleyville is making his fifth and final appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which starts this morning with preliminary competition. So it seemed logical that bee organizers would invite the North Texas spelling whiz to offer some words of advice for other contestants.
Patel's pep talk at a Tuesday night orientation was the first time a Bee participant had been asked to address fellow competitors. Afterward, more than two dozen spectators lined up for his signature in Spelling Bee autograph books.
Autographs for the other spellers? Speeches? I can't help but feel that Samir is going to be thrown off his game by all of this, which is a shame since my bet is that he will be the prime focus of the televison coverage.
Kavya Shivashankar is an 11 year old from Olathe Kansas. She was the youngest of all of the finalists in last years bee, and was memorable for her strategy of using her hand to visualize writing out the words. Kavya's fan appeal was not enough to guide her to the win however, as she was felled by the word "gematrial". According to the Kansas City Star however, Kavya does not believe she will make the same mistake again:
"She substituted an “o” for the second “a” — a misstep she thinks she might not have made if she’d known it was an adjective. 'Now I know to ask for all the information about the word,' she said."
Kavya and her father have made an effort to focus her study on Greek and Latin roots for this year's bee, in hopes of improving upon last year's finish.
So who is the favorite? Is it the Steve Nash loving, video studying, home schooler Horton? Is it the media darling, speech giving, autograph signing Patel? Or is the smart money on Kavya, the 11 year old Kansas whiz kid? Well, if I am going to endorse one speller this year...it is not going to be any of them. You see, there is a speller in this year's bee that has already gotten my attention as a dark horse by virtue of his interview with the Houston Chronicle, and that speller is 13 year old Brian Ajieren. What is so special about Ajieren you might ask? Well, just take a look at this excerpt from his interview:
"Q: You're on your way to the spelling bee championship. Are you a little nervous?
A: Not really."
"Q: Since you're expected to know every word in the dictionary, let's start at the beginning. Spell aardvark.
A: Aardvark. A-a-r-d-v-a-r-k. Aardvark.
Q: OK, so here's the last word in the dictionary. Zygote. How do you spell it?
A: Zygote? That's not the last word in Webster's Third.
Q: Oh, it's not? What is?
Q: How do you spell it?
OWNED interview woman, completely and totally owned. Now that is the style of a true spelling champ. So to make it official, the WinningTheTurnoverBattle 2007 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Endoresement (WTB2007SHNSBE for short) goes to...Brian Ajieren. Don't let us down buddy, and keep on refusing to take crap from the media. That's a boy.
Memorial Day. Picnics, Patriotism, Barbeques, Baseball...and this year it also includes a pitching performance by Ian Snell, WTB's very own Conquering Hero. Don't let yourself be fooled by Ian's last outing. Yes, he and the Pirates lost, but Ian stayed strong and pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 earned runs. Not his best outing by any stretch, but not a bad one either. This is perfectly fine by me however: in fact, I am glad he lost last time out. You see, you have to understand something, something fundamental to the mythos that surrounds our man Snell: he is a hero, and heroes are born out of a confluence of timing and bravery. So why did Ian Snell lose to the lowly Cardinals last time out? I'll tell you exactly why my friend. He was readying the stage for the next chapter in his hero's tale, and the title of this chapter is Redemption. Ian knew his next start was on Memorial Day, on the grand stage. Ian also knows the difference between why people hate Goliath and why people love to see the Phoenix rising from the ashes. This is Ian's moment, his moment to rise on the national stage, effulgent and glorious. What a sense of timing, this Ian Snell.
So be prepared, for at 1:15 tomorrow afternoon you will see Ian do battle with the Reds, and Ian's vastly overmatched counterpart Kyle Lohse. And Ian will prevail.
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Sunday, May 27, 2007
It makes sense that the team that has stood up to the evil forces of the Brewers ended up being the Padres. I mean, who has a bigger in with the big guy upstairs than a Padre? The Brewers were swept in the weekend series by three straight great pitching performances turned in by Greg Maddux, Justin Germano, and Jake Peavy. Now there are three guys willing to stand up in the face of the oncoming Apocalypse that is the Brewer's playoff push. So who is our next line of defense? None other than the Atlanta Braves my friends, and hopes are high that they can take two of three form Milwaukee this week and give St. Lo...Houst...Chica...grief, to give however the heck wakes up in the Central the chance to catch up. Here is a look at the pitching probables for the series with the Braves, along with a completely non biased graphic signifying the Brewer's current lead.
Game #1: C. Capuano (5-3) - C. James (4-4)
Game #2: B. Sheets (4-3) - J. Smoltz (7-2)
Game #3: D. Bush (3-5) - T. Hudson (5-3)
Be forewarned: This is going to be a lot of speculation, but I think it points to something fairly obvious.
The big news today has been the Outside The Lines report on ESPN featuring an interview with a dogfighting insider who claims that Mike Vick is a "heavyweight" in the dogfighting scene. The two major claims made by the informant are that 1.) He personally fought against a Mike Vick trained pitbull in 2000 and 2.) He had personally seen Mike Vick at a dog fight as recently as last year.
There is something else that has stuck out in the article to me. Now, this speculation factors in that the informant is entirely truthful, so take that as you will. So here are a few excerpts from the article, my emphasis added: See if you know where I am headed:
"Our confidential source said he's been involved in dog fighting for more than 30 years, He has trained and fought -- by his estimation -- about 2,000 pit bulls and was poised to tell "Outside the Lines" about the time in 2000 when his dog squared off against a dog owned by someone he referred to as one of the "heavyweights" of the dog fighting world: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Vick."
"Then he started, you know, waving money," the source said. "He was betting with everybody … He said he got $5,000. He said he's betting on his animal."
"American pit bull terriers account for 99 percent of the species involved in dog fighting, and a pit bull puppy can cost as much as $5,000. An average dog fight carries a $10,000 purse."
Now, if that does not connect the dots for you as to where I am headed I understand: I didn't see it at first either. Things will become a lot more clearer if you go to Vick's player card at ESPN, where you will see...
"Drafted: Year: 2001 Round:1 Pick:1, Falcons"
You see now? If the informant is to be believed, Vick was fighting pit bulls while still in college. Pit bulls that would have 1.) been years in breeding and training and 2.) according to the report would have cost thousands of dollars to buy. And on top of that, Vick is accused not only of having a dog in this 2000 fight, but also at least $5,000 in betting money to throw around. As a recent college grad let me state the obvious: college juniors do not have 5 large to drop on a puppy, nor do they have another 5 large to bet on said puppy when it grows up. So what am I saying? Well, I think that if people are so game to go after Reggie Bush and his family to investigate whether they were accepting funds while Bush was in college, maybe they should also examine whether or not Vick was getting similar benefits. To be honest, if the allegations made in the article are true, Frank Beamer and company should be held responsible for a lack of administrative control if one of their players was getting thousands of dollars in benefits and committing felonies in his spare time.