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Vick will eat your wheaties just read Macbeth

December17

This post is more about a historical footnote, of sorts. And, me showing off with corollary thinking.

Recent headlines state: Michael Vick leads Pro Bowl voting 1½ years after he was released from prison.

And, I predicted this.

Just to prove it, I’ll recommend you read my post from last season: i pick Vick – and Macbeth. That got a lot of attention. And, it was loads of fun to research and compose.

Don’t bother defying or debating me. I’ve reached a higher-plane.

According to my sources (and, those are better than yours because they come from “they”), the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had over seven hundred and twenty nine fan votes as of last Wednesday – nearly forty thousand more than second-place Peyton Manning. Vick is going to be on a Wheaties box, soon. Manning had topped the balloting the previous two weeks before being surpassed by Vick. Actually Vick blew by him like he does most defenses – and, other people’s opinions.

It’s the latest evidence that many fans appear willing to forgive Vick for the vicious dogfighting operation (run by his white-trash family) that sent him to prison for eighteen months months as they embrace his stunning return to NFL stardom. A backup to start the season, Vick has led the Philadelphia Eagles to first place in the NFC East. along the way he’s accounted for twenty one touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions.

Just for perspective, other voting leaders include: Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Online Pro Bowl voting ends Dec. 20th. The teams are picked by a combination of fans’, players’ and coaches’ votes.

I care less now about what Vick did. The worse mistake anyone can make is the one they repeat. And, I’m looking for Vick to finish well.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Vick will eat your wheaties just read Macbeth

December13

This post is more about a historical footnote, of sorts. And, me showing off with corollary thinking.

Recent headlines state: Michael Vick leads Pro Bowl voting 1½ years after he was released from prison.

And, I predicted this.

Just to prove it, I’ll recommend you read my post from last season: i pick Vick – and Macbeth. That got a lot of attention. And, it was loads of fun to research and compose.

Don’t bother defying or debating me. I’ve reached a higher-plane.

According to my sources (and, those are better than yours because they come from “they”), the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had over seven hundred and twenty nine fan votes as of last Wednesday – nearly forty thousand more than second-place Peyton Manning. Vick is going to be on a Wheaties box, soon. Manning had topped the balloting the previous two weeks before being surpassed by Vick. Actually Vick blew by him like he does most defenses – and, other people’s opinions.

It’s the latest evidence that many fans appear willing to forgive Vick for the vicious dogfighting operation (run by his white-trash family) that sent him to prison for eighteen months months as they embrace his stunning return to NFL stardom. A backup to start the season, Vick has led the Philadelphia Eagles to first place in the NFC East. along the way he’s accounted for twenty one touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions.

Just for perspective, other voting leaders include: Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Online Pro Bowl voting ends Dec. 20th. The teams are picked by a combination of fans’, players’ and coaches’ votes.

I care less now about what Vick did. The worse mistake anyone can make is the one they repeat. And, I’m looking for Vick to finish well.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

at what cost a bargain?

November18

So…

I’ll not trouble you with the gritty details. If you care enough, you’ll do some homework. After that, you might ponder a call to your newly appointed, Tea Party-oriented, Republican Congressman.

But, there is an ugly game afoot in-and-amongst our United States Supreme Court.

It’s no secret that COSTCO offers some pretty good deals to consumers. Manufacturers, not one of them likely, don’t like the margins. So, they’ve (collectively), some what reminiscent of that insidious “they”, apparently hired a small army of lawyers to go after COSTCO in an effort to force the distributor to offer consumers less economically advantaged deals on merchandise.

How the hell did this get to the Supreme Court? And maybe of greater concern, why is there no one, other than COSTCO, representing the consumer?

We need Ayn Rand standing on Thomas Jefferson’s shoulders to block the field goal on this one.

Because if we don’t pay attention to things like this, and the bratty selfish behavior of other leaders like Barack Obama, the cost to our nation is going to be more horrendous than you can imagine in the next fifty years.

I’m not really clear why I used an America football analogy just then. I just like the imagery, I suppose. And, I enjoyed watching Michael Vick continue to redeem himself (in a number of ways) last night against the Washington Redskins with inspired play (six touch downs, mind you) and demonstrate that no one can or should be counted-out.

On a side note, but maybe not… I wonder what law firm Michelle Obama will work for when her husband gets drop-kicked out of the Oval Office?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

i pick Vick …and Macbeth

September3

Preamble:

Naturally this is going to stir the pot – and, there will surely be the taking of sides.

Me? I already picked my side. And, it’s that of Michael Vick. Say what you will of me and my own story. But, I know more about Vick – and, where he comes from than most of you.

You can expect me to discuss my own history with, and thoughts around Michael Vick, in future posts. And, you know I will find some way to manage a mention of Rowdy. But, what follows, in the now, is where I want to go with this post today:

Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (who, in my far from humble opinion, is a proven  game-of-football genius – and, it helps that he has proven this season over season) doesn’t expect the insertion of Michael Vick into the Eagles offense, this season, to disrupt its rhythm.

Note that I say “this season”.

“Not at all,” says Mornhinweg. “We’ll straighten that out. We’ll take care of that. Michael is going to help this offense. I’m confident of that.”

That’s right bucko.

Vick was in just six plays Thursday night in the preseason win against Jacksonville. But, of grave importance here, his earlier support of Vick aside, Quarterback Donovan McNabb told Mornhinweg and head coach Andy Reid that Vick’s coming on-and-off of the offense interfered with the flow of the game.

…Nonetheless…

“It’s not going to be a disruption,” Mornhinweg said. “Believe me, it won’t be. It’s not an issue.”

Yes.  It will be. This is a Quarterback controversy with brilliant Shakesperean overtones. Shakespeare saw that the prolongation of innocence – of “infancy” as the biologists say – is the key to mature strength (For my part, I believe that we are nearer the beginning than the end of our understanding of Shakespeare’s genius), and, Philadelphia, city with a history of not living up to it’s claim to brotherly love,  is naught less than the perfect setting for this drama.

“In what do love and friendship consist if not in a perpetual acceptance of the angels and rejection of the devils that we discover in everyone with whom we are brought into intimate contact?” – William Shakespeare

Michael Vick will likely play tonight when the Eagles travel to compete against the Jets in the final preseason game.

McNabb is not expected to play in the game.

And, if the Shakespearean spin on the ball plays-out, Vick will be “unmasked” /1 as the future of the Eagles, and we have ourselves a barn-burner of a season.

Andy Reid and the Eagles front office snapped Vick up as fast as they could get a wink (see update below) from Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, and have worked extra hard to find ways to integrate him into their, already lethal, offense. Observe as they now find more ways to build it around him to suit his style of highly mobile play. McNabb is a warrior – in every sense of the word. A true friend as well. But, his days as a starting Quarterback in Philadelphia are numbered.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

UPDATE 5:15pm EST : This just in...

NFL says Vick eligible to play in 3rd week (not 6th week)

1/ What is the face but a mask to conceal the man behind it? What is social position, what are offices, titles, dignities, degrees, but mantles in which men wrap themselves to hide, from themselves even more than from others, the banality of their lives? What is a human life but a role that a man enacts, as different from his hidden self as the role of an actor is from his part in ordinary life? What are words but means of disguising thought? What is life itself but a play for which most of the players are miscast, a masquerade at which only a few of the rarest and most heroic, or the most brutal and cynical, ever unmask?

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