Thursday, August 2, 2007
Thoughts on Bonds and Vick
Sports fans, let us make it very clear that we media types are not whipping dead horses here. Some of the events currently in the news cannot be easily dispatched.
Of course, we are referring to the Michael Vick and Barry Bonds dilemmas. These are two very well known athletes and their cases have two things in common – they are scandalous and they could have some ultra serious repercussions.
The owner of the Atlanta Falcons ordered Vick to stay away from training camp until the courts had time to act. Well, the courts did require an appearance by Vick and his co-defendants, all of whom pled “not guilty” and were immediately bound over for trial.
The Falcons’ quarterback has already assembled a team of some of the most prominent defense attorneys in the states, led by Billy Martin (No, not that Billy Martin). Martin has been labeled as the second coming of Johnny Cochran. Whether this team will defend his co-defendants is unclear. One thing that is clear is that the Falcons will probably let Vick back into gear because his trial date isn’t until November 26 and that is well into the NFL season.
Mr. Bonds’ case is going to continue to get a lot of attention because the master slugger is just one good swing away from tying Hammerin’ Hank. The baseball commissioner, Bud Selig, has been ambivalent about the Bond record chase but did say that he would be at the game on Monday night when the Giants take on their age-old nemesis, the Dodgers.
Barry has denied that he knowingly took performance enhancing drugs. However, his personal trainer is cooling his sneakers in the slammer at present because he refused to cooperate with federal investigators and prosecutors.
We all know that Bonds is going to claim the record this season. There are too many games remaining for teams to walk him that many times. What will Bonds do next? He is 43 years old, an age at which most super athletes have moved on to other ventures or follow Rosey Grier, sitting on the front porch knitting or drinking Kool-Aid.
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