Last night, I had a group date. It was a rough start, but had a satisfying ending. You could call it a win. Due to scheduling, it was the first time since we were introduced that I was able to see this guy. I had mixed emotions when I first heard about him: He had spent time in jail. He’s bankrupt. He can be a little sloppy.Â But he can score. Did I mention, he’s not Jewish?
My mom doesn’t like him so much. My dad says, â€˜we’ll see’. I’m still not sure how it’ll all turn out. I’ve been disappointed in the past.
Noâ€¦ not another Jdate fiasco. I’m talking about my relationship with The Eagles. And who is â€œheâ€? Michael Vick.Â In last night’s preseason game, he went in for 6 plays in the first quarter, 4 for 4 completed passes for 19 yards. Â He managed to get Akers in range for a field goal, but overallâ€¦ kind of a disappointing start to his first season out of prison. And, I’m not sure if I’m proud or horrified that all 10 Eagles fans that showed up to the game actually gave Vick a standing ovation. He killed dogs for money and amusement. But is he a good Quarterback? He was. The rest remains to be seen.Â
And this is the struggle of a Philadelphia fan â€“ Animal Cruelty vs. Making Plays. Because without that first field goal, we might not have won 33-32. And what’s more important to a Philly fan than winning? Certainly not our dignity or compassion for other living things.Â The questions that Vick’s signing has raised are valid â€“ how much stock do we place in our Sports Heroes? Baseball players who use steroids; Basketball stars accused of rape; football players shooting themselves or others, getting arrested for DUIs, running dog fighting rings. What’s a nice Jewish kid to do? Maybe it’s time to put away the sports trading cards and return to Heroes of the Torah cards instead. Â It’s a good thing we can now find and recognize our own Jewish heroes. But I digressâ€¦
So the date didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped. But a Win is a Win. I’m still nervous â€“ is this another T.O.-like disaster in the making? Could be. Â Might I end up disappointed? Possibly. Â But will I see him again? Definitely.