Maybe Michael Vick's me-first attitude -- the same attitude that kept Atlanta from being a great team when he was there and the same attitude that let him start a business centered on electrocuting puppies -- is already coming back to haunt the Eagles, as in the same week that Vick announced that he would pick himself for MVP and got a congratulatory call from an increasingly-offbase President Obama, Vick played terribly last night against a Vikings team that had nothing to play for.
It doesn't matter, though, as football fans and now even the President will apparently forgive anything -- except being innocent, of course. That, we can't forgive.
What I'm talking about is this: In the same week Vick got lauded, mostly by himself but a little by the President and others, Wisconsin was giving an award of about $1,000 a year to a man who served 23 years in prison for doing nothing:
The Wisconsin Claims Board has agreed to pay a Milwaukee man $25,000 after he spent 23 years in prison for a homicide he didn't commit.
The board also agreed this week to ask the state Legislature to approve another $90,000 in compensation.
Robert Lee Stinson was convicted in 1985 in the death of a 63-year-old Milwaukee woman. A judge released him from prison in 2009 after new DNA evidence and fresh investigative techniques cast doubt on the evidence used to convict him.
Stinson asked the Claims Board this month for $115,000, or $5,000 for every year behind bars. State law allows for a maximum of $25,000 but says the board can ask the Legislature for more.
Michael Vick's "allowance," money he keeps while paying back his creditors, is $4,000 per month, not counting money he's allowed to pay his mom before other creditors get anything. And he strangled dogs .
Robert Stinson won't be elected league MVP, and won't get a phone call from the President, and won't get to play in the Super Bowl; he might be able to afford to watch it, though -- if Wisconsin gets around to actually paying him even a fraction of the sum football fans (and President Obama, apparently) willingly give to a dog murderer.
I won't watch a single game Michael Vick plays in, and though I'm not a one-issue voter, that phone call might keep me from voting to re-elect Obama.