Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two Posts in One Day??!! Sweet Fancy Moses!

Let's talk about sports.

Please, Jebus, let it be football season again. That is all I ask.

My wife and I listen to a fairly cheesy, at times corny but also generally amusing radio show in the morning while driving to work. This morning they were discussing Barry Bonds and the pending demise of Hank Aaaron's home run record.

They were already talking about the following idea, so I'm not sure who to give credit to it for, as it could have sprouted elsewhere in the general media, but here's the gist of it: Bonds should tie the record, and on his next at bat, with the media circus in full-blown frenzy mode, simply lay down his bat and walk off. Walk out of the clubhouse, out of baseball, and let Aaron keep his share of the record. In an instant Barry would suddenly go from villain to hero, honoring Aaron at the same time that he redeems himself by finally taking responsibility for all the sterioids he pumped into himself.

It'd be a beautiful, perfect ending to this whole sordid affair. Of course, Barry being Barry, he'd never do this in a million kabillion years, so it's pretty much a moot point.

Sports writers and attorneys of the world, you're on notice. The Michael Vick dogfighting case isn't about race. Stop trying to make it be about race. If Tom Brady were instead the one on the hot seat, do you honestly think that the general public would be clamoring for due process, instead of immediately leaping to judgment and wanting his testicles wrapped in savory bacon and a pack of ravenous, hungry dogs set upon him?

Of course they wouldn't. The frenzy and bloodlust is because the charges are pretty horrific and heinous, but, more than that, are an example of a rich, stupid, arrogant athlete who believes they're above the law that all us normal peons must suffer under. That last one is where all of the bloodlust comes from. The fact that Vick is a black athlete adds fuel to the fire, but it's very much a secondary reaction, and not the catalyst.

Stop playing the race card, just because it gives the story more heft and sells more copies/garners more eyeballs. Because you're giving him extra outs when you do that, in what is otherwise looking more and more like an open and shut case, especially with co-defendents turning on Vick and spilling pretty detailed beans.


needratvet said...

this has nothing to do with this blog, but I saw in one of your old blogs you took your rat to a vet.
I wanted to know if you could tell me where you took your rat, because it's hard to find a vet that will care for a rat.


ScurvyDog said...


If you live in north Austin, Dr. Bob at Best Vet is really great, and more than happy to treat rats (and has lots of experience with exotics in general). His website is at (http://www.bestvetaustin.com/staff_pets.htm) and the address is:

8863 Anderson Mill Road #105
Austin, Texas 78729

If you live in south Austin, we really like Dr. Donop at Oak Springs Veterinary Hospital. He's had rats himself and while he doesn't claim to be an exotic specialist, he knows more about rats than other exotic vets we've seen in the past. Contact info is:

Veterinary Hosp 9324 W Highway290 # C
Austin, TX
(512) 288-1040

Hope that helps.