You can subtract 3 minutes from my allotted 15 minutes of fame.
I just had a brief appearance on AOL’s Sports Bloggers Live Internet radio broadcast. They had me on to talk a little about Duke and to discuss how likely it is that they’ll go through the ACC and possibly the whole season undefeated. Not to give away the secret, but the answer is NO. Duke is good, very good even, but they aren’t undefeated good. Sure, there’s a chance they could make it through the ACC unscathed, but I’d put the likelihood at about 10%. Duke is too reliant on two scorers and they aren’t very athletic, particularly with DeMarcus Nelson out. If an athletic team can put pressure on them, Duke will turn the ball over and can be had (unless Redick is having one of his unstoppable games).
I believe you’ll be able to download today’s show once it finishes so that you can hear my melodic voice. You know I’ll be doing that!
BTW, thanks to my fellow Wash U alumnus Yoni Cohen of Yoco Hoops fame for sending the AOL guys my way.
Update: Here is a handy link to my segment on the show. I was pleased to hear that my voice isn’t quite as high as Bill Simmons’.
If he keeps this up, I’m going to have to change the name of this site to “Dave Sez Things About Marcus Vick.”
Just days after polishing off his resume for Dumbest College Athlete Ever, Marcus Vick decided to go for some extra credit. He was arrested yet again today and charged with three counts of brandishing a firearm for pointing a gun at a 17-year-old kid last night.
This has got to be some sort of athlete malfeasance record, doesn’t it?
Updated to add awesome photoshop courtesy of Sports Frog poster SLaird22.
I never would have guessed that I’d have back-to-back posts on Marcus Vick, but here I am.
This is a very interesting look at the whole Marcus Vick Stomp from the view of Will Stewart, the General Manager and Managing Editor at TechSideline.com (the top Hokie website).
The article starts off sort of explaining away the stomp – it’s a violent game played by young men, etc. Then, it moves on to pointing out how other players have done worse things. Next is the admitted surprise at how much controversy the incident has produced, both inside and outside the Tech world.
Finally, after all of that, he gets around to sort of sighing in resignation. He admits that the play didn’t shock him largely because he’s become accustom to Virginia Tech football players getting in trouble over the years. In his eyes, Frank Beamer’s one flaw is that he’s been too lenient on past transgressors, leading to an environment that allows and tacitly supports bad behavior.
It really is a good read. It’s well written, and as he admits at the end, it’s not the direction he intended the piece to go. Maybe just writing about it forced him to address some thoughts he’d repressed. I commend him on his candor and willingness to go ahead and hit that “Publish” key after he went down a path he hadn’t planned.
Incidentally, the article has a link to some quotes from Steve Usecheck, the head official from the game. Usecheck had many unflattering things to say about the Hokies’ behavior in that game.
Update: Wouldn’t you know! Literally seconds after I submitted this piece, I ran across the news that Vick has been dismissed from the team. And it wasn’t just because of The Stomp. It seems he was arrested yet again less than two weeks before their bowl game, this time for driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. What a guy. I guess that final revelation made the decision that much easier. Still, kudos to Virginia Tech for doing the right thing.
With various holiday travels, I didn’t get to see Virginia Tech’s bowl win over Louisville. I read about it and watched highlights – it sounded like a good game and a solid win for the Hokies.
But then I saw a video clip of Marcus Vick stomping on the leg of Louisville All-American Elvis Dumerville. You can watch it yourself here.
That was simply inexcusable. Vick should have been ejected, if not by the refs then by the Tech coaches. You may think the coaches didn’t see it, but they did.
If you don’t want to watch the clip (or can’t), what you’ll see is Vick being tackled in completely normal way. He hops up and very intentionally steps down on Dumerville’s calf and/or the back of his knee. Dumerville was simply lying on the ground. Vick then grinds his cleats in a little and uses Dumerville’s leg as a step as he walks away.
And I don’t just mean that play. I mean Vick’s whole career in Blacksburg. Everyone loved to write about how he’d grown up this year, but I think they were all wrong.
Let’s run down his transgressions, shall we?
First, he was arrested for getting a pair of fourteen-year-olds drunk and (possibly) having sex with them.
Later that same year, he was busted for reckless driving and possession of marijuana.
Those two transgressions, plus and unnamed one that got his suspended for one game, led to him being suspended from the team for a year.
Vick came back after that year off and started at quarterback all season for the Hokies. He made headlines again when he was caught by cameras giving West Virginia fans the middle finger during a game. Now, normally I don’t think flipping the bird is really that big of a deal, but considering his past and position, he should have known better.
And now this. How many strikes is Frank Beamer going to give this kid? He’s a stain on the program, and that’s saying something considering Virginia Tech’s thug reputation with most fans.
Tech AD Jim Weaver has said that he is reviewing the play and “deal with it accordingly.” The only appropriate way to deal with it is to boot Vick’s sorry ass off the team. Enough is enough.