What Grinds My Gears: Overdramatic ‘fans’

By Kasey Minnick
October 1, 2009

As I was debating on what issue irked me the most this week, my mind wandered to browsing the Internet. As I accessed my Facebook account, I saw that I had one event invitation. Because of this invitation, I chose my topic: Michael Vick’s first regular season game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

My invitation read “Philadelphia: protest against the Eagles and the NFL Sunday 9/27/2009 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm at Lincoln Financial Field.” Because I wanted to see what the “host” had to say on this topic, I read on.

“Please join us for a peaceful, non-sponsored protest against the Eagles and the NFL. This will be the first regular season game in which Vick will be eligible to play. Please bring posters and a tough skin. We are trying to help animals in our region get rescued, fostered and adopted and we want our voices to be heard that we are angered by the actions of the NFL and the Eagles. If you cannot join us, please boycott and write letters of protest to the Eagles and their sponsors.”

Many, many parts of this invite got me angered. No. 1: Join us for a “peaceful” protest? Are you serious? Is there ever a peaceful protest when there are two sides to every story?

There are many “fans” on national television that burned every piece of Eagles memorabilia now that Vick was brought to the team for one year. If you want my honest opinion, you probably weren’t as die-hard a fan as you say you were.

Since I am a very opinionated and passionate person about sports, I had to write my response on the famous Facebook wall.

My post was…actually I don’t remember my response because it was deleted off of the wall. I guess my comment got to the ‘host’ because I talked down very negatively about the “get together.”

Talk about freedom of speech.

This ‘event’ was just a reason to get the Facebook world stirring and to bring attention to one’s profile.

Isn’t there enough drama inside this social network? Why bring more into it with a subject that many people do not fully educate themselves on. Most of the people who hate the Eagles and Vick only listened to what they wanted to hear from the beginning.

I am not going to lie. When this took place and Vick went to trial, I couldn’t stomach the sight of his face. I thought of all of those helpless dogs and these trashy people betting on them for fun.

But, just like any other person found guilty, he served his time and I believe learned his lesson. It takes a lot of guts to get in front of the public eye, admit that you were wrong and hope that fans and all of the television viewers will believe you.

Just think about it. How many celebrities and athletes are taking part in illegal things that we DON’T know about.

Vick, if not for being caught, would most likely still be doing this and we would still be in the dark about it. I’d bet his poster would still be hanging on many children’s walls and fans would be wearing his jersey. Hey Phillies fans, Brett Myers was taken to court for allegedly beating his wife.

Fans, better yet women, you better burn your season tickets and cut up your jerseys.

For God’s sake, there is cock fighting on the streets of Hazleton that is 15 minutes from my house!

We need to look in the mirror at ourselves. We ALL have made mistakes and not just little ones. When you make a mistake, what do you do?

You apologize and hope all is forgiven and learn from your mistake. Vick made a mistake, apologized and is now hoping for our forgiveness.

If you were ever a fan of the Eagles you should understand that they are doing the right thing and giving him a second chance at doing something he is amazingly talented at.

I just can’t wait until he gets more than two passes in a game and the ‘haters’ can’t help but cheer him on. I know I have been and will while he is an Eagle.

So, for all you ‘perfect’ people out there, take a glance in the mirror, realize you have an eraser on your pencil and stop grinding my gears.

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