While resting on my final vacation before the start of the 2009 season, my stay in North Falmouth on Cape Cod was an interesting one.
I couldn’t help but poll the locals at Gourmet Brunch in Hyannis and the members of Otis Model Aircraft Club at the Crane Wildlife Airfields on the possibility of Michael Vick joining their beloved Patriots.
In this area, politics are second nature, but political correctness be damned. Almost to a man, New Englanders would support Vick’s addition to the team if it would make them a more viable Super Bowl contender.
As reports of a Vick sighting in the area circulated over the past few days, so has the excitement of adding the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Many Patriots fans wonder out loud about Tom Brady‘s full recovery from a season-ending knee injury. One astute fan used receiver Randy Moss as an example to explain how the organization would offer Vick a chance to rebuild his career and reputation while being associated with a winner.
Even now as I prepare for dinner with family and friends to munch on stuffed quahogs and crab cakes, only Sandy, our hostess and an avid dog lover, is opposed to having Vick on the team.
“He’s very good and fun to watch, but he has displayed poor character,” she said.
Sandy’s friend, Paulette, disagreed: “He’s paid his debt and served his time now so let’s move on. He could be an asset to our team, and [Bill] Belichick wouldn’t tolerate him being anything less than a good teammate.”
Vick received a unanimous vote of confidence from the men. However, the interesting take came from the women. Those who love the team more than dogs would cheer for Vick while he’s wearing a Patriots uniform.
While on the ferry heading over to Martha’s Vineyard, I can’t help but think back to when 13 colonies defied a king and country to become a place of freedom and rebirth. It’s the same rights Patriots fans seem to be more than willing to share with Michael Vick.