"Michael Vick is heeeeerrrrre! Everybody, gets, a carrrrr!"
Pay no mind to the fact that the Eagles have yet to franchise Michael Vick for the 2011 season. Until action is taken on that front, you'll have to find your Michael Vick news elsewhere…
…like, on Oprah.
My Fox Philly broke the news this morning that Vick will appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show after speaking with Dr. Lee Cohen, a podiatrist for Unequal Technologies. Cohen will be a part of the taping in Chicago, to take place next Tuesday, February 22.
Unequal Technologies is "significant" because they were the first company to sign Vick to an endorsement deal since he was jailed for dogfighting in December 2007.
Apparently, this whole idea started as a bet between Piers Morgan and Winfrey. Winfrey was a guest on the inaugural episode of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' and the two made a bet over who would be the first to have Vick appear on their show.
So… Oprah wins, I guess. Super.
Essentially, we'll be subject to another in-depth recount of 'The Michael Vick Story". This Cohen guy, and whoever the hell else they have on the show, will go into detail about how Vick is a changed man, how far he's come since he hit rock bottom. Oprah or Vick might cry or something, maybe both of them, who knows?
What you may forget in all of this is that it's almost been two years since Vick was released from prison. He's been back in the NFL for a couple of seasons, and yeah, it's a compelling story and what he did was really terrible and his 2010 NFL season really gave him redemption and a sense of renewal, blah blah blah. But we've heard this story before. It's old, it's tired.
There are some people who will never get over Vick's participation in dogfighting. There are some people who have forgiven him, and then there are the folks who only care about what he does on the field. People have had plenty of time to make up their minds. Enough with it already.
So while people tune into Oprah to hear the same story for the 47th time, I'll be waiting for the text, the phone call, or the tweet that tells me exactly how Michael Vick fits into the Philadelphia Eagles' plans going forward.
What will you be doing?