It was certainly a coincidence that Michael Vick would be sentenced on the same day his former team appeared in a nationally televised game. For both parties, it couldn't have gone much worse. Vick got 23 months and the Atlanta Falcons were throttled 34-14 by the Saints on Monday Night Football.
In terms of Xs and Os, there wasn't much to look at for Falcons fans (save the masochists and Chris Redman's family members). In terms of remembering Ron Mexico, though, there was plenty to keep fans busy. During player introductions, Vick's former Virginia Tech teammate, DeAngelo Hall, busted out a Michael Vick poster, signed by the puppy murderer himself.
And wide receiver Roddy White pulled up his jersey to reveal a "Free Mike Vick" t-shirt after scoring a touchdown.
"That was homemade. I did that myself," White said. "It ain't too much to say, you know. The team misses him and we really need him this season. There ain't too much more to say about it."Hall told the Associated Press that "We did that for the simple fact we wanted to let him know we're still thinking about him ... That was my personal thing for doing it."
The Falcons organization has gone through a lot since the off-season, and most of it is Vick's doing. Hall said he wanted to send "a tribute to Mike", almost sounding resigned to the fact that he'll likely never play with the former quarterback again. Mr. Mexico won't be out of the joint until 2009, and not only is it doubtful he'll return to the Falcons, his NFL career is probably over. All because the guy loved to fight dogs. What a waste.